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Information on seeing the Tour de France in person, including the process I go through myself each year- figuring out the TdF route, finding places to stay, rental cars, trains & more.

It’s over, it’s time to come home

IMG_3171sky_partyThere was never much doubt that Froome and Team Sky were going to pull it off this year; it wasn’t until the penultimate stage (Alpe d’Huez, when Quintana attacked) that looked like it was even possible to put a dent in their machine. So if you were looking for drama, not much there. But even with the conclusion not too much in doubt, there are so many side stories, battles for other podium spots and jerseys, that keep it interesting. In fact, watching some of the coverage, you had two entirely separate races going on, so who do you give airtime to?

Lotto Soudal's invincible leadout train that helped Greipel win the final stage.
Lotto Soudal’s invincible leadout train that helped Greipel win the final stage.
But for us, that being myself and my son Kevin, it was 8 solid days of riding in a row, plus Paris at the end. The funny thing about Paris, a non-riding day, is that it is a lot more tiring than any of the others! Oh sure, you’re not drenched in sweat, your pee isn’t bright orange and the consistency of jello (mostly kidding…mostly), your legs aren’t talking to you about that extra 20 pounds of gear you’re lugging up the hills. But figuring out where you need to be, and when, and how to get through a city that’s had most of its access shut down… that’s not so easy. But eventually we got were we were supposed to be. Well, not quite. We really need to be home, and that’s still a day and a half away.

Planes, trains & automobiles. Nothing about bikes! But for now the bikes and the trains and the cars are finished for this trip; it’s just a couple of planes back home. Finally get to see my daughter Becky and my wife Karen again, and the crazy psycho Corgi and our new killer kitty. I’m ready. I think Kevin is too. –Mike–

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Yes, we did the final climb on Stage 19 today, no issues with road closures, found a good spot for photos, learned that souvenir umbrellas can be used as real umbrellas when it rains, and getting ready for our final day in the Alps tomorrow, then pack everything up, head to Paris for a day, then home!

I love France, but I do miss the shop, I miss my wife, I miss my daughter Becky, I even miss Jack the psycho corgi and zig the killer kitty. It would be nice to let the rest of the world just get put on hold while I’m away, but that’s not how I roll; I remain heavily connected to work and my role as a board member of the NBDA (National Bicycle Dealer Association).

But for now I’m missing some sleep, so more stuff later. –Mike–

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