Thursday, 11 July 2013

Tour de France 2013 - Stage 12

The Tour de France came within reasonable distance of us today, so we went up to Lignieres de Touraine, just south of Langeais, to watch.

Crowds had already gathered when we arrived and there was a large screen in the square to see the riders en route... We loved the combination of high media tech and agricultural machinery..

We found a good vantage point to watch the race but first of all there is the accompanying caravan...

Float after float passed, all throwing freebies our way.. And then the wait for the riders..

The lead group whizzed by in a flash...

Then the main body of riders..

including the famous "yellow jersey", worn today by Chris Froome....

The whole field of riders was gone in a second. We were so close we felt the wind they created as they passed.

All that remained was for the crowds to disperse and that was a sight in itself
It's been a really amazing day and one we will never forget!

Postcript: The Alternative Tour
Due to the extreme temperatures and bad sunburn, we had to go and 'rescue' my son, David, who was cycling his way down to Braye. He is taking a few days to recover and when the temperatures drop a little from the highs of the past days he is going make up the miles by cycling back to Preston, Lancashire.

For those who very kindly donated to his chosen charity, Wateraid, please feel free to withdraw the donation if you would prefer. Otherwise, David would like to thank you very much for your support and we will let you know when he completes the return trip.


GaynorB said...

Well done, David. In the sun and heat getting as far as you did was still an amazing feat of endurance.

Good luck for the return journey.

Susan said...

It's fun, isn't it :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm very jealous of your 'in the flesh' TdF experience, though I think David must be a little crazy to want to cycle such a long way!

Craig said...

What a fun day! Poor David - I wise move to abandon things until it cools off a bit.