Cent Ans de la Plus Grande Course du Monde

Tour de France


Don’t Call It A Prologue

It started with a tutorial and a dataset. This tutorial on QGIS mapping software, with a mention of this dataset of all the stations of all the Tour de France races. This was 2 months ago, according to the question I left in the comments. I don’t even remember how I came across it, but the thing to do was obvious: make a poster of all the Tours. One hundred of them, for this year’s centennial. Right?

So here we are, and the race starts tomorrow. There will be a poster, but it’s not ready. Or rather, after folding in another dataset of all the winners, dropouts, etc., and after 3 different GIS apps, and after drawing all the routes manually, it’s ready but — it’s not good. It looks basically like this:

A lot of work, a lot of time, but just not very appealing. So I’m reworking the poster, and with it plans that this site would be a big poster bonanza.

In the meantime other things have come along, like pencils! We have one set in hand: the French Champions set, and will have another set in a few days. Also some prints and things. We’ll see how it goes.

And then there was the idea of this blog could be: a way to follow the race but use the race as an occasion to talk about cycling, bikes, and whatever else comes up in semi-related ways. Something of a Maynard Hershon revival, for all you Winning Magazine readers. I hope to get a few buddies to contribute — or anyone else who might stuff to say about the race or semi-related matters.

We’ll see how it goes.

No Prologue this year. Prologue time trials always seemed like an unnatural start to what is predominately a race of road races. The is all the more evident when you’ve spent some time drawing race routes. Time to ride! Expect to see Cavendish in yellow this time tomorrow.

Sam Potts

Here is your daily champion:
The greatest of them all, the Cannibal: Eddy Merckx
Here keeping an eye on Poulidor while reaching down to shift in ’72.