Critérium du Dauphiné: stage 6 vaches roundup

The Dauphiné continues to spoil those of us with an interest in cows, with stage six also giving us Carlton Kirby who took the opportunity to share some of his bovine knowledge.

Reliable vache-watcher Visible Procrastinations called the first sighting:

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… and got an excellent screen shot of the next group.
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We had to wait a while for the next sighting, but both the helicopter and the commentary team made it an easy spot.Screen Shot 2013-06-08 at 6.13.29 PM

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Carlton Kirby was confident enough to identify these as charolais, also suggesting that they might be destined for a kebab in the finish town, Grenoble (where he advised exercising caution with harissa).

The final vaches sighting was fleeting, but substantial.

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Perhaps not quite as substantial as Bugwan initially reported…

The "beasts of the field... doing their thing". More classic cow commentary from Carlton Kirby.

The “beasts of the field… doing their thing”. More classic cow commentary from Carlton Kirby.

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Obviously I have updated my Tour de France map to check out these beasts as we drive into Grenoble.

Critérium du Dauphiné – whetting the appetite for the Tour

Stage five of the Dauphiné followed part of the route we will see in stage 19 of the Tour, albeit in the other direction, and it gave us plenty of reasons to look forward to July. We saw a courageous day in yellow from Rohan Dennis, who will wear the white jersey in stage six. We got a glimpse of the forthcoming Froome-Contador rivalry won convincingly by Froome in this encounter, who almost gave us Kermit Arms in celebration. And we were treated to a wealth of cows.

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First glimpse


An abondance taking an interest

Team Vaches was as reliable as ever in pointing out cow sightings.

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Stage 5b

Not that interested in the Sky train…

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Stage 5c

Tarantaise, perhaps?

Once again, thanks to all the people tweeting and screen-grabbing cows. Team Vaches’ form for the upcoming Tour is looking extremely good – I’ll need you to be sharp in July as I’ll be either roadside or trying to make sense of French broadcasts!

Critérium du Dauphiné: stage three – home ground advantage

Stage three of the Dauphiné took the riders from Ambériue-en-Bugey through Charolais country to Tarare. The route came close to last year’s stage 10 start town in the Tour – Mâcon – so we were hopeful of some quality cow sightings.



Critérium du Dauphiné: stage two vaches

Despite this race being the time-zone-friendliest race of the European season, the cold-and-flu season meant that this vache was off to bed hoping an early night might be the cure (and knowing that Team Vaches could be relied upon to tweet cows).

Early twitter reports suggested that this stage might be one more suited for the donkeys, what with the carrots all over the place.

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It’s clear that some of you have carrots in your musettes – that’s the only explanation I can find for this exceptional piece of spotting:


Stage 2 cows

Thanks for the tagging of the cow-sightings, JayBeenEsq and VisibleProcrastinations!


Critérium du Dauphiné – an Abondance of vaches

We love the Dauphiné. Unlike the Tour de France, where the race leaders collect fluffy lions, or the Giro, which bestows an anthropomorphised tub of yoghurt, winners get a cow. Not only that, but there’s generally a decent amount of live cow spotting to be had.

The opening stage of this year’s race has already given Team Vaches a lot to celebrate.

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Web round-up: where cows meet bikes

What to do when there’s no cycling on TV? Well, you can engage in endless speculation about the real reasons behind Sir Bradley’s non-start in this year’s tour, or you can take a deep breath and Google “cows and bicycles” and see what you get…

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Cows, cheese and bikes, oh my! It’s probably just as well I hadn’t seen this before planning the France trip, because it might have derailed Tour plans. I guess I can always lie in French paddocks, with French cheese and French cows.

Random cow and bike

Image: Experience Plus

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This post from A View from the Cycle Path alerted me to the annual Boerenfietstocht, or Farm Bike Tours, where you can ride around the countryside visiting a number of farms. Google translate tells me that

Along the way you will see include the cows on the land and there are growing many different crops.

Everything is helpfully signposted and has this cute logo:

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The dates for the rides in 2013 are the 18th of July and the 1st and 15th of August. I reckon the Boerenfietstocht will be factored into planning for our next trip, for sure.

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Finally, I found something to look for in France. And, despite the lack of cows, I almost think this counts as saving-the-best-’til-last. It combines beer, bikes and a nod to Jens Voigt’s love of geo-caching. It’s called Find the Beer! and it is what is says on the tin. There are only three rules:

1) you just take one, 2) you leave a beer of your own before you go, and 3) you let us know through Food and Think’s comments box that you’ve made the discovery–and, please, tell us how it tasted.

Seems reasonable. I’m thinking of taking a Holgate Temptress to leave for a lucky cyclist.