tour de france

May 30, 2012

Canadian Cycling Greats

As many of you already know, Ryder Hesjedal made history this last weekend, by winning the 2012 Giro d’Italia. Ryder became the first Canadian to win the Giro, but even bigger than that, he became the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour!

Personally, I was surprised by this in a couple ways. Firstly, and don’t take this the wrong way, but I was surprised Ryder won it. Of course, I wanted him to win it and hoped he would, but looking back to the start of the Giro I can’t say I considered him much more than a dark horse. Secondly, for some reason I was somehow surprised that he was the first Canuck to ever win a Grand Tour… Now, clearly this shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone, especially when you think about it – Grand Tours don’t exactly happen every day. There are but a handful each year, and to have a Canadian who is fast enough to be in the running and then to have everything come together to actually get the win… Well, let’s just agree that this is going to be a rare and very special thing, making what Ryder achieved just that much more incredible.

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July 28, 2011

I need $10,650 and 14 affluent friends

Well truthfully, I need $10,650, a month off work, a round trip ticket to France and somebody to convince my wife this is a good idea.

The 14 affluent friends are optional.

While I have been slowly reacclimatizing myself to life without the Tour, I wondered – What could be greater than soaking in all this mainstream cycling coverage, coming into the office and enjoying water cooler chat about crashes, personal favourites and predictions for upcoming stages… What could be better, indeed?

Perhaps riding the Tour itself?

To good to be true you say? Perhaps not. – Read More –

July 14, 2011

Tour de France on TSN

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found the TSN re-broadcast coverage of the TDF frustrating. I look forward to the Tour, and yes, I want to watch it on my big screen TV as I sit on my comfy couch. I prefer not to watch it on line, via some shoddy, free internet streaming video. I want crystal clear, big screen coverage. So, when the Tour is actually being broadcast on TSN in the evenings, I’m a happy guy. From 5:30pm to about 7:30pm, I can watch intently. But, TSN doesn’t re-broadcast it everyday… They’re only broadcasting select stages in the evenings… So, maybe I should just be glad it’s on a major Canadian sports network at all, but come on – either re-broadcast every stage, or don’t at all. Save fans the frustration of coming home after a busy day of work to find, ‘Fail’, no Tour, and then having to go scouring for video highlights somewhere else. – Read More –

July 11, 2011

Driven by Yellow

Yellow has been my favourite colour for a long time, but it wasn’t until I saw this video that I realized that I actually didn’t consciously associate it with anything. I’d never made any connection between my favourite yellow jacket, which hangs in the front hall closet, and anything so grand, or meaningful like Le – Read More –

February 3, 2011

Tour De France in HD

Okay, so the Tour De France might still be a little ways away, but I don’t know if it’s ever too early to start looking forward to it. I was reminded of this today when TSN announced its new 3-year TDF broadcast deal. Now, as much as I am excited for Le Tour, and as – Read More –

August 5, 2010

Randoms: Hoffman, TR and Lance

As I’m off to Fernie this weekend to race in the TR3 and currently busy with packing, bike tweaking, and home renos, etc…, this week I just wanted to post up something, well, easy. One of the hardest things I always find about bloging, is deciding on the topic. This week, as usual I had a few post ideas rolling around in my head, so to save myself the anxiety-ridden trouble of decision making, I’ve decided to just write a little on all three. In this post, I’ve got Matt Hoffman, BMX big-air guru, the average age of the Transrockies, and the curtain call of my cycling hero and cancer fighter extraordinaire, Lance. – Read More –

June 24, 2010

Versus 2010 Tour Tracker

As the 2010 Tour de France spins up and the speculations, predictions and intrigue start to weave their tangled webs, many of us are trying to figure out the best way to absorb this years Tour.

Do we set our PVR each day – consciously blocking out internet race coverage and forewarning coworkers to keep details to themselves? Do we desperately scour to keep up on coverage through RSS readers and Twitter? Do we suddenly come down with an illness that only allows us to come to work in the afternoon?

Thankfully, Versus is ensuring that these difficult decisions aren’t necessary with their 2010 Tour Tracker.

Last year I detailed what you could expect in the 2009 Versus Tour Tracker and it appears as though the fine crew has been hard at work behind the scenes to offer, not only better coverage, but some sincerely cool ‘add-ons’ to your experience. – Read More –

December 8, 2009

Wanna ride with Radio Shack?

With many of the biggest names in cycling gracing their roster, who doesn’t want to ride with “The Shack”!?

Well prominent cyclist/blogger the Fat Cyclist, being the go getter that he is, decided to take things to the next level by drafting an open letter to Johan Bruyneel pleading his case for a spot as a ‘Professional Cyclist’ on team Radio Shacks.

Given Fatty’s almost endless list of qualifications (including his adeptness with PowerPoint and the fact that he is a ‘fast learner’) Johan of course could do little to dispute his qualifications and promptly forwarded an invitation to their training camp in Tucson Arizona. This invitation, however, came with a few strings… A few strings that could result in you getting a new bike, or going to France to soak in the finish of the Tour de France!

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July 7, 2009

Versus ‘Race Tracker’

A few months ago I posted about the great “Tour Tracker” Amgen had pulled together for the Tour de California. Well, Versus has refined the approach and delivered a really nice, polished offering for those of us who need to follow the Tour de France no matter what.

From the “Race Tracker” dashboard you can stream the race live in a very respectable 695×390 video pane as well as browse current stats and the stage overview at-a-glance. As if that weren’t enough, the lower panel allows you to switch between:

  • Live Map – Shows progress and route info as well as the elevation profile
  • Video – Brings in additional video content (ie. Stage recaps, Ask Bobke, etc.)
  • Standings – Sortable by Overall, Sprint, Mountain, and Young Rider results
  • Twitter – See what the world is Tweeting about the Tour
  • Stages – See the outline of stages past, present and future. Complete with key mile markers and elevation profiles.
  • Schedule – Let’s you plan when you need to schedule your “meetings” at work, so you can duck out and watch the Tour ;-)

Not that this is a revolutionary statement, but I think we’re honestly previewing the future of TV here – Depending on the type of viewer you are you have pretty much everything you need to satiate your Tour de France needs at your fingertips, from stats and standings, to enriching video and route maps. – Read More –