Alternative energy is something we can all get behind unless you are, you know, a politician. So kudos to the innovators over in Blighty who have worked out a way to hook bicycles up to a generator and power their own open-air cinema.
Twelve bicycles, ridden in shifts, were all that was needed to power a complete screening of the Princess Bride.
ingenious, and leads to the obvious question of how practical this
would be for the everyday cyclist who is interested in living off the
How hard would it be to boil a cup of water, for instance?
As it turns out, not hard at all. To power a kettle, you only need yourself, 10 cyclist mates and a tick over five minutes. (YouTube)
Sceptics thinking to themselves that 11 cyclists still seems a lot for a
cup of milo or 11/12ths of the Princess Bride should remember: these
results were all obtained using ordinary schmoes on their bikes.
Invite the Liquigas roster around each afternoon, and you could probably all be tucking into tea and crumpets before sundown.
Not-to-be-read-before-lunchtime Tom Boonen health update
Not since it received its bulk order of Minced Horse Organs de Tommeke has the Broom Wagon felt quite so queasy about anything to do with Tom Boonen.
Quickstep's superstar sprinter is having a rough time of it in the Vuelta, and on Thursday he explained exactly what has been holding him back .
"Because of the friction of the pants with the saddle, I suffer from an
injury to the scrotum," Boonen told a Het Nieuwsblad reporter already
kind of wishing he had chosen to write a Sebastian Lang update* that
day. "The extreme heat and excessive sweating caused a heavy irritation
in that area. There is a hole. It is not the first time that I have
suffered in this place, but never as bad as now. "
"It does hurt quite a lot," Boonen added, unnecessarily.
You might think the revelation that "there is a hole" would be enough
for one interview, even if Het Nieuwsblad was the marginally less
popular Belgian periodical Hello Perineum!
But you would be
wrong. Because, after standing on his pedals and finishing last in
Monday's time trial, Boonen explained how he had decided to fix the
"I got a 'second skin', and glued it at times to a kind
of diaper. The perineum, the area between the scrotum and the anus, is
simply the most delicate part of the body.
"The injury is a bit better now," Boonen said.
Surely this is some sort of practical joke, like the time everyone
pretended Johnny Hoogerland rode for days after being knocked into a
barbed wire fence at the Tour de France.
(*Lang is going strong!
Nine more stages and he becomes the 30th man in history to finish all
three grand tours in the same year. He finished Thursday's Vuelta stage
in the leading bunch behind Peter Sagan, and has climbed 17 places in
general classification since last week to be 82nd overall. He even
launched a breakaway on stage nine.)
The week in ...
A smurf, a priest and superman walk into a bike race.
... transfer gossip
Matt Goss – Milan-San Remo winner, Giro d'Italia stage winner, the only pro cyclist in history to share his name with one half of Bros – is off to join Team Sky. That's according to L'Equipe and everyone on t'internet who reads L'Equipe.
However, according to Goss, that's maybe true and maybe not. "Don't
believe everything you hear, or do....or don't! Ill be making my plans
for 2012 official within a week," he twote.
Here's a great portrait of France's grandmother of cycling, Jeannie Longo.
Longo has 13 world championships and won her first of 59 French
national titles in 1979. She is in Colorado for the women's Steamboat
Springs Stage Race where, to nobody's great surprise, she is defending
The not-for-the-seizure-prone world of cycling blingees continues to prosper. This week's best: Where my team car at? and Anatomy of bunch sprint.
Dispatches from the Twitterverse
Diehard rocker @manuelquinziato: "What is a moshpit?" Now I think of
it, kind of like the peloton! Controlled violence! - @KarstenKroon
Hey @united, I just had killer idea: STOP CHARGING ME A FRIGGING HUNDRED DOLLARS TO FLY WITH MY BIKE. - @iamtedking
Sagan might have strong legs, but he'll never be a javelin thrower -
his winners' flowers landed on my head instead of the crowd! Ouch... -
I love The Big Bang Theory - @mcewenrobbie
greets riders in the Tour of Spain on Saturday. One of the cruellest
climbs in world cycling, it tops out at a gradient of 23.6 per cent. In
filthy weather in 2002, David Millar crashed twice. Millar quit in
protest at the summit, laying his race number on the ground half a metre
short of the finish line. "The Vuelta without the Angliru is like a 5km
marathon or a 15-minute football match," said race director Enrique
Franco at the time.