Great cycling events tend to draw contestants and spectators like mosquitoes to free sample day at the Red Cross donation center. And so it was this year like the previous three years that the Tour de France and 24MOTAB attracted big crowds and riders all the while circling each other like hungry dogs in the alley behind the butcher shop. Errr, what? Okay, okay so 24MOTAB and the last day of the Tour fell on the same day again and 24MOTAB paid tribute by becoming 24Dope-TAB!
Pretty quiet on the doping front with the TdF this year so maybe MOTAB was a little off the back like some sad hipster that still thinks pirates are funny 4 years too late. But the difference is MOTABers are still there for the ride and the ride is what's important.
After the traditional pre-race press conference at Mickeys, the prologue to the abandoned building wound its way down the bike path. Skies had threatened rain all day but tonight it was clear and warm and the bike pile reached up to that cloudless blue expanse as if God himself might reach down and ring the bike bell on the uppermost handlebar. Whoops, got a little Phil Liggett on you there. Anyway, that jerk the KittenMaster nonchalantly knocked over the pile and the race was well and truly joined!
Riders became spectators, spectators became riders, hasty alliances were forged and shattered in the same lap and no one knew where off the front became off the back. But one thing was for certain, there was DOPE!
And who was the dopest of the dopers? Kenny took his first ever 24MOTAB victory home ensuring a place on next year's team and enough product endorsements to keep him in Cheetos till the end of next week! Last year's 24Dope-TAB winner Andrew was proof that cheaters/dopers can never acheive that level of dopeness again (or at least need to dope harder to pull it off a second time). Matt....Matt Matt Matt......DFL. And his choice of how to wear the DFL award only proved his worthiness of the DFL standing. Matt, that wasn't a Santa hat nosewarmer......
As the night sky closed in and the mosquitoes on their way home from the Red Cross decided to stop by for a snack, another edition of 24Dope-TAB was put down in the books. Next month a short return to normalcy for MOTAB but after that? Oh who knows after that.