Those who know us know we love le Tour de France time. For those who don’t know us, we love le Tour de France time. I’m happy for the last three years to be able to enjoy it during the daytime and not be tired!
Each year we chose different locations to watch a stage or two. We’ve come to know that as fun as the atmosphere is, we prefer not to be at a depart or arrival village due to the sheer number of people. We prefer finding a small village or just be along the road gives us a better view of the race.
This year we focused on stage 8 and 9 in Bretagne. On the Saturday we had a great position in the tiny town of Broons. We were in between corners and there had been a breakaway so we had a great view.
On the Sunday (after a big party at our friends house ! ) we scored a roadside spot for both the caravane and the time trial (contre la montre in French). We were around the 13km mark near Monterblanc. For those of you who don’t know what the caravane is, (as it’s not part of SBS coverage) it’s a couple of hours before the stage passes through when all the sponsor floats drive through and throw around things like hats, lollies, bottles of water, madeleines etc. And it can get brutal! Some people only come out for that. There is music and it’s great fun I love it but am not fussed to collect anything !
Both days we had great views of the riders. We could spot French rider Sylvain Chavanel in the breakaway as well as Christophe Riblon, Thibault Pinot, yellow jersey Froome as well as the Orica Green Edge team in the pelaton. We thoroughly enjoyed the team time trial too, it was the first time we’d watched one live.
One last week left until the next rendez-vous in Paris for the final! Next year we aim for the stages in the Alps!