Yesterday I had the privilege of being a spectator at the biggest free sporting event in the world, le Tour de France. I am a tour devotee and had always wanted to see the grand tour up close. My husband and I decided to secure a spot on the corner of Rue de Rivoli, just after the riders come out of the tunnel. One of the corners here is known Thor Hushov corner; swamped by supporters from Norway. They were very noisy and passionate, and lots of fun. The atmosphere was electric! There were people from all corners of the globe.
On a hot Sunday in July we waited and waited. The caravan came around 2pm and provided great entertainment. It really energised the crowd and was so much fun. The pumping music, crazy dancing, colourful people. Then all that was left to do was wait for the riders. I had read that you could tell when they were approaching as you could hear the helicopters and the roar of the crowd. And there it was: they yellow lead out car, the red car, the motorbike with cameraman, the helicopters, the roaring crowd. Then they came. Around the corner and up the straight. They were so focused and the look of determination on their face impressive. They were so fast. I was so surprised that the riders were going so very fast especially since they has come out of a crest out of the tunnel and around a corner. It was beautiful to watch. And I got to watch it 8 times as the last part of the race is a circuit. Was a very happy Aussie girl cheering on these supreme athletes. I gave a special cheer to Cadel and the other Aussie boys, and Orica Greenedge the Aussie backed team.