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Jul. 6, 2013
Road, No Road - Stage 8 at the Tour de France

Blame an attractive high school French teacher and early exposure to the films of Francois Truffaut for Matt Walsh’s francophile tendencies. Then later came bike racing and watching the grandest race of all, the Tour de France. So as a freelance writer, there’s pretty much no place he’d rather be than in France on the race routes of Le Tour. It’s always an adventure that goes full-gas.

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The adventure is being on the road but today the road ended before I expected.

I drove the Hors Course itinerary—which means you basically jump on the freeway to get to the finish and you’re never on the smaller, more beautiful roads that the riders race on. However, I wanted to make sure I got to stage eight’s summit finish of Ax 3 Domaines and the roads close fast.

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Guest Starring
Category:
Team Clif Bar, Tour

Jul. 5, 2013
Tour de France Journal - Waves

Blame an attractive high school French teacher and early exposure to the films of Francois Truffaut for Matt Walsh’s francophile tendencies. Then later came bike racing and watching the grandest race of all, the Tour de France. So as a freelance writer, there’s pretty much no place he’d rather be than in France on the race routes of Le Tour. It’s always an adventure that goes full-gas.

Follow Matt’s Tweets, photos and posts live.

Waves, which would be inaccurate. The precision is waves of waves.

If you have the good fortune of driving the 150 to 200 kilometers through France each day as you chase the Tour, you’ll notice something that happens every ten seconds. People wave.

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They see your car with the Tour de France logo on the big windshield decal banner and they think you’re the opening act, the promise of the fast approaching promotional caravan (a kid favorite) and not long after, the arrival of the greatest endurance athletes in the world, the bike racers of the Tour de France. In a sense, you’re the appetizer and they’re thrilled to see you show up.

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Posted by:
Chris Morell
Category:
Team Clif Bar, Tour

Jul. 4, 2013
Tour de France Stage 6 Recap, July 4 - Aix-En-Provence to Montpellier

Blame an attractive high school French teacher and early exposure to the films of Francois Truffaut for Matt Walsh’s francophile tendencies. Then later came bike racing and watching the grandest race of all, the Tour de France. So as a freelance writer, there’s pretty much no place he’d rather be than in France on the race routes of Le Tour. It’s always an adventure that goes full-gas.

Follow Matt’s Tweets, photos and posts live.

Traveling the roads of the Tour de France, you know that each day will bring certain expected things. In looking back at the day, with all the excitment of the yellow jersey changing hands—although staying in the same Orica-GreenEdge team—my memory will be of the kids from the elementary school in Paradou.

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I drive every day for three to four hours and in that time I pass so many cool and interesting groups of people and I’m often tempted to stop and hear the stories. I was probably hitting 90 kilometers an hour as I blasted along this particular road but the cheers were so loud.

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Guest Starring
Category:
Team Clif Bar, Tour

Jul. 3, 2013
Tour de France Stage 5 Recap, July 3 - Marseille

Blame an attractive high school French teacher and early exposure to the films of Francois Truffaut for Matt Walsh’s francophile tendencies. Then later came bike racing and watching the grandest race of all, the Tour de France. So as a freelance writer, there’s pretty much no place he’d rather be than in France on the race routes of Le Tour. It’s always an adventure that goes full-gas.

Follow Matt’s Tweets, photos and posts live.

The obvious question about driving the race route is how you get there in the first place.

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Guest Starring
Category:
Team Clif Bar, Tour

Jul. 1, 2013
Ride On: #MeetTheMoment Cycling Giveaway

July is an epic month for cycling! Over here at CLIF HQ we’ll be watching closely as the Garmin-Sharp team makes their way through the French countryside.  But Summer is not just for the pros — it’s also the perfect time for all cyclists to get out on the road. In honor of riders everywhere, we’re giving away a box of CLIF Bars every week in July.

Meet the Moment Cycling Givaway

Interested? Upload a cycling photo with the hashtag #MeetTheMoment to any social channel (including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+) or to MeetTheMoment.com for a chance to win. It’s that simple! Plus, if you upload your photo to MeetTheMoment.com, you’ll be supporting one of our non-profit partners: Access Fund, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Leave No Trace, Surfrider Foundation and Winter Wildlands.

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Posted by:
Chris Morell
Category:
Contests, Team Clif Bar

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