or are they always good enough to do 55mph downhill? try that in the uk and you'd pothole and die, probably.
or are they always good enough to do 55mph downhill?
try that in the uk and you'd pothole and die, probably.
1974 - Plymouth-Plymouth (163.7km)
The Tour's first visit to English shores, to celebrate the UK's entry to the Common Market, for the second stage of the 1974 race, was a low-key affair. With most of the route on the windswept Plymouth bypass, it did not prove the most enticing of prospects for competitors or spectators. Holland's Henk Poppe won the stage while Belgium's Joseph Bruyere retained the yellow jersey.
1994 - Dover-Brighton (204.5km) and Portsmouth-Portsmouth (187km)
In contrast to 1974, the two stages of the 'Tour en Angleterre', marking the opening of the Channel Tunnel, were a roaring success. Inspired in part by Chris Boardman's victory in the prologue a few days earlier, over three million spectators packed roads along the south coast. Unfortunately, the Barcelona gold-medallist could not hold on to the yellow jersey long enough to wear it on home ground. Francisco Cabello of Spain won the stage into Brighton while Italy's Nicola Minali was victorious in Portsmouth.
No potholes here? ha - I ride on roads that can be downright dangerous on the descents. And it's difficult to see the holes because they're under trees and are disguised by the dappled shadows. If the roads these days in the uk are worse than here they must be bloody horrendous.
Obviously, and here, it varies from commune to commune. Some village roads are really badly maintained, others not. A big problem we're starting to get here is with speed bumps. All villages have them now and they're constantly adding to the numbers, but some are well made and slow down the traffic and yet you can fly over them on a bike no problem, others, even if you slow right down, feel as if you've broken your frame in two.It's swings and roundabouts.
the roads from rossendale to manchester are appalling, that said tho, bury does seem to have slightly better road quality. the local roads in rossendale are absolutely terrible and rattle your teeth loose in parts and the utility repairs are awful and haven't stood up to last years summer / winter well.
the country roads around nelson are excellent but narrow. so i suppose i see what you mean about quality varying from area to area.
back on topic, i just noticed the road quality on tdf today does look ropey, but that's just judging from the tv.