Another Last Chance to Enter The Tour de France (almost)
One of my favourite blogs is Adrian Fitch’s Random Ramblings - it’s full of up-to-date useful and topical stuff for the cyclist at large, presented with a personal style, sense of humour (and occasional outrage), and a level of succinct detail that can only come from someone who knows their stuff.
It was from Random Ramblings that I first picked up on the possibility of ‘entering’ the Tour de France. Well, the British Cyclosportive event over the route of this year’s first stage anyway. But alas, history is made by those who turn up, not those who take their time to think about turning up. So I missed the entry, which sold out rather quickly.
So I posted about this, whining about the potential cost of entering as part of a ‘package holiday’. And on-the-ball-Adrian came back with two other potential routes to get into the event - a competition organised by the Guardian (I didn’t win - whine, whine, whine), and then the possibility of entering as a sponsored for charity cyclist (minimum sponsorship £400).
And now he’s found yet another potential route in: the BBC is looking for a cyclist to take part in the British Cyclosportive.
I’ve just got to have a go at that!
I also wonder if Adrian’s just a little tiny bit excited by the British Cyclosportive. His ability to gather news on the event goes beyond obsessive, and into the jittery, adrenaline-fueled excitement that I get about skiing, or most children get in the week before Christmas. In a grown man, I think this level of excitement is a Good Thing (note the capital letters), because it’s infectious. If we want more people cycling, we need more of this to help spread the word. So thanks Adrian - keep it up!