Sticking your head out in front of 200+ cyclists pounding down the road to grab a quick selfie of the Tour de France may sound like a good idea…
No wait. That sounds like a terrible idea. And frankly, it’s really staring to get on the cyclists’ nerves.
“It’s the new pain the a***,” says Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas.
“People have got their back to the peloton taking selfies… They don’t realise we use every part of the road. They’re a lot of us and we use every inch.”
— Fran Reeve (@FranJReeve) July 6, 2014
Of course, cyclists are chuffed with the turn out. “Going up Holme Moss I had goosebumps,” Thomas admits, as aerial pictures doing the rounds on the web show the cyclists can barely be differentiated from the crowd.
But if you want to grab a picture of yourself with the cycling stars, “go and sit in a tree,” says Thomas.
US racing star Tejay van Garderen agrees. He writes on Twitter, “Standing in the middle of the road with you [sic] back turned while 200 cyclists come at you, just to take a selfie. #think #TDF2014
“That being said, I love the crowds and thank you for your support. But please give us room.”
And of course – you are technically missing the action…
— Alexander Britton (@adbritton) July 6, 2014
But, there are ways around it…
This would be the ideal time to jump in
— Phil Burdge (@DigiGroupPhil) July 3, 2014
This is a pretty good effort
— Tom Johnstone (@TomJohnstone01) July 3, 2014
This looks pretty darn safe
“Standard- barrier selfie! #tourdefrance” via @becsj76
Or forget the lycra-clad pros altogether and grab a Tour-themed yellow Boris Bike…
— Michael Liebreich (@MLiebreich) July 2, 2014