At the end of June, we went to see the Tour de France prologue in Liege. Liege is not an amazingly pretty city, lots of these concrete tower blocks and none of the postcard prettiness of the Flemish towns, but with the Tour it was great fun. And I’m pleased i made it to Wallonia at least once. The prologue is a time trial on a 6.4 kilometre course that went all around the city centre. So you could watch the cyclists woosh past for a bit (they go AMAZINGLY fast, you maybe see them for about 5 seconds), then walk on through the town, and you’d always come out at another bit of circuit.
We saw most of the big names race and also so Evans, Schleck and Voegler do their warm up. Not that I would have recognised them from their outfits (you can see how well I’m mastering the lingo, calling them outfits!), I just knew because Dave told me.
Though I’ve been really getting into the Tour. I wasn’t sure I would, now that Andy Schleck is injured (that’s why I first go into it) but I have. I’m even routing for Wiggins (though Cavendish is my favourite Brit). It’s not often I can get behind Britain/England in sports, I’m usually turned off so much by the commentators – in my book there is nothing worse than the commentary on England football games. They’re either winning the world cup or they’re a national disgrace, nothing in between or anything reflecting the reality of being a quite good but not exactly brilliant team that generally does about as well as they always do. Sorry, rant! But cycling is a niche enough sport for them to not have these ridiculously overblown expectations and it’s less nationalistic too, it’s about the individuals and the teams not so much where they’re from. Though I must say I love seeing the Luxembourgish flags everywhere! Anyway, it’s unlikely there’s many road cycling fans reading, so I’ll stop rabbiting on!
The photos are taken with the Holga lens. I like the way they’ve come out in black and white, though again they’re quite soft and not contrasty like what I associate with Holga.