Tour de France champion Chris Froome asked people to join him for a ride in Southampton on Saturday, and hundreds obliged

Several hundred riders turned up at University of Southampton on Saturday afternoon after double Tour de France champion Chris Froome announced on Twitter that he was going for a ride in the area.

Froome invited any local riders in the vicinity to join him for a spin, and despite the short notice hundreds turned up to meet the Team Sky leader.

Froome went to the the University of Southampton for wind tunnel testing after receiving his OBE at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

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“Anyone keen for a short ride with me around Southampton his afternoon?” Froome posted on the social media site at 10am. He later posted a map showing the start location of the ride and start time of 3pm.

According to local newspaper, the Southern Daily Echo, only around 30 riders managed to complete the ride with Froome by the time they reached Winchester Cathedral.

After posing with people for photos, signing autographs and chatting to riders, Froome thanked everyone for turning up.

“Thank you to everyone who came out to ride with me in Southampton today, great day out!”

Froome is aiming for a third Tour de France title in July before joining Team GB at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in early August to take part in the road race and time trial.

  • Fish

    I’m glad I made it through the lights, I think that was probably why we dropped so many riders.

  • Stevo

    I’m am a bit sick of people on these fora saying all cyclists they’re all cheats bla bla. It’s not funny. I don’t know what there is to discuss.

  • Stevo

    You don’t know me.

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    I think you’re not as tough as you’d like to be.

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    I’m easy to find if you’d like to discuss it face to face sometime. That’s my real name.

  • Julian Porter

    It was 26 miles and 1600′ elevation at 18:5mph it was quite a ride 🙂 I was one of the 30 🙂

  • ummm…

    oh those things!! sounds like fun, buy im to cynical/dyspeptic to get excited for this sort of thing. “Oh everyone is going to see chris froome? Nah sorry guys Im out – I’m too cool for him” Still probably the Constable (or however you refer to your police in SH) would have liked a heads up first. But, that is just me being trained to follow the rules.

  • Stevo

    I don’t remember. Could have been. Had you made some lame joke about cyclists and doping?

  • Stevo

    “Cyclists take drugs. Tee-hee-hee!”. I think you should stick to riding a bike.

  • Timpacker

    Hey Stevo isn’t that the same comment you made to me .. It appears the only one who needs / medication/ is you my friend

  • Brendan Power

    The answer is simple: “By not going fast enough”.

  • Derek Biggerstaff


  • Derek Biggerstaff

    So I’m no Stewart Lee but that hardly equals insanity. Lighten up.

  • Fish

    It was a flash mob, but a great bunch ride. After about 5 miles we had dropped more 3/4 of the group.

  • Stevie

    The real question is how do all but 30 people get dropped on a short ride around Southampton?

  • ummm…

    so, does he need a permit from the authorities to gather that many people?

  • ummm…

    oh puhhh leeezz

  • ummm…

    wrong! it is funny.

  • globaljobber

    What a wonderful bloke. Well done that man Chris Froome :0)

  • Stevo

    It would appear that you didn’t remember to take your medication.

  • CyberTonTo72

    You wouldn’t get that in any other sport

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    I hope they all remembered to take their asthma drugs.