02.07.2013 - 02.07.2013 28 °C
The Tour de France was in Nice on July 2, on it's way from Corsica and then on to Marseille. This was the only point in the Tour where they did time trials. Richard, wish you'd'a been here! They began in town and took the Promenade out by the airport, then north in a big loop and then back again to finish on the main drag of the Prom.
I was supposed to attend a faculty meeting that day out of Nice, but it quickly became clear that almost all transportation routes going in and out of town by road were shut down for the day. Instead of buses stopping in their usual spot, the team trailers were set up instead:
I met some friends and we all spent some time wandering around taking in the buzzing atmosphere. As the actual race time approached, we tried to make our way through thickening crowds to a place by the course, and were forced to pass through the narrowest section right at the starting line (where everyone wants to stop and take photos). The worst was that people had bikes with them! This made getting though this section quite a frustrating and claustrophobic experience for everyone trying to get from one side to the other. Got back finally Nick's place for a good vantage point to see some action - his window looked directly onto the course - before we had to brave the hellish gauntlet once again on our way to work.