Tour de France

a.k.a. "Jim and Kendall's Excellent Adventure"

My dad and I had the pleasure of doing a "bike and gawk" tour with Graham Baxter Sporting Tours out of the UK. We had a fantastic time - met lots of new people, biked a ton, took in the beautiful French countryside, and gaped at all the insane pro bicyclists biking 5 times as far as we did and twice as fast. (Hence the term "bike and gawk.") Not to mention burned my legs off going up those numerous "undulating" hills.

Most of these were taken with my Minolta A1, which unfortunately broke somewhere in Burgundy. The other smaller photos were taken with my film camera (and subsequently taken off Snapfish), hence the not-so-great quality.

By the way, I highly recommend Graham Baxter's Tour de France package - it's reasonably priced, and the guides are hilarious!

En route to Villard de Lans

Outside a village en route to Stage 15 finish - Villard de Lans.

Outside Villard de Lans

Nearing Villard de Lans.

Villard De Lans

We made it!

Villard de Lans

Notice the cute decorative bicycles in the background.

USPS Team bus

USPS bus... With Sheryl Crow in the front seat. No joke.

Credit Lyonnais lion

Dang, that's a big lion.

Dad

Dad next to some angry, freebie-hungry people.

Duck on wheels

Giant animals abound!

Pig on Wheels
Giant Devil in car

Devil dude - they were throwing out keychains to the crowd. I still have no idea what the company sells.

Stephane Goubert

Stephane Goubert - AG2R.

Lance Armstrong

LANCE!!

Crowd round the bend Santos Gonzalez

Santos Gonzalez - Team Phonak.

Thomas Voeckler

Some guy and Thomas Voeckler (yellow jersey). Voeckler lost the jersey to Lance in this stage.

Media helicopter

One of the 6 or 7 helicopters buzzing around to cover the Alpe d'Huez stage.

L'Alpe d'Huez

Warming up for Alpe d'Huez.

Viatcheslav Ekimov

Viatcheslav Ekimov.

Viatcheslav Ekimov Viatcheslav Ekimov
Order of Go

Order of go - starting times for the Postal riders.

George Hincapie

George Hincapie.

Lance

LANCE!!

Trainer

Not sure who these two are... I believe that's one of the USPS coaches.

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow getting hit on by the Trek rep guy.

Busted!

Hi Sheryl.

Trek bike

One of the many, many spare USPS team bikes.

More Treks Trek closeup

Treks are very photogenic.

Jan Ullrich

Blurry photo of Jan Ullrich.

Helicopter above course

Can we say "liability?" These guys were hovering about 200 m above the ground, I swear.

Francisco Mancebo

Francisco Mancebo.

Andres Kloden

Andres Kloden.

Lance

Lance is coming...

Lance

...and he is DETERMINED to win this Tour.

Lake Annemasse

Lake Annemasse.

Lake Annemasse

Dad and I on Lake Annemasse... talk about a hazy day.

Richard Virenque

Richard Virenque (Quickstep)... what a great smile, eh? ;)

Big ol hills

Map of Stage 17, one of the most difficult stages of the Tour. We were about halfway up Col de la Forclaz, a Cat 1 (8% grade) climb. It's amazing how these guys are able to fly up these "hills" even with the three previous climbs on their legs.

Richard Virenque

King of the Mountains (Richard Virenque).

Rolf Aldag

Rolf Aldag (T-Mobile), with Dad running alongside. Fool.

Blue Train

Here comes the blue train.

First Breakaway Second Breakaway

Lance and teammates in the second breakaway group.

Hincapie and Armstrong

Posties George Hincapie (#5) and Lance (yellow) with Santos Gonzalez (Phonak) on the right.

Jorg Ludewig

Jorg Ludewig (Team Saeco).

pair of riders

I wonder what they're talking about...

Dufaux, Beneteau, and Grabsch

Laurent Dufaux (Quickstep) in blue and Walter Beneteau (La Boulangere) in red, followed by Bert Grabsch (Phonak).

Peloton Brochard

Laurent Brochard (AG2R).

Dad running

Dad, you're going to get punched...

Peloton

Benoit Salmon (Credit Agricole #59), Marzio Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo #42), Claus Michael Moller (Alessio #137), David Loosli (Saeco #176), and Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel #37).

Not fooling us

This was probably the longest water bottle handoff in the history of the Tour... the guy was hanging onto the bottle for waaaaaay too long.

Dekker

Erik Dekker (Rabobank).

Another rider Panning action

My bad attempt at a panning action shot.

Biere Gangloff

In a little village in Burgundy.

Horses

Some horses chilling out... I couldn't resist. :)

Wine
grapes

Still very hazy in France...

Cemetery

Cemetery in Burgundy.

Cemetery
Windows Vineyard

Burgundy vineyard.

Big Wheel

In the warm-up area at the final time trial.

USPS vehicles

Camp USPS.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams.

Me on car

Outside Camp USPS.

Champs Elysees

Waving the "Order of the Yellow Jersey" flag on the Champs Elysees.

Champs Elysees

Team bike bus

A peek inside the USPS "bike bus."

...and this is where the close up photos of the USPS team would be. Their bus parked 10 feet away from our table at the restaurant in Paris. Unfortunately, we used up the last of the film 5 minutes before on the bike bus photo. :(