Around forty people from Haute-Marne travel to Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises by bike

Around forty people from Haute-Marne travel to Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises by bike
Around forty people from Haute-Marne travel to Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises by bike

On Saturday July 6, around forty riders completed the Chaumont-Colombey portion of the eighth stage of the Tour de France.

Whether in Auberive, Bologne, Colombey-les-Deux-Églises or Chaumont, this Saturday, July 6, is all about cycling. Around 11 a.m., around forty riders from all over Haute-Marne, including around twenty members of the Vélo Club Chaumontais (VCC), met in front of the Departmental Council to do the Chaumont-Colombey portion of the eighth stage of the Tour de France.

“We were originally supposed to leave at 10:30 a.m. We had to postpone the start by 30 minutes due to the mild weather. For the VCC, the average age is 25,” says VCC President Frédérique Laufer. In total, the riders will cover no less than 33 km. The initiative for this cycle ride comes from Maxime Cré of the Grand Est regional committee. “We will ride slowly, 25 km/h,” he says.

The youngest of the peloton, Romane, was 7 years old. Accompanied by his father Frédéric and his uncle Cédric, the young boy covered the 33 kilometers which separate the City-Prefecture and Colombey-les-Deux-Églises.

“I’ve been doing BMX for three years. At the beginning of 2024, I started riding a road bike. I go out once or twice a month with my father. We left with a bit of rain, but we had a lull afterwards. We had a bit of wind, but we rode in a pack so as not to suffer. It was a very nice ride.”

His father Frédéric adds: “On the Sexfontaines hill, he was at the head of the pack. The encouragement from the crowd gave him wings.” It was with his father and uncle that he crossed the finish line. “When I stopped, the fatigue in my legs made itself felt,” concludes Romane.

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