December 5, 2011, 3:01 pm
It is amazing how I became interested in cycling although I was not an active cyclist myself. During the last three years I have seen the major part of Tour de France. Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. And of course, Tour of California! In fact, last spring I started with the first larger race of the season, Paris-Nice. All the major bicycle races use the race to show how beautiful their countries are, in these particular cases France, Italy, Spain and California. And because the cyclists move at a pleasant speed of some 40 kilometres per hour, the viewer has plenty of time to enjoy the surrounding countryside, drive through the villages and the towns. And the helicopters show close-up pictures of all the interesting sights along the way. The Swedish commentator Roberto Vachi is an outstanding guide through the history and the culture of the regions. There is hardly a better way to discover places while recovering from chemo or after a surgery. So, in spite of my advanced cancer, I can still “travel” the world. I have even visited my favourite places in Australia during the World Championship which was in the Melbourne area in September. Next year’s schedule is making it into my planner already. I’m waiting for the next season.
Here is the schedule for those who might be interested:
- Paris-Nice 2012 will be held from 4th to 11th March 2012
- Giro d’Italia 2012 – starts May, 5 ending May, 27
- Tour of California 2012 – starts May 13, ends May 20
- Le Tour de France 2012 – starts June, 30 ending July, 22
- Vuelta a Espagna 2012 – starts August 18, ends September 9