Monday, March 29, 2010
If you didn't guess the cyclist from 2 blogs ago was Phil Liggett. And here we have a shot of the current world champions legs (Cadel Evans) as seen by Bernie Eisel.
And here is a rare glimpse of the director with camera in hand.
I'm not sure why he chose the hardest stage of the Tour (17) to let us put a camera on his bike but with it he went over 5 mountains, 4 were Category 1 climbs. Bernie - you are the MAN
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The assistant organiser, Victor Breyer, stood at the summit of the Aubisque with the colleague who had proposed including the Pyrenees, Alphonse Steinès. Breyer wrote of the first man to reach them:
His body heaved at the pedals, like an automaton, on two wheels. He wasn't going fast but he was at least moving. I trotted alongside him and asked 'Who are you? What's going on? Where are the others?' Bent over his handlebars, his eyes riveted on the road, the man never turned his head nor uttered one sole word. He continued and disappeared round a turn. Steinès had read his number and consulted the riders' list. Steinès was dumfounded. 'The man is François Lafourcade, a nobody. He has caught and passed all the cracks' ... Another quarter-hour passed before the second rider appeared, whom we immediately recognised as Octave Lapize. Unlike Lafourcade, Lapize was walking, half leaning on, half pushing his machine. But unlike his predecessor, Lapize spoke, and in abundance. 'You are assassins, yes, assassins!' To discuss matters with a man in this condition would have been cruel and stupid.
Found some interesting quotes while doing research:
The academic historians Jean-Luc Boeuf and Yves Léonard say most people in France had little idea of the shape of their country until L'Auto began publishing maps of the race. They wrote:
At the start of the 20th century, the French were still largely ignorant (connaissent encore très mal) of the geography of their country. Maps were rare and little used, even at school. The physical shape of France and its contours remained an unknown for most Frenchmen ... Efforts to interest school children in the image in general and maps in particular were in vain. The book Tour de France par Deux Enfants didn't have a map of France before its 1905 edition, by which time it had sold seven million copies!
By the maps of France [that it published], the Tour de France became at the same time a teacher, in printing a map of the contours of the country – which was rare at least until the Great War – and populist in portraying France as a hexagon, a France not only amputated from 1903 of its "lost provinces" but also its overseas possessions and Corsica, never visited in a century and still missing from maps of the Tour de France.
Eugen Weber, in the foreword to Tour de France: 1903–2003 says:
The Tour contributed more to France than new-model heroes. It put flesh on the bones of values taught in school but seldom internalized: effort, courage, determination, stoic endurance of pain, and even fair play. It familiarized a nation with its geography. It brought life, activity, excitement into small towns where very little happened; it introduced a festive atmosphere wherever it passed; and it acquainted provincial backwaters with spectacular displays previously available only in big cities.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
that few have gotten we went to extremes. Like Stage 19 when we accidentally found ourselves ON COURSE only about 20 minutes ahead of the race. We had a parcours sticker from ASO but we were past our time limit to be on course. The Gendarmerie figured the best way to deal with us was to let us run the gauntlet. Not wanting to miss an opprotunity to capture a unique angle, I had Jeremy pull the RV to the side of the mountain (pretty steep as you can see) and we rigged the one and only
RV CAM !!!!!!!!!!!