Then, I got dressed and went outside to get some close up shots! By that time, a larger crowd was watching; I talked with a woman whose husband was participating. She was keeping in touch with him by phone; he had just called to say he was still waiting to start.
The start was near Jaarbeursplein, the same location as for the 1st and 2nd stages of the Tour de France this coming weekend. Over 12,000 cyclists participated, unlike the TDF which includes only 198 cyclists, 9 riders for each of 22 teams.
I first discovered that Utrecht was hosting part of the Tour when I saw a large cycle with the Netherlands' flag and #TDFUTRECHT on it when I moved to Utrecht last summer. Two weeks ago, I snapped this pic of the bike and my visiting children at Stuidhuisbrug.
I had the opportunity to volunteer last Friday for Utrecht Tourism. Take a look at the partially finished products. We punched holes and threaded rubber bands through the holes. The cards were then attached to....
You'll see on Saturday, when I wear them for the 1st Stage, which I'm going to watch from street level. It passes by about 5 blocks from my home!
On Sunday though, as the cyclists pass by my home, I'll be at the window with an American flag that we brought from the States.
Oh, and also a sign that reads:
Travel with Mrs. T. Loves Trek Factory Racing (one of the three U.S.A. teams). I know nothing about professional cycling and chose Trek from the three since my new bike (photo at left) that we bought in the Netherlands is a Trek bike! I've been following Trek Factory Racing on Facebook, and on Instagram @TrekFactory. I'm ready for the race!
Will you be watching Le Tour de France 2015?
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