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Entries in Cycling (29)

Saturday
Jul022011

Tour de France 2011 Resources

Here's my annual Tour de France resource list, posted annually since 2003. If you have a resource to suggest, please send an email with "TDF" in the subject line.

Streaming Audio & Video

NBC Sports Tour de France 2011 All Access - Live video, maps, stats. $30.
NOTE: the iPad, iPhone and Android apps are a separate $15 purchase.
Eurosport Player Live coverage from Eurosport (UK only)
Official TdF YouTube Channel
CompetitorTV
CyclingNewsTV
ITV Sport (UK)
SBS Tour de France (Australia)

Tour Websites

Tour de France Official Website
Wired: Follow The Tour De France Online
ITV: Tour Coverage (UK)
Eurosport Tour Coverage (UK)
BBC Tour Coverage (UK)
The Guardian Tour Coverage (UK)
The Daily Peleton
VeloNews
TdF CoverItLive Mobile
Bicycling.com
NY Times
ESPN
Steephill Live Dashboard
Cycling.Alltop.com
Cycling the Alps - Stage profiles for 2011 via Dan Polley

Tour Bloggers

TDFBlog
Wannabe Bike Girl
TDF For the Rest of Us
Velochimp
Podium Cafe
Cyclocosm

Twitter

TdF Blog: Twitter Rider List
Tour de France
TDFblog on Twitter
VeloNews
Versus Cycling
Cyclosm
CyclingFans
Mark Cavendish
Lance Armstrong
Levi Leipheimer
Cadel Evans
Dave Zabriskie
Christian Vande Velde
George Hincapie
Johan Bruyneel
TdFLanterne

Books

Tour Fever by J.P. Partland
Tour de France Quiz Book by John DT White (For trivia lovers!)

Web & Mobile Apps

Official 2011 Tour de France iPad App
NBC Sports Tour de France - $15 for iPad, iPhone and Android apps
Rabo Cycling for iPad - Free
LeTour 2011 (Palm) free
BlueFlavor Leaflets: Le Tour de France (Web) free

Photos

Graham Watson's Tour Photos
Team Garmin Flickr Photostream
Flickr Photos Tagged "tourdefrance"

SUGGESTIONS?

If you have resources to share: websites, blogs. etc., please let me know, so I can keep this list updated. Send me an email with "TDF" in the subject line.

Tuesday
Jun222010

Tour de France 2010 Resources

Since 2003, I've maintained an updated collection of Tour de France information, here is that list for 2010.

I'm currently checking through the links below, so if you find a bad link or have one to suggest, please send me an email with "TDF" in the subject line.

Thanks!

Mike

Streaming Audio & Video


Versus Live Tracker (US & Canada) Live video, maps, stats. $29.99

Versus Live TDF Tracker iPhone App (US & Canada) Live video and more. $14.99
Yahoo! Eurosport Audio (UK) Audio coverage from Eurosport.

VelonewsTV

CyclingNewsTV

ITV Sport

Official TdF Channel (YouTube)

SBS Tour de France (Australia)

Tour Websites


Tour de France Official Website

Tour 2010 General Classification

Tour 2010 Stages

Tour 2010 Route

Versus: Tour de France

Wired: Follow The Tour De France Online

Versus: Tour TV Schedule (US)

OLN: Tour TV (Canada)

ITV: Tour Coverage (UK)

Eurosport Tour Coverage (UK)

BBC Tour Coverage (UK)

The Guardian Tour Coverage (UK)

The Daily Peleton

VeloNews

VeloNews Mobile

TdF CoverItLive Mobile

Active.com

Bicycling.com

NY Times

ESPN

Cycling News

Steephill Live Dashboard

Cycling.Alltop.com

Tour Bloggers


TDFBlog

Martin Dugard

Active.com Tour Blogs

Christian Vande Velde (NYTimes)

Bruce Hildenbrand

Chris Carmichael

Ronan Pensec

Wannabe Bike Girl

TDF For the Rest of Us

Velochimp

Podium Cafe

Cyclocosm

Planet Armstrong Blog

Twitter


TdF Blog: Twitter Master List

Tour de France

TdFUpdates

TDFblog on Twitter

DailyTour on Twitter

VeloNews

Versus Cycling

Cyclosm

CyclingFans

Lance Armstrong

Levi Leipheimer

Cadel Evans

Dave Zabriskie

Christian Vande Velde

George Hincapie

Johan Bruyneel

http://twitter.com/TdFLanterneTdFLanterne

Podcasts


The Real Peleton Podcast |
iTunes | RSS

Bicycling Magazine Podcast |
iTunes | RSS

ITV TDF Podcast | iTunes

FredCast Daily Tour Podcast | iTunes | RSS

Two Johns Podcast | iTunes | RSS

BikeRadar TdF Video Podcast

Books


Tour Fever by J.P. Partland

Tour de France Quiz Book by John DT White (For trivia lovers!)

