Anyone heard/read anything negative about the TdF in London?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by yello, 9 Jul 2007.

  1. yello

    yello Legendary Member

    Just wondering like. Not wishing to be a misery guts etc but all I have heard is glowing reports of how successful it all was. And from what I witnessed, I'd agree - I though it was brilliant. It can't have pleased everyone surely? There must at least be a WVM or some such that has had a rant. :blush:
  2. Haitch

    Haitch Flim Flormally

    The two papers I read here in Holland were glowing in their reports: perfectly organised, good route and zillions of spectators. Most quotes from the riders (mainly Dutch) were also brimming over with praise.

    All round, it left a very good impression on the Dutch journos, who can usually be a bit snooty about the UK and cycling.
  3. Smeggers

    Smeggers New Member

    I got sunburnt.

    Lost me space, due to needing a drink.

    Got ripped off 4 quid for a tiny smoothie.

    Queued for 20 minutes to cross the bridge in Hyde Park.

  4. Trembler49

    Trembler49 Veteran

    Portimao, Portugal
    It was brilliant, but the sheer numbers of people made things difficult.

    The big screens were great!
  5. OP

    yello Legendary Member

    Oh yeah, that's right. I had a brilliant viewing space for the prologue... then an ambulance parked right in front of me and I had to move... to a better viewing place, though a somewhat more uncomfortable one!
  6. derall

    derall Über Member

    Home Counties
    Same as Smeggers -

    -forgot I'm going thin on top and sunburnt the top of my head

    -got ripped off on the price of a burger

    -the queue for the bridge


    -standing next to a ten-year-old kid and it appeared she'd been in training for the TdF for ages. I didn't manage to get any freebies from the publicity caravan because the kid was too fast for me and beat me to everything.

    -engineering work on the Met Line made getting there and back a nightmare.

    but apart from that it was a fantastic day and I wouldn't have missed it for anything. Thoroughly enjoyable. Congratulations to all involved in the organisation.
  7. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran

    Light bollards in the middle of the road didn't go down too well with the European riders I hear. But then, when in Rome (or London....)
  8. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    I cycled to Canterbury to watch them come in. Had a nice spot on the inside of a bend to watch them woosh past. Was disappointed with my caravan freebies though.. Only managed to catch a Skoda hat (yay :blush: ), two Laughing Cow fridge magnets (oh.. Joy :rolleyes: ) and a pair of those inflatable banger sausage thingies. TONK TONK TONK weeee! Good fun and great weather though.
  9. Gavin Gilbert

    Gavin Gilbert New Member

    The Capital City
    Ditto the above - my only gripe was £14 for 2 foul tasting hotdogs and a bottle of Sprite.

    On the otherhand we found a stall in the French Market selling 70cl bottles of water for 70p each. I tried explaining to the bemused Frenchman that we are used to being ripped off and he should double the price. I'm afraid he didn't get my Anglo-Saxon humour.

    I did come across some plum in a Jag at the bottom of Park Lane arguing with a rozzer about not being allowed to drive around Hyde Park Corner :blush:

    The only other downside I can think of was the Gendarmerie making the Met officers look like sacks of spuds in flo jackets. Why can't our police look that good?
  10. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    It's just bloody lucky that the organisers didn't employ my mate Simon to devise the route. We parked in Teddington and he assured me that he knew the way in as his B-I-L lives in Teddington and he lived in London himself for 9 years. We cycled 29 miles to get to Hyde Park :thumbsup: On the way back, after I had been to the TFL stand and picked up a map, we cycled Route 4 and got back in a trice :blush: So, if you were one of the cyclists riding through Richmond Park, and saw someone having a pee behind a tree while being heavily sworn at by someone, that was us :rolleyes:

    Bloody great day though, although I too got caught out trying to cross the Hyde Park bridge. Otherwise absolutely no complaints, can't wait to do it all again :laugh:
  11. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Colne, Lancs
    On the day, just passing through Hyde park, I heard a french voice say: 'the organisation was fantastic' (in French obviously...), I think that's a pretty positive view from the owners of the race.
  12. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    I'm thinking, cant knock it, it was brilliant :rolleyes:
    Yup, as Gavin says, the stylish Gendarmerie made our guys look like sacks of spuds :blush:

    Yes, the queues at the bridges were ridiculous at times....but this is insignificant when you look at the whole event.

  13. Aint Skeered

    Aint Skeered New Member

    It seems the main gripe from reading the above posts, is the quality of the food.
    Christ,who in there right mind would buy a burger / hot dog from a street vendor, and expect it to taste good.
    I watched the race in Tunbridge Wells, good atnosphere(apart from a couple of stroppy gits, who where stopped from crossing the road, by the police, as the tour Caravan was hurtling through at break neck speed)
    We cycled over from Horsham, so a nice 75 mile round trip to boot.
  14. i had a great time - even though the crepe stall ran out of savoury crepes just as i was near the front of the queue.

    didn't use the bridges in the park... it was quicker to walk around to where the underpass is along the serpentine.

    the blocking of the underpass to knightsbridge was a bit silly as it meant there was no easy way from inside the park to the west side of the course. instead i stayed in the park and found a good spot just as they came in. from there i could run to where they left, thus seeing the last four or five riders twice. there was also a big screen, so i saw the finish.

    a friend of mine complained that the tubes were too busy because of the cycling as she was trying to get across town. she also bitched because she couldn't get to work on sunday in rochester because of the road closures and had to take the day as leave. i did point out she'd had nearly a year to make other arrangements. she hopes the race never returns as they shouldn't close the roads and inconvenience people! 4 million happy people, one miserable sod!

    loved the french market... i stocked up on the biscuits/cakes and munched them during the prologue.

    got several hats on sunday, some inflatable bangy things, a couple of fluro wristbands and several bottles of water. i also got hit on the head by a sealink pen that then bounced into the road! i already had three skoda hats when another landed at my feet, so i gave it to the man behind - who'd been hit on the head by a map of london a few minutes earlier! timing.

    loved every second from the presentation until they removed the barriers at canterbury
  15. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    Funny that, my patrol partner said exactly the same thing, the Met Pol SEG bikers in their full face helmets, leathers, HV's sweating their
    B0££0cks off! And the Gendarmerie in their short sleeved shirts Jodphurs and knee boots looking cool as cucumbers! or should that be cornichons?
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