Wonderful weekend of sunshine followed by winter in Bretagne as you can see with these photos !
Currently sheltering in a bibliotheque i found enroute as i have become accustomed to the 30's plus sunshine on the other races this year . Starting out this morning from north of Plouay with a watery sun it seemed we were on the thresshold of another fine sunny day . After passing 0km i could see the clouds in the west gradually turning darker and then that
became a fine Irish mist and the roads then became slippery and the passing cars started trailing spray .
Back pockets of my cycling shirt is loaded the same all year around and today proved that necessity . Not only the waterproof plastic jacket but the skillet then the jacket perpetually around my waist advertising " Fondriest " came into use . Looks like the racers will earn their money today .
More and more i see the normal motorist display courtesy as they pass with their signals flashing , and those who sport the "dog collar" that are here to encourage cyclists and broaden the Cycle Industry showing how little they consider those already using the roads on a bike ! Fact is these cretins are a disgrace and i doubt they can read let alone understand that " ASO " are trying to help keep them employed by reminding them of their responsibilities to the cyclist .
Sponsoring companies want value for their money so they are hiring people for a little under 4 weeks and some of these will work hard on creating a favourable opinion of their Sponsor and the minority will "sleep" through the whole event if they do not create mayhem and antagonise the public on the side of the road as well as those using the road during the "non closure periods"!
Already today seen some other cyclists take fright from the antics of those on their "paid vacation " !
" ASO " needs to institute a driving instruction course the week of the start of the TDF before they allow some to put on their " dog collar " and a written exam will still not weed out some of the turnips .
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