Thursday, 30 July 2015

TdF Withdrawal Symptoms

Stage 22 Map

With the dust settling after a vintage edition of the greatest race on earth, it’s time to face up to that most unpleasant part of any cycling fans year, TdF cold turkey. No continual updates on social media; no regular podcasts or highlight shows to keep fans abreast of what’s happening. Instead, nothing; it’s all over for another year.

Sure, there’s the upcoming La Vuelta and Tour of Britain to look forward to, but however you cut it, this is cold comfort. These are akin to watching a game of village cricket after you’ve enjoyed an Ashes test match.

My mood however has been lifted by the ever excellent inrng’s Tour Stage 22 Preview. This proved just the ticket to combat the gloom. With rumours already circulating about the 2016 route, it’s time to start thinking ahead to next year.  Will Mont Ventoux make it into the route, or perhaps the Stelvio on a trip across the border to Italy? Either would almost certainly feature high on the agenda for next year’s trip.

What’s guaranteed is that the next edition will be every bit as enthralling as this year’s. Quintana will be back and looking to take the single step up required to win his first Maillot Jeune, whilst Froome will be looking to make it a hat trick of wins. Can Bertie win one more? Only time will tell.

Suddenly I’m feeling so much better!

Vive la Tour, Vive la France, Vive la Velo


Monday, 13 July 2015

#SCS at Le Tour


I've struggled for a week now for the words to describe this year's trip to the Grand Depart. Quite honestly, i've failed, and no words i can muster will do justice to last Monday's experience in Huy.

Instead i leave you with the above. The whole trip encapsulated in a single picture.....


Vive la Velo


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Palpable Excitement

The Mur de Huy

Every year’s different, but every year’s the same. With the Spring Classics a distant memory, and the Giro going the same way, as June comes to an end, the excitement is building fast. It’s that time of year when any cycling fan has only one thing on their mind. The greatest sporting spectacle on earth; the Grand Boucle, Le Tour de France.

With last year’s Grand Depart in Yorkshire being judged as one of the finest editions ever, this year’s race returns to the mainland for its opening weekend. And what an opening weekend it promises to be. Possibly The Panzerwagon’s best ever opportunity to pull on the Maillot Jeaune, a finish on the Mur de Huy, and a few cobbles thrown in for good measure.

Best of all, we’re going to be there. A baker’s dozen of us are making the trip this year, a far cry from our original trip to see the Grand Depart in 2007. Things have certainly moved on a bit since then.
We’ll have the flag flying, so keep an eye out for us on the tv. We’ve even had some special edition jerseys made for the trip as well……

Excuse me whilst I go and lay in a dark room with a collection of maps, stage timing details, and a copy of cycling weekly.

Vive la Velo