Leicestershire cyclist marks ride to Paris for TDF - by getting a tattoo
Rob Merry gets a permanent souvenir of four days spent in the saddle

A road.cc user who last year cycled from Leicestershire to Paris now has a permanent souvenir of his ride – a tattoo on his calf.

Rob Merry took four days to ride from Stoney Stanton near Hinckley to the French capital – the first two taking him and a group of friends to Portsmouth for a Channel ferry crossing, following an overnight stop in Newbury.

They arrived in Paris on 20 July, the day before Chris Froome was crowned winner of the 100th edition of the Tour de France in front of the Arc de Triomphe.

Rob told us on Wednesday: “I enjoyed cycling to Paris so much in July. Afterwards i decided that a medal or shirt wasn't enough to remind me of my achievement.

“So I chose to go one step further and have this beautiful work of art done last night. Now there's dedication to cycling.

“Just the small job of cycling to Spain now so i can get the other leg done,” he added.

Rob’s by no means the only cyclist to have got himself tattooed in memory of a specific ride – 2012 World Champion Philippe Gilbert got one of the rainbow bands to serve as a reminder.

That lead Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas to quip this summer: “So Tony Martin got fined for world champ stripes on his bike yesterday? What about @PhilippeGilbert tattoo?? #offwithhisleg  3

Gilbert replied: “lol we payd the rights for the all year! Smarter!”

Off course, anyone getting a tattoo should consider carefully about whether they might come to regret it, as a Google Image search of “Lance Armstrong” and “tattoo” confirms - have a look at this 'beauty'.

Do you have any bike-related tattoos? Share them with us in the comments below…

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


William Black [193 posts] 1 year ago

Reminds me on time of the chap having his "Ironman" tattoo.

This was about 10 years ago and other than a dalliance with BMX racing as a child I'd not been near a bike in years so had never heard of the "Ironman" and the epic distance that it is...but it did make giggle at the the irony that I've never seen a man wince so much that the outlines were struggling to stay straight with the flinching.

In my opinion commemorative tattoos are just a bit tacky.

farrell [1948 posts] 1 year ago

Jens Voigt tattoo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/glorycycles/9341083903/in/faves-soxiam/

I'm a fan of tattoos, but for the love of god why?