I noticed something yesterday. After I watched the last stage of the Tour De France on OLN I got on my bike and rode for about 18 miles in the best riding weather I have seen since spring. I went out and did my normal ride on Sunday at about mid-day.
I try to ride every Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday nights as well as get my long ride on Saturday Morning. The Sunday ride is just an easy cruise around town. I will often go to areas that are not ideal for racking up miles, but are great for socializing with others. And it can at times become a "suds' ride if I meet up with the right fellows.
But here is where it gets wierd I know most of the roadies in town, if not by name, almost positivly by sight, Yesterday the vast majority of people on their road bikes where ones I have never seen before - ever. There were people on all manner of road bike as well as all kind of families out. The cycling population of town went up by 400% easily.
Many of the roadies I know would say something like, "That's all we need are more damn dangerous newbies to look out for" and I can see their point. But I got to thinking, well the greater our numbers, the more we can shape our town into a cycling friendly place. So, I did my best to be as friendly as possible. I was a newbie (Phred) not too long ago - many will say I still am. Oh, well.
Welcome to the cult - Lance wanna bes.
So the lance effect was in full force.