In light of the world apparently ending on Saturday, and failing that, a bunch of cycling careers getting even more dorked up on Sunday evening during 60 minutes. So I figured I’d share a brief shot from the Tour of California today that might just make it better.
I was watching along this evening using the online page/tracker/live video they have. Which aside from the (lame) fact that it only shows you the last hour or so, is pretty cool. I was on my laptop doing something else at the time, but keeping the tracker open on another computer in my peripheral vision. That’s when I noticed a giant antlered animal on the course.
Oh, no wait. Nevermind, that’s not an animal.
That’s just some crazy cycling fan from California. All’s cool now – totally understandable.
I mean, once you put it in that context, a man running uphill at impressive speed kitted out in a crimson cycling uniform with 5’ high antlers surgically attached using steel bolts to a brilliant yellow football helmet, seems perfectly normal.
And because it’s possible the above snapshot isn’t clear enough – let me help you out a bit with some stylish digital zoom:
There ya go. That probably makes it more clear.
Turns out, Antler Man has a bit of history (awesome pics there btw). And, by the looks of things, he’s actually from Montana. And he’s apparently also wearing mountain bike shoes/cleats as well. That’s hardcore, yet it doesn’t phase me somehow. Though I typically expect it from our European cycling friends during their Grand Tours, us American’s as a whole haven’t quite elevated to that level yet.
But that’s what I love about cycling. We need some of that in triathlon and running races. I wish I could see Antler Man on Sunday during my race – I’m sure it would be motivating on the bike or run. Concerning if I saw him on the swim though…especially since it’s a point to point swim from an island to shore.
Have a great weekend all!
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