11 July, 2017

The Second Edition of Tour Fever is Out Now!

It's that time of year.  
You've got the fever.  
You want more. 
You need more. 

Tour Fever is here to answer those questions, slake that thirst, grow that pallet so that the taste you're enjoying turns into the feast the Tour de France rightfully is.  

When the first edition came out, GQ.com gushed,

"A superb companion to the world’s greatest race, Tour Fever breaks down the race’s history, terminology, and traditions in a smart yet easy-to-use guide that offers something to both the brand-new enthusiast and the experienced racer. If you’re planning to tune into the Tour’s final days—and c’mon, dude, you should!—it’s the perfect companion on the couch. I’m sharing mine with the guys in the office—not so they’ll stop mocking me, but to show them that sports in July is more exciting than Astros at Padres."

The second edition is even better.  More stories, more information, updated explanations of the rules, including the inscrutable Green  and Polka-Dot Jersey races, and the elusive Team GC race (it is a big deal).

I'm enjoying the new cover design by Dave Wilson, and the cover pic of Bernard Hinault, Guido Van Calster, and Eddy Planckaert sprinting in Zolder, Belgium during the 1981 Tour, taken by John Pierce of Photosport International.  Hinault is in Yellow--you rarely see favorites for the overall mixing it up in sprints these days.  Hinault went on to win, his third Tour victory. All three are wearing the now-forgotten hairnet helmets, which pretty much kept kept your scalp intact.  And you can see sponges, allegedly soaked with cologne to cope with the high heat of the race track, sticking up in the backs of Hinault and Van Calster's jersey.  The shot itself is also a rarity, a mid-sprint side-view closeup that's so hard to get right, few even try.  

The ebook version is currently available as an ebook on Kobo,  iTunes, and Lulu.  It will be available on other platforms shortly as well.

You can find it on Kobo here:

And on iTunes here:

And on Lulu (great for Kindle users)

16 June, 2016

Watch the Tour via a homemade Tour Tracker

Been pretty dead around here for some time.  The Tour is as interesting as ever, and the perennial controversies are booting up.

But the joy is in the experience.  To that end, I'm linking to a post I wrote some time ago from another blog I do.  It's about building your own way to view the Tour on your computer.  Because you should be better informed than the professional yammerers who natter on and on while the peddlers of charm are doing their thing.

Homemade Tour Tracker*

*always respect copyright laws.

20 July, 2010

A Tour for Foodies

The Australian Broadcast service does a great recipe every stage.

Tour de France 2010 Recipes

19 July, 2010

Pop Up TdF

Pop-up books were fun when I was a kid. Problem was, they were most fascinating when I was least able to handle them. At the age I wanted these books, I was quickly destroying the intricate models that were opening with each page. Still, this one is cool.

Must-See Cervelo Advermentaries

Don't know why Cervelo decided to commission these. But whatever reason, they're pretty good. Unfortunately, they're usually two to three months behind, so the Tour story will probably debut in September or October.

18 July, 2010

TdF Sweepstakes: Performance Bike

Mail Order Giant Performance Bike has their own big sweepstakes.

TdF Sweepstakes: Versus/Cadillac--go to the Tour in 2011

Sponsor madness. Enter to win a trip to the 2011 Tour de France.

TdF Sweepstakes: Road ID

Road ID makes entering a little more difficult. You have to either donate money, buy stuff, or start following them on Twitter or Facebook. Still might be worth it if you like the prizes.

17 July, 2010

TdF Sweepstakes: Win a PowerMeter and Coaching

Training Peaks is going big time. They're offering up a SRM and coaching from Hunter Allen.

TdF Sweepstakes: Aquaphor Challenge

While this one is fun, it takes quite a bit of work. First you need a GPS. Then you need to ride every stage of the race. Then, when your ride is done, upload your ride to Map My Ride. They'll convert your effort into what it would be if you rode the actual TdF Stage of the day. with that, they'll compute a leaderboard.

TdF Sweepstakes: Win a Specialized Bike

Specialized is giving away one every day.

16 July, 2010