Get those wheels spinning for the Tour de Fleece!
Just 15 days remain until July 1, 2017. What happens then? It’s Canada Day for our Canadian friends, and this year International Cherry Pit Spitting Day falls on July 1. But for spinners and cycling fans, it’s the first day of an exhilarating, challenging, and gorgeous three-week event: the Tour de Fleece. Or France, for those who require two wheels.
History of the Tour de Fleece
In 2006, spinner and knitwear designer Star Athena invited 15 friends for the first Tour de Fleece. Closing her post announcing the event, she said, “In the event I am the ONLY person doing this, no public mocking. Even Lance had to start somewhere.” The Ravelry group for the Tour de Fleece now includes over 8,000 members—almost 4 times as many riders as have started the Tour de France in the same time period.
Tour de France vs. Tour de Fleece
Tour de France: Find a sponsor and earn a place on the team
Tour de Fleece: Declare your intention; join a team if you like
Tour de France: 31 articles about conduct and something about a “broom-wagon”
Tour de Fleece: No rules; 3 guidelines for having fun and supporting others
Tour de France: French (obvs), though my favorite commentary is British, because who doesn’t want to know about traffic furniture and argy-bargy?
Tour de Fleece: Any language welcome
Tour de France: Rumors circulate about who will be switching teams in the off-season
Tour de Fleece: Join as many teams as you like
Tour de France: Beat out competitors in one of four categories
Tour de Fleece: Spin every day: July 1-23, 2017
Tour de France: A yellow shirt and possibly a half million Euros
Tour de Fleece: Satisfaction, a smaller fiber stash, and some prizes awarded by individual teams. Check out Team Spin Off’s prize offerings.
Intrigued? Join us! Watch this space for weekly updates. Allons-y!*
*That means “Let’s go!” My Francophile streak comes out in force in July, when my husband gets tired of looking at chateaux and listening to me practice my French accent. It’s just as well that I sit around and make yarn in the basement for weeks.