Thursday, 4 March 2010

Thirteen Photos Currently Inspiring Me

Hello, all! Thanks for coming by this week.

Once again, cycling is the theme of this Thursday Thirteen. Next week I hope to have a different subject for you, but this week, I'm sticking with the tried-and-true. I hope you'll bear with me, 'cause I've got my WIP, 27 Stages, on the brain. That's a good thing, right?

And so, I present to you:

Thirteen Photos Currently Inspiring Me

Fabian Cancellara, waiting as an official counts down at the start of a time trial. This was actually a key source of inspiration for the first Stage of the story.

Inside the SaxoBank team bus. Very inspiring, particularly when writing scenes showing the team traveling in-between stages.

Fabian Cancellara's leg. Umm...yeah. I think the pic says it all, really. Quite inspiring.

Cyclists on holiday, sporting their "Cyclists' tan lines." I find this shot incredibly endearing. And inspiring.

God bless Tim de Waele. He got this shot of Fabian Cancellara during the Tour of Oman. (Did you know there was a Tour of Oman? Now you do. It started this year.) Very, very inspiring. ...sigh...

Fabian Cancellara, again. (Have you spotted a trend, yet?) Here he's toting his stuff around. Ah, yes... He's a down-to-earth kinda guy. And that's inspiring, no?

Fabian Cancellara (center) during a rainy stage. (I believe it might have been a Tour of California a couple of years ago, but I'm not entirely sure.) Nevertheless, I find the smiles here very inspiring.

Fabian after winning the maillot jaune in a stage of the Tour de France last year. Endearing, and exceptionally inspiring.

Jimmy Engoulvent (in green) takes a fall during le Tour in 2008. He got up to finish the stage on a new bike. I find that inspiring.

Daniele Bennati, sprinter. Darned inspiring. heh.

Now that's a tuck, y'all! Maximum aerodynamics at work, here. When I see cyclists riding this way, it always makes me nervous. And yes, it inspires me to write scenes in hopes of making them just as nerve-wracking to read. (I hope I can do it.)

This shot brings to mind the scenes in Reus, Spain, where there are several accidents in the final kilometers of the stage. The original inspiration was provided by using GoogleMaps and their 360-degree views of the city. Very useful. Very inspirational.

Cancellara, yet again. Look at his leg!!! Very, very inspirational. Heh.

and a bonus:
Fabian Cancellara, post-World Championships road race in 2009. By the time he finished, he basically had nothing left to give. He made his goal of winning the Time Trials competition a couple of days before, but missed out in placing in the Road Race. It was a bad call on his part - he "went for it" too soon - and Cadel Evans took the title instead. But the photos of Fabian post-event are exceptionally inspirational for me. (And the photos of him with his family after this are heartbreaking, in my opinion.)

And now, a change of pace, of theme, of location.

Because, ya know, variety is the spice of life, they say.

And who am I to say they're wrong?

Sorry, ladies. No name for this pic. My bestest-best friend Anthony took this one while on vacation in Puerto Rico last week. Anthony has a talent for finding the hotties, I must say... WRAWR!!!

Ciao for now! :)


Ella Drake said...

Holy smokes, they let men like that just walk around?

Stephanie Adkins said...

I agree with Ella! Where can I find one of those walking around like that? LOL Happy Thursday, Kimberly! *Hugs*

Adelle Laudan said...

I've learned more about cycling through you over the past few weeks than I've known my whole life.
Best of luck with your WIP.

Holy doodle. Buy me a ticket to Puerto Rico!


Sasha Devlin said...

What a great post (I awwwed at #8). And tell your friend Anthony, job well done!

A. Catherine Noon said...

ROWR is wright! :)

Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Leeland said...

Great pictures. And those men are inspiring and not just cause they're sexier than hell.

Elise Logan said...

the ropey muscles on distance cyclists are so fascinating. I had a friend who was a sprinter, so the musculature was completely different - huge thighs like granite.


Bryn said...

The muscles in that guy's calf...unbelievable!

Heather said...

Pity there is nothing to inspire your writing. Snicker... ;)

Thanks for the birthday wishes. Dinner with friends was definitely fun!

Evelyn said...

Google alerts would always lead me to your blog every thursday, and I must say it is well worth it (: Where do you find such 'rare' photos of fabian that i've not seen elsewhere?

Ms Menozzi said...

@Ella, Stephanie, Adelle and A. Catherine - Anthony manages this on a trip to Puerto Rico and makes it look easy. He had other hottie shots, but this was the real standout, I thought.

@Sasha - Thanks! I've always found that shot so sweet... And I already told Anthony. Actually, I said something like "homina-homina-homina" *droooooolllll*

@Elise - introduce me? ;) LOL!

@Jennifer - I only wish *I'd* taken them...

@Bryn - I can stare at that pic endlessly... Just contemplating... Yum...

@Heather - I'm glad you had a good time! :)

@Evelyn - One word: Persistence. Naw, seriously, if I told you where I found 'em, you wouldn't come back here! LOL!