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Old 07-30-19, 10:53 AM
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I have had several friends go to France to catch a stage or two of the TDF. The one thing they come back with is IT's A PARTY!!

The folks on bikes just happens to be the catalyst that brings everyone together, shut down the town and throw a huge party. Most of the people lining the roads are oblivious to the names of the riders and teams, they are out for the day having a ball with the rest of the town. The mountain stages are the same. One huge ass party that is momentarily interrupted by some dudes coming through on bikes.

Good crits pull this off nicely. Track racing elicits a similar atmosphere, but only if done right. Beer, food and people can quickly add up to a party and a successful financial endeavor.

Someday my wife and I will make it to a stage of the tour. Was warned off the final stage in Paris as it is packed with people all fighting to get to the curbside to watch the riders go by.
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