Catch up on your reading Keith - I still haven't read the souvenir programme from London yet and only finished Cycling Weekly thanks to being stuck in a traffic jam on the M1 last week! (Er...no - I wasn't driving!).
Has anybody else been surprised by the amount of interest shown in this years race by people who have never previously shown any interest ? I know the race started in London and that adds interest for the Brits but I've had people ask me questions about the TdF who have never shown the remotest bit of interest in cycling before .
I'm actually feeling quite good about the sport of cycling at the moment after feeling pretty depressed about it for the last few years .
Rest day ? I might actually get my bike out and go for a ride !
If only the Liggett and Sherwin Show was back on C4. I'm still amazed at how many people say 'Tour de France ? Ah yes, I really used to enjoy watching that'.
Some are just unaware its now on ITV4, but there are still loads who have neither digital or Sky and really miss seeing the Tour.
But this evening we're having a 'Tour party' to watch the ITV first week summary. There's quite a few 'newbies' coming who I think will get into it as in one hour you can see how things develop in the race over time. We have all the maps and team lists to help them 'get their heads' around it all. But hopefully once hooked.....
She watches the nightly coverage, now recognises some of the riders ("Vino-somebody : isn't he the one with the broken coccyx ?"), is even starting to understand team tactics.
She does however keep asking me disconcerting questions like "Who does their washing at the hotels ?"
But most importantly, she's talking about how we'll have to hire a campervan to go to the Alps next year !
What happened is that we wnet down to London, saw the prologue and the start because I'd won village tickets on Sunday morning, so we got to rub shoulders with Cancellara, Hushovd, Wiggins, Moreau, etc and she's now relating to the riders on telly as being 'real people'.
I came home from a race yesterday to find her watching the Tour live on Eurosport. And she keeps having a go at me for not taking her to see the prologue (just me and the lad went). I always thought she just watched it because I did, but it turns out she is genuinely interested.
Yep, Mrs dbg doesn't leave the room quite as much as she at the beginning of Le Tour. I think she quite likes the drama of the injuries and crashes, the guy going over the wall was quite a bonus yesterday.
My girlfriend who previously knew nothing about cycling now knows the names of virtually all the GC contenders, dopers, sprinters, British riders, teams, and has a pretty good understanding of the tactics too.
Took her to the 'Flandrien hard men' photography exhibition at the weekend, and she was talking about how we should buy one of the prints