- do foreign TDF riders need a portion of mtfu?
To be fair, stage 2 is likely to be highly stressful for the riders. Although we all love a spectacle (including the odd falling off), rider safety is important. The first few days of the tdf are anxious and a narroow, twisty course could wreak havoc.
in summary, i think they have a point, considering its so early in the race.Posted 4 years agonick1962Member
I’d be interested to hear what the riders actually said.
the roads on the first stage are very very narrow for a bike race the size of the tour.
This looks pretty narrow to me,with high conseqeunces if you get it wrong and I’m sure there are other dangerous bits too.Ride within your limits surely?Posted 4 years ago
First few days are always twitchy – there are always lots of crashes. Can see why they won’t be looking forward to it.
I want to see the race won with panache and on talent – not a race of attrition through crashes.Posted 4 years agohh45Member
As for ‘foreign’ riders needing to MTFU I seem to recall our brave Wiggo making a fuss in the rain in the Giro in 2013 and all the Brit team generally wussing out in the rain in the World Championships in Italy when it pissed down.
Nationalities and jingoism aside however, as others have said, in a group, at speed, the consequences are massive and roadies generally have massive falls during a typical career – more nails than me for sure.Posted 4 years agobutcherMember
This looks pretty narrow to me,with high conseqeunces if you get it wrong and I’m sure there are other dangerous bits too.Ride within your limits surely?
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I seem to remember a few riders made a big fuss about that one at the time too.
And ride within your limit? I’m not sure that’s going to be a successful winning strategy. It’s not Audax. The whole point of a bike race is you’re always riding on the limit 😉 It’s a very fine line before you go over it.Posted 4 years agonikkMemberglobaltiMember
Giant/Shimano have got a point – compare the average British hill country road, which would have been built on the course of a packhorse track or drove road, winding and meandering all over the place, with a French road built by Napoleonic engineers, beautifully smooth and graded with nice even curves…. there’s going to be carnage. I can’t wait.Posted 4 years agoFunkyDuncMember
The worlds going mad! People have been cycling these hills for years (without helmets too) and its never been an issue. Now gormless idiots are taking up cycling rather than golf and we need an app to warn us hills are steep.. What’s the world coming to!
As to TdF and MTFU. Most definitely, they were wearing full length lycra on what was a barmy Yorkshire summers day, soft foreignersPosted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
the roads are too twisty/narrow/dangerous, with stone walls on both sides…….made me chuckle…..
Well It’s hardly the Isle of Man TT circuit is it? Theyr’e on pedal bikes FFS!
As aP and others have said, I assume youve ridden these roads elbow-to-elbow and wheel-to-wheel with 180 other riders at 40+mph. You have watched cycle races and seen how often there are crashes? Dead straight roads with grass verges can claim collar bones when there’s nerves in the group.
Stone walls offer zero margin for error and limit line-of-sight unlike many alpine descents.
there’s going to be carnage. I can’t wait.
I’m from Yorkshire and am going up to watch. Call me squeamish but I have no desire to see people crash and get injured, I’ve got the pins and surgical scars (hence the username) and don’t wish that on anyone.Posted 4 years agobikebouyMember
I’ve done Stage 1, the wrong way, and the climb out of Aysgarth following through Buckden is teeny, then as you pop over the top and head into Buckden down to Grassmere it’s a teeny single lane too but a little more open. However they’re doing it the other way and it’s looks pretty much the same, I can see it being a bit of a squeeze yes, but some of the roads in the Dolomites they use for the Giro have been very similar width and very much poorer surfaces.Posted 4 years ago
My concern would be the fat boys will not have enough room and it’ll be strung out all the way from Grassmere through Hawes, gonna be excellent 😆martinhutchSubscriber
Certainly a few interesting squeezes in my neck of the woods on stage 1 that I can think of. For some reason instead of going straight up from Buckden up Kidstones they’re heading out to Hubberholme, doing a tight turn there into a very narrow lane to rejoin. There are some tight corners on the descent from Kidstones too.
Even the narrow stone roundabout at the bottom of Skipton High Street strikes me as tricky as they could be all together and moving a bit at that stage with crowds and barriers to contend with.Posted 4 years ago
thin roads on mountain stages are less of a concern, as the bunch has tends to thin out when the geography starts getting spiky. Thin roads on flatter stages, especially at the beginning of the tour will have every bugger and his dog trying to jockey his way through to the front of the bunch.Posted 4 years ago
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