Here's a fun way to celebrate/survive the first Tour de France rest day. On a couple past occasions members of the Podium Cafe have decided to introduce themselves to each other. The "cafe" in Podium Cafe stands for a place to hang around for a while, or for a part of every day. Over time people here sort of get to know each other, in the fellow-bloggers sense, and we have had a gathering to boot at the Tour of California... surely not the last. So there is some value to making more tangible connections, to the extent people are interested. And there is some more value to doing it again given the incredible rise in new readers and members we've taken in over the past two weeks. Consider this a way to welcome the new folks and get to know each other a little better.
If you would like to, please tell us a little about who you are and what your interest in Cycling is. Feel free to say as little or as much as you like, to the extent it relates to cycling fanhood. I'll start: I am Chris, the founding editor of the Cafe. I live in Seattle and practice law in the federal government. Grew up in Massachusetts and lived in DC. Brother of Mr Van P and high school pal of Drew's. I came to the sport in 1985 after watching Paris-Roubaix with a friend and was a huge fan throughout the LeMond years. I took up racing, never got very good at it, but am still dabbling and enjoying it immensely.
There. Your turn.