DH & I have been preparing for the Tour de France by watching the Criterium de Dauphine as well as most of the Tour de Suisse, both shown on Versus. The Tour de Suisse had an exciting end this year. At the beginning of yesterday's final stage (a time trial), American Levi Leipheimer was in 4th place overall and 1 minute, 59 seconds behind the leader. He rode such a great time trial that he ended up winning the Tour de Suisse with 4 seconds lead over the 2nd place winner, Damiano Cunego, who had worn yellow for many days. It was awesome!!!Since I have been spinning more in 2011, I have decided to participate in the annual Tour de Fleece spin-along that occurs during the Tour de France. The concept is simple..... they spin, we spin. A real spinning themed spin-along.
The Guidelines (not rules) for participation as shown in the TdF Ravelry group:
1. Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 2nd through Sunday July 24th. Days of rest: Monday July 11th, Monday July 18st. (Just like the actual tour)
2. Spin something challenging Friday July 22nd. (The Tour’s toughest mountain stage over the Col du Galibier for the second time, and finishing up on Alpe d’Huez.)
3. Wear yellow on Sunday July 24th to announce victory.
The personal challenge I have selected is to spin this glorious 8 ounces of Polwarth that I purchased from Greenwood Farms on Etsy. The colorway is called Arcade. My other challenge is to practice spinning with Batts. These are mini-batts weighing in at 1 oz a piece. I have 4 of them and they are gloriously soft!
This is going to be a fun challenge. Not only is this part of the Tour de Fleece challenge but I am also a member of the Team Footloose 2011, which is the Hansen MiniSpinner TdF group. They have their own mini-challenges with prizes.
Updates will be posted during the Tour.