Getting ready for Le Tour Part II

Hello there to all our new cow loving,  cycle-toting friends!

Three weeks to go …  just about.  I’m starting to get excited about the individual stages of the tour,  starting with our jumping off spot,  le Grand Depart,  at Passage du Gois on the Atlantic coast in the North West of France. The start sees the pack traversing a bluestone causeway that is cut by high tides. If I was organising Le Tour I might be tempted to pop this bit in at the end of a stage,  to see who gets there before they have to swim across. (That there is quite possibly why I’m not organising Le Tour I guess).  Here’s a link to the glossy start page on the official web site.

Injera has provided some great practical advice for preparing yourself for this year’s tour,  I thought I’d follow up with some quick notes on how technology (well really,  twitter) can provide excellent insight into what goes on behind the scenes of the tour.

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One month to go

If you haven’t been out on the bike climbing hills regularly it’s probably too late to start training for Galibier now,  but there is still some preparation you can do before the Tour starts.

Clear your IQ/DVR

Most of us will need to function at work during the three weeks of the Tour,  so this means watching all stages live might not be the work-life balance your employer has in mind.  Delayed viewing comes with the risk of having stage results spoiled,  but at least you’ll be able to pause for cow spotting.
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Welcome to Les Vaches du Tour

The Tour de France is one of the highlights of the professional cycling calendar,  but it is so much more than a bike race. It also presents an annual opportunity to make soon-forgotten plans to conquer the Col de Tourmelet to counteract the best-forgotten plans to cook up a Gabriel Gaté-inspired month of French favourites. There’s the game of “spot a familiar face”  as sommelier Christian Maier attempts to pass Southbank off as somewhere more Seine-side,  and the temptation to base drinking games around any number of Phil Liggett-  and Paul Sherwen-isms. Even more importantly,  there are the forgotten heroes of the Tour.

The cows.

During this year’s Tour,  we will be providing a daily guide to the cattle to watch.

Stay tuned.