Web & Mobile Apps


Versus Live TDF Tracker iPhone App (US & Canada) Live video and more. $14.99
LeTour 2010 (Palm) Free

Ubilabs RdF Live Tracker

NOS TdF Twitter Feed Aggregator

NOS TdF Gadgets

BlueFlavor Leaflets: Le Tour de France

Widgets


NOS - Tour de France (Mac OS X)

Team Garmin Tour Guide (Adobe Air)

Photos


Graham Watson's Tour Photos

Sean Jawn's Tour Photos

Team Garmin Flickr Photostream

Flickr Photos Tagged "tourdefrance"

Miscellaneous


Topographic maps of Tour de France stages

SUGGESTIONS?


If you have resources to share: websites, blogs. etc., please let me know, so I can keep this list updated. Send me an email with "TDF" in the subject line.

Enjoy!

Monday
Jul062009

Tour de France 2009 Resources

Since 2003, I've maintained an updated collection of Tour de France information, here is that list for 2009. I'm currently checking through the links below, so if you find a bad link or have one to suggest, send me an email with "TDF" in the subject line.

Streaming Audio & Video


Versus Live Tracker (US) Video, maps, stats.

Yahoo! Eurosport Audio (UK) Audio coverage from Eurosport.

VelonewsTV

CyclingNewsTV

ITV Sport

Official TdF Channel (YouTube)

SBS Tour de France (Australia)

Tour Websites


Tour de France Official Website

Tour 2009 General Classification

Tour 2009 Stages

Tour 2009 Route

Versus: Tour de France

Wired: Follow The Tour De France Online

Versus: Tour TV Schedule (US)

OLN: Tour TV (Canada)

ITV: Tour Coverage (UK)

Eurosport Tour Coverage (UK)

BBC Tour Coverage (UK)

The Guardian Tour Coverage (UK)

The Daily Peleton

VeloNews

VeloNews Mobile

TdF CoverItLive Mobile

Active.com

Bicycling.com

NY Times

ESPN

Cycling News

SBS Tour de France 2008 (Australia)

Steephill Live Dashboard

Cycling.Alltop.com

Tour Bloggers


TDFBlog

Martin Dugard (Paper Kenyan)

Active.com Tour Blogs

Christian Vande Velde (NYTimes)

Bruce Hildenbrand

Chris Carmichael

Ronan Pensec

Wannabe Bike Girl

TDF For the Rest of Us

Velochimp

Podium Cafe

Cyclocosm

Team Sites


Team Garmin Official Site

Team Garmin Blog

Twitter


TdF Blog: Twitter Master List

Tour de France

TdFUpdates

TDFblog on Twitter

DailyTour on Twitter

VeloNews

CyclingFans

Lance Armstrong (Astana)

Levi Leipheimer (Astana)

Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto)

Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream)

Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream)

George Hincapie (Columbia-High Road)

Johan Bruyneel (Astana Team Manager)

Team Garmin-Slipstream

Team Astana

Podcasts


Bicycling Magazine Podcast |
iTunes | RSS

ITV TDF Podcast | iTunes

FredCast Daily Tour Podcast | iTunes | RSS

Two Johns Podcast | iTunes | RSS

BikeRadar TdF Video Podcast

Books


Tour Fever by J.P. Partland

Tour de France Quiz Book by John DT White (For trivia lovers!)

Web & Mobile Apps


Ubilabs RdF Live Tracker

NOS TdF Twitter Feed Aggregator

NOS TdF Gadgets

BlueFlavor Leaflets: Le Tour de France

DeepWeb's LeTour2009 (Palm OS)

Widgets


NOS - Tour de France (Mac OS X)

Team Garmin Tour Guide (Adobe Air)

Photos


Graham Watson's Tour Photos

Sean Jawn's Tour Photos

Team Garmin Flickr Photostream

Flickr Photos Tagged "tourdefrance"

SUGGESTIONS?


If you have resources to share: websites, blogs. etc., please let me know, so I can keep this list updated. Send me an email with "TDF" in the subject line.

Enjoy!

