More petchem cycling news reaches the Blog this morning. Steve Lyons of LyondellBasell and Jim Thompson of Third Coast Chemicals took inspiration from the Tour de France starting in Rotterdam, and decided to ride the first stage on the day after the Tour riders had completed it. The first stage, Rotterdam to Brussels - which the Blog prefers to do in the comfort of the Thalys train - is a mere 223.5 km, and the Tour website shows the route in its full arduous detail.
Unfortunately the lads were unable to follow the exact route - not having the benefit of closed roads - and were often forced onto cycle paths.
"We also missed a couple of turns and so ended up riding 260 km on the day. Still not bad for a day's ride," said Steve.
(photo: ASO/Le Tour)