A dry stone wall, a car park and an Abbey walk into a bar – Tour De France (Yorkshire Pudding Edition)

A huge yorkshire pudding edition this week.

Features include:

  • FakeMikeTomalaris
  • Bup Challenge
  • Yorkshire Madness
  • Tour de France  Team photos/On Bike Camera/Stage 1,2,3/
  • ÉTAPE DU TOUR 2014
  • Le Coq Sportif
  • Winery of the Month – Liebichwein
  • #Trolldj – Spotify Playlist
  • Crash Recovery Research
  • Taste of the Tour – Yorkshire Pudding

Thanks to @FakeMTomalaris for the title of this weeks post – a reference to the amount of coverage Phil and Paul gave to this trio during the coverage of stage 1. Phil also gave the official dimensions of a dry wall at one stage, although i didn’t get a chance to write them down sorry.


OK. Looks like I’ve forced the TdU hands with my @FakeTdURoutes2015 published a few weeks ago. They have announced the @RealBupaChallenge2015 ride for next summers TdU.


Tour de France

Looks like Yorkshire has gone absolutely berserk with their support. 200 Million lining the roads on stage 1 alone.


How many of these 200,000 Million will be complaining again next week about cyclists on the road?



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Cows got their spots early.

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Yep, boys will be boys





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On Bike Camera

Live on bike cameras streaming live to the television coverage is getting awfully close. Here is some footage from the Giant-Shimano team’s on-bike cameras during the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France won by Marcel Kittel – link here



Stage 1


Good to see the OGE bus escaped the first stage without incident, unfortunately Gerro was brought down by the Manx Missile in the hurly burly finish, won by Marcel Kittel.


Mark accepted responsibility and extended apologies to the fans and to Simon concerning the crash that occurred just ahead of the finish line.

“I’m gutted about the crash today. It was my fault. I’ll personally apologize to Simon Gerrans as soon as I get the chance.

In reality, I tried to find a gap that wasn’t really there. I wanted to win today, I felt really strong and was in a great position to contest the sprint thanks to the unbelievable efforts of my team. Sorry to all the fans that came out to support – it was truly incredible.”
Mark Cavendish



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Great to see Jensie in his last tdf take an attacking approach, leaving him with the polka dot jersey after stage 1.

Tour de France 2014: Stage 1

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And what was it that Harry was looking at.

Catherine, Prince William and Prince Harry watch riders at the finish line of the first 190.5 km stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Leeds to Harrogate

oh thats right.



Stage 2

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Gotta feel for the guy – rejected in front of 10’s of Millions

Leans in


And nothin!


Well this is awkward


No, i can recover…….




Stage 3

The pack of riders cycles on its way during the 155 km third stage of the Tour de France cycling race


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Giant-Shimano team rider Kittel of Germany celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 155 km third stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Cambridge to London


ÉTAPE DU TOUR 2014: Pau – Hautacam (145 km)

Link to the offical ÉTAPE DU TOUR 2014 here

L’Etape du Tour, established in 1993 to allow amateur cyclists to test their legs on the route of one of the mountain stages in the Tour de France, has become the reference race for cyclosportive riders from all over the world.

Over 50 different nationalities are represented in the field. Riders come from faraway countries, all of them burning with the same passion for the Tour de France and the legendary French mountains.

Since L’Etape du Tour is a travelling race, it is a unique yearly chance to discover new regions and new landscapes, to combine a sports challenge with tourism in France.

On 20th July 2014, four days before the peloton passes by, cyclosportive riders will expected by their thousands for the 22nd edition of L’Étape du Tour, on the route of the 18th stage of the Tour de France, marked out between Pau and Hautacam, with the ascent of the Tourmalet on the agenda. Pride of Place for the Giants of the Pyrenees.

For more than twenty years, the “cyclos” have been particularly inspired by the key event of the summer: L’Étape du Tour, THE benchmark race that amateur cyclists want to experience, the one where they have to prove themselves. They come to pursue the legend and finish the race thanks to sheer pedal power as part of a remarkable group of flat racers. By comparing themselves to the professional peloton’s champions, who will also climb the same slopes several days later, they will create a bond with them: by suffering in the same way, they will feel even closer to them.

To share this sensation, they will have to climb up the Pyrenean routes, which have long been regarded as monuments in the cycling world, at their own pace and in their own way. Once they have left Pau, their objective will be to climb up to the Col du Tourmalet, the summit of a 17.1km ascent which will begin in Sainte Marie de Campan, with an average gradient of 7.3%.The descent towards Luz Saint-Sauveur will provide the final stretch of respite before the riders face the fearsome ascent of the Hautacam, covering 13.6km with a gradient of 7.8%.


The challenge at hand, with two of the Tour de France’s most prestigious ascents, is ideal for climbing specialists. But with a distance of 148 kilometres, the overall profile will also be accessible to well prepared amateurs who want to experience the ultimate thrill.

The record number of 13,500 entrants and 10,627 finishers registered last year is likely to be surpassed!



