Ok I’m back watching the tour this year after a two year protest and I’m hooked – again. France is just such a beautiful country to enjoy from the seat of a race helicopter or a motorbike. Its like a three week summer tour of western Europe without the time and expense of an actual trip.
Having followed this race from 1988, when my favorite American rider last won it, Greg LeMond. It does make me cringe somewhat to see the Yellow Jersey being worn by a rider from team Astana. A team with a history doping allegations including Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador and the current team manager and former rider Alexander Vinokourov. So…I like to think this years Yellow Jersey rider is clean?
But yes I am very much enjoying this years tour and eagerly look forward to watching each stage every evening. With a smile and smirk on my face, viva le Tour de France.
Last week I went up to Willows, California to Thunderhill Raceway Park for two days of track riding on my Kawasaki ZX-10R. Though I spend most weekends riding my bicycle in the Santa Cruz Mountains, learning how to ride a 1000cc motorcycle on a fast track like Thunderhill raceway has been a real challenge outside from work for me. For this trip I upgraded my street tires for DOT race slicks, Bridgestone R10’s, had Dave Moss tighten up my suspension settings and lastly applied a new track riding style that I have been studying called MotoVudo.
Not sure which one of these adjustments had the most impact, likely all three together but I can say my lap times did improve significantly and I did not have any scary moments which is always nice. Below is a video of the new five mile track. I think I hit 128mph on the straight but my ZX-10R is incredibly stable and it is hard to tell how fast I’m going. It’s nice after four years of riding to finally be one of the fast guys, even in the slow group. A super fun and exciting two days and I felt very refreshed and renewed heading back to the office.
Thanks to GotBlueMilk
for the photos.