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Tour de France Competitors Lack the Home Field Effect

posted 2 Sep 2010, 05:19 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 2 Sep 2010, 05:22 ]

The Tour de France is the type of annual athletic
extravaganza that tests the resolve of all participants just
to complete.

Now most athletes, just like most people, prefer to rest in
their personal beds on their personal mattresses, no matter
what size that mattress might be. It truly is just human
nature. Within the sports world, it's part of the "home
field effect". The home field effect is where the team or
player playing on the home field or court or turf has an
advantage just by virtue of getting to sleep in his or her
personal bed the evening prior to the competition.

Nevertheless, in the Tour de France, the riders are usually
sleeping in strange beds in hotels throughout the country.
For three weeks, few if any of the riders get to rest on
familiar mattresses, instead getting to rest on whatever
mattresses are in their hotel rooms. An evening on a king
mattress may be followed by a evening on a twin mattress
followed by a evening on a full mattress then one more
evening on the twin mattress. It makes it hard to gain that
complete, restful night's sleep that enables the athlete to
re-charge the personal batteries. Even if a rider is one of
the much better known riders within the world of cycling, he
might or might not have access to queen or king mattresses at
each and every stop along the way.

Even golfers like Tiger Woods or Louis Oosthuizen, even
though they do not get to rest on their personal mattresses
at home that frequently throughout a season of tournaments,
at minimum get to spend up to a week in exactly the same
area, allowing them to turn out to be somewhat familiar with
the mattress about the bed where they're staying. As so many
golf tournaments return every year to exactly the same area,
the golfers can often stay in exactly the same place year to
year. But the Tour de France riders do not even get that
much of a luxury as the Tour route changes each year. It
keeps roughly exactly the same distance and beginning and
finish points, but the in- between points and stages change.

So, let's marvel at the athletes and riders within the Tour
de France, sleeping on strange beds, regardless of whether
twin mattress, full size, queen mattress or king mattress
every evening, yet performing feats of athletic grace every
day. They most likely aren't sleeping on memory foam
mattresses every evening but whatever is within the room
they're stuck with.

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