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bsfulton

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Tour de France
« on: July 20, 2008, 02:02:22 PM »
Le Tour enters the Alps Tuesday for two stages. Catch some great scenery and riding. 4 cyclists are within 1 minute of each other.


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Re: Tour de France
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2008, 03:17:25 PM »
I thought that this Tour was going to be a bust ( ::) )but today's stage was really great. well worth watching at least the next 2 stages

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Re: Tour de France
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2008, 11:45:27 AM »
I had the Tour on while I was working this morning and caught that dude go flying off the road on the big descent.  Luckily he was ok but his bike was GONE. 

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Re: Tour de France
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2008, 10:53:24 AM »
that was really amazing & scary. did you see how sketchy it was when he tried to climb/scramble up the hill. if he'd slipped he would have been 300' down the slope in no time at all. the will need ropes or a heli to get that bike back! too bad Vandevelde cracked. he was looking very good.

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Re: Tour de France
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2008, 11:26:27 AM »
I love this quote

"Next time you are going 50mph in your car, strip down to your underwear and jump out the car door, that is what it is like to crash in a professional bike race"

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Re: Tour de France
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2008, 10:38:23 AM »
that is a GREAT quote and I love the clips that go with it. did you see the clip of Frank Schleck going over the guardrail in the Tour of Switzerland?  he fell 20', they hauled him & the bike out & he continued on. those guys are some hard men!

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Re: Tour de France
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2008, 09:46:18 PM »
Those guys are completely hard!   Some of the mountain stages would be difficult for mere mortal cyclists to complete, never mind race, and get up and do it again the next day (and the next, and the next..)  The more I think about this, the more I am in awe.  Simply amazing.

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Re: Tour de France
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2008, 11:07:38 PM »
2 years ago I went with a group to the Pyrenees to ride for 2 weeks. I watched several stages & rode all the big climbs; Tourmalet, Col de Marie Blanc, Col de Aspin, Aubisque, Hutacam, Col Du Portillon, Superbagnieres,  Pyresoud, Plat de Adet Luz Ardeden you name it. I rode 12 consecutive days, over 600 miles and many thousands of feet of climbing. one day we rode both the Aspin & Tourmalet. Chris Lemay who posts here sometimes went with me.  there is a slideshow of the trip here:

 http://www.nebikes.com/?PageName=20&GalleryIndex=1&GalleryType=0

but the difference was that it was all at my own pace, not a race and I didn't ride 100+ miles a day! that said it was an amazing experience.

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