I was told this story when I was first started cycling. It has always been an inspiration. It's just a plus one of my favorite bike company's is named after him.
In 1919, a talented young bike racer from Flanders named Henri “Ritte” Van Lerberghe showed up bikeless to the starting line of the Tour of Flanders. The First World War had just ended, and Ritte traveled to the race straight from the frontlines. He borrowed a bike from a local, and in the typical Ritte style, attacked the pack almost immediately. Ritte built up such a sizable lead by the finishing town that instead of heading to the velodrome for the victory lap, he decided to veer off course and stop at a pub for pint. One beer turned into three or four, and despite the fact that he now felt more like hanging out with the locals than winning the biggest race of the year, Ritte was coaxed back on his borrowed bike and wobbled across the street to complete the finishing laps on the velodrome. Ritte had won Belgium’s greatest race and had fun doing it.
I appreciate you being able to give me all sorts of live stats on the 3rd stage of the Amgen Tour of California as well as bringing live video of the stage as well. But do you really have to show a michelobe light commercial in the middle of race commentary? And do you really think that someone who rides as much as we do would want a low calorie water beer when we could have a real full flavored beer? I didn’t think so.
I just burned 2500 calories on my ride today
This is so true with every race I watch on tv. I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels like this.
“Find a woman who makes you feel more alive. She won’t make life perfect but she’ll make it infinitely more interesting. And then love her with all that’s in you.”—Gayle G. Roper, Shadows on the Sand: A Seaside Mystery (via emotional-algebra)