Tour de France in London
A few words on the Tour de France in London.
- First of all I would like to cheer for the London police. Not only do they do their very best to keep our city safe, but I have never met a police man or woman who wasn’t incredibly friendly. There are a lot of them on the streets and near the large stations in London since the failed car bombings last week, and they were very visible today as well. It’s absolutely fine with me. And let’s face it: those bobby hats are incredibly sexy.
- The Caravane which comes before the actual race starts is rather ridiculous. Most of the vehicles throwing stuff at you (no kidding, they do: pens, hats, candy) were French brands and I suspect it to be at least double as long when the tour gets back to stages in France. It was great for the kids though, but it was incredible to watch big grown up men competing with the kids on catching a bunch of lollies thrown by ever smiling ladies on weird cars.
- Yes it was busy, but it was not impossible to find a space to stand.
- The sun was shining all day.
- The logo of the Tour de France, London (the one in the middle) proves that it is in fact possible to design cool logos for huge sport events in London.
- Those men in latex on bikes were fast. Incredibly fast! Of course they only had to bike 5 miles (8 km) today (which took them about 9 minutes!), so they could use all their energy to bike fast. But it was nearly too fast for my camera to snap. And too fast to recognize who they were when they swooshed by. The only way to find out who they were was to check their names on the car driving behind them. The cars were fast too, but it was possible if you paid attention.
- I saw the last part on the telly at home. London looked fantastic from the air filmed by the French directed helicopters. And the route made London look incredibly green, lots of trees, nice lake (Serpentine in Hyde Park), a lot of happy people. A nice city to live in.
- Here is one of my more successful pictures. Check those legs.
- The little boy beside me to his dad when another runner passed by with the speed of light:
“I saw him smiling”.
That made me smile.