Today’s route is from Zubiri to Pamplona. A distance of 21.1km. Famous for the Festival of San Firmin and the ‘running of the bulls’, the city is the largest place and population along the Camino route. San Fermin, or Saint Fermin, is one of the two Patron Saints of Pamplona - the other being San… Continue reading The Way After – Day #6
The final week of the Tour has begun. The end is near. Expectations of a French victor - Alaphilippe or Pinot - has the home crowd on a high, but there is still plenty of opportunity for the non-French riders in the top six on GC. Team Ineos had two possible winners, with one being… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 16.
This rest day was full of anticipation for the next five days of racing. Many commentators calling this the most open Tour probably since 1989. Would Alaphilippe’s charisma fade as France’s maillot jaune hope only to be replaced by the mercurial Thibaut Pinot? Were Team Ineos a thing of the past along and would Geraint… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Rest Day 2.
The Tour has its own heritage and legends not only in the riders of the peloton but also in the stages themselves. The HC - haut category - climbs are essentially marked as ‘beyond classification’ and are largely where the Tour de France is won or lost. The Col du Tourmalet is one of these… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 14.
Individual time-trial day. Possibly a key stage to set the tone for the GC contenders before going into the high mountains. Not a long stage or even a long time trial for that matter, but then the Tour has seemed to stay away from 50km plus time-trials since 5 times winner Miguel Indurain took 5+… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 13.
So The Friday Question was What single thing/event would 'supercharge' your creative exploits? In thinking of the question I was influenced by the exploits of current Tour de France leader Julian Alaphilippe. He is a great rider, currently No.1 in the World Rankings, but he is seen as a one-day and short tour specialist. His… Continue reading Day 435 – The Saturday Answer.
Today the Tour began, passed through, the area of Bagatelle which is an extremely deprived area of Toulouse. As part of a programme to give inspiration and direction to its young people a group were taken to see a stage of the Tour. They loved it and decided that they wanted a day of the… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 12.
Like the anticipation of any big event, the few days before are nervous and conservative. In a bike race like the Tour de France all of the GC favourites become chess players, mindful and trying to think ahead as many moves as they are able. The difference being their eventual execution of those moves will… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 11.
Commentators have been expressing the view of how invisible team Ineos seem to have been during the start of this Tour. Today’s stage showed them at the fore and how destructive they can be - admittedly with the help of Bora-Hansgrohe - and the GC contenders blew apart. Quintana is now Geraint Thomas’ closest threat.… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 10.
France’s national day - known generally to us as Bastille Day - known to the French as 14th Jolliet, as the Bastille was a prison in Paris and not specifically relevant to the rest of France, despite the history books linking it with the revolution. 14th Jolliet is day of family and celebrations and, if… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 9.