2015 Paris–Nice: Stage 04

2015 Paris–Nice: Stage 04

Thursday - March 12, 2015 - Varennes-sur-Allier, France

Not all Haribo gummy candies are delicious. I’m not saying just stick with the bears, but it’s definitely not the worst idea.

10:25 AM, Varennes-sur-Allier
3:45 PM, Croix De Chaubouret
204 km
Winning Time

“3 hours north of Marseille, Croix de Chaubouret is situated in the south-east of the Loire department near Saint-Étienne. The name Chaubouret is said to come from Chau Borée, which means “the bare peak where the north wind blows”.  The race finished at the top of the third climb (1200 m) at La Croix de Chaubouret, à l’extremetié d’une ligne droite finale de 200 mètres.”

Distance de l'arrivée
1 km
7 mètres

It was foggy and thick and smoooooth in the morning. And then it wasn’t at all; then it was hella sunny and bright. Today’s high was about 52 degrees fahrenheit. Very little wind. In spots it was warm but mostly it was cool. Dry. It’s really dry in France in March in the year two-thousand and fifteen.

MFS Team

Ian Gabriel Marshall, Raoul “The Potato Chasser” Sturme, Keiran Elaine Best and Daniel Wakefield Pasley.

Today's Objective

Leave this race and go to Tirreno-Adriatico.

Course Overview

Listen, let’s cut to the chase. You want to know if this race is still topographically speaking—the tedium/boring thing is more than just topography I know, it’s all very interconnected and interrelated and what not, but for now, in this column, in the “Course Overview” column, let’s stay focused on course specifics, whatever that’s supposed to mean—pathologically unremarkable. The answer is no, it’s not, it’s turned a corner, at some point yesterday we hit hills and forests and intrinsically interesting terrain. Today was like that too, only more so, today we hit proper côtes and cols and, I think (?), a categorized climb, and bona fide mountains, the Massif Central. So yeah, suddenly, just when you thought this race was a meditation on the nature and quality of fields—or maybe a bad anxiety-type dream where you spend the night trying to buy something simple, I don’t know, let’s say a salad or something, and every town you drive to is full of shops but none of the shops are open or they are not in business anymore, and over and over and over and over again you try the front door to a cute little shop but it’s shut—whoomp there it is, the race finds a mountain with some snow and switchbacks and shit, and the mountain makes everything all better. I mean, this race is still exceptionally boring, but as far as the Course Overview Department is concerned, we are all good, better than ever. But since we’re talking about it,  why did they put Paris in central (almost northern) France in the middle of soooo many fields. And so close to towns like… Roubaix for example.

Current Location

Hotel le Paletines in St.Étienne, France, the sister city to Des Moines, Iowa where team member Keiran Best hails from. Side Note: Hotel le Palentines IS NOT a castle, it’s just a regular old semi-permanent subsidized housing development. Raoul says he doesn’t know much about Des Moines, Iowa but he figures Belgrade is a more appropriate sister city for St-Etienne.

  • That today wasn’t yesterday.

  • That today was today still and not tomorrow.

IThree Notable Observations from Stage 04

Today’s KEY Observation: No matter how hard we look at it and project our desires onto it, this race is still Paris-Nice and not Tirreno-Adriatico.


Today’s Other Observation: Europe doesn’t have (wild) animals because they ate them all, like, a thousand years ago or something.


Today’s Other Other Observation: All the Côtes feature stacks of old car tires piled up and on display somewhere near the edge of the road. What’s the story with that? Are old car tires hill-top farming tools? Are they art?


Today’s Last Observation: Today’s Playlist includes at least two, maybe more, non-ironic, actually good songs. So please spend some extra time with the Stage 04 Playlist if you can.

