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The Maillet Jaune

If anyone gets put off by a vomitfest of jingoistic nationalism over the next couple of posts, then turn away now. This is more for my overseas readers because everyone in Oz knows who I’m going to wax lyrical about.

If you cast your eyes down to the first two photos on the previous post, well that bridge has now become famous throughout Australia and maybe the whole damn planet.

Why?  Well if you turn left at the end of the bridge and go uphill about 300 metres, you will come to the home of Cadel Evans, possibly the greatest sporting hero in Australia now that he has won the 2011 Tour de France.

Second on two previous occasions, he now he brings home the Yellow Jersey for his BMC Team in a traditionally European sport.  To rub salt into those Frenchies wounds, the British rider, the Manx Missile Mark Cavendish, won the Green Jersey for the best sprinter on the Tour so it was a first for both our countries.  So that you Yanks don’t feel left out, there was an American on Cadel’s team who worked his butt off as support for Cadel.  Sorry, no Canadians that I know of.

A sometimes very dangerous race (checkout 24 seconds into video) conducted over 3 weeks covering 3400 kilometres including the tortuous mountains of the Pyreenes and the Alps. It finishes in Paris and was finally won by an Aussie and the whole country has gone crazy especially the good folk in Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.

Cadel lives in Switzerland but has a house in BH where he spends the summer and rides the country roads in training with the local wannabees.  He was also a mountain bike world champion and I remember seeing him ride to victory a few years back at an event nearby. 

So this is why our bridge has become famous, and to finish off, suck up this bit of patriotism.  Tina Arena was dragged in at short notice to deliver this great rendition of our national anthem.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you some clips of what it’s like to ride a bike 64k uphill in the Alps followed by what it’s like to ride down them at 100 kph!

Enough for your sphincter muscle to fail completely.

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  1. Sean of belfast.
    July 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Way to go Ocker. It was a great weekend all round with 3rd in F1, 1st in MotoGP, Beat the Spring Boks, but my favorite, won the mens 4×100 at the world swimming championships.
    My wife is an honorary Ocker on weekends like this.

    Are you calling me and Fran uncouth and uncultured?

    • Brian.
      July 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      Put that way, yes.

  2. Brian.
    July 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Forgot to change my name back.

    That’s ok Sean

  3. July 26, 2011 at 6:19 am

    EXCELLENT!!

    Love it when the Frenchies lose to anybody…

    I thought you’d like that.

  4. July 26, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I don’t normally follow bike racing news, but I did hear that an Aussie had won the Tour de France, so good on yer, Mr Evans. Long may your pedals twirl.

    The bike shops here are making a killing. Probably a lot of good second-hand bikes for sale in a few months.

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