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Old 11.07.2007, 12:39
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Hey, so the Tour de France is currently taking place. On July 14th 2007 the route comes quite close to Switzerland (near Geneva). One of my friends wants to go, I was just wondering if anyone else is making the trip to watch.
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I don't think I can make it out this year, but I caught some of the tour live last year and had a great time. I'd even recommend the experience to non-cyclists, it was that much fun.

A few hints:

-The best place to watch any stage is an uphill, otherwise the riders go by so quickly you barely have a chance to see them. For Saturday's stage the obvious choice is the final climb, Col de Colombier, but of you can't make it that far, the category 3 climb in Cruseilles (near Geneva) is probably the next best place to watch the racers.

-particularly with popular locations (a big climb or the finish area) try to arrive several hours in advance (like three or four) to ensure a good spot, and to ensure that you can even get there. Traffic can be heavy on race day, especially on mountain roads, and all roads close to traffic about two hours before the race comes by, and possibly even more in advance (up to half a day) in the mountains.

-the caravan, which precedes the race by about 90 minutes, is a spectacle not to be missed. Hundreds of sponsor vehicles, some as elaborate as circus floats, run the race route handing out lots of freebies, ranging from food and drink, through baseball caps, keychains, and other various items. You might have to jockey for position on the roadside with other fans, but it's fun, and you just might score something really cool to take home with you as a souvenir.

-it's quite helpful to bring along a battery-operated radio, or even a portable TV, if you have one. This way, you'll know what's happening in the stage.

-not everyone thinks this is necessary, but I think it's fun to go a bit overboard with the whole spectator thing. Bring flags, face paint, cow bells, pots and pans to bang together... I think this makes everything much more fun than simply standing on the side of the road politely clapping while the riders go by. If you're hardcore, go out the night before and paint something on the road.

-perhaps this is only necessary for serious fans, but it doesn't hurt to have a printout of all the team and rider numbers on hand. This can come in quite useful if you're interested in knowing who is going by you.

-this advice may seem a bit obvious, but remember to bring food and drink with you (and sunscreen). You can end up stuck in one place on the roadside for several hours, so it's best to be prepared.

Here's hoping you have good weather. Enjoy the stage!

Heather

Last edited by HeatherM; 11.07.2007 at 15:14. Reason: Clarifying scheduling details
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Old 11.07.2007, 13:18
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Thanks Heather, now I know what to expect.
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Hey Brie, I will probably be going to watch Le Tour near Geneva ... I'm from Albertville and it would be fun watching it from outside the country.
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Re: Tour de France

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Hey Brie, I will probably be going to watch Le Tour near Geneva ... I'm from Albertville and it would be fun watching it from outside the country.
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This thread was actually about the 2007 edition of the tour. For discussion about this year's edition, 2009, then see this thread.
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