Being a bike rider I love what the bike has done for my life, it has taught me so much about myself and about life. When you are the bike you are in control, hills are painful, mountains make you question why you would torture yourself like that. After any ride you are a new person, life tasks that you thought were tough before a bike ride seem simple. Climbing a mountain on a bike with a heart rate of 190 and grasping for air make you appreciate everything in life. Crashing at 20mph also makes you a better person, I have never felt pain like I have whenI fell of my bike at 20 mph or got forced off the road by a car. Without the bike I wouldn't be who I am today, the bike has made diabetes easy. I know that sounds crazy but a bad insulin site or a low or high blood sugar are nothing compared to a ride up a mountain. if I can ride my bike two hundred miles in one day i can handle a low blood sugar.
The 2014 Tour should be amazing, I will be watching every stage just to watch professionals have the same struggles that I do while on the bike. My routes are nothing compared to the ones of the Tour but seeing professionals questioning why they are torturing their bodies while in the alps is always something to watch. Look for Mark Cavendish to continue to win sprint finishes, but don't be surprised if Marcel Kittel wins a couple of the sprints. As far as the yellow jersey goes look for Alberto Contador to wear the jersey when they finish in Paris. Andrew Talansky will be in second and don't be surprised to see Pierre Roland finish in third. Chris Froome the 2013 winner will have one tough day and that will do him in although I see him finishing in the top 10.