RKP Celebrates a Year

It’s time for the battle of the giants.

Yesterday RKP celebrated its one-year anniversary. Your readership has made the last year possible. You’ve given us the chance to follow stories and explore perspectives that you won’t find at the other sites or magazines, which, for us, has meant getting to write content we wouldn’t have a chance to submit elsewhere.

In addition to the acceptance you’ve given the blog, the industry’s reception has been terrific as well. From the products we’ve been asked to review to the advertisers who need to be in front of you, we’ve been welcomed everywhere we go.

A brief note on my whereabouts for the last two weeks: I just finished a book on road cycling for new riders called Ride Like a Pro! Yesterday, I turned in the finished manuscript to my publisher, Menasha Ridge Press. I’ve no idea how many pages it will be, but I do know that we turned in 402 images. I’d say my relief is on the order of giving birth, but my wife would slap me; let’s just say this morning I took my first deep breath in months. Watch for it next spring.

And now, a year later, we’re at the start of the Tour de France yet again. Summer is ON. Has a more exciting Tour ever loomed? I don’t recall one. Traditionally, when the race has been called “wide open” the reason has been due to absences—missing former champions. However, this year is different.

The list of truly great riders capable of battling to victory is stunning for its depth. We have former champions Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong, and all those who were counting Armstrong out in May are now curiously silent. Both Frank and Andy Schleck look capable of victory. And then there’s Cadel Evans. Evans may not have the strongest team at the Tour, but there is no question that he is the leader of a team and that he has full confidence from management.

Can Wiggins replicate his form from last year? The world is full of riders who rode to fourth once, sometimes twice, but never higher. Let’s watch and wait.

What of Sastre? No matter how likable and classy he is, he doesn’t seem to have shown the form necessary to be called a favorite.

It’s been almost 20 years since a rider took the Giro/Tour double and Miguel Indurain was in his prime. Can the same really be said of Basso?

We’re told this will be Lance Armstrong’s final Tour de France. We’ve every reason to take him at his word. Many will be relieved to see his departure. I, for one, won’t be. While I’m no fanboy, I am a fan. Lance has been a fascinating, surprising figure in cycling and his insights into cycling, given in interviews have been fun to digest. The reign of Armstrong has been no cleaner than the reign of Indurain, but the interviews have been far more enjoyable.

The day following a fun birthday can be something of a let down. With the whole of the Tour de France ahead of us, it’s going to be a party every day. Thanks for reading.

Image: John Pierce, Photosport International

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  1. randal

    today was definitely a bit of a surprise.

    anyway, i would love to see a book from you for us “seasoned” riders, but then again i guess that’s what this site is for. congratulations on the anniversary. i, probably like most others, followed you over from BKW. one of my favorite things to do for other riders is point them towards this site. they all thank me. looking foreword to another great year of RKP inspiration.

  2. david

    Thanks for the past year. RKP is one of my favorite destinations on the web. Keep up the great work.


  3. randomactsofcycling

    Padraig, congratulations to you and your team on the continuing success and most of all the continuing quality of RKP. While it is your birthday, we get the gifts. Cool.
    Enjoy the Tour. I have to thank the Giro for whetting my apetite!

  4. Touriste-Routier

    Has it been 1 year already? Wow, time flies when you are having fun.

    The articles are great and the healthy debate unparalleled.

  5. Jão

    Wow, it’s nice to know you’re celebrating your first year. Hope you can keep providing us the same quality material for many years…

  6. Dan O

    Congratulations on your first year. You have a great blog going here, one of the best on the web.

    I agree on Lance, I will miss him as well. Like him or not, he was a huge fun to watch during his reign. He also directed a ton on mainstream cycling exposure in the US, as well as indirectly selling a few road bikes.

    I got huge kick out of his Leadville 100 exploits, and look forward to whatever he races or gets involved with in the future.

    This should be an interesting Tour as well.

  7. Pascal

    Pantani took the Giro/Tour double-whammy in 98.
    It really is hard to say who will take it this year, but I don’t think it will be Basso.

    Congrats on finishing your book. I will look for it next year.

  8. Mike

    Congrats on the milestone! Aspects of this site I enjoy and appraciate are the breadth and depth of the writing (both the articles and the posts) … and the civility found therein. You all provide a different perspective on cycling on all levels. Cheers and keep up the great work!

    1. Author

      Everyone: Thanks for the very kind words. RKP has become an important and very satisfying part of my life. Your readership makes this a lot of fun and gives me the spark to chase some very fun stuff. I’ve got a few unfinished posts I’ve been polishing for July. I’m especially glad to hear some of you mention that you appreciate the civil nature of all the conversations here. That really means a lot. I like to think we could all hook up for a ride and get home from an 80-mile ride in three hours and with everyone having taken a strong and satisfying pull, and no one dropped.

  9. James

    I too would like to congratulate you on a superb site. You guys have created a winner here. Thank you for your time ans skill!

  10. cthulhu

    Congrats from me aswell.
    A really nice blog, with some really supreb articles.
    Also the group rides are a lot of fun.

  11. Dave C.

    “We’re told this will be Lance Armstrong’s final Tour de France. We’ve every reason to take him at his word.”

    Except, of course, when he announced his “retirement” after the 2005 TdF.

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