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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Today: Tour of Flanders

Just a reminder that the Tour of Flanders will be held today. Last year Fabien Cancellara motored away with the win as he flew up the final cobbled climb un challenged. Maybe this year will be different.

Taiwan International Bikeman Rally 2011: Dajia Mazu Loop

I wasn't riding today to give my leg more time to heal, but I did get on the scooter to follow the Bikeman Rally as it passed through my area. The event was open to all riders for an NT200 fee, and followed an 80km route from Dajia, looping through Taichung City and back to Dajia to kick off the upcoming Dajia Mazu celebration, which has become less about religion in recent years and focusing more on tourism activities.

It was nice to see riders off all shapes, sizes and degree of skill together sharing the road for a friendly ride. A pair of support vehicles followed the riders carrying statuettes of the goddess Mazu to make for an interesting spectacle.

Though, I must admit, I could not help but feel the pangs of jealously as hundreds of bikes passed my house on a beautiful, sunny Saturday... and I was not on a bike.


The members of the Japanese Tour of Taiwan team have volunteered their earnings from the Taiwan race to help support victims of the multiple disasters that have swept Japan over the recent weeks.