Housekeeping – Time For a Break

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Tour de France drinks

A quick note to say I am away for the next two weeks on a break where where there will be zero internet access but hopefully a cold drink.

But the blog continues with a range of articles cued up for automatic publication every day.

Last year one reader said I should go away more often as they liked the in absentia pieces so much. We’ll see, but there’s a mix coming up with pieces that look back at the past season as well as some items on clothing and custom bikes, exploring the way a race combines with its landscape, a cycling “theory of relativity” and the back-story to the scenes of Marc Madiot screaming his head off when Thibaut Pinot won a stage of the Tour de France. And more.

So check back here every day if you want something to read during the off-season.

wayne November 24, 2012 at 7:34 am

thanks for your commentary, enjoy your vacation!

MT November 24, 2012 at 7:40 am

Bon vacances!

Julie (@julesmpg) November 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

Have a great break!

Sidamo November 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

Enjoy the break away. The peloton will see you in 200km or so 🙂

Routier November 24, 2012 at 10:23 am

Thanks for the consistently brilliant blog – although I think that word undervalues the site – and enjoy your holiday!

Paul November 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

enjoy the break! Hope you get some sunshine

Vera November 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

I learn so much from your blog, and I’m looking forward to the coming articles. Enjoy your break!

Bezemwagen November 24, 2012 at 11:17 am

Goede vakantie, dank voor de voortreffelijke artikels, keer op keer.
Tot over 2 weken!
Enjoy the break!!

DJ November 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

Enjoy your break and thanks for keeping us ‘busy’ while you’re away.

Oliver November 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

Bonnes vacances!

bikecellar November 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm


koko November 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm

cheers inrng. Have a well deserved break!

Tommy November 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Have a good break, you deserve it…thanks for the in absentia reading!

pete November 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Enjoy 🙂 Loving your work

JimW November 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Enjoy the vacation and thanks for the extra work leading up to it so we stay entertained.
Appreciated as always!

Larry T. November 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm


sea_biscuit November 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm

have a nice time, you know i had a shirt printed for my brother bearing the words ‘I’m INRNG’ blazoned on the front…sad i know, but made me laugh and think of the film spartacus – and of course that brings us back to cycling…. go ride some hills

The Inner Ring November 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Ha, I think someone on Twitter mentioned they spotted the t-shirt

Anonymous November 25, 2012 at 1:46 am

On a serious note, running this blog must take a huge amount of your time and probably no little money. Many of us would, I am sure, be more than happy to buy a tshirt or some kit emblazoned with an INRNG logo and a few sponsors if you’re keen.

You could run a little design comp ….

Anyway, enjoy your break and, again, thanks for all your efforts.

Chuffy November 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

You need to make more and sell them. Would be great to see them pop up at races though the season!

The Inner Ring November 25, 2012 at 3:54 am

We’ll see about the t-shirts.

As for the blog, it’s satisfying people think it takes lots if time but as the typos and odd factual mistakes suggest, it doesn’t up much time and things can be rushed.

Ulty November 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Au contraire! A lot of thought time has gone into all this as your rationale is normally well formulated. I think that’s why the execution may take you less time, but nonetheless the content holds up.

Best regards, thanks, and have a great holiday!

jcoxbar November 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

T-shirts are a very good idea

Andrew L November 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

As always thanks for the top shelf blog and enjoy the well deserved break!

Biarnes November 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Boas Ferias !!

Chuffy November 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I don’t know how you manage to produce so much high quality output in between holding down a dayjob. Enjoy your break. 🙂

maximflyer November 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Enjoy your break and thanks for the posts. My favourite blog.

Tyler November 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm


izoard November 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm

bonnes vacances !
and btx thanks for the blog.

Bundle November 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Amuse-toi comme si tu étais Freddy Maertens à la bonne époque!

Sf native November 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Enjoy a well deserved break. Your blog is absolutely brilliant. A million thanks!

MT November 24, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Lots of hard earned reader goodwill on the site INRNG. Hope the Selle Italia replacement is working out. If not, you know where to turn. There aren’t that many non mainstream places for independent, properly researched chat and discussion of this quality.

Also, I’m thankful that the comments sections are still a place of civility where for once, the readership actually serves to enhance the quality of the site. I can’t believe I get it for free.

Larry T. November 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm

a big +1

Davis November 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Serious depth of knowledge, passion and insight, thoughtfulness and humour, and most of all a respectfulness for everyone in the sport, which is generally reciprocated by posters. It’s a seriously classy blog and a great community that gathers here; thanks for making it happen.

And enjoy your hard-earned and well-deserved break!

Barbara November 25, 2012 at 12:16 am

Have a great time and know that we all will be very glad when you’re back.

Thomas November 25, 2012 at 4:20 am

Thanks so much for another great season of thoughts, analysis, and information that I would have otherwise never had the pleasure of reading. Safe riding and clear thinking to you over the next couple weeks.

Frogboy November 25, 2012 at 4:41 am

Bonnes vacances a vous Mr. Ring, enjoy your cold drink and your freedom from the internet!

Cevenol November 25, 2012 at 7:30 am

Bonnes vacances!
Can’t wait to rock the Inrng shirt! Can’t wait to read the Pinot story (love that kid)!
Thanks again for doing what you do

Mountain goat November 25, 2012 at 11:28 am

As mentioned above a very classy website with incredibly in depth knowledge. Mr INRNG has even had the forethought to have stuff posted when on holidays. You are far too good to us. Enjoy and thanks.

Nick November 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

Have a great time !

I like the idea of INRNG t-shirts… very interested myself (a very small way for me to support this excellent blog)

Ian November 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Huge thanks for all that you do on this site and enjoy the break. I’ll shortly be writing up by own review of the season on my blog and as someone relatively new to following the season in such detail I would not have had such enjoyment if it was not for this site. I would also very much like to thank all those below the line as well, it can be a daunting place with so many knowledgeable readers but I have learned a hugh amount and whenever I have commented or asked a question it has always be treated kindly. Thanks to you all. Cheers Ian. (PS I’d buy a T-Shirt if it helped to fund the site) (PPS – I’d also be willing to pay a subscription)

Adam W November 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Enjoy your break. I’ve enquired before on twitter about the possibility of a cycling jersey being made by INRNG but got no response. The Cycling Inquisition blog has had a lot of success with their jersey (makes me feel like Quintana when I take on the lumpy hills of County Durham!) and I’m sure INRNG would too.

Gavin November 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I can’t believe there is a place on this earth with no internet access and as you’re going somewhere warm can only assume that you’re off to planet venus? You’re not looking to set up a stage race for global cycling promotions perchance?

Karl M November 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

Hope you enjoy your break as much as we enjoy your posts, INRNG.

(The t-shirt idea could have real potential- a brand that looks classy, understated and suitably niche, so even if you went to a cycling event with INRNG on your chest, only say 1 in 10 would know what it’s about. And why not promote with on the shirt too?
Rather like velominati (check their merchandise!).

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