By STEVEN DAVEY
An avid cyclist, every July I can’t help but be drawn into the Tour de France. I’ve been watching the race religiously since it started a week ago last Saturday. First, the three-hour plus “live” broadcast at 8:30 in the morning on OLN (channel 58), then the three-hour repeat at 8 pm.
I’m not really interested in the competition or the symphony of Spandex and couldn’t tell Vandervelde from Valverde. No, I watch for the hi-def aerial photography. It’s like floating over French chateaux in a balloon for six hours a day. And look, a bicycle race!
Since the coverage shown by OLN is American and heavily biased towards the two US teams even though the commentators are British, I turn off the sound and krank Kraftwerk’s Tour de France Soundtracks CD. I especially recommend the ’83 Francois Kerkovian remix, but Queen’s I Want to Ride My Bicycle works, too, as does the Chromatics’ cover of Kate Bush’s Runnin’ Up That Hill. My White Bicycle by Tomorrow featuring a young Steve Howe from Yes on guitar is good, too, as several teams seem to ride them. I save Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrills’s Ain’t No Mountain High Enough for the Alps. I swear it’ll bring a tear to your eye.
I’ve also discovered a few tunes that don’t mix with the Tour:
Bicycles are Red Hot by TV on the Radio
Midnight Bicycle Mystery by Deerhoof
Bicycle Song by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bike by Pink Floyd (the first half’s good, though)
Les Bicyclettes de Belsize by Engelbert Humperdinck
Anything by Sheryl Crow
Say, whatever happened to that Lance dude?
The Tour de France runs daily through Sunday July 27