The 12th edition of the Cyclotour of Leman will be remembered best for it's strong winds that made for a tough day of riding on a generally flat parcours of 180kms around Lac Leman. Starting from Lausanne and working it's way clockwise around the lake, the Cyclotour departed at an extra early 6am this year.
As the event is held on open roads, it was a wise move for the organizers to try and reduce the risk of midday traffic by altering the start times.
The Bise is a local wind that effects much of the western part of Lac Leman, due to a high pressure system in northern Switzerland, air then gets squeezed by the mountains around the lake and finally get funneled in the direction of Geneva.
Unfortunately for the participants, this meant that the final leg of 60km from Geneva back to Lausanne was a fierce battle into a gusty wind just when the legs were starting to feel a bit rubbery! With this tiredness and a big wind, it was more important than ever for participants to keep track of their waste (bar and gel wrappers especially) that easily could fly off into the wind without ever intending.
The Patrollers from EcoCyclo were a constant reminder and helpful hand in order to achieve the goal of having as little impact upon the environment as possible. Also with some tiredness, comes inattention and unfortunately this caused quite a few accidents that could have been avoided with some more careful riding. As this event is one more of 'participation' the level was more mixed than usual and some etiquette regarding not overlapping wheels etc was not always regarded, with catastrophic consequences for some! Patroller rookie Steve Brewer was left with nowhere to go after a touch of wheels in front of him and hit the floor, damaged his wheels, and was not able to continue. On a bright note, Steve is fine and was already back riding the next day!
Thanks to Christian Jean, all staff and volunteers of the Leman Cyclotour, for this unique ride around the lake!
The Patrollers of the Leman Cyclotour 2015:
- Jane Kilmartin, Isabel Cashman, Pierre Ournier, Thomas Simmons, Duncan Alexander, Steve Brewer, Rob Alpen.