HAPPY FRIDAY. RIDE YOUR BIKE THIS WEEKEND.
This day in 1984, “Purple Rain” opened in theatres (note the spelling) all across the UK. I’ll give you a second to soak in the obvious visual pun up there. Got it? Okay. And sorry.
Speaking of princes and bikes, this is the one that pioneered the wavy fork. Okay, so “pioneered” is a bit much since nobody else bothered to follow suit, but still, they’re Pinarello so I’ll cut them some slack.
And as long as we’re talking about princely behavior and cycling…
Sorry for being such a royal pain in the arse with this punny post. Just get out there and ride.
NANCY NEIMAN: YOUR NORMAL, EVERYDAY, PIONEERING CHAMPION.
Looks like a normal, everyday woman out for a ride, eh? Well, she was a fairly normal person who happened to be the U.S. Girl’s National Cycling Champion in 1953.
When she won it again in 1954 she pointed out that neither she, nor the other entrants, were girls, and it should be changed to “Women’s.”
This woman then took it again in 1956.
She also scrimped and saved so she could go overseas and race for a spell in 1954. She returned in 1956 and – using a borrowed jersey – was the sole American entrant in the stage race that was the women’s equivalent of Le Tour. She took 14th.
That makes her the first American of either sex to do a stage race in Europe.
Average, everyday woman? Hardly.
tumblrbot asked: WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO VISIT ON YOUR PLANET?
Petra, the city of the Rock. It has fascinated me ever since I saw it in the Indiana Jones movie. Just to think of the work and dedication it took to create such a place, only to abandon it all to the desert.