FROM THE MFS INBOX
Reading about MFS on Velonews feels like hearing a guy describe his experience of going on a date with my wife.
I very much enjoy reading your race report each day. However I must say your stage 16 reports was,well…disappointing. Unless of course your were going for a pre-rest day rest day kind of thing, In which case YOU NAILED IT! Keep up the good work, I love it.
Hey, so about your stage 16 report. What’s the deal?
I know you guys are hot, and you’re tired, you’re emotionally drained, and you don’t eat enough fruit (seriously, guys, eat some fruit (and/or vegetables)). It’s stressful driving a defective rental, dealing with grumpy hotel staff, bad weefee, and stairs that aren’t up to code. I get that.
But… Imagine you’re not at the TdF. Imagine you’re just some dude in England. A dude who loves the TdF. A dude who cycles to work everyday dreaming he’s riding 6.7kg of svelte carbon fibre, scaling pyrenean cols and hanging with the pros. Imagine said work is sitting at a computer for 8 hours, the monotony broken only by watching the days stage and reading MFS. You want to be at the TdF, but you can’t, but it’s cool because there are two solid dudes who are, and they’re writing funny shit and taking sweet photos.
Now, imagine reading “blah, blah, blah”.
You’re looking at Jered Gruber, Kristof Ramon, Graham Watson… Phil Liggett. Legit professionals, doing legit TdF business. Maybe you see them and you think that what you do isn’t that important, that it’s not legit TdF business. Maybe you think that it doesn’t matter if you skimp on a stage, that you can pass it off as being chill and irreverent.
It DOES matter. It IS legit TdF business!
You guys are doing a good thing.
Maybe I’m way off the mark, maybe some real-life shit happened. If that’s the case then sorry, I hope it works out.
I have some comments/answers/thoughts on your poll. Here it goes.
two thumbs whenever possible, but for many reasons, 1 is all that’s available, and not always the faster one. Sometimes you have to get the tweets to the people, and that hashtag can’t wait for the other thumb to be available.
Ambulance-taxis seems like an incredible idea if it means what I think it means. If it is an ambulance available on demand outside the scope of the traditional 911 emergency structure, wherein anyone who just needs a ride to the hospital for a non-life-threatening reason can get one, I think that would be great especially in cities where people don’t drive often. Taking an ambulance adds up pretty fast if you don’t have good enough insurance and/or it was used for something the insurance decided wasn’t an emergency. I imagine this ambulance-taxi would be much cheaper and an appropriate solution for many.