I’m definitely a little late to the game here, and I’m not sure how I didn’t find out about this sooner, but the Amgen Tour de California is being streamed live from their site – and in a very slick fashion to boot!
Until now I had been catching up on the highlights through Versus (which is doing a great job as well – other than maybe Rasika Mathur ;-), but after my first trial of the “live” page I’m really impressed.
Other than slight hiccups and delays it’s a stellar experience (if only it came in HD). You get a large preview pane of the video coverage which you can interact with, change camera views on the fly, as well as track the riders progress through the course on a live-updated map. Also really fun, is to see the riders progress on the course elevation-profile, giving you a better understanding of the layout of the course. And of course you can check unofficial split and finish times.
As if that weren’t enough, for the fans wanted to get their word in edgewise, there is a fan chat room as well at as play-by-play from the press.
All in all it’s a really fun, immersive way to digest the tour (especially since there’s zero coverage of it in Canada – boooo). Perhaps we’re looking at the future of television – I wouldn’t be too disappointed.
You can check things out here, but I’ve included a screen shot to whet your appetite.