It looks like the fine folk at CyclingTips have high expectations for the quality of entries into their Ultimate Job Competition. They've already layed down the gauntlet with a pretty stylish photo of vintage bikes on a vintage car with the CyclingTips logo on it:
.@paris_roubaix1973 is serious about covering the TdF for us. Can you top it? pic.twitter.com/vqyGf5I4rDNaturally, we felt we could do better:
— CyclingTips (@cyclingtips) May 24, 2014
@cyclingtips That's setting the bar high. But we reckon we can take it up another notch…Of course, it's one thing to talk big...
— Mark & Tom TDF (@MarkTomTDF) May 25, 2014
In our quest for the perfect expression of our artistic genius, we looked back at the entry criteria and saw this little comment:
Be sure to demonstrate that you're able to produce awesome content (video, photography, text, Etch-A-Sketch ... whatever medium you wish)Etch-A-Sketch eh? That's a little bit last century for us, but thankfully there happens to be a 21st century version of the Etch-A-Sketch that's perfect for nerdy cyclists such as ourselves. We are of course referring to Strava.
Those of you familiar with Strava as an art medium would know that it's a lot like drawing with a giant Etch-A-Sketch: you need to draw in one continuous line and if you make a mistake you have to start over. If you're us, that means you need to start over no less than 3 times, and of course the start just had to be halfway up a hill, didn't it?
Nevertheless, this afternoon our art project came to fruition:
For the Strava-nerds out there: you can check out the activity on our Strava Profile. It's fair to say we're pretty proud that we managed to rank 1078th on the segment called Ben's Bends.
Until tomorrow. Keep pedalling!
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