Along the roads

They are close enough to whisper to the riders. Close enough to touch them as the peloton streaks by, a blurred stream of confetti. And sometimes, too close.

They line the floss-thin roads of climbs in the snow and rain, and they stand along entire Tour stages for just a glimpse of the bunch. Old women in their lawn chairs wait in the middle of nowhere, and children rest upon their fathers’ shoulders just to see.

Cycling is a sport played out upon the open roads and in an open arena; there is no barrier between rider and reveler. Risky? Occasionally. But without an audience, what is sport?

And what an audience it is.

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Gent-Wevelgem, March 2015
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E3 Harelbeke, March 2015
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Ronde van Vlanderen, April 2015
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Ronde van Vlanderen, April 2015
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Paris-Roubaix, April 2015
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Amstel Gold Race, April 2015
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Giro d’Italia, May 2015
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Tour de France, July 2015
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Tour de France, July 2015
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Tour de France, July 2015
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Tour de France, July 2015
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Tour de France, July 2015