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

15 July, 2010

TdF Sweepstakes: Win stuff from Active.com

This one takes a little work. They give up a trivia question a day. It's multiple choice, so you can alway just guess.

Quality Head Butt leads to a primer on the Rules of Sprinting

Let's thank head butt'r extraordinaire Mark Renshaw for prompting this excellent video analysis by Cyclocosm:

08 July, 2010

Some online options for tracking the Tour

The Wall Street Journal found some options and offers them up in Tracking the Tour de France with Tech.

07 July, 2010

Annual Tour Whining Contest

Every year, there's a stage that causes the riders to complain that the racing is too dangerous. This year, it was Tuesday's Ardennes-classics-style stage to Spa and Wednesday's Roubaix-style stage to Arenberg. I think the racers are getting whiny over this. These courses aren't inherently dangerous, though it seemed that on stage two there must have been quite a bit of oil on the road, it's the riders not giving a centimeter and taking too many risks that's the problem.

The Tour is supposed to be won by the most complete racer. Some years that includes racing over cobblestones. It shouldn't be just about time trialists and climbers. I understand that many racers want predictable stages and boring races. They don't want to have to think too hard about racing until it's absolutely necessary. These racers want to let the sprinters and long breakaway riders have the flat stages and the climbers the mountain stages. But it's a more exciting, more complete race if the racing isn't so predictable, if the teams have to think hard about every stage. it would be great to see a rider who's not a great climber or time trialist win the race because he was savvy enough to take advantage of the stages where people weren't expecting the race to be made.

Tour Watching online

While we shouldn't be giving away this secret, as you'll eat up bandwidth, but if you want to get daily tour highlights without having to listen to sportscaster prattle or just need measured doses of said chatter, click on over to Steephill.tv. It's mostly a listing of links. But you can see the final kilometers of just about every stage this way, and can also see highlights from many different sports networks. I particularly enjoy listening in to the Flemish or Italian feeds.

personal stage racing over the Tour

Sorry for not posting anything thusfar. Was doing the stage race thing at Fitchburg for the first few days of the Tour.

My prediction was going to be "there will be blood," but stage two was not where I was expecting blood. I don't know what was the real cause of all the mayhem on two, but it wasn't the course's fault. They've done the roads during the Tour in the past without a problem and even Le Fleche Wallonne was conducted partially in the wet this year with fewer crashes.

21 May, 2010

artsy shots of bikes

We need to see more of this. Thanks to Slate for curating. There's a Cartier-Bresson image I'd love to have added to the collection.