I saw my friend Jake at Turin Bikes here in Denver. Jake told me that a friend of his is starting a club aimed at guys who will not ride the Tour this year but who would love a safe, organized training ride. I got the guy's email address, wrote him and asked to be put on the list.
I heard from Dave Brinton, famous VeloNews cartoonist, that their club in Boulder, a club with much the same focus, is working out well. In my post, I repeated a story that Brintoni had told me about one of the rides. To make sure the post wouldn't upset anyone, I copied the text into an email note and sent it to Brinton.
He suggested a small change or two. I made those changes and sent him the story again. As I did that, it occured to me that my post had outgrown my blog, and had become a column for a cycling magazine. When Brinton responded, he said he thought that the piece had At the Back in VeloNews written all over it - and that he'd love to draw the accompanying cartoon.
So I fleshed the piece out a bit and sent the result to Brintoni, who will present it to Editor Ben Delaney and lobby for its publication in VN. We'll see, as Brintoni said, how good an agent he is.
Wish us luck...