Our last day in Kaysersberg culminated with the exciting build-up to the world-famous Tour De France cycle race. I am sure that, like me, many of you must have watched it on TV since childhood, so it was very special to see it for real, especially in such a stunning town and region of France.
We had an early lunch and, seeing that everyone from the motorhome aire was taking their camping chairs for the event, we followed suit and found a lovely spot to sit and and wait for the next couple of hours.
What I didn’t know was that, long before the cyclists make an appearance, there are all kinds of vehicles from the race sponsors advertising their products and throwing all sorts of little gifts for the spectators to catch. One of the big sponsors is Vittel water and I was lucky enough for a large bag to land at my feet. Of course, I didn’t know what it was when I first got it, as it was all neatly folded up, but on opening it, I discovered it was a large carrier bag made from 100% recycled plastic, which I soon put to good use. It couldn’t have been a more perfect memento for me: I shall treasure it!
Many other vehicles went past, all very imaginative and humorous, which delighted children and grown-ups alike and, despite the mayhem, I managed to photograph some of them.
But of course, the day was all about the race and we were all very happy and excited when the first rider came through, preceded by escorting motorised police and shortly followed by the Peloton. It all went very quickly, but this time it was Adonis who came trumps with his fancy Cannon camera and captured some great shots of the cyclists. I hope you enjoy them.
Close behind the cyclists are the very important support vehicles for each team with spare bikes and professionals to help those riders in need, a very integral and iconic part of this race.
And with that, it was all over. We thought the best way to follow such excitement and happy event on our last day in Kaysersberg was to treat ourselves to a special meal and we settled for La Vieille Forge, just off the main street, where we had come in the summer of 2012 and had been very impressed by it. Not surprisingly, it is now a Michelin restaurant and the meal was just as innovative and delicious as the first time: a perfect way to end our visit to this delightful town.