You sure we only get TWO wheels?

April 23, 2010

CYCLING-BELGIUM/

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?

CYCLING-BELGIUM/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.

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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

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Wow, snipers even? I don’t think there is enough Mountain Dew in the world to cover how extreme that is!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

BG, got any pics of the truck that comes along and scoops up the losers? Hurry! One’s geting away!

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

That guide rail looks like it has been involved in many similar skirmishes.

Posted by Billl | Report as abusive

See? That’s what happens when one guy downloads the ‘banned plus-size model ad’ onto his iPhone and shares it with the other riders.

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive

oh dear..

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Is that red oxide I see on the barrier, Crowgirl?

Posted by knit_nurse | Report as abusive

Could be, it’s hard to tell until it’s dried !

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Somebody is going to get hurt real bad….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Is that a threat Shra?

Posted by knit_nurse | Report as abusive

Threat?? Moi?? No way, Nurse!!!
In fact, now that you are here, how about you give Baz a wee injection in his derriere? Something that makes him post something nice for us ladies…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

My DI used to call that a “Kiwi injection.” (Kiwi is shoe polish.)

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

He really deserves something there, if he doesnt come up with what we say….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

[...] En el ancho mundo del deporte estúpido, es una decisión fácil. Esta semana es famoso de Bélgica "Pedal Patética" carrera de bicicletas. . . URL del artículo original http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/04/23/you-sure-we-only-get-two-wheels  / [...]

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