The Tour has taught me a lot this year, I have a passion for cycling. It is my favorite sport, I love being on the bike and I love to watch cycling. That is odd for me, I come from a family and have a group of friends that love sports but just the five major american sports (baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and golf) I feel that it is a bit taboo to have a love like mine for cycling. No one that is close to me gets or understands it, I go on cycling rants talking about how riders become aerodynamic while descending a mountain and I get odd looks. I show coworkers and family videos of Tour riders almost hitting cows while riding and hear "that's weird". I got chocked up and had chills as I was watching Tejay van Garderen struggle and eventually abandon the race. All I could think of us being that close to a dream of mine and having to quit. Not choosing to quit having to quit, his body shut down and he was no longer able to continue. It's crazy to think about, I don't think that I or many people reading this will ever be in that situation in their lives.
I will be parked in front of my television tomorrow with my phone in hand checking twitter as the riders approach Alpe d'Huez. I will be rooting for Chris Froome, I think that his lead will be under one minute at the end of the stage however. Tomorrow will be epic and I can't wait to see what happens, keep an eye on my boy Pierre Rolland tomorrow. He has crept in to the top ten and could be around the top five at the end of the stage.
Before I end this post I have to explain why I'm happy that the Tour is coming to an end. The end of the Tour means we are one year closer to Team Novo Nordisk being a part of the biggest cycling race in the world!! We are one year closer to seeing the white jerseys racing in the Alps with the worlds best cyclists. We are one year closer to seeing a diabetic cyclist in a classification jersey, I can't wait to see Changing Diabetes in a yellow, green, white and/or polka dot jersey.