Le Tour de Foska

We enjoy nothing more than a good bike ride, and bike rides get no bigger than the Tour de France.

The internet is awash with Tour de France news and blogs – so I thought that instead of regurgitating the same old news, I’d mention some of the classic stories that don’t ordinarily get much attention. Stories that don’t make the back pages, but are comedic gold, and interesting little facts about the upcoming stage in the tour. So here we go:

Stage 1: Rotterdam > Bruxelles – 223 km

Stage 1 is officially, a ‘Bloody long way’ on the ‘How-far-they-gotta-ride-O-Meter’ which makes it one of the longest stages on the tour, only being beaten by Stage 7 at 227 km. Makes that commute to work look tame, although they do have clear roads and no London traffic!

As I’m sure you’ve seen, Stage 1 saw a crash involving the Scottish rider David Millar and a dog. Surprisingly, dogs seem to have been the cause of a few crashes over the years.

So here are our top 5 “GET OUT THE WAY!” crashes…

  1. Marcus Burghardt – Another dog! Lovely golden lab casually walks into the road oblivious to the oncoming traffic only to bust Burghardt’s wheel. At least the dog was OK! Watch
  2. Lance Armstrong – Spectators bag catches Lance’s handlebars and sends him to the floor! That was a bad day at the office for Lance as he narrowly avoided 2 other crashes too. Great work from 7 times champ as he went on to win the stage. Watch
  3. Sandy Casar and Frederik Willems – Sweat little dog runs out in front of the lead riders only to get clattered! Casar still went onto win stage 18 though. Watch
  4. Djamolidine Abdoujaparov – Ok, so Abdoujaparov kinda brought this upon himself but still, resulted in concussion and a broken collar bone. Watch
  5. Wilfried Nelissen – Caused by someone that should probably know better, a policeman taking a photo during the sprint finish, only to get hit which proceeds to cause all sorts of mayhem! Not one for the squeamish. Watch

Have we missed anything? Chuck it in the comments and let us know what escaped us.

Stage 2: Bruxelles > Spa – 201 km

Stage 2 kicks off in Bruxelles, home of the rider that the French magazine vélo called, “the most accomplished rider that cycling has ever known” Eddy Merckx. This 5 times Tour de France champion won all the classics (a set of prestigious one-day professional cycling road races.), won Giro d’Italia 5 times and the Vuelta a Espana. He won the world championship both as an amateur and a pro and held the World record for the furthest distance travelled in an hour (49.431 km) for 12 years.

The 1969 Tour was his first victory and on this tour he became the only rider in history to do the triple, that’s winning the Yellow jersey, Green jersey and the Polka dot jersey, and still holds the record for the biggest winning margin, beating the second place rider, Roger Pingeon by 17 minutes 54 seconds!

Merckx went on to win the tour in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1974, only missing 1973 because as was asked not to ride because the French were getting rowdy, Typical!

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Charity Rides, Foska and 20% Off

Virginia Beckett and friends who recently rode the Rob Roy ChallengeVirginia Beckett and friends who recently rode the Rob Roy Challenge contacted us about helping out with the cost of kitting out there team in Foska gear, which we were more than happy to help with. But this got me thinking, I’m sure there are loads of groups out there doing charity rides, or getting together with some mates and going for a long cycling weekend and don’t want to look like your run-of-the-mill cyclists. So we thought we’d lend a helping hand.

Buy 5 or more jerseys and we’ll give you a healthy discount, 20% in fact. We don’t want to just give you the discount though; we want to hear about your ride. We want to know what you’re doing, where your going and who with. Just email ride@foska.com, or leave a response in the comments below. We’ll get in contact and send you a discount code to use on the site. Just make sure it doesn’t sound too good or we may get ride envy and have to leave the Foska HQ unattended for a long weekend!

Happy Riding!

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Fullers Discovery Jersey!

The latest addition to our Fullers jersey line-up. Fullers Brewery recently entered their team into the L’Étape du Tour ride and needed some new cycling jerseys for the epic ride. This time they wanted to celebrate their Discovery Blonde Beer, so we were more than happy to oblige. Not wanting to disappoint, we got a few extras made and they are available to purchase here!

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Extensive Product Testing

It may be before midday – but we are so dedicated to the cause that we have to extensively test all products before we even think about creating a new design, and what you see before you is said testing, “biscuity” Adnams Explorer. Now that the beer has passed the taste test we can start phase two, quality control. By making sure that all subsequent bottles of beer are on par with the first, we can then, and only then, get to work on some jersey designs. Watch this space for any further developments… *hiccup*

Check out the full range of Adnams beers here.

Next up… McVities biscuits?

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So that’s what we are doing wrong!

Scientists from universities in England, the Netherlands and The USA have come up with a novel way to solve the age old question, what’s the secret to riding a bike?

You could be forgiven to thinking the answer is as simple as ‘pedal as fast as you can!’ but you’d be wrong! By using 31 numbers and symbols enclosed by 9 pairs of brackets, scientists have been able to explain how a bike works. In in layman’s terms the formula is: inertia forces + gyroscopic forces + the errects of gravity and centrifugal forces = the leaning of the body and torque applied to handlebars. Easy.

For the full story visit: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/832118-find-out-how-to-ride-a-bike-using-a-mathematical-formula

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