Today at work, I tried to follow the Tour live (at www.letour.fr). It went ok, but I didn't check it very often so I missed some things. If you can check it ever 10-15 min, it makes a fairly unique way to stay up with the race. They have a neat graphic that shows you the current position of the riders, what is left, and what left.
Tomorrow, I plan to get up and go out on a bike ride. I should be back before the 11am finish of the race. I should have some more to post.
Oh, if you haven't seen it yet, make sure you watch the last 5-10 min of the race. There was a big wreck inside the 3 km mark.
I couldn't ride to work today (I had to take some stuff in for a potluck) so I went out for a longer ride this afternoon. Everything went well. If you want to check out my route, shoot over here: my bike route for July 3, 2006
Supplies at feeding stations are handed out by the staff accompanying the teams. This distribution takes place only in areas clearly marked with ofﬁ cial banners and signs, except in cases where other provisions have been clearly indicated beforehand. Stations will be set up on only one side of the roadway, the rules specifying on the right side only.
Cyndi had asked me about this earlier and I didn't know the answer. I guess now I do….. You only get a bag of goodies if you are on the right side of the road.
Here is a graphic showing the profile of the stage:
What you will notice is 1 cat 4 climb. Bob Roll (on OLN) just said that was probably a highway overpass! These guys are hillarious!
Oh, I just heard that Floyd Landers (the guy who showed up late yesterday) showed up late because of a tire flat. Since it was a time trial, they don't use quick releases. It took a special wrench and 1 min to change. Because of that, he lost about 8 sec.
Last year around tour time, I got interested in watching. I’m watching again this year. I know there is some strategy involved (think chess on bikes) but I don’t get it. In any other sport, you want to get in the lead and stay there. If you aren’t you get worried. But in today’s section, Lance was way way back from the stage winner. Was he worried? He didn’t act like it. In fact, you could say he was glad to get rid of the yellow jersey for a while. I don’t get it. Anyone have any insignts?