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The 100th Tour de France, in the Alpes-Maritimes

     nice fete le tour

It's Tour de France mania at the moment and lucky for us we got to see it live, just down the road. This is the second time the Tour has been in the area; last time was in 2009 when it actually went through the centre of Roquefort.  (Read about it here).  Last week it was in Nice for time trials on Tuesday and then it flew through Biot and Valbonne on its way from Cagnes sur Mer to Marseille on Wednesday.

                         TDF Nice 3

On Wednesday we trooped off en masse, an international group of 21 including the Scottish guests from the gîte, a visitor from the United States, English, Peruvian, Cameroonian, French, Chinese and Australian "locals".  Between us we covered supporting a fair few of the riders though Peru, Cameroon and China weren't very well represented on two wheels!  We took picnics and plenty of water as we decided to walk through the forest to avoid parking and traffic problems.  The thing is, the sponsers drive past about an hour and a half before the cyclists and being the part little kids like best we couldn't miss it, so there's a long wait in the middle and eating lunch seemed like a good way to fill the time even if a bit early.


The sponsor "caravan" (as the vans are called) drives past blasting music and throwing out freebies to the waiting crowd.  Everyone scrabbles to catch the products and this year we came home with hats, caps, keyrings, newspapers, washing powder, sweets, biscuits, saussison, crisps, madeleines, magnets and a condom!  Of course it was my little one, 8 years old, who caught that.  He instantly opened it up and pulled it out before I'd noticed what was going on. "Ooo this is all sticky and squidgy, what is it mummy?"  Do you think I handled it well?  No, is the quick answer!


We chose a spot on a hill to watch the cyclists which meant they were going a little slower than the 50 ish km/h that they can be going at on the flat and we got a great view of the "yellow jersey"  winning rider Australian Simon Garrans.  His team mate spotted our Aussie flag and pointed it out to him, and amazingly the moment was captured on film by one of our party.


Here are some images from the day (Nice courtesy of friends who went on Tuesday).







             TDF Lou


             TDF Biot



             TDF me


 "Fin de course" end of the race, it's all over folks!





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  • lifecoachlinda
    lifecoachlinda Monday, 08 July 2013

    What a wonderful adventure. It looks like everyone had a great time, especially the kids. Maybe Simon Garrans won because of that extra little boost of seeing your flag. Wouldn't that be great.

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    Phoebe Tuesday, 09 July 2013

    I love your thinking Linda! It was great fun and to have such a perfect view of the stage winner was a real bonus.

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    Debra Jason Monday, 08 July 2013

    How fabulous that you were there to enjoy such a great event. Fantastique!
    I love the south of France, have many fond memories from a trip there about 30 years ago (time flies).
    Loved your photos.

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    Phoebe Tuesday, 09 July 2013

    Hi Debra, isn't it amazing how time flies! I wonder where you went 30 years ago and how much it's changed now.

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    georgialondon Monday, 08 July 2013

    Wow!!! Beautiful photos! I so enjoyed reading about the Tour de France! Amazing place! On my bucket list. Thanks so much!

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    Phoebe Tuesday, 09 July 2013

    Hey Georgia, the Tour is in UK next year, so if you're in London (just a guess from your username...) then maybe you can catch it somewhere. Otherwise you'll just have to start planning a trip to France to tick it off your bucket list!

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