Australian perspective of the---Le Tour De France 2013

Discussion in 'Sports' started by McCardigan, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. McCardigan

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    Yes folks

    Its on again.

    M/C content is easily recognisable, its from those magnificent riders with amazing skills who bring you the Le Tour into your lounge room.

    Sit back and take a m/c view of the race, the scenery, the roads. It is incredible

    I was very fortunate to be there and follow the last week when Cadel Evans won in 2011, and rode those roads, on my F800GS, Amazing!!

    As for drugs, it has been a bane on the race since way back in the 1920's!
    Sad but true.

    Let the 100th Tour begin:clap:clap

    PS Mods, let this thread run for a few days, before moving it, there are 11 Aussies riders involved this year, just to get awarness of an amazing event, as realised by SBS who will cover the tour live from Day 1.

    Chris
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  2. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Hell yeah it's tour time :clap

    Extra special watching it this year as I will be riding them roads on a GS (unless i luck out and get a free upgrade to a KTM 990 supermoto :evil) in 10 weeks time :D
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  3. Russ

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  4. McCardigan

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    You will enjoy, trust me, I spent 2 months riding those roads and many others.

    This year I'm riding the USA and Canada, starting next Friday:clap
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  5. McCardigan

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    No sin Chris but the ADV sports thread gives a wider world perspective.
    You will get like minded folks from around the globe contributing.
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  7. McCardigan

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    You have to be joking!

    Read the 4 pages of your suggested forum !

    FFS

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    Give it a chance, let the event begin.
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  9. JayBo1

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    I have to agree:clap. There's enough Aussie interest I believe to leave a thread here. Between the Green Edge team, Cadel and all the other Aussies competing or involved behind the scenes, allow this indulgence:deal. The international racing thread attracts too many inmates that belong in the basement. I won't read or contribute to that one, but would here. The alternative is to join a cycling Forum, but I'd rather stay here on ADVRider - it's bad enough having my work, rally bike and wife take second place for 3 weeks, but ADV as well:eek1:lol3. JMHO of course.:norton
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    :huh

    Piss this thread off. This is adventure riding site not a sports site. We had soccer, footy and next there will be cricket, tennis etc. Leave this forum for what it should be. Motorcycles :D
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    Those...and then some, slobber :clap:clap
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  12. Tenerrod

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    Hope to see some good Aussie info here over the next few weeks. Beats wading through the international sites.
    We're all ADV riders and we like our sports. If you don't like sports, DONT COME HERE!
    Go Aussies!
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  13. Warin

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    We also have - Audi ... purchasing (or not) from the internet, where to stay, trucks ...

    Leave the thread alone. If it does not interest you, don't open it. Many threads I don't open ... in fact most of them. May be 10% of the Aus, Airhead and random of the 'new threads' page.

    Yep. I do look at the roads and scenery as well as the racing of the tour. Same on the Dackar .. the scenery there can be amazing!
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  14. OzJuJu

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    For me, a cyclist since I could walk reckon that following the Tour on an Adventure Bike would be the ultimate holiday. I have contemplated hiring a road maggot and cycling a stage then watching a stage and so on, while the wifey and kids travel ahead and enjoy the towns. The motorcycling angle though is definitely a great idea :D
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  15. GMess

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    Had a nap this afternoon and am aiming for another tomorrow to help get through the first week.

    Went over to follow Le Tour 7 years ago - on the human-powered machine - and a had a fantastic time. Did all the big climbs to help justify the afternoon beers and nightly Bordeaux. The scenery in the alps was worth the hard work.

    Get a real buzz now watching on SBS and seeing sections of roads I have been on. Even better watching the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix and the short, sharp cobbled climbs of de Ronde having ridden those and having climbed the fence with the pushie to do a few laps of the Roubaix velodrome.

    So much respect for the moto riders and cameramen and would love to take the 650GS back to see how long I could stay upright on the wet and muddy cobbles or how long I could stay in front of the best riders as they descend from the big cols.

    Reckon Cadel will be thereabouts but am more interested in seeing how Ritchie Porte goes working with Froome after they got 1 and 2 at both the Criterium International and Criterium du Dauphine.

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  16. Adventcha UnCut

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    Leave this thread alone Mods - As already stated, enough Aussies with a chance to keep it separate from the other shite. Most of the roads le Tour traverses in the EU would qualify as ADV riding in those countries anyway.

