The Tour de France will depart from Carcassonne on July 13 and head to Montpellier. They will take off at 1:50 p.m. I’ve asked for details about this year’s routes and will update you when I get them.
The cyclists zoom by in the blink of an eye. It’s hilly around here, but the Alps it isn’t. So they ride in a tight pack.
But the best part will go by much earlier.
We’re talking about cycle swag. Most of which has nothing to do with cycling.
The regional newspapers toss copies in very handy cotton totebags.
Mostly they throw candy, hats, key rings, pens, coloring booklets, wrist bands and other stuff that won’t hurt if you miss catching it and it hits you in the head instead.
Like little sausages. And, of course, cheese. Good idea!
Obviously no tanks of cooking gas.
Nor bottles of a beer and lemon soft drink mix.
Not even watches. Sniff!
Make your plans early. The streets get closed off, and the route is crowded in towns, though if you’re in the country, you have plenty of space, as you can see here.