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Anyone else like the cycling?

 

I've become a huge fan over the last few years, watch as much as I can which is pretty much every day.

 

Can't wait for the Tour to start, Contador on song, Froome not looking quite as good as last year. Promises to be a right close one.

 

On another note, my car has broken down and had to take my 6 year old back to his mum's today which is 18 miles away. Trains down too. We had to cycle. Very proud of the little fella.

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RE: Tour de France

I'm also looking forward ot the Tour.

I was lucky enough to visit the sprint stage near Bordeaux a few years ago.
Got some fantastic close up photo's of all the big names - sadly the wife doesn't value the picture I took of Lance Armstrong quite as much anymore!

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I used to watch it years back but all the drug cheating going on put me off and most of it is riders cruising along.  I'd rather watch something like downhill mountain bike races where there's more action.

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We watched the start and finish of the fifth stage of the 1994 Tour in our city Smile

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I'm a courier in the Huddersfield/Holmfirth area, and I've purposefully booked some leave on the Thursday and Friday before the Tour hits town on the weekend.  The local council have been relaying the main road between Huddersfield and Holmfirth for the last 12 months and it should be some sight seeing everyone fly past the Wrinkly Stocking Tearooms.

 

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I'm going to watch the stage finish in London on the Monday.

 

Much of the race is setting up for the finish on each stage, cruising along at 50kph for 180 km and then a good ending. Obviously it's more interesting when you know the characters.

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+1

 

Fantastic event. The only downer being Wiggins not likely to start unless I've missed something.

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I used to find it really boring - until my wife (a big fan) explained all the tactics to me.  Now I'm hooked.

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Xanderzdad wrote:

I used to find it really boring - until my wife (a big fan) explained all the tactics to me.  Now I'm hooked.

That's certainly the key to enjoying it beyond the straightforward epic nature of what the human body can overcome and the epic scenery to go along with it.  I've been following the Tour (and in more recent years the Giro, Vuelta and Spring Classics) since 1987 when Stephen Roche won.

I've heard the flat breakaway/sprinter stages described as a cross between chess and sailing which paints a curious picture, but is true nonetheless.  Understanding the principle that you can save around a third of your energy by being shielded from the wind explains much of what you can see happening in a large group.  Just by seeing the shape of the main group (peleton), you can usually get an idea of wind direction and their pace. 

I've been impressed with Froomey ever since his epic battle with Juan Jose Cobo on the Vuelta in 2011.  One of the most amazing finishes of any cycle race I've seen.  I like his 'just get on with it' attitude too when compared with some of the more petulant primadonnas elsewhere.

My favourite over the years though will always be Miguel Indurain.  He was criticized by many for his non-Eddy-Merckx-style of racing, but he was an amazing specimen of an athlete and consistently an understated gentlemen.  If only more sportspeople had his dignity and "let the racing do the talking" attitude.

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Been an avid TdF since the late 80s with Lemond, Fignon, Indurain. Still followed it into the noughties, being mightily impressed by Armstrong. It is a fantastic event, and the competitors truly are supreme athletes. I'm going for a highly unlikely Colombian double for the TdF and World Cup this year  ROFL

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Xanderzdad wrote:

I used to find it really boring - until my wife (a big fan) explained all the tactics to me.  Now I'm hooked.

 

That is deffo the case. It can look boring if you don't know anything. Once you start to understand all the tactics and strategies, and the riders and what they are good/bad at, it becomes very interesting.

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Waxy wrote:

Been an avid TdF since the late 80s with Lemond, Fignon, Indurain. Still followed it into the noughties, being mightily impressed by Armstrong. It is a fantastic event, and the competitors truly are supreme athletes. I'm going for a highly unlikely Colombian double for the TdF and World Cup this year  ROFL

 

You'll get good odds on that, all the Colombians rode the Giro!

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Well this Tour has been very

Well this Tour has been very odd so far. Enjoying it tho.

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