We had a lovely day out yesterday watching the Tour De France from our nearest point this year which was close to Fanjeaux. We chose a spot near the bottom of the hill where it was less steep but also less crowded.
We got there about 10.00 a.m. but soon realised we had already missed the sponsor cars, because we could see people were wearing Skoda hats, big hands and various other freebies that had been thrown to the crowds.
So the moral of the story is that an hour and a half before the Tour arrives isn't early enough if you want to see the whole show. You probably need to add at least another hour to that.
That said the main event was of course the Tour itself and this was Stage 16 on the 22nd July 2014 going from Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon and we had our cameras ready and waiting. The clue they were near of course is the circling helicopters you hear and see as they film the Tour de France from above.
Angela had the job of taking the still photographs and I decided that this year it would be a good idea to video the event as they all went by. Basically because we knew, from previous years, that even on an uphill section that they go by like a steam train and you have to be really quick to get your photographs.
I think all in all we did a pretty good job, we were certainly in the right place because they passed us with only inches to spare, as you will see in the video. But the stills that Angela managed to get were pretty good as I hope you agree.
|Where we were|
|When we were there|
|Here they come|
|Check out this guy nonchalantly taking a drink!|
|Hardly breaking a sweat, uphill doing around 50-60 km h|
|The front runners|
|Couldn't be much closer without hitching a ride|
|A rare gap in the pack|