Watching Paris-Roubaix on Versus, it was apparent that the announcers had been instructed to convert speeds and distances from the usual Metric, to accommodate the American audience. It means a bunch of us were able to put our calculators down, or stop multiplying by .62 in our heads. They even told the audience how to do the calculation, though they said to divide by 1.6, which is, at least for me, harder.
Does this mean our sport is going mainstream? There are enough American viewers to actually warrant the consideration of putting the distances and speeds into a context we can relate to more easily? This was the first time I've heard the speeds and distances being consistently presented in both kilometers and miles.
Great win by the lanky (6' 5 1/2") Johan Vansummeren, who rode away from the lead group to win solo, holding off a rapidly gaining Fabian Cancellara. Provides motivation to us tall guys!