Catching the Tour de France live in action is one of those ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ moments that lasts for mere seconds or minutes when it happens (it’s also in my Paris bucket list). In our case we strategically positioned ourselves on Rue de Rivoli by the Tuileries garden to watch these cyclists whizz past in a matter of minutes, 10 times! You’re probably wondering how is that possible?
We did a bit of background research on the route of the final leg and found out that the cyclists have to do quite a number of loops around the Tuileries garden before finishing up at Champs-Élysées. Lucky for us because we wanted to take some good shots of the cyclists, not just a blur of colours. And when you have 10 tries, the chances of good shots surely increases.
The experience was exhilarating. From where we were positioned, the cyclists would be rounding a hidden corner before entering onto the street we were standing so the cheers and applause of the crowds could be heard before the cyclists were seen, heightening the excitement. And boy were they quick. You could feel a strong breeze as they cycle past, a much welcomed relief from the heat and humidity of the day.
I may not be a cycling fan but I’m glad to be able to partake in one of the greatest sporting events in the world, especially at its 100th anniversary.