the crow wrote:
Worlds biggest stadium...3531.5km long with standing room only on both sides.
Ive been watching quite a bit of the tour this past week, those guys are freeks seeing them in the mountains last night...tonight they ride over a 2115m+ peak starting from a 186m elevation start, well worth watching.
The drug issue is always going to be there, regardless i think its the greatest sporting endevour on the planet. The talk about australia entering a team in future comps is quite interesting, but it would be a costly endevour to pull off curently there are 9 aussies (10 really,) entered in this years event. Ive noticed so many australian flags on the side of the roads more so than last year, it would be inspiring for the guys see that as they drag them selves up yet another hill.
Hope Cadel goes one better this year.
I went to see the Prologue last year in London. I was in the Pyrennees last week to see it for real. Absolutely awesome seeing the speed those blokes are going up the mountains.
Its very odd spectating experience. We got to the bottom of the cols about 4-5 hours before race was due to come past. On the Col d'Aspin, we only walked up about 3km before deciding that we had a good spot. Col du Tourmalet (2115m) we got up about 6.5km, still over 10km from the top. Its weird fighting with young children and old ladies for some of the crappy keyrings that the caravane throws out. I did get the stuff that you, the yellow satchel, the big green hand, the polka dot cap and the white bucket hat. Actually, I got 3 white hats, as they had the name & date of the stage on each day. We also got to the start at Lannemezan, the first time Cadel was in yellow.
On the rest day after the stage over the Col du Tourmalet, a group of us gave it a go ourselves. 16.9km long, 1275m from the bottom to the top. Took me over 2 hours...might do a little bit more training and take a lighter bike (and lighter me) next time!