I'm sure you're all enjoying a nice day off from the whirlwind antics of Life on the Tour. The riders won't actually rest completely today - they'll still go on a little three or four hour cycle - just so their bodies don't get too much of a shock tomorrow, when they're back in les Alpes! So hopefully you knitters are doing what you need in order to keep yourself knit-fit for the next week of le Tour as well.
I'm sure you're all eager to find out who wins the inaugural TDF KAL rest-day prize... but first, how about some mind-boggling statistics!
Of the 189 riders who started the Tour in London, there are still 172 in contention (though I am not sure all 172 of them will start Stage 9!)
Of the 3,550km route, the riders have completed 1,545.5km.
There is one more rest day and 12 more stages to go, 2 of which are individual time trials.
Of the 117 participants in the Tour KAL, I'm pretty sure we still have most of you despite lots of 'mountains' faced in the past week! Some people have emailed or posted to say that they've found they've bitten off more than they can chew - I just advise them to enjoy some nice French pastries and we'll call that a success. There have been many projects finished and even more coming closer to completion than ever imaginable! So here's to an exciting and productive Week 2 of le Tour!
In the draw for the first rest-day prize, there were 655 entries. There were 286 comments on the TDF KAL blog and 369 individual blog posts about the Tour since we started keeping track back in June.
I put everyone's name into a spreadsheet and used a 'Truly Random Number Generator' (really! some number generators are better than others!) which thought a bit and then spat out the number 193, which is the lucky number next to the name of......
Felicitations Donna Lee, could you please email me with your postal address!
I have to extend commiseration for this random event to Donna Lee's daughters Kate and [blogless] Emily who are also participating in the Tour. Kate was just recently bemoaning the fact that her mum seems to have all the luck with blog contests. As the French would say, C'est la vie!
We'll be back after the rest day with more exciting cycling and even more exciting knitting updates! A bientot!