Why are we pretending to be French?

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by Oldfentiger, 3 May 2018.

  1. Oldfentiger

    Oldfentiger Über Member

    Location:
    Pendle, Lancs
    There may be a good reason, and if there is I’m ready to be educated.

    Why Tour de Yorkshire and not Tour of Yorkshire?
    Why Tete de la course and not Front of the race?
    Cote de Lofthouse sounds ridiculous to me.
    Etc. Etc.

    The Spanish retain their own language, as do the Dutch for example.

    The race is in England FFS!!!! :evil:
     
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  2. cisamcgu

    cisamcgu Veteran

    Location:
    Merseyside-ish
    I agree about Tour de Yorkshire, but "Tete de la course" is by far the best phrase, along with "General Classymont", that your hear on Eurosport - I never want them to change :smile:
     
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  3. Smeggers II

    Smeggers II Legendary Member

    Isn't the Tour de Yorkshire a legacy of the success of the Tour de France being in Yorkshire?
     
  4. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
  5. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this..........

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    Because 'Some lads ridin't'bikes around't'hills reet fast' doesn't quite sound the same.....
     
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  6. Smeggers II

    Smeggers II Legendary Member

    Plus the UCI is a French acronym as is in motorsport, "Grand Prix" and the FIA.

    Do you also want the annual F1 race in Silverstone to be renamed the "Big Prize"?

    So what, get over it.
     
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  7. OP
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    Oldfentiger

    Oldfentiger Über Member

    Location:
    Pendle, Lancs
    It won’t spoil my life, so don’t worry about me ;)
     
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  8. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Pourquoi pas? :whistle:
     
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  9. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    The sport of road cycling has huge French history around the Tour de France, using French both keeps in keeping with the norms of the sport and leveraged the TdF popularity to promote the sport in Britain.

    Nothing wrong with it at all. :smile:
     
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  10. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    It's just that French has got a certain genessay kwah.
     
  11. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    The Tour de Yorkshire is organised by the same people as the Tour de France. Who are French.

    Oh, and it makes our local destinations seem more attractive in doing so.
     
  12. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this..........

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    Ay, Le Upperthong! I was going to google some images so people could see what it was like, but thought better of it!
     
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  13. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
    Staffs
    ^^^ wot @DCLane said. And it makes the race seem more exotic. As a Yorkshirewoman I am allowed to say that.
     
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  14. Nigel-YZ1

    Nigel-YZ1 Guru

    Location:
    Penistone
    It's just a word play on the name.

    My commute takes me through Hood Green, where I'm glad to say the fastest set of road works in history have been completed. Dug the road up and had it finished within two days where it usually takes 3 weeks.
    It's also good that a really shitty set of roads have had their potholes filled.

    The police rehearsed the road closures yesterday leaving several Facepalm users foaming at the mouth at the 2 minute delays - Demands for more criminal catching and being late for somesuch woes abounded. Just wish I had the day off to see it again.
     
  15. "Pretend" is a Latin word. Latin be an outlander speak. (Or some such Anglish rot)
     
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