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OH THATS A SHAME.
time to vive.
I'm making plans to attend that.
One of my favourite places. Might have words with the bf about this later.
When do we find out who gets the Grand Depart?
It's the one possibly in yorkshire or Edinburgh I was asking about. Is that in 2015?
His concience is clear now.
it's just his blood that's been full of dope
Although, as great as the Alpe d'Huez is, it's a little boring and doesn't explode the race like other climbs. Would've loved to see an alpine version of the circle of death, but hey ho, gonna be enjoying this massively next year.
so that they could cycle some of the Tour De France routes (I drove the back-up vehicle).
Col De Tourmalet was absolutely mental - 12 miles up hill, with the gradient varying between 5% and 18%.
After seeing that I had even more respect for the pros. It took my mates about 2.5hrs to cycle what the pros do in about 50 minutes.
All the Robinson's you can drink.
If you pay for a flight and accommodation and a big bottle of Remy Martin for me, then maybe.
Otherwise you can sort out your own balls. And by balls I mean testicles.
Gonna try and do the circle of death if I can. It looks mental though.
(This is my 1000th post and has only taken 5 and a half years!)
got what you meant now
"It's more than likely I'll ride in a supporting role for Chris," said Wiggins. "I just want to be in a successful team and if that's Chris [who is going to be leader] then so be it."
Sounds good to me.
Would like to see Bradley given the opportunity to defend his tour win. But on the other hand, Froome, when in top for, is twice the climber Wiggins is. Wiggins will be given captaincy of the the Giro squad if this is the case. But there are a fair few months to the start of the season, let alone when the TdF squad is announced.
Giro & World Road Race this year
World Hour Record & World Time Trial the next
I have read somewhere saying that Wiggins would like another crack at 6 day racing again, he just can't as he's pretty hot property at the moment.
be good to have all the major competitors going for it
100th one & all that
though wouldnt mind too much if weasel faced clenbutador was not competing
I am saving up to go and see some of the stages as a Summer holiday - has anyone done it before? Any advice?
My initial feeling is to go and stand at the top of Alpe D'Huez for the double climb of that. I don't want to be one of those pricks that run alongside them and get riders caught up in flags, but it does look amazing being so close to them all as they come up. Plus they all string out on the hills so you should get a trickle of riders come past over an hour or so, rather than a huge blur for afew seconds as you might on the flat stages. I've heard you need to get there afew days in advance and camp out to get a good spot - anyone ever done it?
I'd like to see the final stage in Paris afew days later too, though again, I've heard you need to be on the streets very early in the morning to get a good view, and with it now being an evening finish, can I really justify standing on the Champs-Élysées for 12 hours just to see some spindly men cycle past me afew times and a distant view of Contador putting on a little yellow top?
Will be one of the busiest and most popular places in cycling. Usually get 500,000+ up there on normal tour stages, let alone the double hit next year.
meths, hibster and thewarn have all done various forms of cycling spectating.
but for a mountain stage, there are good and bad points to everywhere you stand. if you do the standing on the hill style observing it's really exciting, but you basically stand there for 5 hours of the day with no idea whats happening and they take about 10 seconds to come past. great atmos tho and no health and safety bullshit or VIP areas. it's every man for himself. if you go to the end of the stage, you wont see much when they come past, but they have big screens up so you've got something to look at for the hours that you're up there. and beer shops.
bear in mind, for the mountain top stage finishes (and any of the race up a mountain) you have to walk up there and it might be about a 7 mile walk depending on where they make you stop your car.
the best thing to do is get up there the night before with a camper van, a TV, a fuck load of beer and as many rabobank uniforms as you can get together.
real shame rabobank have pulled out really.
never done a mountain stage either (that & a tt are the ones to tick off next for me) but really want to, as you say they will come past much slower & you will really see who is the strongest
with alp d'huez bear in mind that after their first ascent they actually have to climb after it & then go up a further 500m as part f the approach for the second pass - there is a website somewhere of all the alps ridden with profiles etc, i know d'huez is one of the legendary climbs, but i'd maybe look at one of the others given the huge number of people who will go to that
this year we did a start & a middle
there is loads to see at the starts, much more than i thought
all the team buses with the riders riding around a bit and loads of stalls & sideshow things
the stage itself you have the caravan go past before it & you will know roughly what time to expect thr riders from the schedules available. take a portable telly & you're sorted.
they do go past in a bit of a blur but well worth doing
only been to one finish & you had to get there early to get a good spot (did see cav win his 2nd or 3rd stage though)
but again there is a great atmosphere