Everyone is buzzing with excitement here in Revel as the massive operation that supports the Tour de France is currently rolling into town to set up everything that goes with one of the world’s greatest sporting events.
This is an oil painting that I have just finished of the last time that the Tour came to our town in 2013 when they cycled down from Lac de Saint Ferreol and past my friend Nicholas’ shop on the Commerce roundabout.
Tomorrow’s finish is going to be even more exciting as the riders will come into Revel from Castelnaudary and then (after passing through this roundabout but going other way to my painting!) head up the steep and long 2km hill to the lake before making a fast and winding descent back down with a final flat 3km to the finishing line in the town.
With the possibility of rain showing on the meteo this could be one of the most challenging and exciting final 10kms of this year’s race.
I have picked myself a spot just up the hill from the roundabout from where, once they have passed, I am planning on dashing round to the finish on the other side of town before they arrive.
Hoping for another Brit victory to help fend off some of the ribbing I have been getting about the football, Brexit, etc!