Readying ourselves for the craziness that is the Tour de France

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - I caught this rider in February and ended up discussing the Tour de France - what else when the rider wears this hat.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – I caught this rider in February and ended up discussing the Tour de France – what else when the rider wears this hat.

“This year, the Tour de France is starting in my country, Holland,  in the city of Utrecht, and I intend to follow the tour again. But I think I will do it for two or three days and then I will do something else because, after two or three days, it is boring. I think I enjoy the view of the country, of France, when you are home and watching on television. But if you visit France and stand on the route waiting for the cyclists, then you see them for a few seconds and then it is gone. One thing is the Tour which is nice to see. The other is the craziness of the people  because they are waiting for the caravan with the presents and they fight for every small thing that is thrown on the road. That is not the part of the Tour I enjoy – the craziness of the people. When I look in the mirror, I see enough craziness.”

This rider was featured on the website in February with Doing Another City Tour link here…

Photographer’s notes: I found this rider way back in February, but he was bedecked in a Tour de France hat and so we had a chat. I held the second image until now so I would have something for the Tour … Blatant manipulation, I am sure.

I have managed to see the start of just one Tour de France stage, last year in Ypres. I came away disappointed, but that was an organisational issue, not the Tour. This year, I am wondering if I can get to a small corner of the countryside as they race through Belgium and see the small glimpse of the riders.

After that, I will retreat to the local café and watch the last 100 kilometres or more on the TV. I also like the continual coverage and the views of France that drive the daily Tour de France programme.

As for the stages, there are many good stages, but the original one is the team time trial over an exceptionally hilly course. It will decimate the teams. Absolutely not to be missed.

 

 

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