IIMFS Day Five Update
  1. It’s 1:33 AM.
  2. Raoul ordered fried prawns for dinner tonight. They came with the head and shell or skin whatever. The head was easy, you rip that off and discard it because you’re a westerner, and you eat like you were born some place where a proper appreciation for protein was not instilled at an early age. But the shells, can you eat those? Raoul didn’t. Ian did. Which leads me to a Question: I can hear Ian snoring in the other room so I know he’s not dead yet, but is he going to die, from the shells?
  3. Why are we at this race? By the end of Stage One it was clear that this race was boring. Big time. I made a comment to Raoul about it and he said, “Yeah, that’s why I told you to go to the Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico.” I vaguely remember that email but at the time I remember thinking, the schedule was set, we’re locked. Who put this race on that schedule? Why was/is this race on that schedule, and who does the setting!? After my conversation with Raoul I started asking other people about this race, and invariably everyone says this race is stupid. Klaus had this semi-constructive thing to say about this race:
“That race has off years, which is why some racers go to Adriatico instead on a year like this. It's weird that a race can be won by Tony Martin one year and Contador the next. It's just a matter of the organizers choosing to make the race exciting or not, and this year is an off year.”Klaus
  1. Whatever the implications and ramifications of being at this race are, we stayed at a Scooby-Doo castle, and nobody can take that away from us.
  2. The race is boring but France is not, just pack salt.
  3. Five days ago or whatever, when we were in Paris, some French dude stopped me on the street to talk about Baltimore on account of my Orioles baseball cap. Apparently he lived there for several years and fell in love with baseball. I enjoyed talking to him.
  4. Not all Haribo gummy candies are delicious. I’m not saying just stick with the bears, but it’s definitely not the worst idea.
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Love, Phil
IVChoosing Thai Food in St. Etienne Using Yelp
Hotel le Paletines in St.Étienne, France.
  1. Le Bangkok has several bad reviews.
  2. Bonheur d’Asie has many very favorable reviews, but it closed in 2012 due to a “Health Problem.” We assumed, based on the reviews, that it was a Health Problem related to the owner or chef of Bonheur d’Asie and not a customer.
  3. Battambang has a medium number of moderate reviews.
  4. Everything else was ruled out for one reason or another; distance, business hours, etc.
  5. Based on our options and the nature of the reviews and what we knew about France, we really wanted Bonheur d’Asie to be in business, but it just wasn’t.
  6. So we went to Battambang.
  7. We ordered one chicken curry, one ginger beef, one fried prawns, one pineapple chicken, two shrimp crêpes, two spring roll, two rice, two noodle and one chicken with fried noodle. Considering that the French hate salt, and that we were eating Cambodian food in St.-Etienne, France, the meal was 100% employable.


For you enjoyment we have published a selection of their menu and the corresponding google translations of their menu below.


Nos Viandes de Boeuf


  • 54 Boeuf aux champignons noirs 6€80
  • 55 Boeuf aux oignons 6€70
  • 56 Boeuf au curry 6€60
  • 57 Boeuf à l’impérial (pimenté) 6€70
  • 58 Boeuf au gingembre 7€00
  • 59 Boeuf Loc-lac (chinoise) 7€00
  • 60 Brochette de boeuf cambodgien 7€50




  • 54 Beef with black mushrooms 6 € 80
  • 55 Beef with onions 6 € 70
  • 56 Beef curry 6 € 60
  • 57 Imperial Beef (spicy) 6 € 70
  • 58 Ginger Beef 7 € 00
  • 59 Beef Loc Lac(Chinese) .7 € 00
  • 60 Cambodian beef skewer 7 € 50
VStage 04 Playlist by Assorted FM Radio Stations
VIStart: Varenne-sur-Allier
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Hanabiko "Koko" (born July 4, 1971), is a western lowland gorilla known for its ability to communicate with humans. Koko communicates by using hand signs from a modified version of American Sign Language (ASL).
Michael Matthews, nickname: Bling. Reason for nickname, "When I started cycling I had bracelets and chains and everything on me – every piece of jewelry you could imagine as well as the low baggy shorts and the really long shirts"
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IXCol du Beau-Louis
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XIIICol de la Croix de Chaubouret
The Col de la Croix de Chaubouret (elevation 1,201 metres (3,940 ft)) is a mountain pass in France, located in the Pilat massif in the Loire. It is between Graix and Le Bessat.
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XIVSt. Eitenne / Ritz aka Residence Les Palatines
XVA Typology of Just Normal Dudes Tryin' to Get Home After a Long Day at Work
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