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    Thinking I'm going to drop USN

    I go to see if there might be some bike race coverage and what do I find??? Three feffen hours of Curling Seriously? You'd think there'd be at least something on what with Flanders, Roubaix, Romandie, Turkey and more having been on. Who in the hell could watch three hours of curling for crying out loud?
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    Curling fans might say the same thing about cycling.

    I go to see if there might be some curling coverage and what do I find??? Three feffen hours of Cycling Seriously?


    USN is the latest, greatest hope for TV watching cycling fans, and I think they do a good job all-in-all. They've really shown quite a bit of the spring races and early tours. Admittedly there has been a lull lately, but the races you mentioned are being shown on NBC/SN, there sister station.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
    Curling fans might say the same thing about cycling.



    USN is the latest, greatest hope for TV watching cycling fans, and I think they do a good job all-in-all. They've really shown quite a bit of the spring races and early tours. Admittedly there has been a lull lately, but the races you mentioned are being shown on NBC/SN, there sister station.
    When was the last time you saw 3 consecutive hours of a bike race on USN? Cycling is one of the most watched sports in the world. 3 hours of Curling? What a snooze fest. I understand why they show so much soccer, not my thing but it is a heavily watched sport. NBC tends to show cycling at crazy hours and I don't pay extra for DVR to Directv but I do have to pay an extra $15 per month for the small package that includes USN. I'll argue that Curling is not even a sport but that's another debate. What's next, horse shoe tossing, tiddly winks, marbles?
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    There's another cable channel that also has rights to cycling, I think it's called like "BeIn" or something like that. So it's not just USN failing to show certain events. If the other channel bought the rights, USN is SOL. I am pretty sure BeIn has the rights to the Giro, so that will be a shame, because I don't know of many services that offer that channel.

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    you are right. it's like watching ice-fishing... without the fish.

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    One of the major downfalls of cycling not being a mainstream sport in the U.S.
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    I think we should be more positive about where cycling is in the States.

    If we're not complaining about the lack of coverage, the quality of the coverage, the amount of coverage, than we're complaining about the announcers. We're always complaining! Time to wake up and smell the coffee guys. Look at where we were only 5-10 years ago, which was nowhere. All we got were some TDF highlights, and maybe a tiny smattering of a spring classic or two. Now, nearly all of the major races are covered somehow, somewhere on TV. Maybe not the whole race or stage, but a good part of them. Heck, I just watched a race called the E3 Haralbecke from Belgium! I admit, I had never heard of it until now, but I'm now an expert on the race thanks to USN!

    And yes, nearly every stage of the Volta e Catalunya shown on USN went over 3 hrs.


    If you really don't like the lack of coverage, then call USN and let them know...
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    I found the coverage on USN pretty decent, but I switched to Sling TV's internet television service and they don't (yet) offer a DVR feature.
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    On Sling tv when an event on universal sports is shown, you can watch it later. Hard to explain but I watch all cycling events later in the day can also fast forward not a DVR but amounts to the same thing.Basic package on Sling is 20 bucks and extra sports package is 5 bucks more includes USN and Bein sports I'm watching tour of Romandie on Bein but they cover weekdays only for this race and program is only 90 min. Hope they step up their coverage for the Giro

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    USN will be showing the Tour of California. Also the Four days of Dunkerque, Tour de Suisse, and Tour of Belgium, leadups to the Tour de France which will be on NBCSports. Later, USN will show the Vuelta de Espana. I also think that they will show the World Championships.

    If I am not mistaken beIn will be showing the Giro.

    I get beIn on Direct along with USN.

    But if you want to watch the race a bit after it is done, cyclinghub on youtube has the Eurosport broadcasts. NBCSports was going to show the Ardrennes races and all the time was taken up by overtime hockey games...which I didn't mind being a hockey fan and having outlets to watch those races at my leisure. I don't care if I already know who won. That's not why I watch.

    Hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
    I think we should be more positive about where cycling is in the States.

    If we're not complaining about the lack of coverage, the quality of the coverage, the amount of coverage, than we're complaining about the announcers. We're always complaining! Time to wake up and smell the coffee guys. Look at where we were only 5-10 years ago, which was nowhere. All we got were some TDF highlights, and maybe a tiny smattering of a spring classic or two. Now, nearly all of the major races are covered somehow, somewhere on TV. Maybe not the whole race or stage, but a good part of them. Heck, I just watched a race called the E3 Haralbecke from Belgium! I admit, I had never heard of it until now, but I'm now an expert on the race thanks to USN!

    And yes, nearly every stage of the Volta e Catalunya shown on USN went over 3 hrs.


    If you really don't like the lack of coverage, then call USN and let them know...
    USN... I really enjoyed the Tour of the Basque Country and Paris-Nice.

    You want to watch bike racing 24-7, move to Belgium, Holland, etc.
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    The ToC is going to be on USN, not NBCSN?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cthenn View Post
    The ToC is going to be on USN, not NBCSN?
    You are correct, my mistake. I was working from memory and that always gets a bit dicey.

    I watched the preview show the other night and the route should make for an interesting race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadwarrior View Post
    I watched the preview show the other night and the route should make for an interesting race.
    Mt Baldy is the only stage with any sort of climb in the last hour of racing. They've even got a flat TT at Big Bear Lake. What's the point of that?


    Just popped in here to point out that I wish NBCSN would sort out their scheduling and have it match up with what's on their listed programming. I was pleasantly surprised to see my DVR had picked up Criterium International the other day. Only to find the first 20 minutes was hockey interviews and sports reports, and the recording finished with JC Perraud approaching the red kite with a splintering group of chasers behind him. If I hadn't already seen the highlights online and knew who won, I would've been angry. As it was, I was just annoyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
    Mt Baldy is the only stage with any sort of climb in the last hour of racing. They've even got a flat TT at Big Bear Lake. What's the point of that?


    Just popped in here to point out that I wish NBCSN would sort out their scheduling and have it match up with what's on their listed programming. I was pleasantly surprised to see my DVR had picked up Criterium International the other day. Only to find the first 20 minutes was hockey interviews and sports reports, and the recording finished with JC Perraud approaching the red kite with a splintering group of chasers behind him. If I hadn't already seen the highlights online and knew who won, I would've been angry. As it was, I was just annoyed.
    If a live hockey game goes three overtimes, you get what you get. When you record around a live event, add time. Then you don't get disappointed.

    So I am to understand that you want every stage to have a mountain top finish If you look at the route, there are a lot of leg breakers in there. Just not riding to the top of a mountain at the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadwarrior View Post
    If a live hockey game goes three overtimes, you get what you get. When you record around a live event, add time. Then you don't get disappointed.

    So I am to understand that you want every stage to have a mountain top finish If you look at the route, there are a lot of leg breakers in there. Just not riding to the top of a mountain at the end.
    My dvr is set to just pick up any cycling. I don't seem to have a setting that lets it then choose to add a half hour on the end. If my recording started with live hockey (or car, or bull riding, or athletics) action, I'd be fine with it, but very often when I watch this stuff back, it's interviews, review shows, etc, stuff that could either be condensed, or be dispensed with altogether.

    I don't want every stage to have a mountain-top finish, I actually like finishes with a descent after the final climb, but I like the final climb to be close enough to the finish to actually have an effect on the result. Mt Hamilton is 30 miles before the finish in San Jose. Balcom Canyon is 40 miles from Santa Clarita. There's no sense making an attack that far out, so the only benefit of them is that Tinkoff can burn off Cav and any other sprinters (not Kittel, who won't be there) before bringing everything back together.

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