Speaking of stacking, there are essentially two main types of Free Hats.
- The Cycling Cap
- The Bucket Hat
From here, let’s talk about color and style. Obviously, if you can, you want a polka dot hat. That’s the top Free Hat. Next, also a classic, the yellow hat. Then red and white checkered aka gingham. Then green. And finally, because you’re unlucky or lazy or maybe both, you end up with a sky blue hat with one of the Tour sponsor’s name written across the front, it’s fine, whatever, it counts as a Free Hat but it’s NOT a classification hat and we all know it. You know it. Everybody back home on Monday will know it. Whatever, who cares, what matters is that you went to the Tour de France and came back with an example of the most coveted of TDF souvenirs, the Free Hat.
If you’re reading this and you’re thinking wow, those all those people are idiots or maybe they’re poor and that’s why they need free clothing—think again. Nobody is immune to the infectious and nearly ubiquitous sport of hunting Free Hats. First of all it’s the only thing to do for eight hours while you wait first for the caravan and finally for the actual race to come past. But also, it’s about community and shared experiences, it’s about being a fan of cycling and if you’re not a fan of cycling why are you standing on the side of the road getting sunburned and dehydrated in the first place? Don’t be too cool for school. Don’t think about it. This is a no-brainer. Don’t make Free Hats into a brainer. It’s fun, period. You’ll see.