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Funny Fans Around Tour de France

The hullabaloo of Tour de France is something that has clouded the atmosphere of England these days. All the din and clamor on the roads belong to the riders who have come all the way to England for the famous Tour de France. On one hand, they boast up their favorite riders whereas on the other they turnout to be a danger not only for the riders but also for themselves in their over-enthusiastic endeavors. One such attempt that has become prominent these days is taking a selfie with a live race in the background. Click!!Click!!

Nice Click!
Nice Click!

Amid all these enthusiasm and clamor, it’s a month long party in the beautiful county of England i.e Yorkshire. But the fans can’t be stopped with a party, they do everything to express and support their love for the cycling and their favorite riders or cyclists. Gone are the times when fans used to tattoo the names of their favorite sportsmen, flag of their respective nations but nowadays they paint whole of their body from head to toe to look so bizarre so as to attract the attention of the one they want. If in a static position, you would for sure take them as a dummy but static and that too a fan!!!! Not possible at all.

Superheroes to help you??
Superheroes to help you??

But the most hilarious situation occurs when the fans, in the costumes of some super-heroes like superman, batman try to fly along with their outstretched capes. Imagine, what can happen if in their attempt to flap their capes, they flap it at the face of the one looking straight at his target?? Nothing would be more shocking and horrible for the cyclists if, unexpectedly, someone jumps before them in some scary costumes like that of Satan, chimpanzee and with some very horrible masks.

Watch out!!
Watch out!!

So far we were talking about fans dressing up themselves in different ways but no less are fans who do something way opposite to it. Yes, either they undress themselves or in half-naked state start cheering for the one they are backing. Less do they embarrass the crowd around than the riders they are running along. Such is the extent of their sport’s mania.

Along with a race for cyclists and fans  the bicycle racing, like Tour de France, become a race for the surgeons as well. Finding any of the riders in need of medical assistance, they don’t flinch back to assist them racing along and around many cyclists only to get injured later.

Doc on Duty!
Doc on Duty!

Such crazy endeavors of the fans always remind me of the movie Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. A comical plot, the story captures the journey of a man following his beloved bicycle everywhere and trying to retrieve it at any cost. It was undoubtedly his passion for cycling, on that very bike, that made him dream of winning the Tour de France. Very beautifully has Tim Burton portrayed the life of, we can say, a fan or a lover who goes to any length just to have his interest back despite of whole lot of problems around. The movie is an essential watch for all those who love cycling or have anything to keep intact forever.

All of us want to do something very unusual for the one we are fans of. So are the fans doing in Yorkshire, England these days in their own way to prove their craziness for the sport and sportsman. Let’s just hope these attempts work in the favor of their favorites and don’t distract and throw them off their game. And, fans end up being an encouragement for the cyclists and the bicycle racing, for them, does not become a race against co-riders, time and finally against the fans!


Coming of the Ashes…

There are three things wrong with this English team- they can’t bat, they can’t bowl, they can’t field.”  Martin Johnson.

The aim of English Cricket is, in fact, mainly to beat Australia.” – Jim Laker.

The statements must have indicated you something by now. “The much hyped rivalry between Englishmen and Australians”.  And Ashes Tournament comes out to be a live witness.

The Ashes Tournament has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Cricketing History.

It is a form of test cricket played between England and Australia. There have been several games seen on the field of cricket- some well-contested and some one-sided hopelessly played. You name it dominance or gentleman spirit, nothing stands close to the reputation of Ashes. Such tournaments remain the highlight of the year with respect to their growing popularity and class cricket.

Trapped by our life’s hectic schedules, don’t we often miss out on some of the exciting ventures that we have been planning since long! It could vary from taking out time arranging tickets for Ashes to experiencing the gentleman’s game ‘live’. But today many resources have come up which allows you to stay in touch with your planned ventures wherever you go. Off late, a few good apps got launched on Ashes Test and have said to arrive the stores of ‘much talked about’ platforms- Android and iOS.

Go Ashes’ , ‘ECBCricket’ and ‘The Ashes’ are such few apps that carry all the useful information about such an event.

ECB Cricket:

ECB Cricket is a beautifully crafted app, yet full of desired information. This app is meant for the easy accessing of news scores, matches and updates. From the tickets of ongoing Ashes to updates on forthcoming tournaments, from match highlights to choosing a cricket wallpaper, from scoreboard to the fall of wickets, you will get them ALL.

It’s USP is that it comes on four platforms- Apple, Blackberry, Nokia and Android whilst the cost comes out to be absolutely free.

Go Ashes:

Designed for both iPhone and iPad, Go Ashes acts as a perfect companion during your tour to the Tournament. It has a feature by an interesting name “Twickets”. It organizes all your Ashes twitter feeds at one place. Other’s include live scoring, series overview and history and news feeds w.r.t. both the teams.

Its makers say that “It is a must have for any visitor to Australia! “. Besides (in the app) you get food and drink suggestions to all the Ashes host cities.

The Ashes:

The Ashes is another commendable app on Google Play. It endows users with the latest information on the ongoing tournament. Here, all the content is powered by ‘The Telegraph’. This app has a simplified approach towards reporting on the Ashes and other cricket info.

All all, these apps are more fruitful & perfect to those having minimal time with no-fuss approach. Blessed with video content, live blogs, squad profile, photo galleries; they are match and news focussed. Other apps in the line are Yahoo Cricket, Crickbuzz Cricket Scores & News, ICC Cricket and Cricket Companion App.

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