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All the Latest Events

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:29 am
by will vine
Seems a bit of slight to Charlie's memory that we have failed to even acknowledge the World Cup, let alone Wimbledon, or Le Tour.

I've had only half an eye on The World Cup since England went out. Are you a true sports fanatic if you cannot engage with a game where you have no emotional interest, rational or irrational, in the outcome? By chance I happened to see the whole of last night's extraordinary drama, (Brazil 1 Germany 7). Thrilling and disappointing in equal measure, it felt like the world turned upside down, the invincible and stylish heroes of my boyhood so firmly humiliated by a good German team.

Wimbledon. I can see how thrilling a great tennis match can be but again I believe I can only invest so much interest in the fortunes of one multimillionaire against another. If I do get swept up in watching a match though I do seem to have a need to take sides and those epic five set finals frankly wear me out.

I feel like I'm the only person in the country not in thrall to watching a parade of cyclists, who don't appear to be doing all that much, and where only the clumsy few provide real knockabout entertainment. I have friends who've travelled to Yorkshire, Cambridge, and Stratford to gawp at this stuff. What am I missing? I am typing this at a time I'd normally be at work but here I am nursing a bad foot, possibly the result of a cycling calamity three weeks back....possibly I have a jaundiced view of cycling. As I explained to the man in the bicycle repair shop, "Don't confuse me with a cyclist. I am just a bloke who rides a bike to work".

Re: All the Latest Events

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:43 am
by Rob Hall
will vine wrote:As I explained to the man in the bicycle repair shop, "Don't confuse me with a cyclist. I am just a bloke who rides a bike to work".

A nice line Will.

Re: All the Latest Events

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:14 pm
by Hugh Weldon
The interest in the Tour de France has been a surprise, I suppose the recent success of the first Brits for decades recently has a lot to do with it. For me it's one of those things that's only really worth following on TV where you get the bigger picture. Watching the peloton blaze past is only really worth it if you make a day of it like the French do and centre a day of picknicking by a roadside around it, not something the British are used to (or have the weather for). I have followed it off and on for a while, though it's been spoilt by the drugs scandals and there's always a lingering doubt about how many performances are pharmaceutically enhanced.

Re: All the Latest Events

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:23 pm
by alister prince
Re the tennis: I love Irvin Welch's comment on Murray's ignominious exit that he was a 'Scot' when he won it last year and became a 'Briton' on defeat this time.
Aly

Re: All the Latest Events

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:22 pm
by will vine
Hey Rob, Didn't you just do your own Tour de France en bicyclette? How did it go?

Re: All the Latest Events

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:36 pm
by Rob Hall
I was planning on riding St Malo to Narbonne, but when I got to Jonzac, just shy of Bordeaux, I changed my mind and headed for a favourite campsite I know in Pauillac, on the Garonne estuary. I was doing too much riding and not sniffing enough flowers. I sat around Pauillac for a week or so, mixing 60 mile day rides over the Haut Medoc with 0 mile reading days, before heading back home via a stop-over with friends in the wilds of Brittany. I did about 2/3s of the mileage I originally intended but I probably enjoyed it more than I would have had I stuck to my original plan. There are some pics here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/90526225@ ... 054385510/

Re: All the Latest Events

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:33 pm
by AndyM
The World Cup has been tremendous -- best one since 1990. Some spellbinding matches & some genuine shocks -- last night was so much of a landmark moment that I temporarily forgot to hate the Germans. I'm rooting for the Dutch, but not with much expectation.

Wimbledon was mostly great, though Novak is a charmless individual. Not as robotic as Evil Pete Sampras (aka The Man Who Ruined Tennis For A Decade) but in that ballpark. The emergence of some exciting younger players was very encouraging.

Tour de Whatever ? I tend to think bicycles are for children. And Belgians.

Re: All the Latest Events

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:01 pm
by Adam Blake
Rob Hall wrote:There are some pics here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/90526225@ ... 054385510/



Thanks, Rob. Some gorgeous pictures there. Cycling in strange places is always a buzz. But you're a brave man. 60 mile days! Jeez...

Re: All the Latest Events

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:09 pm
by Rob Hall
Adam Blake wrote:60 mile days! Jeez...


Adam: trust me - in the French countryside, with the sun in your face, fuelled by local food & wine, 60 miles isn't half as hard as it sounds.

Andy: as it happens, I'm visiting Belgium for cycling purposes in November and I expect it to be a lot of fun; I'd really like to re-visit my childhood too, but my bike doesn't have that many gears.