While Tour de France riders cover about 3,350 kilometres we “suiveurs” (followers) drive about 7,000 kilometres to report on the race, moving from town to town, hotel to hotel, press buffet to press buffet… After 10 Tours de France I can safely say the best buffets are found in Brittany.
A few stories to write back in the pressroom and the hunt for a restaurant begins. It would appear easy in France, yet most restaurants close well before 9pm when you're often at least a one-hour drive away.
Sometimes, you get lucky, like in the Pyrenees where in a tiny village we once had a wonderful dinner deep into the night.
It was about Jurancon and foie gras: the perfect fuel for another day on the road.