… I have seen the fat lady singing
She 's a lady of large build dressed as a Viking Warrior and makes like she is singing an opera always near the finish but before the Barricades. Sometimes on the roof of a van. She has also become a bit of institution at the Tour and highly sort after for photos and autographs.
Yes, I have also seen instances where other spectators have pulled in runners and pretty abruptly too. Great stuff to see that the majority of spectators have their heads screwed on right
If you watch the Tour closely you would notice that over the last few years the cameramen try to avoid filming these idiots or the TV station cuts to another camera. Instead they focus on spetators who are sitting down with decorated areas (lounges, esky, flags, etc), I think they are trying to tell everyone, dont dress up like a D khead and run, just sit down, enjoy the race and youll get on TV. Lets hope they listen.
while i have never attended a pro bike race
I wonder how many people will express their disappointment that wiggle are "ruining sport".
Will I sound like an old stick in the mud if I suggest sport hasn't been the same since they started wearing coloured outfits in cricket :-)
Back when it was proper cycling in the TDF the competitors could only wear black nicks.
If you let the standards fall eventually there will be anarchy.
Perhaps someone will start to reminisce about the days before gears they were real riders then:-)
things change with fame comes fans some fans are silly or even worse.
Black nicks.....spare tubes tied over the body...and cigarettes at the end of the stage. Those were the days!!!
just noticed - he must of squealed as well - the riders heard it!
Even without shouting, the riders would have heard the noise of the falling motorbike.
Certainly it seems to get rowdy and boisterous.
I would imagine that at least some people come early to get a good spot and then consume too many cool drinks waiting for the show to arrive.
On tonight's highlights of TDF there was a minor collision with a spectator.
On previous evenings motorcyclists have been pushing people out of the way so the cyclists have room.
Or spectators have been busy waving bannocks at the camera and stepped out in front of the cyclists.
How to manage or reduce poor behaviour from spectators seems a difficult issue.
After all the cheering and close proximity to the riders is a large part of the appeal.
Are idiotic,moronic and drunk fans just a non-glamorous part of pro cycling?
I don'f condone the running of the idiots , but you have to admit some of them are bloody funny & do add to the spectacle .
In all the years I've watched the race ,, I haven"t really seen the runners impede the riders to much or cause a cyclist to crash .What annoys me is when spectators are sticking out to far from the side and are impeding the riders course ,or line, causing them to swerve or sometimes even clip them.
It would seem that there is more to this dressing up than plain stupidity. The mother of a world famous SA cyclist is renowned for dressing up in odd costumes and positioning herself in attention getting positions.
Noticed the bloke (?) on every stage dressed up as a bidon? I can't tell what he's advertising but have wondered if it's a sanctioned advertisement.