Every now and then one of your rivals does something so spectacularly brilliant that you have to put up your hands in admiration and pat them on the back.
Usually this scenario co-exists with someone else, as a direct result of the brilliance, making an absolute howler; and more often than not, it is this abject floundering that makes the initial piece of play so much more delightful.
Take, for example, Alberto Contador's attack on the Col de Manse in stage 16 of the Tour de France last year, which split up the pack and led to utterly madcap scenes during a fast descent into Gap, during which Andy Schleck contrived to lose more than a minute, while under pressure yellow jersey Thomas Voeckler overshot a tight bend and ended up jumping down a wall and landing in a car park.
Or, for instance, Philippe Gilbert's win in the 2011 Liege-Bastogne-Liege, which was made all the more memorable by dint of the hapless Schleck brothers having no idea whatsoever how to beat the Belgian on the final rise to the finish — despite having isolated Gilbert earlier on the Cote de la Roche aux Faucons.
Well, in the close-knit but fiercely competitive world of cycling reportage, something very similar happened this week — something that didn't involve Saddles, but left him clapping his hands in admiration for one of his biggest rivals in the world of satirical, sarky biking blogs (while mercilessly laughing at the expense of a blundering minnow).
To say Blazin' Saddles and Cyclismas are rivals is perhaps a bit misleading. The former has just a mere online weekly column and is an occasionally ribald daily tweeter, while the latter has created a whole website based around its "fresh take on cycling snark and commentary".
Indeed, Saddles has even moonlighted as one of Cyclismas's "merry band of misfits" during the recent Tour Down Under, making them in many respects team-mates as well as like-minded souls.
As many of you will know, Saddles has been following the Liquigas sauna culture with more than a distracted eye for quite some time now — and so when Cyclismas ran a spoof story about the whole Liquigas team being detained by Omani authorities over "lewd" photos doing the rounds on their mobile phones, it was with both admiration and also jealousy.
Anyone who can find an excuse to publish that picture of Peter Sagan, Daniel Oss and Ella Viviani's sweaty training-camp torsos into an article gets an immediate thumbs up, but to do it so cleverly (and topically) with the backdrop of Oman's strict censorship laws deserves high praise indeed.
But the story gets better: proving that the standard of Belgian reporting has sunk quite drastically since the days of Tintin and his trusty sidekick Snowy, the Belgian sports website RTBF picked up on the story (from "specialist cycling site, Cyclismas"!) as if it were real.
Showing top-notch translating skills but very little journalistic acumen, reporter M Weynants (presumably the work experience boy) even took the oh-so-clearly spoof quote from "UCI president Pat McQuaid" to be true: "Look, these boys need to understand that they have to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. This isn't some sort of American university frat party. This isn't American Pies. This is cycling. And if they want to race, they have to abide by the rules of all the oppressive regimes where we set up our races."
In his defence, Monsieur Weynants did omit the "oppressive regimes" part — and he refrained from posting the alleged names of the explicit photos in question, namely "Full Moon", "Trouser Snake" and "Old Red Eye".
(Although you'd think that if he had the sense to do this, he'd clearly put two and two together and see that it was all just one big hoax?)
Anyhow, the author of the original piece on Cyclismas must now be living the dream, for such double-whammies are so rare in our enclosed world. Saddles had it to an extent when his recent picture of Andre Greipel's monster thighs went viral (leading to thousands of clicks on Twitter) but that was small fry compared to managing to satirise both Oman and McQuaid while simultaneously proving right the stereotypical stupidity and humourlessness of the Belgian nation.
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It's quite nice not writing about doping for a change. It seems like the past few weeks since the halcyon days of the Tour Down Under have been dominated by the likes of Lance, Bert and Jan, distracting from the fact that the season is now well-and-truly under way.
And things are shaping up quite nicely. Despite Andre Greipel's early dominance and Mark Cavendish's move to Sky, no one sprinter is totally running away with things, with the likes of Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel, Tom Boonen and that man Viviani (with his shirt on) all notching wins.
Boonen's bounce back is particularly uplifting. Granted, he is to Qatar what Greipel is to South Australia — but it's exciting to think that the Belgian powerhouse may have put aside his myriad problems and could be back to his best in time for the classics.
Heck, Boonen may even win his first stage in a Grand Tour for four years.
Cav does have two wins to his name, but those rainbow stripes haven't stymied his kamikaze knack of hitting the tarmac at pace, while that recent eighth-place in Oman shows that there's still a lot of work to be done with his Sky train (currently running very much to British locomotive time tables).
Meanwhile, in non golf-related Algarve news, Cav's countrymen and team-mates Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are back in the saddle, while Eddy Boasson-Hagen has picked up his first win of the season.
Back to the Tour of Oman, the unexpected addition of a boat transfer across the Gulf of Oman following Greipel's win in the opening stage even led to a barrage of funny tweets concerning the vessel's in-house entertainment, which involved 1994 comedy caper Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
It got Saddles thinking: having already broken the story of Robbie McEwen's forthcoming role in the new Zoolander sequel, perhaps BS could write another article for Cyclismas about some cycling remakes of Ace Ventura films, with Dave Zabriskie starring as Jim Carrey's zany detective.
"Peloton Pet Detective" can re-tell the Operacion Puerto story but from the perspective of the animal psychologist charged with interviewing the likes of Piti and Birillo (Alejandro Valverde and Ivan Basso's pet dogs).
Then the follow-up, "When Nature Calls", can explore the peeing habits of the riders on (and all over) the road.
Who knows, maybe this will even fool the Belgians?
Follow Blazin' Saddles throughout the week on Twitter @saddleblaze — or buy the new April edition of CycleSport magazine to read Saddles' eight-page Tour Down Under race diary, complete with photos and funny (unrelated) anecdotes involving Jens Voigt and rotten bananas.