Tour de France | Sleepless Down Under!
What with Formula 1, Wimbledon, the Ashes and Tour de France, sports-crazy people in the southern hemisphere are currently suffering badly from sleep deprivation.
Being a follower of the TDF, I’m one of the zombies. But, it’s totally worth it staying up till 2 a.m. to watch these ace cyclists in this most punishing, exciting and tactical race. And, for us travellers, the added bonus is seeing the stunning scenery and magnificent chateaux along of the tour route, not to mention Gabriel Gaté bringing us the specialty foods and wines of the various tour regions.
By the end of the race, the cyclists will have ridden a total distance of 3,500 km over some of the most mountainous terrain. I know what 3,500 km is as I’ve done that kind of distance on many occasions – but on 15-day coach holidays around Europe.
Tonight is the individual time trial around Lake Annecy. The little town of Annecy is really beautiful and when you see it you can understand why it’s been tagged as “Little Venice”.