I'm a big fan of cyclist Christian Vande Velde mostly by chance.
I'll admit that I originally stood two hours in the rain last February to see Lance Armstrong. But Lance was all busy, you know, being Lance, while Vande Velde was totally chillin' next to me in his too-cute blue and orange argyle gear.
It was then I decided that it's cool to be a Lance fan in the way that it's cool to be a fan of the Yankees and golden retrievers and vacationing in Hawaii. Which is to say, for very good reason, nearly everyone is a fan.
And, when everyone is a Lance fan, it makes it more difficult to get Lance to come hang out with you. Like, I suspect I'll never go grab a beer with Lance. But there's at least some possibility, however remote, that I could meet up with Vande Velde for a Fat Tire or two at a pub downtown.
The point of all this, what I am really getting to here, is that our man Vande Velde came in 8th in the Tour de France and I figured that, as a true fan, I'd give a little shout out.
What do you say, VDV? Grab some beers?