there was an almighty cock up with my registration - got to the pick up point, handed in my id and bits, bloke goes off to look for my pack. comes back 5 mins later "it's not here, go to Rapha". wtf? ok. I go to the rapha stand. Nope, surprisingly, they don't have it. Go back to registration stand, drag the bloke back to Rapha with me, they're all like "it's not here - he picked it up earlier". I'm like wtf is going on, why have you Rapha CC pricks stolen my stuff? turns out Rapha CC have a member with a very similar name who has picked up my stuff. FFS. I hate Rapha cc so much.
they go away for a bit and come back with a spare pack for me, great! Except it's number ~1000, my old number was ~11000, so means an hour earlier start. But my riding mate also has 11,000, so wtf do i do now? ask if i'm allowed to start late and wait for him, about 3 people say yes no probs. HOWEVER see @berrrk above, I don't trust them not to change their minds at the last minute so decide to get up at 4am and make it for my new allocated start time just in case, and wait around if i'm allowed. turns out I am so spend another 2 hours freezing waiting around to start. all ended well though!
OMG a certain type of English cycling club wankers are the VERY WORST. absolute plums - barking out orders to the peloton in front of them from 100 metres away. indecipherable shite," 6 ON THE REAR IN LINE APPROACHING STARBOARD WE ARE ALL SUPREME BELLENDS" then getting annoyed when the peloton which has nowhere to move to AND doesn't speak English don't immediately obey their orders!! absolutely knob off you horrible horrible humans.
People who: throw gel wrappers on the floor are the 2ND WORST.
For non riders there was NOTHING to do for 12 hours whilst people were riding. Lots of TVs & kids left in a french town on a sunday when everything is shut (including the roads), they couldn't even get out and spectate the course anywhere.
participation was something like 94% men (!!) it was probably the malest and whitest thing i've ever done. cycling in general needs to invest in diversity it seems. Maybe a separate women only event?