You see, I didn’t set out to become fan….it just happened along the way.
I don’t cycle and have never owned a expensive bike. I’m not a athlete or even married to a athlete. My kids aren’t athletes.
It started in 2005 with our son cycling fanboy. He became obsessed with Lance Armstrong. We watched the Tour De France together that summer, not understanding a thing about the sport.
We decided to watch the summer after, learning a bit more. Each summer the knowledge growing and our fan status blooming.
In January of 09′, our fan status changed to Super fans. The AMGEN Tour of California chose our hometown as a start. Then Lance announced his comeback. We got up early and went to the race. We ended up at the sign in tent at the bottom of the stairs. We weren’t even prepared to get autographs but that’s what happened.
We ended up not only meeting some of the largest names in cycling (some of the most controversial also) We learned who us nice, who isn’t nice and became addicts. Once you meet the riders, it becomes more real. Especially if one or another is rude or kind. We also learned, if you don’t know the riders name they will probably not sign for you.
The next year, things became even bigger. Our town was picked as a start for the AMGEN TOC again. This time we were ready. We had tshirts,posters,sharpies and knew more riders than ever. We set out to where the team buses were parked and ended up meeting a hotel worker. He let us in the lobby and into fan nirvana.
We met all if our favorites, learned a huge lesson and the obsession reached epic proportion.
Now my son and I are super fans. We traveled this year to see start. We follow all the cyclists on Facebook and Twitter. We watch every race and speak our own nerd talk to each other. It’s been a fun experience.
We get a lot of odd looks and comments. Especially me, its just odd for a grown woman to like cycling to some. I’m not watching to ogle or lust, I’m truly watching for sport.
I decided to start this blog as a place for other female cycling fans to gather. I know they are out there and maybe they want to know…they are not alone.
I expect this to be mostly satire. I do have some opinions to share, some insight,tips and commentary.
I’m anxiously awaiting the start of the Tour and plan to blog everyday. Now I need to go paint my toe nails yellow!