Friday, July 25, 2008


Never really been a fan of Germany, but occasionaly the have a vocab gem. A multi day stage race in France is a "tour". In Italy it is a "giro". In Germany it is a "Rundfahrt". Now realize I am from Massachusetts with the maturity level of an eight year old. "rooonfahhht"? roomfart? roundfart? runfart? This is too good to be true.
Q"What are you doing this weekend?"
A"Going out to Amesbury to do the Working Man's RoondFart"
If we adopt this word, it could do more for cycling's popularity than Lance or Levi put together.
Another recent find. Women's races usually have some adjective in the race title to remind you it's a women's race. The French use "feminin". The Italians use "Femminile" and occaisonally "della donna". So nice. But the Germans, they drop "der Frauen". Which makes it sound a bad industrial band and B.Like big Valkryie beer maids are riding.

Apologies to Germany, but come up with something better than Ullrich and Rammstein and maybe I will change my mind..............

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