“The polka dot jersey (French: maillot á pois rouges) is awarded for the best climber during the mountain stages of the Tour de France cycle race. The “King of the Mountains” wears a white jersey with red dots”. At the top of each climb in the Tour there are points awarded to the riders who are first over the top. The climbs are divided into categories based on their difficulty. The rules have changed many times since the classification was originally started in 1933. The current point system was last changed in 2004. For more information go to:
For more information about the race on television: http://www.versus.com/cyclysm and on your local VERSUS NETWORK…check your local listings for the channel in your area.
Back to our adventure in 2004:
Monday, July 5th, 2004 Wine Country
Well it was an exciting soccer game but
Our first stop was at a supermarket for gas, much cheaper than on the highway…only 1.03 euros per liter. Then into the store for cell phone time card and some groceries for snacks on the road and a bottle of Windex and paper towels for the bugs we’re getting on the windshield. Back on the road we headed North on a “red road” that should be rather direct and free. Opps….it became the morning of “Deviations”. Road Repairs! After about two hours and one hundred kilometers we were only about thirty miles from where we had spent the night. Back to another supermarket for more maps and then we headed for the toll way and on to Chinon where we had our reservations for the evening.
We’re enjoying the quaintness of Chinon again. No television in the hotel so Jim walked down to the local bar and watched the end of the bike race with the local Frenchmen. We plan to go back into town this evening for a dinner at the Creperie recommended by Rick Steves. It’s only a short walk from the hotel. We’re in the western end of the
Tuesday, July 6th:
Up and out after a very continental French breakfast…not much other than bread, juice, jam and coffee; we headed for the self service Laundromat in Chinon. After several hours and about fifteen euros we were back on the road with clean clothes. Our evening yesterday was very quiet with no television in the room. At dinner we met a very nice American woman and her three young daughters.. They were traveling on their own, Mom was driving. The husband had been with them for the first week in
Tonight we are enjoying the room with a view of the Cathedral in
A television in the room today was somewhat better for Jim than a trip to the local bar. We also reached a friend by cell phone who is staying in the south of