I’ll start drinking milk when cows start drinking wine

trollDJ

#trollDJ is the mysterious character who plays the brilliantly random music tracks throughout the SBS Tour de France television broadcast.

Such is Troll DJ’s popularity, the SBS Cycling Central producers decided to pin an official “Troll DJ request box” to the top of their stack, prompting users to drop in their song requests. Within minutes, dozens of requests were filtering through – and the response from users who had their requests played was fantastic.

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Earlier than usual in a post, but I had to do it…..

Website of the Week – lesvachesdutour

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Looks like it is a Melbourne based website, it provides an alternative (if you can  call cows alternative) slant on the Tour.

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There are probably quite a few TdF events going on over the next few weeks. Here are just a few that I’m aware of.

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The Alpe d’Huez double ascent will be the pinnacle of the tour this year so let’s make it count. Doors open at 7pm and from 7.15pm Hell On Wheels, a great Tour de France documentary will be screening before the main event, followed by the start of Stage 18 at about 10pm.

Walter at Red Berry will be doing $3 coffee and there will be food for a $15 fee at the door and with $10 of the proceeds going to the Leukaemia Foundation.

Sure everyone will be tired the next day but its for a great cause and that’s the reality of the tour; tired mornings every day for three weeks and refer to rule no. 5.

If you want further details, give Walter a call at Red Berry Espresso on 7225 5453

Westfield Marion are also showing Stage 18 the big screen.

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Marco Pantani on Alpe d’Huez, Tour de France 1997.
Marco Pantani on Alpe d’Huez, Tour de France 1997.

If you know of any other events, and you want a plug on Wednesday Legs, send me an email.

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It’s been a fascinating start to this years TdF.

Stage 1 was meant to be a straightforward flat stage with the sprint at the end. Unfortunately the organisers had more to deal with than they were anticipating, and the publicity team at OGE must still be out on the town after recieving publicity they could never buy after the team bus became stuck under the finish line finish gantry. 1010265_591526900887666_418542326_n

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The poor bus driver (his first day) looks emotionally wrought, the boxing Kangaroo was taking an afternoon nanna nap, and the organisers were running around like the 3 stooges (Nyak, Nyak,Nyak) on ecstasy.

Fortunately someone had a brilliant idea to let the air out of the front tyres to give the bus some clearance to allow it to back out.

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A French gendarme talks on his communication equipment while a man lets the air out of the tyre of the Orica GreenEDGE cycling team bus
A French gendarme talks on his communication equipment while a man lets the air out of the tyre of the Orica GreenEDGE cycling team bus

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We got to see a fair bit of the outside of the bus, but what about the inside?

Well, I can say it’s slicker on the inside than the outside, take a look here – BUS

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Tour Tracker

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If you haven’t downloaded it yet, grab the Skoda Tour Tracker.

Apart from an amazing level of information that is regularly updated , it also provides live streaming.

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Corsica

How many actually know where Corsica is?? If you’re a geographic heathen like me, you would have an inkling, but wouldn’t be able to confidently state where it is. And having missed the SBS lead in to the coverage, I haven’t been able to get my bearings.

Corsica is sandwiched between Italy and France, just above the Italian Island Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Looking at the coverage provided, it looks a fascinating island to ride around, some fantastic scenery.

The corsican flag looks interesting, you may have seen it flown by spectators over the first 3 stages? Cool!

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The Testa di Moru, the black Moor’s head on a white background forms the national flag of Corsica. The Moor’s head with a white bandeau was adopted by Pasquale Paoli in 1762 as the official emblem of independent Corsica. It was inherited from the kings of Aragon, who were invested with Corsica by the Pope in the Middle Ages. Four Moors heads became the arms of Sardinia after the Aragonese conquest and, with a cross of St George separating them, they remain the national flag of the neighbouring island. The Aragonese never conquered Corsica, but they claimed it as their own. It first appeared in Corsica in 1573 in an atlas showing the lands of Philip II.

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The bandeau originally blindfolded the eyes of the Moor, while it is now raised to his forehead. There are those who see its removal as a symbol of freedom from slavery. There are others, who claim that it dates from the time of the Saracen invasions and the Corsicans’ habit of decapitating the moors. King Theodore, who also made use of this symbol in 1736, strangely had the bandeau covering the eyes.

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Stage 1

Unfortunately chaos ensued with the crashes 3/6 km out.

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Fans encourage the pack of riders as its cycles along the coast during the 213 km first stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia

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The pack passes a flag featuring a Moor's head, the Corsican emblem, during the first stage

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I saw the Man of Steel on Saturday night at the movies with my family.

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And then have watched the Man of steel the last 2 nights on the TV.

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Tony Martin, how has he been able to push through the pain after his major crash on Saturday night?

Tony Martin crashed during the final kilometers of Tour de France Stage 1 on Saturday. He finished the race, but after the finish he was transported to the General Hospital of Bastia, where he passed a few examinations. The CT scan excluded fractures.

However, he had a concussion and a contusion on his left lung. He also has soft tissue damages on his hip, chest, left knee and shoulder, and also on his back. Furthermore, he has a very deep wound 5cm wide on his left elbow that reaches his muscles.

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Tony being transported to hospital 

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Goddam thats tough as nails!

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Stage 1 Winner – Marcel Kittel

Stage 2 – 156 km – Bastia to Ajaccio

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Stage 3 –

What a race.  This was the first night I stayed up till the end and what a night to pick.

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First we has Simon Clarke in the breakaway almost getting maximum climbing points from all 4 categorised climbs, but just falling short by 1 km on the last climb up the col de Marsolino.

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Then it was the superb finish by Simon Gerrans, just pipping Peter Sagan by an inch or 2.

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Looks like Peter Sagan was off balance at the end and that may have cost him that magical inch or two.

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Congratulations Gerro, a stirling effort.

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Phil and Paul

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The tour just would not be the same without the dulcet tones of Phil and Paul. As a duo they remind me of Murray Walker, commentary alone that is worth the price of admission. There is a twitter site called SherLiggettisms that showcases the best & worst quotes from the world’s cycling commentary.

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Toy of the Week – Curiosity Rover 

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The Curiosity Rover is the Mars Science Laboratory is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet’s “habitability.”

The rover will be able to roll over obstacles up to 75 centimeters (29 inches) high and travel up to 90 meters (295 feet) per hour. On average, the rover is expected to travel about 30 meters (98 feet) per hour, based on power levels, slippage, steepness of the terrain, visibility, and other variables.

The rover carries a radioisotope power system that generates electricity from the heat of plutonium’s radioactive decay. This power source gives the mission an operating lifespan on Mars’ surface of a full martian year (687 Earth days) or more.

Each Mars mission is part of a continuing chain of innovation. Each relies on past missions for proven technologies and contributes its own innovations to future missions. This chain allows NASA to push the boundaries of what is currently possible, while still relying on proven technologies.

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Picture of the Week – Pirelli Tyres

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Thank god they don’t make bike tyres.

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till next week

tight spokes

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