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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby Sonny73 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 16:12 pm

bianchimoon wrote:amazing can't quiet believe it, day 1 route, second half is roads i ride weekly. As i've never been fortunate enough to go to see the tour in france, to think that I can go and watch the tour after riding from home on both days I count myself very lucky!

It is great when it's on your door step and brilliantly bizarre seeing the big names, team vehicles and caravan go through your town.
It went through where I live in 2007 when it went through Kent, and along roads I often ride. I remember the atmosphere and mood around town was superb, and the amount of people out watching it was incredible. Certainly makes for a very enjoyable and memorable occasion.

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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby bianchimoon » Thu Jan 17, 2013 16:24 pm

Sonny73 wrote:
bianchimoon wrote:amazing can't quiet believe it, day 1 route, second half is roads i ride weekly. As i've never been fortunate enough to go to see the tour in france, to think that I can go and watch the tour after riding from home on both days I count myself very lucky!

It is great when it's on your door step and brilliantly bizarre seeing the big names, team vehicles and caravan go through your town.
It went through where I live in 2007 when it went through Kent, and along roads I often ride. I remember the atmosphere and mood around town was superb, and the amount of people out watching it was incredible. Certainly makes for a very enjoyable and memorable occasion.


I know it's early days for 2014, but do you remember what times route roads were closed back in 07?
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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby Daz555 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 16:28 pm

Excellent. My brother in law has just moved to Hebdon bridge and now I learn the route is heading through there. :D
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Start of the 2014 TDF

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Re: Start of the 2014 TDF

Postby RideOnTime » Thu Jan 17, 2013 16:54 pm

Superb roll on 2014.
There'll be massive crowds.

May need EPO just to watch.

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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby Sonny73 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 16:55 pm

bianchimoon wrote:
Sonny73 wrote:
bianchimoon wrote:amazing can't quiet believe it, day 1 route, second half is roads i ride weekly. As i've never been fortunate enough to go to see the tour in france, to think that I can go and watch the tour after riding from home on both days I count myself very lucky!

It is great when it's on your door step and brilliantly bizarre seeing the big names, team vehicles and caravan go through your town.
It went through where I live in 2007 when it went through Kent, and along roads I often ride. I remember the atmosphere and mood around town was superb, and the amount of people out watching it was incredible. Certainly makes for a very enjoyable and memorable occasion.


I know it's early days for 2014, but do you remember what times route roads were closed back in 07?

That's testing my memory :). I can't remember exactly, sorry, but I'm sure it varied depending on the type of road, A or B etc. and how busy routes normally are. I could be wrong though as it was many moons ago.
Certainly a good 4 hours at least before they came through.

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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby bianchimoon » Thu Jan 17, 2013 17:08 pm

thanks sonny, long wait but can't plan too soon eh :wink:
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Re: Start of the 2014 TDF

Postby durhamwasp » Thu Jan 17, 2013 17:16 pm


Check out the big thread already going on the TDF 2014 and all the discussion in there... :roll:
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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby The_Special_One » Thu Jan 17, 2013 18:12 pm

bianchimoon wrote:
Sonny73 wrote:
bianchimoon wrote:amazing can't quiet believe it, day 1 route, second half is roads i ride weekly. As i've never been fortunate enough to go to see the tour in france, to think that I can go and watch the tour after riding from home on both days I count myself very lucky!

It is great when it's on your door step and brilliantly bizarre seeing the big names, team vehicles and caravan go through your town.
It went through where I live in 2007 when it went through Kent, and along roads I often ride. I remember the atmosphere and mood around town was superb, and the amount of people out watching it was incredible. Certainly makes for a very enjoyable and memorable occasion.


I know it's early days for 2014, but do you remember what times route roads were closed back in 07?


Doesn't the Tour caravan usually pass through a good 3hrs in front of the race, so that should give a good indication that all roads will be closed at least 4hrs before any racing action takes place.

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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby zippy483 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 20:54 pm

Coming withing 5 miles of my house and on Roads I ride regularly how cool is that :)

and looking at the route not the usual first couple of days to wind up :)

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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby Richmond Racer » Thu Jan 17, 2013 21:06 pm

zippy483 wrote:Coming withing 5 miles of my house and on Roads I ride regularly how cool is that :)

and looking at the route not the usual first couple of days to wind up :)



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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby thegibdog » Thu Jan 17, 2013 21:25 pm

It'll be interesting to see how the race unfold in the first couple of days. I'm assuming Cav - if he's riding - will want to win in Harrogate, there are three tough climbs in the Dales but 35 miles from the top of the last one to the finish.

The second day looks far harder, lots of hills and 11,000 feet of climbing. It's pretty flat from York to Harrogate but up and down the rest of the day, I'd expect there'll be a lot of riders chancing their arm and trying to take the yellow jersey. It could even shake up the GC riders, especially if it's windy.

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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby Richmond Racer » Thu Jan 17, 2013 21:30 pm

thegibdog wrote:It'll be interesting to see how the race unfold in the first couple of days. I'm assuming Cav - if he's riding - will want to win in Harrogate, there are three tough climbs in the Dales but 35 miles from the top of the last one to the finish.

The second day looks far harder, lots of hills and 11,000 feet of climbing. It's pretty flat from York to Harrogate but up and down the rest of the day, I'd expect there'll be a lot of riders chancing their arm and trying to take the yellow jersey. It could even shake up the GC riders, especially if it's windy.



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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby Rick Chasey » Thu Jan 17, 2013 21:44 pm

SO EXCITED.

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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby LeicesterLad » Thu Jan 17, 2013 21:49 pm

Rick Chasey wrote:SO EXCITED.


I'm with you Rick, but you do only need to say it once per thread! :wink:

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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby Rick Chasey » Thu Jan 17, 2013 21:53 pm

LeicesterLad wrote:
Rick Chasey wrote:SO EXCITED.


I'm with you Rick, but you do only need to say it once per thread! :wink:


I'll be the judge of that ;).


S'gonna be mega.

On first inspection I should see it 4 times before it heads out to France.

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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby Cogidubnus » Thu Jan 17, 2013 22:07 pm

Living in Sheffield this is Fantastic! Just need to plan how to see them mulitple times if its logistically possible

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Postby LeicesterLad » Thu Jan 17, 2013 22:18 pm

I will be up in Sheffield for the day, so let me know when you figure out some tips!

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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby Cogidubnus » Thu Jan 17, 2013 22:32 pm

Will do LL. We should have a bikeradar meet pre or post stage I reckon

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Re: 2014 TdF

Postby Cumulonimbus » Thu Jan 17, 2013 23:18 pm

Holmfirth. Maybe Prudhomme is a secret Last of the Summer Wine fan? Perhaps we should watch out for three pensioners coming down the hillside in a bathtub and jumping over the peloton?


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