What to do with your life now that the Tour is over

By July 29, 2015Bike

So the Tour de France is officially over. The finish line has been crossed. The riders have demounted. So… now what?

If you’re anything like us, you dedicated the last 23 days of your life to watching the Tour, and now you don’t know what to do with all your free time! Here are our suggestions for new activities to help fill the hole that the Tour has left:

1. Bike across Antarctica

Leeming tested her Christini AWD Fatbike in Spitsbergen, Norway

Photo by: Phil Coates / bicycling.com

Just as exciting as the Tour, except with quite a few less spectators. 

2. Become a hardcore fan of a new extreme sport

Extreme Ironing

Photo from list25.com

According to the Extreme Ironing Bureau, Extreme Ironing is “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.” This world wide phenomenon has taken place underwater, on mountainsides and while parachuting. Who wouldn’t get pumped watching this?!

3. Learn some easy tricks on the bike

This trick seems easy enough! If you put in all the hours you spent watching the Tour into learning this move, you’ll have it down in no time. If 9-time X-games winner Jamie Bestwick can do it, you can do it, right?

4. Work on your 5-star cooking skills

Now that you have all this free time, why not become a 5-star cook? Or learn to cook, for some fans. I hear Swiftwick has a delicious collection of healthy recipes if you’re looking for some inspiration. 

5. Start your own Tour

Traveling to France to compete in the most prestigious cycling event in the world is not an option for the majority of us. So why not start your own? The Tour de Possum Grape, Arkansas. Now that has a nice ring to it. And yes, Possum Grape is a real town. And I imagine possums would be excellent spectators. 

How are you filling your free time now that the Tour is over? What are your suggestions for coping?