SUPERFAN TOOL KIT
There is no manuscript for what exactly a cycling superfan must look like or act, but from speaking with some of the most dedicated and enthusiastic, here is what CW regards as desired tools... Noise: make lots of it. Sing, scream and shout like no one else around you. Better still, crank up the decibels with the aid of a cowbell or musical instrument (just don’t bring an airhorn, please). Get arty: chalking the names of our favourite riders on the road is synonymous with watching a race, and you can also utilise your creativity in the form of a banner or flag. Dress up: the Tour de France especially is a byword for fancy dress. Every animal you can name has been imitated by fans on climbs. If you want the cameras’ attention, a good costume is the way to go. Cycle: take your own bike. Cycle the climb, ride to the stage finish, or ride a day ahead of the race. Fanboy: it’s absolutely OK to ask for autographs and pose for selfies with the pros (although you will have to wait until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted). CW can confirm that cycling pros are a darn sight more interesting and approachable than other sport stars. ■ Join a fan club: profess your love for a team or a rider with like-minded individuals. If nothing else, it’s a large social gathering. ■ Buy cycling stuff: without commercial sponsors, professional racing simply wouldn’t exist. We don’t pay to go to races, so the least all of us can do is to invest in the sponsors we do like. Some may not possess morals you agree with, but there are many good brands within the sport that deserve our backing, however small.