So the Tour is on and it's going to be several weeks of bikey goodness on TV! I know the race certainly doesn't fall into the category of biking in normal clothes. If anything, it's the pinnacle of biking for sport, but in this case the tour has such a rich history I think it's still worth being excited about. The sheer athleticism is really impressive.
Up until recently I was actually pretty hazy on the details. But luckily I was also recently sent a copy of Pamela Pease's Pop -Up Tour De France, which isn't only a super treat for Dexter (he is obsessed with pop up books) but actually very educational.
Now Leanne can make peloton jokes and I actually get them.
And this book is so well-designed and pretty.
And the book starts off with a little retrospective on cycling. Nice history lesson.
I think I'm most like the pop-up lady in the middle.
Layers of bikes.
I learned all about the team that surrounds the athletes. I really want my own soigneur. Apparently that is the guy that cooks your meals and gives you sports massages!
And little jerseys!
Of course the polka-dot one is for the king of the mountain.
Dexter has a yellow jersey onesie...
Bicycling in Paris!
And you can trace each year's route here.
Dexter likes this book too.
At this point I had to take the book away so that he didn't tear out an important phase in cycling history.
Handy glossary. I think all the stuff sounds way better in French.
I'm all for a book that combines education, cycling, and great design. I think the publication speaks for itself when adults seem to be way more excited about it than the baby.
More importantly, as somebody who bikes, it's so much less embarrassing now that I know about the tour. And I love how I learned everything from a pop-up book.