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07/19/2013 11:33:37 AM · #1
What the heck is wrong with spectators at the Tour...yesterday on the mountain climbs fans basically interfere with the riders and they feel they need to run along side them, even in front of them, and hold flags and their own bodies in the path only to "hopefully" withdraw in time at the last second. But that has to be interfering with the riders path and concentration.

Why can't they stay out of the fricken way? Never seen anything like it (well, I did last year and the year before...)
07/19/2013 11:41:56 AM · #2
Originally posted by Neil:

What the heck is wrong with spectators at the Tour...yesterday on the mountain climbs fans basically interfere with the riders and they feel they need to run along side them, even in front of them, and hold flags and their own bodies in the path only to "hopefully" withdraw in time at the last second. But that has to be interfering with the riders path and concentration.

Why can't they stay out of the fricken way? Never seen anything like it (well, I did last year and the year before...)


It's better than the dogs that run out. I mean, what are they thinking? They don't even bother bringing a flag!
07/19/2013 12:35:58 PM · #3
Ha! They're pretty well behaved this year. Still looks terrifying to me, though.
07/19/2013 12:55:55 PM · #4
The mostly-naked guys are terrifying--likewise the strange costumes.
07/19/2013 01:03:04 PM · #5
It is crazy, but it is the Alpe d'Huez, one of the most famous mountains in the Tour. And yesterday the riders had to do it twice. But somehow the riders don't mind, they do like it even (at last, that's what I hear in interviews after the race).

Nice detail about the Alpe d'Huez, we Dutchmen call it the Dutch Mountain. The Netherlands has a fine tradition of success on the Alpe d'Huez, with Hennie Kuiper, Joop Zoetemelk, Peter Winnen and Michael Bogaard all having won stages atop the mountain on different occasions. As is usually the case, the most impressive point on the whole climb came at the seventh bend from the summit, which has become known as Dutch Corner. Of course it's not just the Dutch. There are people from everywhere. The advantage of a finish like that is that you can touch the riders, but that is the problem too.
But race director Jean-Francois Pescheux admitted that he hopes never to lose the degree of intimacy between spectators and rider that makes L'Alpe d'Huez so special. Apparently is it not that bad!
07/19/2013 02:52:11 PM · #6
Repeating the same climb twice during a stage is part of the problem. All the fans are concentrated in one place.
07/19/2013 03:02:38 PM · #7
This should make you happy!

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Message edited by author 2013-07-19 15:03:49.
07/19/2013 03:58:50 PM · #8
Maybe the riders should have some of those pointy studs the punk-rockers are so fond of mounted into the shoulders of their jerseys, or put some of those whirling blades (á la Roman racing chariots) on their hubs ...

Message edited by author 2013-07-19 15:59:37.
07/19/2013 04:44:34 PM · #9
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Maybe the riders should have some of those pointy studs the punk-rockers are so fond of mounted into the shoulders of their jerseys, or put some of those whirling blades (á la Roman racing chariots) on their hubs ...


Or just hire out a few guys who enjoy doing what mr. blueshirt did there, and set them along the track. I'd bet this trend becomes unpopular real quick.

Message edited by author 2013-07-19 16:44:48.
07/19/2013 04:45:44 PM · #10
Originally posted by Cory:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Maybe the riders should have some of those pointy studs the punk-rockers are so fond of mounted into the shoulders of their jerseys, or put some of those whirling blades (á la Roman racing chariots) on their hubs ...


Or just hire out a few guys who enjoy doing what mr. blueshirt did there, and set them along the track. I'd bet this trend becomes unpopular real quick.

Maybe that should be a sport in it's own right. :)
07/19/2013 05:06:10 PM · #11
By the way, isn't his shirt just PERFECT?
07/19/2013 08:46:16 PM · #12
hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! My husband is a day behind and watching the Alpe D'Huez, we're at about 5k left, 1st chase, and someone just did a full moon! They didn't bur it out. That guy needs to get out and tan!!
07/19/2013 09:25:39 PM · #13
This is moderate compared to the history of the sport when groups actually attacked riders that they didn't like or that they didn't want to win...
07/20/2013 11:03:53 PM · #14
I WAS recording each stage...but got so far behind I gave up.
07/21/2013 12:17:10 AM · #15
On todays stage, besides seeing Chris Froome hitting a fan running beside him, I also noted the guys on the motorcycles putting themselves between the crazy running fans and the riders to discourage them from getting close.
07/21/2013 08:09:27 AM · #16
My husband decided they should just carry tasers. Now that would make for good tv!
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