Friday, July 9, 2010

How to Watch the Tour De France

Tour de France

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This is my first year watching the Tour with an understanding of the strategy behind this very, very long bike race.  I must say I’m enjoying it. 

If you think there is no point to a bunch of guys in tights riding through the countryside in France, think again.

Here’s what you need to know to get the most from your “Le Tour” watching experience:

1.  It’s not a “race” like you think “race”.  These guys are riding a long way but there is only a handful of riders that race.  They are in the front.  On any given day most of the riders are in a big clump behind the racers.

2.  This big clump of riders can go fast, being that they are in a clump, they can go 30% faster so it’s inevitable that they catch the racers out front.  The clump engulfs the racers towards the end.

3.  There are three different races rolled into one.  One guy will be call “king of the mountain”, he can go the fasted up hills.  There’s another guy who will be the best sprinter.  Another guy will lead and wear the yellow jersey.  The yellow Jersey means he is the overall fastest.

4.  Watch an movie about geese flying south to learn about why they ride in a line. 

5.  DVR the whole thing so you can watch the first 15 minutes, then the last 15 minutes.  All the stuff in the middle is like watching Rick Steves.  If you don't have a DVR simply watch the 10-15 minute summary of the whole  day.  There’s less travelogue but you can see who won.

Repeat every day for 21 days and you will have seen the whole thing.   Happy Tour Watching…

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1 comment:

  1. I look forward to the Tour every year and this years is the best I have seen in the last 2-3 years.


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