The Tour de France has changed a lot in the 350 years (or however long it’s been) since the race first began. One notable thing that’s different now for riders than it was in the early days: all the idiots walking onto the course to take selfies.
The selfie didn’t even exist as a thing when the Tour de France was young. Hell, the selfie wasn’t even much of a thing five years ago. But now it’s a thing – a huge huge throbbing thing – and it’s becoming a major problem as more fools throw caution to the wind just to get that awesome shot to post on Facebook.
This is the kind of thing we’re talking about. This person is actually PROUD of their behavior here.
— Fran Reeve (@FranJReeve) July 6, 2014
Believe me, the riders have taken note of this stuff. How can they possibly not notice the meatheads blocking their path as they ride their bikes sometimes at high speeds along the hard asphalt roads? Several riders have voiced their concerns about the mounting selfie scourge. Tejay van Garderen tweeted this:
— Tejay van Garderen (@tejay_van) July 6, 2014
Zak Dempster had this to say:
1. Selfie with a human predator (shark, lion, crocodile etc). 2. Selfie with oncoming train (on tracks). 3. Selfie with back to tdf peloton.
— Zak Dempster (@ZakDempster) July 6, 2014
The riders aren’t just being spoilsports or haters here. There is a major safety issue involved when people put themselves in the path of speeding bicycles. Also, people who take selfies just suck. So it’s a societal thing too.
Any way you slice it, people taking selfies on the Tour de France course are absolute nincompoops who deserve to be sterilized. Stop it people, or we will be forced to take action (but probably not).
Tags: Tour De France