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Is the overuse of faux French terms in cycling (the damn 'tour de' everywhere) annoying or just a nod to the heritage of the sport?

Does the word Velo annoy you or is it just part of the cycling vocabulary?

For me, 'tour de somewhere not in France' annoys me but my local shop is called 'Spen velo' and it doesn't bother me, it's just a term.

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 4 years ago
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Gotta love the names for riders though:

Grimpeur, rouleur, domestique, vainqueur, descendeur (my personal favourite).

And stuff like Contre la Montre, flamme rouge, lanterne rouge, maillot a pois rouges etc.

The worst is of course the word for tyre: Pneu

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abudhabiChris [692 posts] 4 years ago
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Yes to the Tour de... Tour is OK but it should be 'Tour of ...' if used in an English context. Assuming it is a Tour of course.

No problem with Velo... yes it's the French word for bike but they have just adapted it as well from the Latin word for speed.

I'm in France at the moment and was browsing through a French paper at a cafe on Monday. My wife looked at me scornfully, knowing I speak very little French, and was suitably amazed as I managed to convey the general meaning of an article about Wiggins and an interview with Christian Prudhomme.

Just from following cycling I understand so many French terms, and with knowledge of the context as well, it was relatively easy to understand.

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notfastenough [3679 posts] 4 years ago
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There's a line. Raleigh's examples don't cross it. Tour De bloody everything, on the other hand, does.

My club is 'Velo' so I can't complain about that.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Raleigh wrote:

Gotta love the names for riders though:

Grimpeur, rouleur, domestique, vainqueur, descendeur (my personal favourite).

And stuff like Contre la Montre, flamme rouge, lanterne rouge, maillot a pois rouges etc.

The worst is of course the word for tyre: Pneu

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I love them but for some reason they always use Gruppo Compatto when the break is caught?! Just throw a random Italian one in there just to mix it up.

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TheHatter [770 posts] 4 years ago
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If anyone uses the term "la grand boucle"I would walk away immediately.

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fatbeggaronabike [814 posts] 4 years ago
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I think the over use of all these french terms is just so passé.

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jayme [117 posts] 3 years ago
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Do you drink from a Bottle or a Bidon?

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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Bidon.

I think there's a rule about that.  19