Category Archives: Tour de France


The best of the poems, photos, and meditations to appear on UPICTURE have now been collected in a book,  KILLERS IN TUTUS, available at Amazon.  Click here.  The cover photo appeared on November 2, 2012 in an essay on Fasching … Continue reading

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They’re coming! Tour de France

. They have finished the Giro, the Dauphine, and the Tour de Suisse. They are resting now, they are packing on a few calories, and they are sorting out who will do what. They start in Yorkshire, but Wigo is … Continue reading

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Double d’Huez Day

. This picture — that’s how I feel after watching Christophe Riblon track down Tejay van Garderen at the end of the latter’s amazing solo breakaway on the hardest stage of the Tour de France ever. Amazingly, there were no … Continue reading

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Alpe d’Huez — twice! — on July 18

. The Dutch will already be arriving in their caravans, well stocked with lager. Some Danes and some Germans too. The French will come the day before, or the morning of. This is going to be one of the most … Continue reading

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The first bicycles: Penny-farthing, high wheel, high wheeler, Man slicer, and boneshaker.

On my way back from a triathlon somewhere in western Ohio, one of those small towns near Troy or Ada immortalized by Sherwood Anderson in Winesberg, Ohio, I spotted these members of an old-time bicycle club out for a Sunday … Continue reading

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The guys behind Greg Lemond and Bernard Hinault at L’Alpe d’Huez,1986 Tour de France

Even though I don’t write about cycling much, these old Tour de France photos are among the most popular on this website. Watching the Tour on television, you feel this insane spectator activity is a little frightening. But on the … Continue reading

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Greg Lemond, L’Alpe d’Huez,1986, and who is this other guy?

Here is Greg Lemond in his Banania yellow jersey making the turn at L’Alpe d’Huez. Was there ever an uglier leader jersey in the Tour de France? But who is this #8 guy right behind ? I want to say … Continue reading

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