Saturday
Jul052008

Tour de France 2008 Info List

Ah, the 95th running of the Tour de France is on again! As I've done each year since 2003, here's an updated collection of Tour de France 2008 information:

Streaming Audio & Video


Eurosport (Windows Media Audio)

ITV

Zattoo

Sporza Tour (Belgian)

Official TdF Channel (YouTube)

Cyclism Sundays (Hulu.com)

Tour Websites


Tour de France Official Website

Tour 2008 General Classification

Tour 2008 Stages

Tour 2008 Route

Versus: Tour de France 2008

Versus: Tour TV Schedule (US)

OLN: Tour TV Schedule (Canada)

ITV: Tour Coverage (UK)

Eurosport Tour Coverage (UK)

BBC Tour Coverage (UK)

The Guardian Tour Coverage (UK)

The Daily Peleton

VeloNews

Active.com

Bicycling.com

NY Times

ESPN

Cycling News

SBS Tour de France 2008 (Australia)

Steephill Live Dashboard

Cycling.Alltop.com

Team Garmin Official Site

TDFwiki

Tour Bloggers


TDFBlog

Martin Dugard (Paper Kenyan)

Active.com Tour Blogs

Bobby Julich

Bruce Hildenbrand

Chris Carmichael

Ronan Pensec

Peleton Blog

Wannabe Bike Girl

Velogal's Race Blog

TDF For the Rest of Us

Velochimp

Podium Cafe

Cyclocosm

SBS Blogs (Australia)

Rodney Olson

Team Garmin Blog

Twitter


TDFblog on Twitter

DailyTour on Twitter

Tour de France

Team Slipstream

Team Garmin

Podcasts


Bicycling Magazine Podcast |
iTunes | RSS

ITV TDF Podcast | iTunes

FredCast Daily Tour Podcast | iTunes | RSS

BikeRadar TDF Podcast | iTunes

Books


Tour Fever by J.P. Partland

Tour de France Quiz Book by John DT White (For trivia lovers!)

Web Apps


Le Grande Boucle (Combo of text and other Tour infos)

NOS Tour de France Gadgets

Le Tour de France with Google Maps

iPhone Apps


BlueFlavor Leaflets: Le Tour de France

Pro Cycling 2008 Season

Widgets


NOS - Tour de France (Mac OS X)

Team Garmin Tour Guide (Adobe Air)

Palm Apps


DeepWeb's LeTour2008 (English, with Datebook support & Wireless features)

Ullrich Riepert's TdF 2008 (French & German, elevation charts, jersey winner DB)

Calendars & Schedules


Keep and Share: Tour de France 2008 Printable Schedule

Photos


Graham Watson's Tour Photos
Team Garmin Flickr Photostream

SUGGESTIONS?


If you have resources to share: websites, blogs. etc., please let me know, so I can keep this list updated. Send me an email with "TDF" in the subject line.

Enjoy!

Wednesday
Oct032007

Steel Frame Bikes & The Joy of Cycling

Manta: Side View FrontThrough the early 1980s, steel alloy was the material of choice for bicycle frames, until manufacturers replaced steel with lightweight aluminum, titanium and carbon-fiber composites.

In the early 90s, I found a used, steel frame Manta road bike at a local bike shop. The shop owner explained how durable, smooth and flexible the bike's steel tubing was. I bought the Manta because of the steel frame, and the $125 price tag, then spent a few more dollars restoring and retrofitting the bike. It's been a wonderful bike!

Resurgence of Steel Frames
Yesterday, I read Eli Milchman's Cycling Purists Rejoice: Steel Is Back at Wired, about the resurgence of steel framed bikes. It's fascinating to see steel making a comeback as a new, cool material of choice.

For more background on why steel is a great choice for a bike frame, I highly recommend Rivendell Bicycle Works' article on Frame Materials:

It has been said many times that engineering matters more than materials. But it's not as simple as that. Yes, you can make a strong bridge out of styrofoam, or bike frame out of almost anything, but certain materials have inherent qualities that plain make them more desirable. Steel has been around a long time, and that makes it a hard sell these days. But as a strong, safe, repairable, beautiful, practical, and rugged frame material, it is still the best. The fact that it's not trendy only adds to its appeal.

Amen brutha!

The Joy of Cycling
A few years ago I came across Rivendell Bicycles, through my buddy Michael Ashby. These guys are into cycling for pure joy and practicality. The Rivendell crew rejects pseudo race-ready day-glo lycra, featherweight titanium bottle holders and the manufactured bike racing peer-pressure, for seersucker shirts and cargo shorts, steel frame bikes, leather seats and riding bikes because it's fun to do and good for you.

I've really resonated with the Rivendell ethos the past few years. Now I leave my lycra stuff in the drawer and ride my bike for fun and to get places, wearing regular 'ol clothes. I've replaced my Shimano clipless pedals on the Manta with old-style toe clips and straps. I still enjoy Tour de France bike racing, but I also realize I'm not a racer and don't need to pretend I'm one when I ride.

I ride for the joy of it. :-)