Summers Heat

Grab your water bottles, and hang on to your saddles; it's another hot summer, sporting hot cyclists in this years "96th Le Tour de France". Those palatable men of the peloton with pedal power that has built the thigh & calve muscles of real men. Whether you admire them for their stamina, or their love & dedication to this grueling sport; you have to appreciate the United Nations of gorgeousness. The tour began July 4th from the tiny principality of Monaco with 200 men comprised of 20 teams, from all over the world; riding rain or shine for 3500 kilometers, over 23 days. If you are void of appreciation for sporty men in spandex, then the stunning sites of Monaco, Spain & France (ultimately ending in the city of love, Paris Champs-Élysées) should fill another visual need.

So saddle up people & give me your feedback on the sport of cycling. Merci'


Bye all means Mark, please call......


lucious line-up - team Caisse d'Epargne

le tour's offical website here; current televised coverage found on
Versus & commitated by a team of veteran cyclists;
more program info here.

more Mark

okay MORE.. Mark Cavendish - click on his photo to get a
finer appreciation of his physicality.

Spanish bad boy Alejandro Valverde

this year missing Alejandro Valverde - banned from tour 09 '
for suspicion of doping; come back to us Alejandro!
say nope to dope buddy.

Spanish Oscar Freire / team Robobank
German Andreas Kloden / team Astana

Swiss Fabulous - Fabian Cancellara / Team Saxo Bank

Alberto Contador - Spain / Team Astana

okay, more Alberto; with fellow Astana mates
Levi Lepheimer aand Lance Armstrong

Texan Lance Armstrong - Team Astana

U.K.'s David Millar / team Garmin-Slipstream

Brazilian Murilo Fischer / team Liquigas
Russian Denis Menchov/ team Robobank

Mark Cavendish - Isle of Man / UCI Pro team, team Columbia HTC

Montanan Levi Leipheimer/team Astana & Alberto Contador

Czech Roman Kreuziger / team Liquigas
Luxembourg brothers Frank & Andy Schleck / team Saxo Bank

"Queens" George Hincapie / team Columbia HTC

Norwegian Thor Hushovd / team Cervélo TestTeam

Christian Vande Velde of Illinois / team Garmin-Slipstream
Francsico Mancebo - Spain / team AG2R Prévoyance

I appreciate a good looking dedicated cyclist because I have
one of my
own - Mr. Scotland, my sweet spouse.

Enjoy your weekend and be sure to take le look @ le tour

{go forth & live responsibly}
appreciate the beauty♥
looking never hurt anybody

photo credits - gettyimages/ezra shaw; newsimagebbc.uk.co; bpsblogger.com; le-grimpeurblog; nbcsports; autobuscyclingnews; blogoregonlive; astsports.co.au; cyclingnews; cyclingweekly.co.uk; sfgate; multiplayer.ro; letourdefrance.com; morethanthegames.co.uk; pezxyxlingnews.com; olympics.org.uk; pinarellowordpress; roadcycling.com; slipstreamsports.com; romankreuizer flickr; slowtwitch.com; smh.co.uu; sportstoursinternational.co.uk; telegraph.co.uk; uksport.co.uk; velonews; zabout.com; wikipedia.com - please forgive me if I left any credit out where deserved.

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Renée Finberg said...

i will def. check it out this weekend.
thanks for the heads up.

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Thanks for coming over. My husband and I have just been watching them cycling through Andorra. Beautiful. Our friend Steve is out there ,and they cycle the same stage after the Tour has done it. He must be mad !!! If you're interested in the Tour go over to Being Rubys blog. She is doing some really lovely posts on it.You will find the link over at my place ! XXXX

Julie@beingRUBY said...

This is great!! I must admit I have totally overlooked the guys!! But you have more than made up for it. The 1st image of Lance is by Annie Leibovitz, I love her work! Thanks for coming to visit my blog and your kind comments. Tomorrow [well actually today now] will be Spain! Hola. Julie

Averill said...

Honestly I've never paid much attention to cycling. As most Texans did, I followed Lance Armstrong's career with a passing interest, but I can't say I know about the sport beyond that.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sun Deb(it's rainy here in Ireland..shocking, yes!).

The Townhouselady said...

Last time I was on a bike I was on my way home from summerschool and got hit by a car (no serious injuries) my mom's response? Well, if you hadn't had to go to summer school it wouldn't have happened. It's your own fault.

That was manymanymany years ago and a true story.

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LenoreNeverM♡re said...

I don't like any sport...but after this post, I started to doubt? myself... wow-hot-hot guys! I need to get some ice cubes now...
~Fab weekend dear!

Brittany said...


And, I thought Houston was hot!
Holy hot guys!

Thanks for visiting my blog, and leaving me such a thoughtful comment. You made my day! :)

annechovie said...

That Valverde guy is stunning! Have a great weekend, Deb!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...


My DH is a biker too......it keeps his little heart a pumpin' so he can be here longer! That makes me glad.


BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

So, the sis and I were just talking tonight about how we don't get all the hubub about the tour. But after these pics, I might have to get into it.

Diane Dorrans Saeks said...


And I thought I was the only 'secret' girl Tour de France follower!

I detest sport--but this is grace and beauty and handsome chaps in tight pants on wheels, with strategy and muscles and all rather handsome.

Your post is so detailed and fantastic. I am--to repeat--not a sports person at all (loath pro football etc)--but the photography, the scenery, the helicopter images of the country towns, Provence, Monaco, the peloton, and all the great shots inside the chase cars of the managers driving and talking into phones to riders and writing stuff and staff leaning out open windows...it is all too thrilling. I appreciate the low-key and v v informative commentary from former pro cyclists, English accents and all. I'm so glad it takes them so long to ride through France. Ride strong, Lance. I hope you win.

Diane Dorrans Saeks said...


Almost forgot.

I am going to add you to my blog roll on www.thestylesaloniste.com--on the strength of this one post alone. Genius.

The Fashion Inquisitor said...

The Tour de France is so insane I cant believe the physical shape the cyclists are in it is a crazy event for sure

Alicia said...

My neighbors are there for the entire thing...he's big in the cycling world. I love the French countryside but I'll admit to a wandering eye towards other views too. Thor's a bit of a hottie!!!

red ticking said...

you lucky woman... wow those bodies are hot! he he ... have a wonderful weekend... yes i will be watching! pam

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Love the first image! So freeing....
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Marsi @ The Cottage Cheese said...

Fantastic collection of Tour photographs! I'm blown away, and cannot wait to read more of your blog! My fiance rides 20 miles at a time, 4 times a week, on a mountain bike. He used to do week-long event rides of 50-100 miles a day and he has done several 75-mile mountainous rides. He doesn't have that 4% body fat ultra-thin cyclist build, but he has the most amazing legs ;)

Thanks for following my blog!

Brillante Interiors said...

(Something happened so I don't know if my previous comment went through but here it is again.)
Confession: I am not following the Tour but in previous years I was a fan of Giro d'Italia. Your enthusiasm is contagious and my interest in this sport is fresh again.

Decor To Adore said...

There are certainly situations in which spandex is MOST appropriate. :)

Kellie Collis said...

Some lovely, healthy men here...HA!! x

Christy said...

Wowzers - what a bunch of good looking, incredibly fit men! Yummy!

And I'm so glad you didn't just focus on Mr. Armstrong. Wife-leaver.

You're married to a Scot!? My husband is Welsh!

Dottie said...

VERY nice post, thanks ;)

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW... there are some FAB lookling cyclists!!!