Cycling in Brisbane Australia
Sitting here watching the start of the tour and thought I would start this discussion for anyone that is watching like I am, as well as anyone that has never thought twice about watching the race to perhaps check it out. Personaly I will try and watch as much live racing as I can however with work and my hefty riding schedule this year may not be a good one for me to see too much. That said I encourage anyone who is able to, to watch the race live on SBS nightly from 10pm. I'll give one warning with that suggestion and that is know if you start you may not be able to stop, the racing is very addictive and quite hard to break away from. There are also mirning and nightly highlights on SBS and Foxtel (check your guides for times!).
The race, at this moment the prologue to the race, a 6.4 km time trial is underway. Cadel Evans is two hours away from starting. at this stage it is hard to say how his ride will go as in two hours anything can happen (weather etc.). In my opinion this stage may be won Cadel putting him in yellow for the next fer days before he looses it again. A win in the prologue being nothing more than a display of form to his fellow competitors. thats what I think anyway, well see in two hours. Fingers crossed Cadel can back up from last year and do the double.
I'm watching. Love tour time!
I'm fully prepared for 3 weeks of no sleep and loving every minute of it! Been hanging out for about 11 months ;)
Watching as well. I think Wiggins will do well in the time trial. Was surprised to find out his old man was an Aussie, born near my home town in Vic. I also went to school with Wiggins' cousins.
So if it comes down to Wiggins at the end, I wonder whether the media will pick up on his Aussie connection?
Ah, that would be part of our 'adopt-a-champion' programme ... in fact 'Aussie Fabian Cancellara' has just won the prologue ...
Might be a bit early in the race for that, Australia still has a full fleet, perhaps however if comming into the latter stages there should be no Aussie hopes left (touch wood thats not the case) then shall we call upon the 'ring in Aussies' like Cancellara, Whose only link to the country might be a holiday purchase of an 'I love Australia' T-shirt purchased on a High school trip made in 1991!
Will be watching as much as I can, it is totally addictive TV. Mind you, I wanted to ride this morning so didn't watch much last night when I realised waiting for over 2 hours would see me well & truly asleep.
Media have already got Wiggins tagged as an aussie :-)
I'm curious how many posters here (like me) don't give 2 hoots about the tour? It's just odd because I have all these people at work who see that I ride to work and they ask "Are you excited about the Tour de France?" and they're shocked when I say "nup, couldn't care less".
I might ride my bike but I find cycling as a sport dead boring. Well, road cycling anyway, love the sprint events at the Olympics - but that's only once every 4 years that I pay any attention :P
It's just one of those stereotypes - you ride a bicycle so you must love cycling as a sport...
"I'm curious how many posters here (like me) don't give 2 hoots about the tour? "
You probably won't find them in this thread.
maybe there's a killjoy one you could post in... :) :) :)
I'm not intending to be a killjoy :P I'm literally just curious.
I assume most people read new threads here, even if it doesn't directly interest them. Maybe that's a bad assumption :P
Just stirring you :)
I think you'll probably come around. When I started commuting I saw the tour and went "this is SO far removed from anything I do". But the more I learnt about it as a sport the more I got hooked.
For me it's the team strategies, the various strengths and weaknesses of the individual riders, the sheer stamina and endurance of the riders to ride around 175km (give or take) \a day, EVERY day for 21 days with only two rest stops. The team time trial, the individual time trials, climbing over the Pyrenees, then the Alps while racing against 21 other teams of 9 riders. It's quite simply an amazing achievement to do all that, THEN to sprint as hard as you can for the final 500 metres.
I then think at how going over that bloody hill at Fig Tree Pocket is noteworthy for us, and I'm just in awe of the ability of these guys.
Anyway, last year I really got into the Grand Tours, and I watched the Vuelta and the Giro with interest but it's the TdF that captures my attention.
(Did I get you even a little excited about it? ;) )
I've been watching it since SBS started showing it all those years ago. So, a long time :)
I blame my father, a Dutchman that loves his "European" sports.