Why we love the Tour de France

While I love cycling, I’m not a racer and I don’t normally enjoy watching races, but both my wife and I love watching the Tour de France. Besides the sheer athleticism necessary for three solid weeks of Herculean effort, besides the strategies and successes and crashes and heartbreaks, there is this:

TdF 2012

…the fabulous European scenery. Watching Le Tour is like watching a travel show, several hours per day for three weeks, with scores of colorful Lycra-clad athletes tossed in for color. We track the route on maps and ooh over mountain scenery and narrow streets in historic cities, and talk about how if we won the lottery we’d go there, and there, and there too.

TdF mountain

I do have one overriding thought when I watch the riders scream down these curvy descents, though, and it’s not about scenery. It’s a huge, green cloud of envy, because it would be so utterly awesome to have both lanes of a road at my disposal while carving curves! Geez, that must be fun.

Well, at least I can live vicariously. Viva Le Tour!

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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One Response to Why we love the Tour de France

  1. the Tour is a yearly fixture at my house, me and my girlfriend huddle around the tv enjoying these ridiculously brave fellas that look at a map of France and say: “bring it on!”.

    and I thought about the two-lanes-at-my-disposal thing just yesterday. ah, the good life 🙂


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