You sure we only get TWO wheels?
Blog Guy, I loved your item about the Self-Pranking Olympics. Thanks so much for renewing your interest in covering stupid sports. What will you cover next?
In the wide world of stupid sports, that’s an easy decision. This week is Belgium’s famous “Pedal Pathétique” bike race.
I’m not familiar with that one. Is it like the Tour de France or something?
Not exactly. It’s only for competitors who have never, ever, been on a bicycle before.
What’s more, the bikes they give them have been tampered with – loosened handlebar bolts, bad brakes, stuff like that.
Oh yeah, and there are snipers in the trees, too.
Amazing! How long is the course?
It’s only 45.5 feet long, but nobody has ever made it to the end. The whole thing is usually over in like 20 seconds. Then I head back into town for Belgian waffles and fresh Belgian chocolates.
But don’t you have to hurry up and file your deadline story?
There’s no sweat. I’m the only guy who covers it.
Top: Riders lay on the ground after falling during the Fleche Wallonne cycling race in Huy, April 21, 2010. BMC Racing team rider Cadel Evans of Australia won the 198-km race ahead of second-placed Katusha team rider Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain and third-placed Astana team rider Alberto Contador of Spain.
Left: MC Racing team rider Karsten Kroon (C) of the Netherlands and unidentified riders sit on the ground after falling during the race.
REUTERS photos by Francois Lenoir