Sunday, July 22, 2012

Nicknames in Cycling

This morning, the Tour de France ended with a sprint along the Champs Elysees. I love watching the racers in the streets, passing the Arc de Trimophe, the Place de la Concorde. I can see the bateaux mouches along the Seine.
Here's the Champs Elysees on a day
when bicyclists were not racing.
At the beginning of the Tour this year, Swiss researchers discovered something called Higgs Boson, known as the God Particle. Now I don't understand what this is, something about the fact that even empty space has the potential to become something.
But what I do know is that at the same time scientists announced they had discovered this Higgs Boson, we were watching Edvald Boasson Hagen ride the Tour de France on Team Sky. And his name seemed so similar, that for the rest of the race, we called him God Particle.
Apparently, the rest of the race world didn't pick up on it, cause they said one of his nicknames was Bo-dawg.
Today, on the final stretchh up the Champs Elysee, the God Particle led his teammate away from the rest of the field and launched him, allowing his teammate to win the final stage. The God Particle is very selfless.
I don't suppose his name will catch on, except in our family

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

God particle is great nickname for Edvald Boasson Hagen. It should be noted that one of the founders of the Higgs boson is C.R. Hagen - American who parents are from Norway. Hopefully that is one of the reasons the nickname stuck or made sense.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._R._Hagen

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