Standing at the roadside of a race as the peloton speeds by is only part of the experience of watching professional cycling.
Whether it be on top of a mountain, in the noisy confines of a velodrome, or even in the centre of a city during a criterium, it is spectators that can make the day memorable, regardless of how many photos can be taken of their heroes.
CW has spoken to some of the most dedicated – and most crazy – fans from around the world to hear their stories of life as a cycling fanatic. The Beefeaters: ‘It was a high-pitched scream but we were too scared to turn it off’
The Beefeaters: a towering presence at any race (Beefeaters) They’re a viral sensation who have won a UCI fans’ award and they’re even penning a book. The Beefeaters need little introduction. Wherever the group of six Brits congregates at a race, usually playing their adopted Dutch anthem ‘Links Rechts’, that means it is the go-to spot to sing, dance and laugh.
On top of the Col d’Izoard in 2017, within 30 minutes of blasting music they had 300 people with glowsticks dancing with them. “It was a weird Tour rave that went on for ages. A bizarre night,” member Jay Guarnieri tells us.
It hasn’t always been Twitter videos and hundreds of fans though. Realising the booked campsite wasn’t appropriate in 2016 at the foot of the Côte de Domancy, the six and their rented van paid €10 a […]