“This is FatherSonTour reporting from Stage 2 of the Tour du Haut Var in the mountain town of Tourtour, France.” That was our opening tweet as the three boys and I began last Sunday spectating some truly awesome professional cycling here in the South of France. I don’t know if we chose to watch the race from town of Tourtour for its great location (the race would pass through the town and it’s climb three times during the day), or, perhaps, more for the opportunity to tweet that opening line with all the “tours” in it. In any case it was a great choice. Tourtour is a beautiful, somewhat remote, hilltop village in the Var department of France. An 8km climb winds its way up to the village and crests on a grassy knoll by a church just after it passes through center of town. The top of the climb has incredible views to the south down towards the Mediterranean Sea (about 30 miles away) to the west towards the Luberon and Mont Ventoux (50 miles away), and to the east towards the famous towns of Cannes and Nice of the Cote d’Azur. It was truly a great venue for watching the race unfold.
|Boys at the Tourtour Summit|
|Getting ready to cheer the riders on|
|The Famous "Americane"|
|The GPM summit with white top of Mt. Ventoux in the distance|
It quickly became apparent that Chad’s Giant-Alpecin team was looking to do something pretty special in the race that day. They were on the front in the first pass of the GPM. For the second and third passes they were in the front of the peloton and appeared to be comfortably managing the break of the day, keeping them within about a minute and a half.
|Giant-Alpecin out in front all day|
After the race, we were able to catch up with Chad. Liam also got the chance to practice his developing race reporting skills with a post-race interview. Hope you enjoy it!
Live Strong, Train Safe and Live Well!
This is Bill, Liam, Aidan and Roan signing out.