Hola from Spain …
But not for long! Tomorrow I’m heading to the U.S. to kick-off my book tour … First stop - Austin, Texas! There’s probably no better place to start the tour than the hometown of Mr. 7 Yellow Jerseys. What we accomplished those seven years is very special and I’m very happy to first share my book with the people of Austin!
I’m also looking forward to catching up with old friends in Austin. If you remember, Austin is home to the company that managed the USPS & Discovery Channel Teams, Capital Sports & Entertainment/Tailwind Sports. Bill Stapleton and Bart Knaggs still head up the company and manage Lance’s affairs … Plus countless others who worked for or supported the team. But the one person who I will miss is Lance. Unfortunately, our schedules did not line up and he will be on the road. Lance, busy? Can you believe it? He is about to launch livestrong.com … Don’t be confused, it’s different from the .org site. From what he tells me, it is a cool website that’s going to help change people’s lifestyles. So he has some media commitments in NYC to promote the launch. But I hope we can meet up at a book signing in early July.
Speaking of Lance … The book signing will be at his new bike shop – Mellow Johnny’s. It opened up in early May and I’ve heard great things about the shop – not the typical bike shop. I read Fresh Brew’s article about it on Team Astana’s site and I’m looking forward to seeing it in person. Look’s pretty cool.
After Austin, I head to Philadelphia, where Bill Strickland will join me. Bill was a really influential person when it came to writing the book. I have so many stories and Bill helped me map out the book and choose the stories that went along with the book’s theme – winning (in case you had trouble figuring that out from the title!) We’ve become good friends through the multi-year project and he is another person I look forward to reconnecting with. Then from Philly, it’s off to Washington D.C., then Madison & Milwaukee and then the final stop on the first leg, Chicago. Every day it’s a new city, which makes for some early mornings and flights! The days will be busy with signings and interviews, but hopefully I’ll have some time to sneak out and do some exploring, or as my wife would say – shopping!
Hopefully if you are in or around those cities, you’ll come out. If you’ve never been to a book signing, I’ll obviously sign your book, but I’m going to spend some time in the beginning talking about the book and taking questions. One thing before I forget - I want to thank people for their support … I’ve received a bunch of emails from people asking me to come to their city. I wish I could hit all 50 states, but I have my family and Team Astana job to attend to … So my apologies if you are unable to make the trip, but I hope you still enjoy the read.
As you can see by the length of this blog, I’m pretty excited for the coming week. This is a new adventure for me and I plan to take pics and write some blogs, updating you all (or as they say in Austin, y’all) on the book tour and my travels!
One thing I need to mention before I sign off – the Dauphiné Libéré. Looks like Alejandro Valverde will wrap up the victory tomorrow, with Cadel Evans in second and Team Astana’s Levi Leipheimer in third. I am quite impressed with Levi’s performance, especially coming off the Giro … Winning the prologue and then having a very good time trial. Valverde was unbeatable in the time trial, a very impressive victory. Should be interesting to see how Valverde and Cadel match-up in the coming weeks … More on the Tour another time!
See you in the States –