Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ahh, Summer is Finally Here


Every year, I spend July 4th doing something decidedly French. I watch the kick off of Le Tour de France. In fact, I'll spend the next three weeks watching Le Tour. Having never been a cyclist, I don't know where I got this love of cycling.


In part, the appeal could be inherited from my grandfather, himself a Belgian cyclist. That's not the entire story though. This sport has everything: breathtaking scenery, drama, spills, thrills, gossip, dirty doings, doping scandals, comedy and a carnival atmosphere. What more could a girl ask for? Amazing displays of physical prowess and endurance? Sculpted men in spandex? Yep, this has that, too.



This year, Lance Armstrong is riding again and trying for his 8th win. I don't care about that. It's amazing, and I hope he does well, but really? I watch Le Tour for my daily doses of Bob Roll (Bobke), Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett. I love those men and I'm thrilled that Versus hasn't changed their lineup of commentators. Bobke, with his gap toothed grin, is boyishly charming. Paul is sophisticated and Phil has the best one liners in the business. I'm looking forward to the next 3 weeks.

Viva le Tour!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't get it. I have spandex, a bike and a great .....O.K, enjoy!

Miss 376 said...

It has to be those legs! We've gone to watch it when it has come over to England, and it's a fun day out

Renie Burghardt said...

I agree, it is an exciting event. Enjoy!

Happy Sunday!

Gail said...

Enjoy!

Queenmothermamaw said...

Sounds like my fascination with golf. I like to watch records being broken. I am rooting for Tiger Woods, Phil Michelsen and Kenny Perry right now. Perry being from Kentucky.
QMM

Rose said...

And you love hockey; quite the sports minded woman!

bettyjf1 said...

I totally get the well sculpted men in spandex..

Joanna said...

I think the postcards of men on bikes are just wonderful. Enjoy la tour.

Anonymous said...

What,your not a beach volleyball fan?

Jane said...

One year it came over to England, right to the city where I lived. Great for cycling enthusiasts.