Yesterday the Tour de France finished on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
Like all sports, cycling has a book of official written rules. But cycling also has unwritten rules. These unwritten rules are about the sportsmanship of the competition. The unwritten rules honor the traditions of the sport. They are known and understood by the individual riders, the riders’ teams, and the event organizers. The unwritten rules are very much a part of the sportsmanship and traditions of the Tour de France.
Life also has unwritten rules that we all tend to follow.
Families have unwritten rules that they follow.
The workplace has unwritten rules that you are expected to follow.
To willingly follow the unwritten rules is to live with integrity.
Unwritten rules honor traditions and play the game (or live life) with sportsmanship.
I enjoy seeing good sportsmanship at the end of a tough competition.
Here are four examples of sportsmanship and the honoring of tradition from yesterday’s Tour de France final stage – and the corresponding life lessons.