What is The Tour de Fleece?
Every year spinners around the world take part in a very loosely organized event that coincides with the Tour de France. While the bike riders of the Tour de France spin their bike wheels we spinners of the Tour de Fleece spin our spinning wheels. It’s a celebration of everything “spinny” and it’s a lot of fun!
Why join a “team?”
Many people take part in the Tour de Fleece on their own, other’s join moderated groups on Ravelry, and still others like to join in private groups. Spinfoolish Designs likes to put together a group of spinners who want to share their Tour de Fleece experience. We all share a private Facebook group in order to encourage, support and enjoy each other during the race. Team members get daily emails to educate, amuse, and stimulate spinning and conversation. We play games, give prizes, and just generally have fun!
Can I join?
Certainly! Everyone is welcome, no matter how much or how little you spin. The 2016 Tour de Fleece is over now, but fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get notified in time for the 2017 team. The basic info about the event is below, but don’t worry about committing any of it to memory. Once we start recruiting for next year and you sign up and confirm your subscription you will get a listing of important dates and the link to the Facebook group.
The concept of the event is simple:
In 2017 the Tour de Fleece starts on July 1st and runs until July 23rd. Click here to join us!
There is no special amount you need to spin, you don’t need to measure what you have spun, you can skip days if you need to: the whole point is to try to challenge yourself and to have fun doing it!
Guidelines (NOT RULES):
- Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Our tour is 23 days long, including 2 rest days. (Just like the actual tour.)
- Spin something challenging on the challenge day (the stages that take place in the mountains and the toughest climbing for the riders)
- Wear yellow on the final day to announce victory. Why not wear yellow on any day you feel particularly successful? (Yellow is the color of the race leader in the Tour – but here we are all ‘race leaders’) Other colors if desired: Green (sprinter – think FAST), Polka-dot (climber – as in challenges), and white (rookie or spinner under 25 years old).
The purpose of the Tour is to challenge yourself, not to compare yourself to others, and to share what you have done and the joy you have had in doing it! Welcome! We are so glad you are here!