Following the Tour Before Le Tour - The Reve 2012 Women's Project

6:05 AM

Today is the day millions of us from around the world gather to watch hyper-fit men in spandex kits spend way too much time than is possibly healthy on two wheels for money and our entertainment.  Yellow jerseys, polka-dot bikes, red numbers – all symbols every cycling fan holds dear to their hart. 

So many questions will be answered in the coming weeks – Will it come down to Wiggins and Evans?  Can Cav actually win a sprint when he doesn’t have a full train to follow?  Will Nibali get any help from his team (ahem, just a bit awkward, I imagine)?  And most importantly: How will RadioShack-Trek-Leopard-Nissan-Whatever-They're-Called find a new way to spectacularly implode on the world stage?

Clearly, I will be spending too much time in front of the TV…

So, for a break from Le Tour, I plan on checking in periodically with the Rêve 2012 Women’s Project – six women cyclists from the States who will be riding the route a day before the pros.  Their goal is simple – bring attention to women’s cycling.  Pretty cool concept that I am quite jealous of, though I know I most likely couldn’t finish even one stage.  OK, maybe a sprinter’s stage that loses elevation and has a massive tail wind…

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