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Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 25, 2014 - 09:46am PT
...is going to England?

I just read of this. My interest in cycling is less than in years past. I've watched the tour in person, and grew up in a road racing family, but given all the recent and not so recent debate over drugs, I'm following it with halfhearted interest.

But England? Why the change? Are the Brits that cycle oriented?

Also, looking forward to the Tour of Colorado, I might have to make the trip out there to visit my dad in Westminster around that time.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jun 25, 2014 - 09:51am PT
Le Tour was in the UK in 1994 as well.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 25, 2014 - 09:56am PT
I had no idea.

No hate for England here, I was just surprised. I guess, upon further thought, that I shouldn't be surprised. Le Tour heads into Espana on a regular basis.
crankster

Trad climber
Jun 25, 2014 - 10:04am PT
Skinny dopers on bikes followed by their "doctors" and "trainers"?
Nope.
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Jun 25, 2014 - 10:15am PT
Are the Brits that cycle oriented?

Tour de France 2012 winner, Bradley Wiggins, UK
Tour de France 2013 winner, Chris Froome, UK

If you look at the last two Olympic Games there have been quite a few golds for Team GB both for men and women so yes cycling is pretty big in the UK right now.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 25, 2014 - 10:25am PT
For sure Andy, Brits are doing well in the tour lately. I'm wondering if the general populace is as stoked on it as the fans are.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jun 25, 2014 - 10:30am PT
They look stoked

FortMentäl

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Jun 25, 2014 - 10:35am PT
Brits are huge bike fans. In fact, of anything that might get them out of the country.






SKY team is british
couple of one hour records by Chris Boardman
honorary pass in the pyrenees named for a dead english tdf rider Tom Simpson

During the 13th stage of the 1967 Tour de France, Simpson collapsed and died during the ascent of Mont Ventoux. He was 29 years old. The post-mortem examination found that he had mixed amphetamines and alcohol; this diuretic combination proved fatal when combined with the heat, the hard climb of the Ventoux and a stomach complaint. A memorial near where he died has become a place of pilgrimage for many cyclists. Simpson was known to have taken performance-enhancing drugs during his career, when no doping controls existed. Despite this, he is held in high esteem by many cyclists for his character and will to win.
crankster

Trad climber
Jun 25, 2014 - 11:02am PT
Credit: crankster
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Jun 25, 2014 - 11:18am PT
I think the Brits will turn out in large numbers to watch this, if the weather cooperates. Also, it should see some good racing on narrow, winding and undulating roads.
Nate D

climber
San Francisco
Jun 25, 2014 - 11:26am PT
Sobering graphic there.

History of TDF starts abroad before entering France for the bulk of the race, which has become a pretty regular thing:


1954 Amsterdam, Netherlands

1958 Brussels, Belgium

1965 Cologne, Germany

1973 Scheveningen, Netherlands

1975 Charleroi, Belgium

1978 Leiden, Netherlands

1980 Frankfurt, Germany

1982 Basel, Switzerland

1987 West Berlin, West Germany

1989 Luxembourg

1992 San Sebastián, Spain

1996 ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

1998 Dublin, Republic of Ireland

2002 Luxembourg

2004 Liège, Belgium

2007 London, United Kingdom

2009 Monte Carlo, Monaco

2010 Rotterdam, Netherlands

2012 Liège, Belgium

2014 Leeds, United Kingdom
crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Jun 25, 2014 - 11:57am PT
It's just the first 3 stages. They do that regularly. Sometimes they have stages in Belgium, sometimes they go to Germany for a few. Fun stuff. Looking forward to watching it every night!

A side note - we'll be thinking of Pat (Can't Say) as we watch, a cyclist extraordinaire...
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
Jun 25, 2014 - 03:56pm PT
Looking forward to this tour even though MOVISTAR has chosen not to race Nairo Quintana. After his convincing win in the Giro it looks like they are wisely pacing his career. I'm sure we'll see him in the Vuelta.
lars
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Jun 25, 2014 - 04:22pm PT
More doped up egos in spandex than Smith Rock in the 80s!

They should bring it Stateside though! You'd sell a lot fatties on 10k bikes!
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Jun 25, 2014 - 05:56pm PT
10k? Better double that for a Tour ride ;)
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Jun 25, 2014 - 06:16pm PT
I said this last year, and I will say this next year

I don't care what anyone says about doping or any other bias they may have against the sport of Professional Cycling

I love the sport, and the Tour de France is the highlight of the Year

I will watch every stage, and can't wait for the start

It really is the Greatest athletic event of the year! all broadcast on Live TV

So you haters can just give it up
We don't care about what you have to say about the negative aspects of professional cycling

pick on all the other corrupt sports instead of cycling for a couple months just for us fans

The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Jun 25, 2014 - 06:25pm PT
+1 Dr F.

I love the Tour! Can't wait.
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Jun 25, 2014 - 06:33pm PT
It really is the Greatest athletic event of the year all broadcast on Live TV

I largely agree. And the doping doesn't bother me all that much, as everyone suffers, doped or not
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 25, 2014 - 06:42pm PT
I love the sport, and the Tour de France is the highlight of the Year
Amen Dr. F. I love the Tour. One day I actually hope to see some of it in person.

I don't really get the animosity demonstrated toward doping in cycling when society has turned a collective blind eye to doping/cheating in other sports.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Jun 25, 2014 - 06:48pm PT
Here is another thing I said last year and will say next year

Don't reveal the outcome of the Day's stage until after 8pm PST

if there are a bunch of yahoos (DE) spouting about the stage win after watching it at 4am

It's no fair for us folks that won't be able to watch until after work

So this leads to only one thing:

I (nor any other fan) can click on the thread in the morning to discuss yesterday's stage
or for any reason, because nothing's worse than knowing the stage outcome before you watch it.

Can we try and work on it this year?
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