Hello there to all our new cow loving, cycle-toting friends!
Three weeks to go … just about. I’m starting to get excited about the individual stages of the tour, starting with our jumping off spot, le Grand Depart, at Passage du Gois on the Atlantic coast in the North West of France. The start sees the pack traversing a bluestone causeway that is cut by high tides. If I was organising Le Tour I might be tempted to pop this bit in at the end of a stage, to see who gets there before they have to swim across. (That there is quite possibly why I’m not organising Le Tour I guess). Here’s a link to the glossy start page on the official web site.
Injera has provided some great practical advice for preparing yourself for this year’s tour, I thought I’d follow up with some quick notes on how technology (well really, twitter) can provide excellent insight into what goes on behind the scenes of the tour.
Of course, here in Oz, the best source on live action and top class commentary comes via SBS1, with nightly recaps (just in case you fell asleep during the last few
hours minutes of the stage), previews and the dulcet tones of Mike Tomalaris, Phil Ligget and Paul Sherwen.
But if you follow these guys on twitter (Mike, Phil and Paul) you’re sure to get a different view (although you may wonder at Paul Sherwen’s African proverbs, they make a nice change from cycling-centric tweets). SBS Cycling Central also have a twitter account.
Lots of cyclists are on twitter, some are better communicators than others. Here’s just a few Aussies to get you started.
I’ll finish my first post with my favourite Phil Liggett quote:
(The Peloton passes a field with white cows) “The peloton is passing a field of white cows. This region of France is known for its bovine….(goes off on tangent)….Of course, none of that matters to any of the riders, except that they might like a nice steak at the end of day.” Phil Liggett (he probably means Charolais)