July, for moi, means…Le Tour de France! I am not a cyclist. I don’t even own a bike at the moment- I’m still dreaming of this one. I sort of accidentally started watching the sport around 2004 and my love for it has grown each year since. This is the ONLY sport I think about, look forward to, and obsess over. I know…I’m a francophile, so…it figures. However, there are so many other reasons why this specific race gets me going. The lead up to it, the excitement, the preparation of all involved is incredible. The stamina and athletisicm required to withstand even one day amazes me. It is very unfortunate that drugs have permeated cycling (but that’s another discussion entirely). Seeing so many different regions and towns in France is a highlight for me, and keeps my mind off of those issues. I love watching the peloton, and the thrill I get watching the best battle it out on Alpe-D’Huez or le Galibier. Vive le Tour!
(image of Bernard Hinault & Greg Lemond, circa 1986)