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Old 07-27-09, 02:21 PM   #1
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Tour de France effect?

Sunday I noticed more roadies out than most days. Considering it was windy, not very warm and rain moved through it was nice to see so many riders out there.

Anyone else notice the same?

Also have to add that I had my own TdF moment on Sunday. At the top of a pretty tough climb a guy on his yard tractor saw me, jumped off and cheered me on!
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I've seen a lot of people riding but I attributed that to the excellent weather we've been having.

The effect I see is people who don't know a headtube from a brifter asking me about getting into cycling, and talking about Lance (who has certainly become quite an advocate for the sport). I hope the people asking me about cycling actually get out their bikes and ride them.

on the tractor driver -- that's great!
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on the tractor driver -- that's great!
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If you do want an experience- Go to see the TDF someday. When I went to see it in the UK- There were plenty of people I know from my Town that chose the same spot. One group of whom I did not think rode bikes- but there they were in cycling jerseys and Lycra shorts. Some of them were not a pretty sight- but that is a different matter. It would appear that they are keen followers of the TDF and normally go to France to see a stage.

They do not ride bikes and some of them do not even own bikes but if you are going to the TDF- you have to look the part.
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They do not ride bikes and some of them do not even own bikes but if you are going to the TDF- you have to look the part.
I don't know why, but this makes me smile.

It's probably true that most people who start cycling during the TdF don't continue it for long, but I think some of them do. And that's a good thing, isn't it?

On Sunday's ride, I did see a few obvious newcomers. More power to them.
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I'm always happy to see more people cycling, and yes it does appear an event like the TdF spurs them on. I also like to hear about rising bike sales, which also generally occurs during this time. I only wish we had more major cycling events in the US, like the ex-Tour de Dupont.
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There are also other effects: About May I start to see more people the gym- bathing suit effect; after January 1 more people show up- New Year's Resolution effect. Neither last very long!
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only idiot I saw was me 95 degrees 15 mph wind so I cut my 35 mi plans to 20
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28 years ago I sat watching the Tour De France highlights of Jonathan Boyer on ABC Sports. I became one of the "July Wonders" who then go out and get on a bike. I'm still riding.
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I have seen new riders and even new groups riding over the last few weeks.
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[QUOTE=stapfam;9365012]+1

One group of whom I did not think rode bikes- but there they were in cycling jerseys and Lycra shorts... QUOTE]

around here we call them 'lance-alikes'...

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Sunday I noticed more roadies out than most days. Considering it was windy, not very warm and rain moved through it was nice to see so many riders out there.

Anyone else notice the same?
Yes, the numbers showing up for club rides went up over the last two weeks. I've noticed an increase in the number of road bikes out there. Yes, I believe it's due to the tour.
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I don't know about others, but when I watch the riders in the tour I get a subconscious urge to get on my bike and "do that".
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I don't know about others, but when I watch the riders in the tour I get a subconscious urge to get on my bike and "do that".
I may think that but then look at the cadence they have, and the gearing they are in and realise that they are travelling at a higher speed than I can attain on a bike. And that was going up Ventoux.

And today- Saw 5 K.O.M. and 2 yellow jerseys. And that was on the MUP.
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I got a lot of obnoxious comments from people who don't ride about my yellow jersey around TdF time.

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We have had two people good-naturedly yell, "Where's Lance?" as we ride by. I repy, "Behind us".
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I may think that but then look at the cadence they have, and the gearing they are in and realise that they are travelling at a higher speed than I can attain on a bike. And that was going up Ventoux.
I was on an early morning ride this summer and just happened to be travelling the opposite direction of the bike route for the local triathlon. I'm pretty sure the lead cyclist was going up the hill faster than I was going down it
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Check out an American NFL football game...people dressed in jersies etc. Cycling is a major sport in Europe. In the US we are targets for autos. Lycra or not.
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I've seen more riders decked out in kit form in the past few weeks, I'm sure the TdF has had an effect on this. Once the weather turns more to the foul side, the riders in kit form will disappear, either retreating to their trainers or donning the role of Super Fred.
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28 years ago I sat watching the Tour De France highlights of Jonathan Boyer on ABC Sports. I'm still riding.
I bought a road bike in the spring of '86 and rode quite a few miles before July. Lemond's victory in the TdF that year was motivator for me. I'm still riding.
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As a previous poster said, I believe the TDF effect is similar to gym attendance in January. It's good to see people getting off the couch and onto bikes, especially with the obesity problem in most Western countries. But people who haven't worked out in 20 years quickly discover that exercise results in sore muscles at first. A large percentage give up within a month or two because they can't get past the soreness. It would be interesting to see how many bikes are gathering dust in a garage or basement 10 months after the TDF.
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Oh yeah - I think you're right. The Tour especially thanks to Lance brought up everyone's awareness and appreciation for cycling. I wish the tour was in April so we could get more courtesy from the cagers earlier in the season!

Another effect I noticed is that I'm up out of the saddle more. I'm less afraid of burning out since I've seen the pro riders doing it.
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Speaking for myself, I ordered a Cofidis jersey because they're red and match my bike and they look cool and they are on sale.
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Speaking for myself, I ordered a Cofidis jersey because they're red and match my bike and they look cool and they are on sale.
Now that is the way to get "Team" strips.Only one I ever had was a Purple "TREK" jersey and shorts. It was the MTB racing strip from a couple of years pevious and was cheap- in fact it was in the sale bin. That was %& years ago- can't remember but I do know that the jersey is still comfortable and I did use it on my First 100 mile offroad ride in 93. The shorts fell apart after only a couple of years though.
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