The Tour de Fleece (Ravelry link) is a spinning challenge that parallels the Tour de France. The guidelines – not rules, just guidelines – are as follows:

1. Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 3rd through Sunday July 25th. Days of rest: Monday July 12th, Wednesday July 21st. (Just like the actual tour)
2. Spin something challenging Thursday July 22nd. (The Tour’s toughest mountain stage from Pau up the legendary Col du Tourmalet)

There are different teams that one can join – some, many, one or none. If I do decide to go for it, I would be eligible for several! Team Rookie is for first-time Tour de Fleecers. Team Peloton is for everyone! Team Lantern Rouge is for spinners who might not be able to spin every day of the Tour, but still want to participate as much as possible. There’s a team for Kromski owners and one for “stashbusters” and one for just about every other thing you can think of, including people who use social media and people who like Doctor Who.

Some entrants are setting specific challenges for themselves; some are just setting the goal of spinning daily. If I do sign up, it will just be for generalized using up the fibre stash. I know better than to get specific! If I try to fine-tune a goal, I’ll want to do everything but that. If I just say “spin nearly every day” then I have a chance of making it.

It really does seem like a lot of fun, and I can probably commit to spinning for at least a few minutes every day for a month. I certainly have no shortage of fibre to spin up… and perhaps it would be good exercise for my sore ankles!

P.S. It’s all Janis‘s fault that I’m even considering this. You evil, evil temptress. :)

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2 Responses to “In Which the Pirate Considers a Challenge.”
  1. Ivy says:

    Mmmm, fleece! All that looks so lovely. Makes me wish I had a wheel…sigh. Must remember to save money.

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