Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tour de What?

Well, sports fans, the World Cup isn’t even over yet, but another international tournament has already begun. That’s right, le Tour de France is underway. Complete with drug scandals and violent crashes, this month-long bicycle race attracts some of the world’s best athletes.

The most famous of the race’s stars is, of course, Lance Armstrong. He’s probably best known for beating cancer, winning the Tour about 500 million times (bet you didn't know his team jersey isn't actually yellow), starting the Live Strong campaign that spawned all those bracelets, and landing on the moon. No wait, that last one was Neil Armstrong—Lance will probably wait till he’s genuinely retired to tackle that one.

As I mentioned in my “Going Global” post, this is the sort of sporting event which, thanks to modern technology, can be enjoyed worldwide simultaneously. It’s nice to know that you’re not the only crazed fan screaming at the screen at that moment, but I think I have a better idea.

Here’s the plan: take the Tour on the road. Why do they have bike France every year? The Alps are gorgeous, but next year, the Himalayas! They could stick to French-speaking countries—I’m sure those impoverished former colonies would love it. As soon as Lance actually retires, the committee will have to do something to keep everyone watching, and a traveling circus works great for the Olympics.

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