La Fleche Wallonne 20th April 2011Subject from the MSR thread:- Bars & TV when spectating
I've done the bars and chippies at the finish line (a bit like a Belgian cyclo x) and watched a Texan (and many others) go by at 50/60 metres and (turn round to) see the win on the big screen up there.
|gerry12ie wrote: |
|Any thoughts for FW other than a bar on the Muur de Huy? |
Now my walking is so bad, I havn't been up there for a few years (I did once get there on the cable car but you need time) so I watch them before the kilo flag and get in a bar in the town.
This year it looks like having to be in that position early because of the parcours change they are coming through at 30km's and again for the finish.
I might get bogged down by police (etc) and do what I did once before by getting back to Andenne for a bar.
The problem will be my usual sighting on the top of Cote de Bohissau and across the top to a sighting after the Cote de Ahin and my little back roads might not work this year to get to Huy. (I'm at the drawing board)
To ramble on. Well I have nowhere to tell this true story.
One year apparently some strike workers pulled the last Km air ballon down and caused havoc. (I learned this from my recordings when I got home)
I came bombing down the course into a grid lock (WTF is this) and so I turned round to get back up the course to go a long way round to the finish but too late they stopped half dozon of us and the riders came through about 15/20 mins later.
The section was a bit of road works and I had time to walk forward to a works trestle and lay an England Flag over it. (these were the days when very, very few people had that flag)
It was seen on the TV and David Duffield (bless him) said " that is the English guy who lives locally as I've seen the flag at his window".
The following Saturday near the Liege-Bastogne presentatation I was told this by some of the Baxter coach mob who I knew from having travelled with them in earlier years. (well I had won the sweepstake money with Berzin)
They had watched the replay while travelling over and some of them saw me and knew Duffers had boobed to the coach parties enjoyment.
Be Lucky......you can do the course map now.
I havn't seen any April snow in the Ardennes for several years now.
Many thanks Mr Shifter. We will be in Huy the day before so we should be able to size up a decent spot in advance. Sounds like you have a Smokey/Bandit thing going on with the Belgian police??
|gerry12ie wrote: |
|Many thanks Mr Shifter. We will be in Huy the day before so we should be able to size up a decent spot in advance. Sounds like you have a Smokey/Bandit thing going on with the Belgian police?? |
They have changed since the Polite (Police) have merged with the Gendarmerie and the lowest level of officer is now Inspector.
The thing is that while chasing about for my next sighting I often bump into the Ladies Fleche Wallonne and I lose the time needed so I have to compromise where I can get to and the Orange coats keep getting in my way.
Enjoy your Frites & Mayo.
Me..Frites "No Mayo" but ketchup,
Be Lucky and have a nice time.