Well Done Pierre Gasly


Well deserved.

And what a boost for F1 with all the young guns up on the podium.

We need more races like this. Turned a typical Hamilton dominated parade into an exciting race.

Whoohoo !!!

Le Bicyclettes de Salers


Based on a recommendation from Florence, our landlady, we undertook a trip to Salers. It is famous for the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) cheeses Cantal and Salers. It is also known for the Salers breed of cattle that originated in this commune.

As for any journey originating from Serandon, the first few kilometers involves descending into, then climbing out of, the nearest gorge. Every now and again I find myself breaking into The Self Preservation Society and imagining driving one of those infamous mini’s round the dozens of hairpins.

Long before we reached the village we became aware of an association between the village and the cycling. Around every corner, on top of hedges, even in the tree tops there are bicycles. Mostly painted bright yellow, but on the odd occasion they are painted in various other colours.

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Bicycle – Salers, France

The primary reason for this is the Tour de France. This summer, Cantal will be the first mountain stage of the Tour. Some 216 km long, the riders will arrive in Anglards de Salers, Salers and the Col de Néronne, they then climb the Pas de Peyrol before returning to Murat and the final ascent to Le Lioran.

The nearer you get to Salers, the more bicycles there are. Nearly all my subsequent photographs have a bicycle present somewhere.

The village is very beautiful and there is plenty to keep ones interest. The historic buildings or the many cafes, restaurants and the artisan shops.

We had lunch here, at a pavement cafe, and Gerry finally managed to get her Croque Monsieur that she had been hankering for, since we arrived in France two weeks ago.

So, I’ll leave you with another musical link Le Bicyclettes de Salers

I wonder how many of you remember the tune and of those that do, how many have actually seen the film ?

 

Michael Schumacher


44 year old Michael Schumacher, multiple Formula 1 World Champion, is in a critical condition after suffering a severe head injury in a fall while skiing at a French resort yesterday.

I am hoping for a positive outcome and my thoughts are with his family at this time.

http://news.sky.com/story/1188296/schumacher-fighting-for-his-life-say-doctors

Presenting the steering wheel of Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull Racing RB8


Gosh. I thought I had it tough trying to cope with my Renault Megane steering wheel and stalk controls. Just, the speed limiter/cruise control options on the wheel supplemented by the phone/entertainment controls on the stalk. Oh and then there is the satnav controls adjacent to the manual gearstick (just the six).

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Button Functions

✿ DIF → Adjust the behaviour of the differential

✿ N → Puts gearbox into neutral

✿ RADIO → Push to talk to the team

✿ X → Sets a marker in the telemetry to indicate a problem is encountered

✿ DRINK → Push to drink

✿ DEFAULT → Reset certain settings to their original values

✿ TYRE → Driver adjust this knob to tell the team about the tires and adjust electronics to suit different tires

✿ KERS → Select KERS settings

✿ CLUTCH → Select clutch adjustment

✿ MIX → Change engine’s mixture settings

✿ FW. EN → Tells the team if there’s a need to change front flaps angle

✿ REV → Allow more engine revs to pass another car

✿ OIL → Activates supplementary oil tank for engine

✿ OK → Driver acknowledge if radio does not work

✿ FAIL → Command all systems…

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