Cycling At Night in the South Of France

Daylight was slipping away as the scraping sound echoed up the stone walls and through the street. Barricades were being dragged across the end of the block, people began unpacking their cars in the parking lot across the street, and men in safety vests began taking up positions up and down the street.
 

Officials and riders preparing for a night-time road race in St. Girons in the Midi-Pyrenees in France


 
Cycling is such a passion for people of all ages in France and the Tour de France is not the only racing or touring event that attracts attention. We discovered yet another reason to love living in St. Girons 10 days ago when a night-time cycling event was held here that circled the town and passed right beneath our window again and again and again.
 

Cyclists preparing for a night-time road race in St. Girons in the Midi-Pyrenees in France


 
Hours passed, the light changed from twilight to darkness, the streetlights illuminated the pavement, and the cyclists went around and around the circuit until after 10 PM.
 
Cyclists on a night-time road race in St. Girons in the Midi-Pyrenees in France
 
Mark was a very happy man as he watched some fellow cyclists going around and around the curve at the end of our street. And he did it all from the best spot possible — out the front window of our apartment.
 

Watching the cyclists go by in a night-time road race in St. Girons in the Midi-Pyrenees in France


 

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