Fans might flick off the TV after watching a stage race but for the riders there are still struggles to overcome. A weak shower on the team bus followed by a long journey and more often than not, a drab hotel with boring food.
Hotel accommodation can vary. Even the Tour de France sees teams make do with some questionable places, especially when more remote areas are visited and beds are hard to find. You can get a glimpse of this from Radioshack’s Andreas Kloeden. Here’s one photo of a hotel room from last July, via twitter.
The German also expressed frustration with other establishments and it’s not a rant from an overpaid sports star, getting a good night’s rest is vital in a stage race, especially since one team could be posted in a grimy motel whilst others enjoy a prestigious hostelry. Kloeden also took the time to thank the race organisers for a better hotel. ASO has a policy of trying to even out the experience over the three weeks.
Five Star Advertising
Right now the riders probably have it as good as it gets. Both the Tour of Qatar and the Tour of Oman involve luxury five-star hotels. But that is half the point, the Oman race exists largely exists to promote the country as a tourist destination. Twitter is already full of riders praising Oman’s hospitality (again and again). Exactly what the organisers want.
The riders will love this. There are no transfers, after each stage the riders return to their hotel. This might mean a cramped car journey but the bonus is not having to pack the suitcase every day. Above all this looks like the finest hotel any rider can expect during the entire season. Plus it’s not just the riders, journalists are also staying in same place as guests of the race, a taste of luxury that most media expense accounts would normally deny.