Dutch Corner on l’Alpe d’Huez is an institution of the Tour de France. Global Cycling Network went to meet some of the fans from the Netherlands who take over a section of the mountain whenever the Tour de France comes this way.
In years when the Tour de France ascends l’Alpe d’Huez, turn 7 becomes the highest point in the Netherlands as orange-clad fans gather for a multi-day party.
This year, Dutch fans had arrived as early as Monday to stake a spot on the mountain, and brought with them staggering amounts of refreshment. Well, it’s thirsty work cheering on the riders in the hot sun for several hours, and you obviously have to spend a few days preparing for it.
In this video GCN’s Simon Richardson, meets the fans on Dutch Corner, including the guys whose camper van contained 120 litres of beer. It’s a hell of a party.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.