Le Coq Sportif

Le Coq Sportif are the official apparel partner for the Etape and the TdF. Special edition “white rose of yorkeshire” TdF kits can be purchased from their on-line shop :




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Winery of the Month – Liebichwein

Located on the eastern side of Rowland Flat lies a little winery called Liebechwein.


A small winery and not one of the more touristy wineries in the Valley, but if you are after fortified wines, you can’t get any better than this. Last time I was in the valley, I asked the guy behind the stonewaller at Rockfords where he purchases his ports from, and he told me about Liebichwein. Can’t get any better recomendation than that. Liebichwein has a wide range of fortifieds including 20 yr old tawny, shiraz, Frontignac, Muscat, Semilon, Grenache across a wide age range. And in the cellar door aer a number of hude barrels full of the stuff ready for emptying into your container.

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I bought 20 litres of barrel port and refilled my keg. It’s going nicely thanks, particularly at this time of the year.


SBS lead-in songs

#trolldj is once again providing a rather eclectic song list on sbs’s tdf coverage. I’m not sure if Spotify have only just jumped on the #trolldj bandwagon, but I came across the listing of the stages songs on spotify this evening – have a look below

Each stage has it’s own playlisting, although I have noticed a few songs not on the spotify list, so i assume Spotifys music rights still have a few artists they haven’t yet wrapped up.

If you haven’t used the cloud yet, give it a go, unless you are an audiophile and cant stand the lower quality, although I assume if you are reading this, you are a bike rider, probably male, 35 – 55 yrs old, and hearing is slowly deteriorating (which is why we sound so loud on the bikes or in the cafe), so music quality is probably not a big issue.

I use the Free Spotify which is ok for the time being, I put up with the adds and the limited ability to skip tracks, and will be upgrading some time in the near future.

The playlists to date are:

Stage 1 – Spotify Playlist


  • Leeds, Leeds. Leeds (Marching On Together) – Leeds United Team and Suporters
  • The Boys are Back – The Dropkick Murphys
  • The Sunny Side of the Street – The Pogues
  • Why don’t we do it in the road – The Beatles
  • Two hands on the wheel – Shaun Kirk
  • Perfect Timing – Jason Derulo
  • Feel the love – Rudimental featuring John Newman
  • Theme from “All creatures gra\at and small”
  • Let the games begin – Starkid Company
  • Highway to Hell – ACDC
  • Shadows. Original Mix – Rick Costa
  • Here we go Again – The Galaxies
  • Perfect Timing – Jason Derulo
  • All the perfect things – Davis & May

Stage 2 – Spotify Playlist


  • Am I ever gonna See Your Face Again – The Angels
  • Gone Ridin’ – Chris Isaak
  • The Dam Busters Scene – The One World Ensemble
  • Unsquare Dance – The Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • Crossroads/You Cant catch me – Stephen Stills
  • Over the Rainbow – Jeff Beck
  • Nothing Stands in our Way  – Lacuna Coil
  • Aggravation (La La La La) – The Hundred in the Hands
  • Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – Gregg Nester
  • Watch Me Go – Jeff Lang

Stage 3 – Spotify Playlist


  • Welcome Back – From “Welcome Back Kotter”
  • I’m Sticking With You – The Velvet Underground
  • Holiday Road – Lyndsey Buckingham
  • I Love the Life I Have – Georgie Fame. The Blue Flames
  • Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
  • London Calling – The Clash


Crash Recovery Research – June 20, 2014

The week before the last week I was involved in a car/bike crash so no more updates for about 14 days or so… © www.wave-player.org


I am looking for more PARTICIPANTS to be in a RESEARCH STUDY that I am conducting for my Master’s thesis in SPORT PSYCHOLOGY.This is research that involves cyclists.My academic institution is in San Diego, California, and I’m located in Ottawa, Canada.My thesis is on cyclists who crash and what it takes to get them back on the bike after they have recovered (whether it’s months of recovery or same day).All road, race, time-trial, and off-road cyclists are invited.This is mostly geared toward athletic cyclists (who train and/or race) but commuters are welcome too.The participants would be required to fill out an online survey about their crash experience(s). The school will provide a disclosure letter, ensuring participants that their information will be kept confidential.If you are interested, or know anyone else who might be, or even better- if you are interested in sharing this information/request with your lists, I would truly appreciate it, and that could help me to get the required number of participants I need for the study. I need about 1000 participants for this study,I can be contacted hereon my Facebook profile messaging, or visit my Facebook page at Top Performance Consulting, or by email at: anna@psychforsport.comThank you all so much!!
Train safe!Anna Weltman
Top Performance Consulting Co.
Cell: +1 613 7095559
Fax: +1 208-4607726


Taste of the Tour – Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding, also known as batter pudding, is an English dish made from batter consisting of eggs, flour, and milk.


Preheat oven to 200°C. Pour 1 tablespoon of oil into six 80ml (1/3 cup) capacity muffin pans. Place in preheated oven for 5 minutes or until oil is hot.

Combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the egg and use a balloon whisk to whisk until combined. Gradually add the milk in a thin steady stream and whisk until smooth. Pour batter among the hot muffin pans. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown

Serve with Beef Wellington


till next week

tight spokes





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