    Followed the '07 event on roadies 'till we worked out that you saw more of France in a pub, with the locals, on the TV (traffic jams, endless waiting etc.) and went back in '11 avoiding le Tour and saw even more. It is a fantastic country that I will ride on a motorbike one day - as McArdle has done so please leave this thread going.

    Cheers,

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  17. McCardigan

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    Evening all,

    Stage 1 is now underway on the Island of Corisa. (I wonder if this thread will get the encouragement of 50+pages re the State Of Origin?)

    Would have loved to been there this year, but I'm headed east.

    Anyone thinking of following the Le Tour, here are my tips.

    Do it on a m/c or bike. As soon as the route is published, book accomodation, you can do it yourself, which I did, but a good travel agent is unbeatable.

    All towns/villages where the route goes through are locked down up to 2 days before the bikes come through except for bikes and m/c's.

    You can ride into a village,park the bike anywhere, all cafe's set up tables and chairs on the footpaths, sit and have a meal and a drink, watch the riders whistle pass, then get back on the bike, and if you know where you are going, be at the end.

    I have done this quite a few times both here in the Tour Down Under, Vic Sun Tour and the Le Tour.

    Enjoy

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  18. McCardigan

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    What an amazing finish

    That is the tour

    Cheers Chris
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  19. Warin

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    Looks like they need to impose 'rules' on support vehicles as well as the bikes :1drink

    Ruddy terrible (confusing) for the riders.

    The do defiantly need to do some thinking on the 'safety barriers' - those plastic things would tend to catch bars and pedals rather than let them slip bye?
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  20. GMess

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    Was a great night first flicking between the Wallabies V Lions and Moto3 then between leTour and MotoGP AND all on free-to-air!

    Shambolic then spectacular finish to the stage with the Orica team bus caught under the finish line kite and the decision to finish at the 3 km mark then changing back once they shifted the bus - the run in was great to watch if a bit painful to watch for a former sprinter. Good to see BMC trying to keep Evans safe and Sky look like being able to start tonight with a full squad. Not sure about Cav though - looked like one of his own team caused the big crash and he could be short a number of team mates.

    There are a couple of options to follow the race. If you want to ride a bicycle then the organised tour groups - with someone like Bikestyle - are a good introduction. The guides include ex-pro riders along with some very capable amateur riders. Everything is done for you including bike hire if you want, mechanics, guides, hotels, transfers etc etc etc though it is a case of paying for what you get. They can usually get you very close to the finish and one of my mates sat with Stuey's wife at a stage finish.

    McC's advice to those keen to organise their own tour is good. Suss out the route as soon as it is announced then you can book pretty much everything via the web - just be a bit cautious with hotel descriptions and paying deposits.

    If you want to ride a motorcycle you will find you can hire a pushie at many bike shops and ride parts of the stages either before they close the route or immediately after the promotional caravan, riders, team cars and team buses pass. On the pushie you can get very close to stage finishes and you get get in through closed off parts of villages. In 2006 we rode the last few kilometres into Vitre about an hour ahead of the race and got almost to the point where Stegemans released Robbie for "the walk in the park" stage win.

    You actually see bugger all of the race and, even on a climb, the peloton is past you in seconds. My advice is to book maybe four or five locations over the three weeks. Get out early and pedal parts of the stages around that base then find a bar to drink beer and watch on live TV with the locals.

    Even better if you are travelling by motorcycle - you can get to multiple locations on many of the stages even from a distant base.

    Aim to get to at least one Grand Depart, to get on the race route well ahead of the publicity caravan and see how you go fighting the locals to collect all the promo gear and samples that are thrown from the vehicles in the caravan, and get to a couple of sprint finishes.

    On my last trip a couple of mates and I went over for four weeks and booked bases in Paris, Brittany, near Bordeaux and in the Alps and travelled between those on the TGV. OK with bikes boxed up on those trains but the smaller regional ones are pretty crowded in the summer holidays. After the tour finished we went up to Lille and explored many of the spring one day classic courses.

    Next time I reckon I would go for longer - much longer - and pick up a GS somewhere and would try to do a week at the TT first before heading to France. I would have some bases booked in advance especially a couple with good access to wine regions but I reckon I might camp out with the crowds on one mountain stage just for the fun.
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