One of the joys of the internet age is that publishing is so swift and global that I can read stuff from news sources that I might never have known about. For example, The Oregonian is unlikely to be on the news stands of West London, but its internet presence oregonlive.com is available in my living room.
Which is good for me as it means I can read the excellent Freewheeling with Chris Horner blog on their site.
Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer have nicknamed him “the redneck” I think on account of his love of big trucks and motocross but it does him a massive disservice as he’s pretty literate for a redneck. Indeed the insight he gives into being a pro rider is among the best out there.
He’s currently riding the Vuelta where it looks like he’s going to be given a chance to stretch his legs and see whether he can rediscover the form he was enjoying at the Giro earlier this year before yet another twist of misfortune saw him out with injury yet again.
You can also catch him on twitter at twitter.com/hornerakg
You can catch him on twitter as well at twitter.com/joeparkin
And you can buy A Dog in a Hat on Amazon, it’s subtitled “An American Bike Racer’s Story of Mud, Drugs, Blood, Betrayal, and Beauty in Belgium” which gives you at least four good reasons to buy it (your reasons may vary).
PS. I’ve still not scored a point, despite a fantastic “death or glory” effort with two laps to go which held off the bunch for a lap or so. Was too far back to get involved in the bunch sprint and sat up when someone got spooked and locked it up in front of me.