Every year, McDuff’s Food & Wine Trail follows the Tour de France and the wine regions it passes through. Asked to contribute a post, I watched Stage 16 through the Pyrénées, which finished in Pau–home to Jurançon–and ruminated on racing and wine:
It’s been a few years since I’ve followed the Tour with fervor—the same number of years since I sold my Zipps to study wine. For four to five seasons I raced, following the wheels of a one-year romance with my first road bike. Racing became everything, and then, worn from training and competition, I picked up the bottle to study and started to run.