Tour de France Inspires Pop Music Gold

Jul 12, 2012

The Tour de France is the world’s epic bicycle race, a grueling 2,000 mile ride that takes 3 weeks.  It’s arguably the most demanding athletic event, said the New York Times, comparing it to running a marathon several days a week for three weeks. With the 99th Tour underway right now, we salute the humble velocipede and their sore-bottomed riders.

Voila! Here’s French actor and singer Yves Montand with “A Bicyclette”, a song which we are pretty sure is about a bicycle.

This is undoubtedly the first song that comes to mind when you think about pop music and bicycles. Which is, as usual, why we put it second. Inspired by watching the Tour de France, Freddie Mercury penned this for Queen’s 1978 album Jazz. While the song is dandy, we find the music video to be even more compelling, as it features 65 naked women riding bicycles. You’ve been warned. Here’s Queen’s “Bicycle Race”:

These Peking acrobats do something amazing with a bicycle. Don’t try this at home. But if you do, we’d like to watch.