Watching Stage 17 – 2009 Tour de FranceBy Will • Jul 22nd, 2009 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, Tour de France
Above: Contador and the brothers Schleck near top of last climb.
A great day watching the Epic stage 17 of the Tour de France with Eric and Katy.
The plan? Cycle the last two climbs of the stage: the very steep Col de Romme and then Col de la Colombière – and watch near the top.
To say we had fun would be an understatement.
Eric being Eric meant that he cycled up with a huge box full of beer, food, water, even an umbrella – nice one! This wasn’t all fun and games though. Both these climbs are very steep – and Katy did a great job on both climbs.
The day started off well with a Didi the Devil sighting:
We passed the first climb in the rain:
The publicity caravan was a blast:
The crowd was just plain fun. Two aussies and two french guys led cheers, songs, and – even the wave.
This shot is 45 minutes before the race arrived … everyone having a lot of fun.
Below: The leaders approach. The race and atmosphere was beyond belief (Photo by Katy):
Enough said. But a few more photos: