Thursday, 7 July 2016

Le Tour

Once a year here in France we have le Tour de France, I believe it is the world's biggest cycle race and is always well attended by people not only from France but they come from all corners of the globe as do the rider's, when we heard it was passing through several villages that were very close to us we seized the chance to go and get a glimpse of our favourites, (Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish)
There were signs up for weeks before telling us that the roads would close at 12.30 until 4 so we knew we would have to be in place for 12.00 we decided to go earlier as we knew places to park would soon be snapped up, there is always a caravan which comes ahead of the race throwing freebies out, this one was 20 kms long with loud music.

They threw some card boards and markers from the Vittel truck and so we wrote on them in readiness for the cyclists coming through

It says go Froome
Sadly we were so excited when the cyclists came we forgot to take a photo, first there were two riders (tete Dr la course) then a good 5 minutes behind was the main body (le peleton), we held our banners high and yelled "come on Froomie" we were lucky enough to be on the side that team Sky were on and they didn't go by too quickly so gave us chance to actually see the individuals.
We were there 5 hours in which time we had a picnic and a nice chat with a French family whose children we gave our sweet gifts from the caravan, some friends were watching in a nearby village and when it was all over we all came back to our house for a BBQ. A long tiring but enjoyable day...what did you do on Monday?
Oh yes, we recorded it on the telly and saw ourselves, fantastic..




5 comments:

  1. That's great! The tour is coming by our house this year--next week! About a week ago, I heard noise outside the bedroom window at 11:30 p.m. There's an island median in the road right there, and they were painting it red. Two days later, they came back, again at 11:30 p.m. and outlined it in white, and did all the other white lines on the street. Then, around 2 a.m., they practiced blasting the air horn. The riders don't look up and have to be alerted to hazards like islands by sound.
    At least the tour passes at midday--no air horns in the middle of the night.

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  2. They tend to do that here I guess it is when it is quiet and when the fete committee are available, but you are so lucky you will be able to watch from your window

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  3. Sounds like a fun kind of day! You didn't BBQ pork chops did you. Lol. Sorry I still smile about that day at the little farm cafe. God bless John's Mother.

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  4. Oh Jan, trust you to remember that lol, love you guys xxx

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  5. I wish I'd recognized you on the television. What fun that would have been! We hope to go watch the Tour when we live in France too.

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