Tour de France Inspires Pop Music Gold
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.
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”: