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Readers ask: French cycling terms?

FRENCH CYCLING TERMS

  • un autobus – group that rides together to finish within time limit.
  • un commissaire – referee who makes decisions about race.
  • un coureur – rider, cyclist.
  • un cycliste – cyclist.
  • un directeur sportif – manager.
  • un domestique – support rider, often carrying bottles for leader.
  • un échappé – breakaway.

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So here is a list of French Cycling Terms: un autobus – group that rides together to finish within time limit un commissaire – referee who makes decisions about race. E.g. allowing a bigger time limit to avoid eliminating whole autobus. un coureur – rider, cyclist

Why do cyclists say chapeau?

Chapeau‘ translates as ‘hat’ but it means far more. Used to indicate respect for a fellow cyclist’s efforts, achievement or endeavour Chapeau! is a spoken doffing of the cap. Respect and encouragement are qualities we admire in cyclists.

What is a rouler in cycling?

A rouleur, in Cycling, is a rider who goes well on the flat and rolling terrain. They are characterized less by their size, but by their style on the machine; a magnificent stroke tuned to sustained power, not high revolutions or bursts of acceleration. Translated from French, rouleur means having wheels, or to roll.

What is the French cycling race called?

Tour de France, the world’s most prestigious and most difficult bicycle race. Of the three foremost races (the others being the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España), the Tour de France attracts the world’s best riders.

What’s a group of cyclists called?

In a road bicycle race, the peloton (from French, originally meaning ‘platoon’) is the main group or pack of riders. Riders in a group save energy by riding close (drafting or slipstreaming) to (particularly behind) other riders.

How do cyclists pee?

Pee at the side of the road

Some riders stop at the side of the road to go for a pee. The peloton may organise itself, selecting a ‘nature break’ slot during which the riders will collectively pee; at a Grand Tour tradition dictates that the GC leader determines when this will be.

What is a false flat in cycling?

False flat. A low-gradient climb, usually occurring partway up a steeper climb. So-called because while it may look deceptively flat and easy (especially after the steep climb preceding it), it is still a climb. Fast finisher. A rider who has superior sprinting speed over the last few hundred meters of a race.

What is a Baroudeur in cycling?

Baroudeur means fighter or warrior in French. It is a term used in cycling for riders not afraid to break away from the peloton and do things on their own, even if they might be an underdog.

What does GC mean in bicycle racing?

Yellow – overall leader. Also known as the maillot jaune, the yellow jersey is worn by the rider who is the General Classification (GC) leader, riding the race in the least amount of time. Green – points leader. The green jersey, or maillot vert, is worn by the rider that has accrued the most points during the race.

How do bike races work?

Cycling is very much a team sport. A pro race features nine cyclists selected from a larger group of teammates. Teams work as units and each rider has various responsibilities based on their strengths. Usually, they are all working together to help one key person win.

What is the green jersey in cycling?

Created in 1953 on the occasion of the Tour de France’s 50th anniversary, the green jersey, which is sponsored by Skoda, rewards the rider who is leading the points classification each day. Points are awarded at stage finishes and at the intermediate sprints in line stages.

Which bike has won the most Tour de France?

1. Pinarello 15 wins. By now, we’ve all heard Sir David Brailsford’s infamous quote about ‘marginal gains,’ and with the number of Tour wins his Pinarello sponsored team has racked up, it’s hard to argue with this philosophy.

How do Tour de France riders sleep?

They stay in local hotels. Normally more than one team is in each hotel and also jouranlists and others. Team cooks take over the hotels kitchen and send a lit of ingredients they need so the riders have consistency in what they eat.

Why do cyclists break away from the peloton?

In bicycle racing, a breakaway specialist is a rider who is specialized in attacking the race from the start in order to show off their sponsor and to try their luck in winning the stage without having to fight with the whole peloton at the finish line.

Why is peloton called peloton?

We’re The Peloton, a name derived from cycling and used to describe the principle of surrounding the key rider with experts whom together perform faster than any one individual. This allows the key rider to gain performance way in excess of being a sole rider.

Why do cyclists ride in a line?

A lone cyclist can be battered to a standstill. In these conditions, the peloton strings out into a diagonal paceline formation called an “echelon.” Like a paceline, this diagonal line of riders is designed to let the lead riders fight the wind, while following riders are sheltered, awaiting their turn at the front.

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