Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dutch Mountain → Kenyan Mountain?

Nicholas Leong has a dream: to turn Kenyans from Eldoret into professional bicyclists. Since they already vaporize marathon runners in their wake, this is a fairly natural next step. To make his point, he's recruited two riders to climb L'Alpe d'Huez and, hopefully, come close to the record time for the climb. It's a quixotic effort of the kind we'll look back on years later and ask, “Duh! Why didn't someone do that sooner?” So, good on you, Nicholas, and good luck, Zakayo and Mwangi. You'll roast my time, that's for sure.

2 comments:

dickmutai said...

True. I have been a firm believer of this since I was 15 years old. I did try my luck in the cross country /marathons without success. Bicycle racing should be a hit in the region around eldoret and the kerio escarpment of Kenya. I am a local of the place and should know. Give it a try. And they climb mountains running. So if the guys you got are not that good then you need to get the right ones.

Dick

dickmutai said...

True. I have been a firm believer of this since I was 15 years old. I did try my luck in the cross country /marathons without success. Bicycle racing should be a hit in the region around eldoret and the kerio escarpment of Kenya. I am a local of the place and should know. Give it a try. And they climb mountains running. So if the guys you got are not that good then you need to get the right ones.
Dick