Forget Velonews. For years now, the best place to follow the big cycling stage races has been steephill.tv
, a "bike travelogue" with stage previews, results, news articles, photos, and video curated every day of the race. This site is an obvious labor of love... with no ads! If you want to watch or listen to the Tour de France for free, steephill will helpfully tell you where to go on the web
. But if you're away from your computer or don't have Versus (in the US), there's an NBC iPhone app with live video, for $14.99
(launches iTunes) [more inside]
posted by jstef
on Jul 1, 2011 -
The bike racing world has a tradition of attention-getting designs, but some spectators at this year's Tours of California or France might have done double-takes at some of the art on Lance Armstrong's rides. As it turns out, Trek and Nike have commissioned custom designs
promoting Livestrong, and as I write this Lance is cycling into Paris on a bike covered with butterfly wings, courtesy of Damien Hirst
. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Jul 26, 2009 -
As the Tour de France concludes, let's spend a moment commemorating the derrière garde
of world-class cycling, those bad enough to come in last but never bad enough to fail, les Lanternes Rouge
. If Wim Vansevenant can retain his tenacious hold on 145th place in Sunday's stage he will be the worst cyclist to complete the Tour de France
for three consecutive years and set a Tour record. You can, indeed, win by losing. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Jul 26, 2008 -
An open letter to Lance Armstong.
Subject: Minor changes to your screenplay.
You mean once he starts winning, he just keeps winning? There's never a serious doubt that he'll keep winning? It gets a little predictable, Lance. Think about this for a second: Rocky lost in the first movie, and that's the only one that was any good.
posted by RockyChrysler
on Dec 8, 2005 -
So, is there any chance the Tour De France will become more popular with US viewers? Or even that our own Tour will reach the interest levels displayed in Europe? I was absolutely on the edge of my seat during Armstrong's rush today, and I'm nothing of a biker.
posted by Kikkoman
on Jul 17, 2001 -