Tour de France 2006

There is so much coverage of the Tour these days, more than ever, thanks to the rise of the Americans in the sport. The sport has always been readliy available online, thank god, so cycling dweebs like me could follow every detail (“look at the color of Lance’s socks!” Is Julich using an old Biopace 54 on the front ring?”) and the majore news. Here’s a quick rundown of the sites to use to follow the sport.

Every year, the official page of the Tour de France gets a little better. This year, it’s taken a big leap forward and the site is more rich, more full featured than ever.

Cyclingnews has always been the unofficial homepage for cycling. Obsessive, professional, neat as an economists spreadsheet, the site is phenomenally rich. And, with two to three major updates a day, it’s good for those of us who need a frequent fix. Their live coverage at http://live.cyclingnews.com is what I’lll be reading everyday. It’s a funny (the commentators are obsessed with roadside fauna and drunk fans), accurate and insightful.

The Outside Magazine section on the Tour is pretty good this year. I’ll subscribe to their RSS feeds.

Allan Lim, the coach for Floyd Landis, has signed up to write for Bicycling magazine. I’ll be reading his daily updates on the details of Landis’ performance. Based on Landis’ metrics (power output, pulse, weight, speed, cadence, etc.), Lim willgive us insights into how Landis is doing each day. Nirvana for cycling geeks.

Graham Watson

I’ll be focused (pardon the pun) this month on the Tour De France, the greatest annual sporting event in the world. Despite the scandal, despite the problems, it’s still an extraordinary test and an awe inspiring display of determination, endurance and dedication. Graham Watson is one of the best photographers in the sport. If you’ve seen cycling photos, you’ve probably seen his work. And, .

Stripper+screenwriter+cyclist=Good

I like cycling catalogs like a hooker loves blow. Free & frequent. I hoover the pictures of the bikes and bikers , thinking of a different life where me and my cool, fit friends smile like dufus’s as we pedal over the rockies on a glorious spring morning. I pore through every spec, every measurement, every detail. Of the bike parts. I don’t notice the models usually, except to wonder occasionally if a) they’ve ridden a bike in the last 20 years b) they hate the feeling of being covered head to toe in oh-so-colorful lycra. But, as I was flipping through the latest World Cycling Productsions catalog, I noticed a face that looked familiar (except for the hair).

Do you see the resemblance?




For the Cycling Geek in all of Us: Floyd Landis’ Power Output

Landis is one of the more powerful cyclists in the peloton. And, he’s sponsored by Cycleops, a training company. So, it makes sense that they’d give us some insight into the wattage that Landis is putting out. You can , Link: see his stage five power performance at the Bicycling Magazine website. Plus, Alan Lim, a physiologist who works with Floyd, is giving very detailed analysis of the day’s ride and the metrics. For geeks like me, this is pure heaven.