Monday, July 24, 2006


Where to start with this one?! As the Tour de France drama ended Sunday in Paris, the 24MOTAB drama/competition was about to begin under a sunny, pleasant evening Madison sky. Controversy erupted almost immediately as the entire record field of 25 contestants were either disqualified or suspended under the suspicion of blood doping. Even the race organisers were dq'd!
But in keeping with the true TdF spirit the ride continued with a bike pile that had no rivals in height or structural instability. Even as the riders were being supplied with their own cup of $5.99 a gallon EPO for a LeMans chug start, a butterfly flapped its wings and the bike tumbled avalanche style to the ground leading to one of the more spectacular bike unpilings in recent memory. Two laps in and some people were still in the pits with mechanicals. Finally all were off and riding and just like in the "real" Tour, the lead changed hands several times (lead? what lead?) and amazing reversals took place. The EPO jug made the rounds carried by various domestiques. Jeff from Revolution built a mountain stage that bridged the entire width of the track like the Alps bridge France and Uganda!!! Dactyl proved (until later) that it would take more than a flat to keep her down by doing a lap on foot with a bike wheel in one hand and the EPO jug in the other! Dan Powell like Floyd Landis and a bad hip, overcame an infected swollen leg courtesy of the previous week's slosh through Wingra Creek during ThunderCross, to take the first place trophy! J9son, fresh from the previous evening's win at the Revolution Pedro's to Laredo's Crit, got to be 2nd place Jan Ullrich Sucka (didn't we say anything about wearing the shorts and the jersey? oh, sorry...). Dan Meyer amid chaos and after several MOTABs out of the podium spotlight came back as DFL. Dactyl wins the non existant till now medal of valor for 1) thinking to cross the finish line at the end avoiding both a DNF and worse (sorry Dan) DFL, and 2) for having her foot squashed by a heavy cement curb barrier shortly thereafter. Thanks to a quick acting crack support team, the cement was lifted, the foot was elevated, ice was brought and Dactyl was airlifted out smiling! Way to go support team! Nothing broken and on the mend we're told.
This was also the last 24MOTAB for Josh and Joslyn and for Jessica F. as they leave for unsuspecting lands. We expect 24MOTABs to be springing up in Montana and Japan like viruses by the way.
So that's it for this month kittens. Next month? Oh yes...wait till next month... And EPO jug was empty by the end of the night. photos to follow soon.


Blogger zigone said...

look to the west. same time same day. motab in montana

4:23 PM  
Anonymous djmac said...


4:48 PM  
Blogger PinkKozmo said...

I'll try my hardest to move the tradition to Tokyo, but it may be hard to find another pair of reindeer boxers.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous djmac said...

we'll send you ours!!!!

3:20 PM  

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