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Why not France?(24 posts)

Why not France?teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 9:57 AM
Bonjour,

We have hijacked the log-on of teo and today we intend to answer a lingering RBR question often asked. Which race should I see? The TdF or another silly race. Because any race other than the TdF is just that, another silly race!

Who are we you ask? Well, we are true ambassadors all of the sport and names aren't important. Just know that we never chanted Dopay! at Chalet Reynard....really.

Follow us on a fascinating photo journey of Teo's hard drive and discover the beauty of Le Tour. You'll never wonder which race you must see ever again.....
re: Let the photo's the story..teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 10:02 AM
First let us start with the spirit of the race, it swells from everyone here. Even the children. If the race were in the States your chubby kids would never know who Virenque is. In fact they would all be running for the ice cream tub in the background....
re: Let the photo's the story..teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 10:05 AM
Spirit is more than just a feeling from the soul. Spirit can come from everywhere. Even our fine French wine.
re: Let the photo's the story..teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 10:11 AM
The great thing about the spirit is that we love everyone...even Texans and 10,000 Texans can't be wrong.

Why, at the Giro Texans are afraid to come and the Vuelta, well the Texans say they will support the Vuelta but they never do! They are smart these Texans.
re: Let the photo's the story..teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 10:15 AM
Don't forget the lavish gifts...oooh the gifts. At the Tour you find them all over the road. We never throw them at your head or crotch intentionally, like the Italians. In France we just put them on the ground for you to select from...
re: Let the photo's the story..teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 10:18 AM
Who is this Atkin's you speak so highly of? In France forget the Atkins...South Beach too. Just come enjoy...
re: Let the photo's the story..teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 10:22 AM
Best of all when you are done with Lunch you can be yourself.
re: Let the photo's the story..teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 10:24 AM
The good thing about Le Tour is that if you carry to much Spirit you can always let some go!
re: Let the photo's the story..teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 10:27 AM
And then there this is the race. Why look, it's a rider from Cofidis out front.
re: Let the photo's the story..teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 10:31 AM
The tour is the greatest race in the world and we will not back down! This race, like your ambassador is now you say...head and shoulders above the rest!
re: Let the photo's the story..teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 10:34 AM
We must go now as I think teo is home...come to France. Don't get left behind....
re: Sorry if...teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 10:53 AM
Hello all, just a serious note to everyone to say that I hope you enjoyed my sideshow. At home sick today and for the last few to be honest.

I hope my odd sense of humor was liked by all and most of all I hope it did not come off the wrong way. I truly enjoy France and the people I meet.

The two gentlemen pictured are circus clowns (really) that I met on the Cote de Mont du Prince, the day of Virenque's big win. As you can see they had a good time. I had to spend four hours in a car after the stage (transfer Alpe'D with traffic jam) so my spirit level stayed low.

The boys were a blast, full-time entertainment.
a hoot!velocity
Jan 27, 2004 11:08 AM
I've seen a couple of races in Europe, but not yet the Grand Daddy of 'Em All. Your latest highlights the fun of being there. I love France and have visited many times. My hesitation about heading over for the TdF is that I'll see less of it there than I would if I stayed home and watched OLN. But WTF, if I go, my wife and I can eat, drink, be merry, mingle, see what we can -- did I say eat, drink? -- and I can catch what I missed when I get home by buying the dvd. The only problem is my wife wouldn't want our entire trip to be solely focused on the TdF!
Just do it . . .ms
Jan 27, 2004 11:20 AM
Of course you'll see less of the race, but you only can "experience" the race by your being there. There are museums, churches, cultural sites and shops all over France -- it is possible to keep your wife happy and see the race several times during a stay in France. If you base yourself in a town near several stages (e.g., Lourdes, Tarbes, Pau for the Pyrenees) and take your bike, you can ride to the race and your wife can stay in town or drive somewhere else in the car. Also, if you fly through Paris, you can spend a few days there to keep the Mrs. happy. To quote one of our favorite Texan's sponsors: "Just do it."
Best report in a long time!! I must come to France! NMMarketing Dept
Jan 27, 2004 11:09 AM
Sorry? We want more. . .ms
Jan 27, 2004 11:12 AM
Your pictures were a perfect antidote to the scene outside my office window -- freezing rain on top of snow. Here's to many more days on the cotes and cols of France -- warm and sunny days.
re: Sorry if...alchemy
Jan 27, 2004 3:08 PM
That's done it - I am definitely going have to see the TDF in person before I die. Thanks for a great report !!!!
that's it! Let's all go! Thanks Teo for the inspiration...nmrwbadley
Jan 27, 2004 12:03 PM
Oh man! You're making me want to visit again!KG 361
Jan 27, 2004 10:24 AM
I swear I will never eat American yogurt again. And the melons that we had in Juan Le Pines and the frommage blanc, yum! Not to mention the wine and the lamb..sigh...anyone have some frequent flyer miles they'd like to give to a really nice family? =)
Is that the Lance take-down bag? (nm)irregardless
Jan 27, 2004 12:53 PM
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Le meilleur rapport que j'ai eu l'occasion de lire !!PeterRider
Jan 27, 2004 11:37 AM
I'm usually proud of my ride reports, but this one is as good if not better than what I do :-)

Pierre
Yeah! what he said!!! (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 27, 2004 11:48 AM
You're Welcome...teoteoteo
Jan 27, 2004 3:05 PM
Glad everyone enjoyed the "roadside color" type of presentation. To me it is the essence of the race. So many reporters I know go and have to endure the nasty, smoke filled press rooms. Instead I am blessed with the good fortune of having fun and letting the story be about whatever I may stumble across.
Thanks for your TDF guide as welltoronto-rider
Jan 28, 2004 9:19 AM
I think you should find a publisher and stop sending those out for free. Add some photo's and some interesting stories and you have a great book. I know I would buy it.
Get well

more photo's please