This has been a Tour de France to remember

First, Second & Third places at the 2014 Tour de France. Nibali, Peraud & Pinot. And exciting race from start to finish!
First, Second & Third places at the 2014 Tour de France. Nibali, Peraud & Pinot. And exciting race from start to finish!

This was a long but not too stressful day for Kevin and I; we arrived yesterday in Bergerac, unpacked and built our bikes, got to get up at a reasonable hour (8am) and still able to make it out to see the Caravan (the long line of vehicles that throws out trinkets to people along the way) leave town. Then it was a bit of a convoluted ride out to the course, convoluted because many of the roads are blocked, but we found a decent place to set up for the 5 hours we were on-site, watch the race unfold and take lots of photos.

Tomorrow morning we take a train from Bergerac to Bordeaux and then another from Bordeaux to Paris, arriving with just barely enough time to drop everything off at the hotel and get to the viewing area for the race. The final stage itself isn’t all that fun to watch, but after following the race for three weeks (10 days or so in France) and seeing the incredible effort put in by those racing, we feel we owe it to them to watch their celebratory lap around the Champ Elysees after it’s all over. It’s one of those goose-bump moments that wouldn’t likely be felt if you hadn’t done a bunch of the climbs yourself and marveled at how they do it day after day, climb after climb.

And then Monday morning we bid farewell to France and head back to… well, work! There are people to put onto bikes, dreams we can help fulfill. That’s my job. Time to let Becky take a breath and relax for a bit. Time for me to get back to working 6 days a week. –Mike–

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Who knew, combining Futbol (Soccer) with Cycling!

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Comfy seating on the TGV due to ticket mixups (not ours)
Comfy seating on the TGV due to ticket mixups (not ours)
Yeah, OK, a bit of time on my hands on the train to Bergerac. The very late train to Bergerac, thanks to SNCF’s ongoing work stoppage/slowdown, of which you can find virtually nothing about but is in fact quite real. Cancellations and delays abound. The original plan was that we’d arrive in Bergerac in time to see the finish of today’s stage, but no chance of that, as it’s 4:30pm here and we’re half an hour away.

The train we’re on is actually on-schedule and much more comfortable than the “fancy” TGV we took from Lourdes. The TGV ended up arriving 45 minutes late to Bordeaux, which kinda hosed the 35 minute connection time. The next train (which we’re on) was two hours later, giving us time for lunch (not bad; Paninis and Cokes, 6.5 euros, at a bar across from the station), watch the wind blow over tables & chairs, and try to not get too wet running back to the station. It also gave us enough time to not find a bathroom anywhere.

Bordeaux in the rain & wind
Bordeaux in the rain & wind

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