2017 Tour de France: Stage 18
The images in this RR were edited in the passenger seat of a Peugeot sedan between Briançon and Lyon.
I Race Report
This TDF RR has no words because it’s 2:30am and I need to wake up at 4:45am to catch a flight to London for RHC London. At this point I’m not even sure waking up will be required. Here’s the deal: if you’re reading this, it’s because I did eventually go to sleep. If you’re not reading this, and reading something else, including but not limited to a proper MFS Race Bible and maybe some High Points and Low Points, that means I just stayed up because what’s two hours of sleep anyway?
The images in this RR were edited in the passenger seat of a Peugeot sedan between Briançon and Lyon. Let me tell you something, editing photographs in a car speeding through thunderstorms and the dark cols of the French Alps is something else. Thank God for the Caravan Haribo gummy bears, the bag of pistachios I purchased at a Carrefour before leaving town and the several (as in no less than four) McCafes I had to help mitigate nausea, exhaustion and extreme hunger. Please enjoy.
Actually wait, I can say this much.
- We almost didn’t make it up the mountain because of closures but we did. There is at least one nice Gendarmerie living and working in France.
- This time we went up the front side. Yesterday we went up the backside. Jesus, what side of these mountains are you supposed to go up? I only know about the font and the back. Whatever. But seriously, is there another side?
- The French know how to picnic and read.
- We saw a remarkable number of splayed tongues in the peloton today.
- The epic display of Mass Bicycle Human Exodus following the end of the race was almost as entertaining as the race itself.
- We made a friend, his name is Eugene, he lives in Silverlake, California.
- We saw lots of old friends: Beardy, Jered, Kristof, Iri, the whole gang really.
- Thanks France for the 50% of what we came here to do. Regarding the other 50%, it’s cool. But seriously, how do you work this race.
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