By Tim Kowols
As he watches this year’s Tour De France from his home in Fish Creek, 82-year-old Ken Jones looks back fondly at the three stages he rode with his son a decade ago. Jones, as he puts it, bluffed his into a sponsorship with Trek after only seriously getting into cycling six months before and not familiar with tackling the contours present on the Tour’s mountainous terrain. Often starting four hours ahead of the pros on the circuit, Jones says he had a few close calls being forced off the course after riding over 100 miles at a time.
Jones was inspired to ride in the Tour de France as an amateur by his son, who had been competitively cycling since he was 15 years old. This year’s 21 stage Tour de France ends on July 23.