Cycling Weekly - - FEATURE -

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.

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