|That's me with Le Blaireau, Bernard Hinault|
He joins the "Peace Race" charity event at Chateau Chailly each August
Laurent mentioned that he was going to the French chamber of commerce & industry event for the Tour de France Saitama Criterium, that evening. I jumped at the information and opportunity to join.
I arrived a little after 8PM, only leaving the university after my class finished. The event was supposed to be from 630 to 900PM, so I was surprised to see that the "presentation" speeches were still in progress. I talked my way in, with the admission charge and mention of Laurent's name--too late to join the raffle.
I went to the first of these events, back in 2013 with Jerome. In fact, I think a significant portion of the audience showed up that time because we posted it to TCC, this blog and elsewhere. But I am not on the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan's mailing list, so I would have missed this but for the serendipitous meeting with Laurent. The location this time was OVE Minami Aoyama, a Shimano-owned "life creation space". A nice space -- I would like to go back and see what it is like on a normal day, though it seems to be basically a cafe, only open 10AM to 6PM.
Anyway, back in 2013, we enjoyed rubbing shoulders with Bernard Hinault, Romain Bardet, and Yukiya Arashiro. Jerome and I and families ended up dining with Arashiro and his significant other a month or so later. This time Yukiya was not there, but Hinault, Bardet, Adam Yates and others were.
|#2 at the 2016 Tour (the younger, thinner guy, not the guy with shiny forehead)|
He said he remembered me (and Jerome, of course!) from 2013
Of course, I parked my commuting bike out front of the event. I was a bit surprised that it was ONLY bicycle at the event. Yes, there were plenty of bikes inside (part of the store display, pushed to the side for the reception), but I was the only one to arrive or leave by bike. Maybe it was the fact that my commuting method forced me to forgo alcohol at the event?