So, this year, I know that spinning every day is really not likely. So I am joining one of the official, moderated teams.... Lanterne Rouge.
The description for the team is as follows:
This team is for people who want to join the Tour, but won’t be able to spin every day.
In the Tour de France, there is opportunity for everyone, even cyclists who can’t “keep up” with the pack. In fact, the last rider to complete the Tour without being disqualified is awarded the distinction of “lanterne rouge”.
I plan to make a weekly post of progress, but expect it to be light.
Guidelines (NOT RULES) Copied for the TdF Ravelry page:
- Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 1 through Sunday July 23th. Days of rest: Monday, July 10th and Monday, July 17th. (Just like the actual tour.)
- Spin something challenging on the challenge days (usually the toughest high mountain stage: this year, it’s Stage 9, on Sunday, July 9th, when the riders will take on 3 mountains with a steeper than 10% grade, and Stage 15, on Sunday, July 16th, when they will face high altitude and steep grade!
- Wear yellow on Sunday July 23th to announce victory. Why not wear yellow on any day you feel particularly successful? (Yellow is the color of the race leader in the Tour - but here we are all ‘race leaders’) Other colors if desired: Green (sprinter - think FAST), Polka-dot (climber - as in uphill), and white (rookie).
The Tour starts tomorrow.