RAIN
18
Emotions
and behind the
scenes of
the Tour de France
↥ WEATHER

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↥ BIBLICAL

The 101st edition of the Tour de France has had a few, well, biblical days with regards to weather. Every moment on a bike for the riders, be it in a race or during training, has been affected by weather. Though it may have been sunny to start the day, in the summer months, thunderstorms can come quite quickly.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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Rapid climate change is especially relevant in the mountains. Here, the weather can change within minutes and without any notice. While the common cyclist, whatever his/her level might be will carry a rain jacket in his/her back pocket alongside some high energy bars, pro riders, however, use the team cars to get their stuff correctly packed and into their hands in case of necessity.

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↥ TRICKY

Racing in rainy conditions requires a lot of more attention than normal. Roads quickly become quite slippery, especially if they had been dry for several days prior. Your hands are wet and don’t stick properly to the brake levers and sometimes it can get quite tricky to change the gears.

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↥ VETERANS

Riders, of course are used to managing these conditions. But it you look closely, you see that they are suffering more than usual. There are less risks taken in the wet with regards to high speed cornering or pace changing compared to in the dry.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

↥ AGGRESSIVE

Fortunately, and this we really like, is the fact that when the skies turn dark, the scenery instantly becomes more dramatic. The lighting is completely different and gives pictures a deeper look. Colors change and make landscapes and riders appear even more aggressive.

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↥ GRUB

Along with the Tour de France in July, France is also well known year around for its fine food, gastronomy and red wine. From the French baguette to the fresh cheese, teams and riders won’t miss the occasion to spend time with this aspect of French culture during the 3 weeks.

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↥ CHOICES

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↥ APPETITE

Soigneurs at ORICA-GreenEDGE prepare the lunches for the sport directors with what seems to be a holiday inspired touch. Aside from an evident omission of red wine, it looks as if you’re packing a brunch for the road with your buddies- looks terribly appetizing.

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↥ SPORTIVE

While staff gets a nicely homemade emergency food ensemble, riders have to stick with a highly sportive diet based on pasta, rice, fish, chicken and vegetables before and after the race.

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↥ CARBS

Rice. Not just the ultimate University Student food, but quite good for Professional Cyclists as well. Get those carbs in!

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↥ FUEL

In between meals, when sitting on the saddle, riders eat high energy gels, bars and sometimes a piece of rice cake for dessert to be sure that they are getting their fuel throughout the day’s stage and to keep their mood rockin’. We’re not sure, but sometimes they must get envious at the sport directors driving along eating fresh French baguettes.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

 

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