Behind the scenes at Le Tour with Manual for Speed
The Tour de France — we shouldn’t have to tell you that it’s the biggest event on the road racing calendar, but in case you didn’t know, it is. For the past three weeks Manual for Speed has been embedded in the race, covering every twist, every turn, every peak and valley, and while the racing is fantastic, we want you to know that Le Tour isn’t just about racers racing. It’s about the fans, the towns, le glacee, the bad coffee, and good pastries. It’s about roadside motels and roadside castles, sunflowers, shants, polka dots, and baguettes. Its about the entire moving pageantry. This isn’t just a bike race, it’s a cultural phenomena, it’s the Burning Man of bike racing, a beautiful melange of humanity and sport fueled by the rich tradition and extravagant pageantry that accompanies the world’s best bicycle racers as they do battle across the French countryside. Here are some images that capture the Tour.