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Day 4: TdF Grand Départ Düsseldorf 2017 - ShowWhatYouLove

Day 4: TdF Grand Départ Düsseldorf 2017 - ShowWhatYouLove

The weather for the start of stage two was marginally more friendly than the constant downpours that marred the opening time trial, contributing to several crashed and the abandonments of 3 riders.  But the crowds were out in force again on another wet morning in Düsseldorf, where the showers were lighter and less frequent than the previous day.  I strolled room my hotel up to the Bergplatz area, that has been the scene of the Team Presentation on Thursday when I arrived. 

 

 

I'd arrived super-early, and although there was...


Day 3: TdF Grand Départ Düsseldorf 2017 - ShowWhatYouLove

Day 3: TdF Grand Départ Düsseldorf 2017 - ShowWhatYouLove

 

 

 

The big day came around and the heavens opened.  It must be such a huge disappointment for the organisers who spend months, even years, organising the delivery of such huge events when the weather threatens to spoil it.  In the end, it didn't seem to make a huge difference to the crowds.  They simply put on their waterproofs and brought their umbrellas and the streets of Düsseldorf were lined with hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world.

 

I took...


Day 2: TdF Grand Départ Düsseldorf 2017 - ShowWhatYouLove

Day 2: TdF Grand Départ Düsseldorf 2017 - ShowWhatYouLove

Day 2 of the Grand Départ celebrations in Düsseldorf was mainly filled with some press conferences at team hotels, sponsor retail outlets and the official ASO press centre.

 

 

 

I once again took a city bike (this time a lucky bike) from the Altstadt of Düsseldorf up to the exhibition space ("Messe") approximately 5km to the north, enjoying the fantastic cycle path facility that runs alongside the Rhine.  With my trusty new sidekick at my side - the Huawei P10, I set out to search for a few impressions...


Tour de France Grand Départ Düsseldorf 2017 - ShowWhatYouLove

Tour de France Grand Départ Düsseldorf 2017 - ShowWhatYouLove

I arrived in Germany from the UK yesterday morning, looking forward to the start of another epic Tour de France.  After spending the day running around between various team hotels, the ASO 'permanence' at the exhibition space to the north of the city to collect my official accreditation, and then the Team Presentation in Bergplatz towards the centre, it was a relief to finally sit down at around 9pm and finally get my first taste of German bier this trip.

 

For the Düsseldorf Grand Depart 2017 we have a new gadget...


West Africa Cycle Challenge

West Africa Cycle Challenge

Words: Tom Owen 

Given the proliferation of cycling events that are out there and vying for your entry fee at this stage of the season, it takes something a little bit special to make us sit up and take notice here at Conquista.

Well, the West Africa Cycle Challenge is certainly different.

Starting in Bo in south-eastern Sierra Leone – yes, that Sierra Leone – the route head south through the country towards the Atlantic coast, crossing the border with Liberia, before finish 300km later in the city of Robertsport.

The event is run by British charity, Street Child, which...