Just got back from this years tour. The wife and I had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves, we are already looking forward to next year. ( I may have to change my name to " Clownfish " though).
Onto the rant.
What is it with the testosterone charged 40+ years old cyclists, charging down rough, curving roads at more than 35mph screaming at people to get out their way ! Did the accidents and medevacs not teach you anything ? Yes the long downhills are fun after slogging up for half an hour, but when you are with 2000 other riders of all ages and abilities you are not only endangering yourself but you will probably hurt some other rider who is just out for the fun of it. It's a tour, not a race! If you think you are so great then race somewhere where you are with the same level riders ! Rant over.