TdF stage 15 – how feasible would it be to…
I did it nearly thirty years ago. We naively arrived in Bourg D’Oissons the night before having ridden over the Galibier still expecting to find somewhere to stay/camp. Over a crêpe, our waiter told us to try a ski school in town. We slept on a floor, were up at dawn and spun up the Alp. We had all our touring gear and folks cheered us up and gave us water. We hung out near the top with thousands of other fans to see Robert Millar finish third. Top day. Do it.Posted 4 years agoagent007Member
the crowd opening up in front of the lead rider is one of the iconic images in sport.
makes me nervous though. one day a major stage/ race will be ruined by some over-excited dickhead dressed as a banana.
Ruined or improved? It’s crazy stuff like this that makes the TDF so watchable. I’ve always loved watching the old guy dressed as the devil running alongside the riders with his pitchfork. Nothing like a bit of drama to make things watchable – for example the big peloton crashes in the first few days of the race certainly make the otherwise boring flat stages a lot more exciting.Posted 4 years ago
Logistically, pretty straghtforward. Find a campsite nearby (there are hunners) a couple of days beforehand. Ride up the mountain on the day of the race. Not too early or you’ll be sitting around for hours; not too late or it’s too busy and the gendarmes start to close the road. I got to within 800m of the finish at a great spot where Chris Froome had just accelerated away from Nairo Quintana. Absolutely thrilling spectacle and a highly recommended day out.
Rode from Vaison la Romain via Bedoin (i.e. on the race route) because other route up the mountain from Malaucene was closed a few kms from the summit. VERY busy, long, hot, steep in places but a brilliant atmosphere all the way up. Getting back off the hill is a bit of a rammy though…
DO IT if you get the chance!Posted 4 years agosamuriMember
That sounds like a pain stu. What you should have done is just waited in the town that the race started in that day and then set off half an hour before the riders do, ride the route to the top of the mountain and then wait for the racers to come along.
(I’m just jealous really)Posted 4 years ago
Forested on the summit?
As the name might suggest (venteux means windy in French), it can get windy at the summit, especially with the mistral; wind speeds as high as 320 km/h (200 mph) have been recorded.
Not many trees would survive that, I reckon.
I don’t wish to be overly miserable, I just love imagining familiar places as the wild places of years ago.Posted 4 years ago
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