I’m convinced that any cyclist who watches the Tour de France has wondered what it would be like to actually ride in the Tour. No, I don’t mean ride the route in one of those tour packages. I mean to actually ride in the Tour de France.
I’ve narrowed that question a little: If, somehow, I were magically allowed to ride in the Tour de France, could I hang for just one day? If I got to pick a nice flat stage, and trained my heart out for that one day, could I stay with the peloton?
I like to imagine that I could, just for one day, ride with the pros — as long as I didn’t have to pull. But I’ve got to be honest: I think I’d cause a wreck, or I’d get spat out the back. And I’d dwell on my failure for the rest of my life, watching the video of me taking out half the field over and over and over.
I’ve asked other cyclists this same question. Racer says he thinks he could. I’ll bet Racer’s brother Chucky could, too. Most other cyclists are like me: they like to hope they could, but sort of doubt it.
The Fabulous Banjo Brothers Weekly Giveaway Question
So, today’s question is obvious: do you think — if you had all year to train for it — you could hang with the pro peloton in the TdF for one day? Why or why not?
The most interesting answer earns either a messenger bag, rack-top bag, or panniers — your choice.