"I just googled triple crank set and i see what your saying. this bike has 9 of those "cranksets".
"They are showing [the TDF of Versus] at 5 different times in the day. It doesn't say which one is the live one."
Do you mean team members on tandem bikes or a special bike made tandem style to hold 9 team members? Either way would be different
And the 9th rider could be like the back of a hook and ladder fire truck. He could swing out and help steer in the corners!
Seriously, with the exception of the added equipment cost, how about 4 tandems and a single?
Preferably a downhill TT with no turns and a tailwind. Might need ~200 gear inches, but it'd be cool to see 'em hit 75mph. Drafting shouldn't be a problem.
If there are turns, you might need a hinge in the middle, like the accordian bellows on those double-length city buses.
I really enjoy these Idea for a....... out of the box threads. You get some good humor AND some good ideas emerge/morph as well.
How about reversing the numbers? A team is allowed to have one tandem. Allowed, not required. So a team can cover well by having 2 tandem setups, they would have to get very unlucky not to have a tandem ready to start. Allowed would also mean if the tandem goes down or otherwise has a mechanical the riders on it could go back to their single bikes.
Heck if they want to make it 'interesting' they could make the rule that if a tandem is used it must be from the start and once abandoned the tandem cannot be reused. And then make the front part of the course technical. Decision time.
Two riders entering on a tandem in the tour would be amazing.
I also think on board camera's should be mandatory for some riders (like in f1)
There could also be a F1 of cycling, with a points at the finish champianship. They race on purpose built tracks, which should include a large hill, be safe, no team cars (domestics will have to give a wheel/bike to teamleaders then go into the pitlane) and allow spectators to see the riders pass multiple times.