February 7: Didi Senft

Tour De France DevilDieter “Didi” Senft, who was born on this day in 1952, is honestly, one of my favorite people in the history of the world. He’s by no means a great man or an important man, but oh he is an interesting fellow. So, who is Didi Senft? He’s the man pictured at right. No, not the cyclist; Didi Senft is the man in the devil costume.

Yes, if you’ve ever watched the Tour de France, you’ve probably seen Senft in his devil costume. The obvious question is “Why?” Well, Senft, a German, was inspired by German cycling announcer Herbert Watterot who often referred to the final lap or stage of a cycling race as “the red devil’s lap.” Sneft often appeared towards the end of stages of major cycling races like the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. Sneft would wait towards the end of the race (typically after painting his pitchfork symbol on the road) and cheer on cyclists while sporting his red devil costume. Sneft had been a fixture of the Tour de France since 1993, with the exception of 2012 when he had to miss the event after undergoing surgery. However, Sneft was back in 2013 wearing a bright yellow devil costume to celebrate the 100th Tour de France and then again in 2014. Unfortunately, it appears that 2014 was his final Tour appearance as Cycling Week reported in November 2014 that the Devil was retiring due to health issues and a lack of sponsorship for his travel expenses.

Of course, there’s only one drink that’s appropriate for cycling’s red devil, a Red Devil. Just like a Long Island Iced Tea, it has a lot of alcohols, but this drink is sweeter and redder. It’s very alcoholic and just a little crazy.

Red Devil

  • 1 1/2 ounces Vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces Peach Schnapps
  • 1 1/2 ounces Southern Comfort
  • 1 1/2 ounces Sloe Gin
  • 2 ounces Triple Sec
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 splash grenadine

Pour everything into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Pour into an ice filled highball glass.

Tomorrow: Batman’s real creator.

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