Vive Le Tour de France

25 Jun

 
I like sports. To one extent or another I enjoy watching basketball, football, tennis, golf, baseball, track and field, and during World Cup, soccer.

None of my sports watching comes close though to my love and devotion to watching the Tour de France.  Not even close.

 

I have watched the TDF to the extent that I could since the mid-90’s.  At that time watching the TDF amounted to watching a 30 minute recap on Sunday afternoon.  I followed it in the newspaper when I could find it, but mainly I read about it afterwards in bicycling publications.

Watching the TDF is completely different now because of Versus.  Thank you cable television gods.  Versus is that sports channel that covers the NHL, fishing, hunting, cage-fighting (which I’m happy to report I’ve never seen) and is the official channel for professional bull riding (amateur bull riding?).

But, every July Versus (formerly known as OLN – Outdoor Life Network) becomes the official place for all things Tour de France.  Three weeks of non-stop professional bike racing.  Ahhhh…..

It’s my favorite time of the year.  Some people love Christmas, other people Thanksgiving.  For me, it’s the Tour de France.

Okay, I’m exaggerating a little.  My birthday is pretty special to me.

I have the extremely good fortune to be married to a man that loves it too (thank you cycling gods) and is right alongside me watching every bit of it every day for three weeks.

 
To illustrate our devotion -  we have purposefully not scheduled anything during the weeks of the Tour.  It starts Saturday, July 3rd and ends Sunday, July 25th.  No trips, no visitors, nothing that interferes with our ability for our daily fix.  Of course bike riding is an exception as are Ethan and Isabel.
You can watch the TDF stages each day live or choose from various broadcasts throughout the day and night.  Seriously, the coverage can’t be beat.  And thanks to the DVR we fast forward through all commercials so the time it takes to watch is less than it would be – and we’re talking several hours a day here anyway.  A serious time commitment is required for serious Tour fans. 
 
I woke up this morning thinking about the Tour and decided I will post on my blog every day (you’re getting excited now aren’t you) about the overall standings of the race plus each day’s stage race. 
 

For you Tour novices I’ll post something before the TDF starts that explains how multi-stage bike races work.  A Tour Primer shall we say.  This just keeps getting better and better doesn’t it!

I can hardly wait, how about you??

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  1. Tri Girl June 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    We are the same way!!!! We get VERY little done during those three weeks in July, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t WAIT!!!

  2. Susan July 2, 2010 at 4:32 am #

    We’re almost there, just one day to go!! Which taping do you usually watch? Last year we recorded the live version (in the morning), and also watched parts of the 7-10pm show for the added stuff with *the boys*, but it gets to be a little much with watching 4-5 hours of tour every day (of course ff cuts that some). On the key stages though 4-5 hours is well within reason. 🙂

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