Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory (#2)…victory on le Tour

Posted: November 13, 2015 in Travel, Weekly Photo Challenge
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If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know that my husband loves cycling and we both love watch bike racing, in particular, the Tour de France.  Despite all the drug usage and Lance’s nose-dive from fame, the fact that anyone can complete this race is a miracle in itself.  Cheating, in one form or another, has been taking place since the race began, when some riders took a bus for part of the trip!  There are now riders who pledge that they’re riding clean.  Understandably, thanks again to Lance, many are skeptical of this, but I hope it’s true.  Once you understand bike racing even a bit, it becomes a fascinating sport to follow, particularly when the long hours are enlivened and enlightened by the knowledgeable announcers.

Last year, my husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to be in France during the time of the Tour.  Even better, we were able to be at the end of one of the stages.  It seems funny, even weird, that people would gather for days just to see cyclists whiz past in a matter of seconds, but that’s all part of the fun.  We hiked up over 7km, the end of which had the steepest grade, even including all the mountain stages, of the entire race, just to reach our vantage point 25m from the finish line.  We also sat or stood out for hours for this privilege.  The weather was terrible and we had a blast!  We’d do it all again in a heartbeat, this time hoping for better weather and maybe catching the end of a sprint stage.

Here’s a photo of the winner of the stage and, ultimately, the entire race, Vincenzo Nibali.  This flat bit was at the end of well over a hundred kilometers AND that last, terrible climb.  The cost is written on Nibali’s face.  But the victory is worth the cost.

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  1. Great shot. I just love how you have captured the expression on his face.

    • Raewyn, it was understandably filled with agony, which I’m sure he forgot (temporarily) once he crossed the finish line. What an experience, both for him and for us!


  2. Leya says:

    Written all over…I am no competitive person and find it very hard to understand how people voluntarily endure things like this. I admire the athletes of course, but I cannot get what’s making them…endure all this pain.

  3. Moersalin says:

    I love cycling, but too lazy to do it 🙂

  4. KG says:

    This I can relate too…even though what I did was at a much leisurely pace 🙂

  5. jules says:

    I love watching ‘Le Tour’ and I’m not even a cyclist! I saw the finish of the road race at the London Olympics and the excitement was intense.

  6. MythRider says:

    I’ve spend a few Saturday afternoons watching the weekly rundown of the race. For me far more interesting than football.

    • I enjoy football as well, but I also love cycling, rugby (Bill used to play), and hockey, the latter probably my favorite sport.


      • MythRider says:

        I though you might. I prefer to be outside than inside watching sports. BUT! give me a good science fiction fiction or fantasy movie and I good to sit. ;0)

      • I get outside every chance I get. But there are times when I like to sit and relax as well. Of course, reading takes the first spot, but sports are something Bill and I can enjoy together.