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Grip : GRIP September 2012
ALLIANCES GRIP A TOUR TO REMEMBER 2012 has been a year to remember for Glenis Nicholas. She got a new Subaru XV for her 60th birthday, which put her into the draw for the “Subaru Real Tour Experience in France” - a 13 day trip for two to the Tour de France. Glenis took the prize. Husband Mark joined her on the tour and, as Glenis said: “It was really the fun trip of a lifetime.” When asked to rate her trip out of 10, her response was 11. Not bad for someone who went to the most famous cycling race in the world with no more than a passing interest in the sport. Glenis left thinking that the towns and countryside of France would be the highlight. But, in the end, it was all about the sport. “The highlights were waiting for the riders to pass. We knew they weren’t far away when you could hear the press helicopters slowly get louder and louder, the anticipation was so exciting,” Glenis said. “Prior to the arrival of the riders, they have a caravan, like a street parade, of various sponsors, and it’s great fun. My only regret is that I couldn’t speak French, so I could have chatted with the locals that were in the crowd - that would have been nice.” Instead, Glenis had to look to one of her own countrymen, former professional cyclist, Scott Sunderland, to explain the nuances of the race and turn her into a cycling fan. “Having Scott on tour with us made it so interesting,” Glenis said. “He explained the finer details of the racing and also how hard the riders work, which I’m sure we all appreciate. “We had an oppor tunity to look over the Sky Team truck, which when in use at the races, or making adjustments to the bikes, unfolds like a transformer. The truck was so clean you could eat off the floor, and what surprised us the most was the weight of the bikes - they weigh nothing.” Fine food and wine was on the wish list on departure, and Glenis and Mark were not left disappointed by what they tasted. “As to the best meal, we went to an oyster farm in Adge. The first course was mussels, which were tender and not like the mussels we have in Australia. Second course we had oysters and prawns, and third course consisted of stuffed squid. After that I didn’t feel I needed to bother with dessert. “The nice thing about the restaurant was that we ate in the owner’s home and had lovely views of the Mediterranean.” But it was the regional towns of France that will live long in her memory. “Our favourite place was Annecy,” Glenis said. “I would have loved to have stayed longer and ridden around the beautiful lake.” But now it is back to reality, and the chance to enjoy her new XV that arrived only days before her departure. “My Subaru XV continues to make me smile and I still feel like a teenage boy when I look at it,” Glenis said. “It’s lovely to drive and so comfor table. We live in a very small suburb of maybe 12 streets, and I have noticed that there are now four XVs in our area. I think that says something. “The XVs were used as support vehicles during the Tour de France, which delighted me as I had a chance to look at my car while I was away.” Welcome home Glenis. We’re glad you had a great time. We’re not sure what else you have planned for 2012, but the last few months are going to be hard to beat. Glenis Nicholas and her husband, Mark, had a wonderful time at the 2012Tour de France. INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE PARTS & ACCESSORIES AFTERSALES MARKETING SAFETY WHO’S WHO AT SUBARU ALLIANCES AMBASSADORS TRENDS DEALER STATS SPORT
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