RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.
SIR ELTON JOHN.
What do all these names have in common??
They are all folks who have been to Herning since I moved here, and they are all reasons for you to think that our little ol' town in the middle of Jutland is PRETTY DARNED COOL. But wait.... I have another reason for you to think that we are JUST AS AWESOME (or maybe even MORE AWESOME) than, say....Copenhagen?!?!
But first, you need to do one thing......
You need to THINK PINK.
Giro d'Italia is a long distance road bike race for professional cyclists held over three weeks in May in and around Italy. It is one of the three Grand Tours, right alongside the Tour de France!
Traditionally it starts somewhere in Europe (usually somewhere big and fancy like Athens or Amsterdam) and then the riders make their way to Italy... but guess where the Giro is starting its 2012 race???? Yep, LITTLE OL' HERNING! AKA the MECCA of JYLLAND! And you thought we only had big concerts!
They are predicting that somewhere close to a half-million people will make their way to Herning this week....all for the kick-off race of the Giro which happens tomorrow about a half-mile from my house! Even the Danish Prime Minister and CROWN PRINCE will be on hand for the big event!!
But how does you know that the Giro has come to Herning??
JUST OPEN YOUR EYES, but warning....you may need to put on shades!
In the Tour d'France, the goal for any rider/team is to get that coveted YELLOW JERSEY....to show that you are in the lead! The Giro race does something similar, but its coveted jersey is PINK!
Right now when I walk down the streets of Herning, all I can think about is that quote from Steel Magnolias when Sally Field's character (describing Julia Roberts' character's upcoming wedding) says that "the church looks like it's been covered in Pepto Bismal"..... Yep, that is our darling little town! Take a look!
|Many homes have put away their Danish flag for the weekend....and are flying the Giro flag!|
|Party in city square tonight!|
|We have new bike lane markers!|
|Our papers have been pink since Wednesday!|
|The grass on all the roundabouts has been PINKED!|
|Pink tulips are popping up all over town so you know we have been planning this for MONTHS!|