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How do you follow TdF action?

Old 07-01-16, 07:43 AM
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How do you follow TdF action?

For U.S. folks how do you follow the TdF stages and general action, that is:

- how seriously?
- how do you do that technically, If you do not want to pass though NBCSports exclusive setup?

Honestly I watch it mostly for the scenery, as it reminds me of how many sections of my native France I have yet to discover..!

It looks like I may want to sub to a basic a VPN service, as to bypass the region exclusion so I can tap in the euro webcasts.
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Old 07-01-16, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by CasualBikerJay View Post
- how seriously?
As with most professional sports, I ignore it entirely.

That a French national would feel differently is understandable.
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Old 07-01-16, 08:06 AM
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I look forward to watching it in spite of all the flaws and controversies. I have NBCSports on my cable so I'm covered. I DVR the stages and watch in the evening. I can fast forward through the less than exciting parts. I also enjoy just looking at the scenery too.

The pro racing subforum usually has some info on how to stream the stages. Also I've watched many races on Youtube.
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Old 07-01-16, 08:19 AM
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Not at all, it is waaay too boring. In addition the plethora of motor vehicles amongst the bicyclists makes it look more like a car/motorcycle race.
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Old 07-01-16, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
I look forward to watching it in spite of all the flaws and controversies. I have NBCSports on my cable so I'm covered.
NBC is promoting its Sports "GOLD" so much, the pay package, that I missed the "regular" broadcast!

I feel better.

And yes, there is some sentimental attachment to the race.
Ingrained in the French DNA, from childhood, extensive press and decent TV coverage, plus the race is likely to go by your workplace or farm, or town, every few years.
Similar to what baseball means to a lot of U.S. folks, perhaps, and with the same enormous money aspects, a big private enterprise.
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Originally Posted by CasualBikerJay View Post
For U.S. folks how do you follow the TdF stages and general action, that is:

- how seriously?
- how do you do that technically, If you do not want to pass though NBCSports exclusive setup?

Honestly I watch it mostly for the scenery, as it reminds me of how many sections of my native France I have yet to discover..!

It looks like I may want to sub to a basic a VPN service, as to bypass the region exclusion so I can tap in the euro webcasts.
I am obsessed with bikes, but have literally no interest in bike racing.
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Old 07-01-16, 09:53 AM
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I have a new option this year. I'll be watching it live on ITV4.
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I catch it when someone left NBCSN on at the bar or the highlights on whatever sports news channel is running. Can't say I force myself to sit down and watch it, and I don't have cable at home.

Although, I do have a UK VPN for that ITV4 solution...
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I read medical journals and look for studies on new pharmaceuticals.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
As with most professional sports, I ignore it entirely.
My words exactly. I don't even own a television.
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Originally Posted by D1andonlyDman View Post
I read medical journals and look for studies on new pharmaceuticals.

Maybe there should be two distinct classes, turbo and normally-aspirated...!

BTW, I believe there are a junior and a women TdF competitions, in proximity to the main event, and they do not get much attention at all.
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Originally Posted by Cheddarpecker View Post
My words exactly. I don't even own a television.
Mine is going once my youngest goes off to college.


Originally Posted by CasualBikerJay View Post
Maybe there should be two distinct classes, turbo and normally-aspirated...!

BTW, I believe there are a junior and a women TdF competitions, in proximity to the main event, and they do not get much attention at all.

There should be two tours - a clean tour for non-dopers and a dirty one for dopers. Just get it out in the open and be done with it.
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I dvr the days coverage, watch most of the race at triple speed unless something interesting happens, then watch the last 5 or 6km at regular speed.
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
Not at all, it is waaay too boring. In addition the plethora of motor vehicles amongst the bicyclists makes it look more like a car/motorcycle race.
It has got out of control. A few years ago a breakaway got punted into barbed wire by an incompetent driver, and the motorcycles keep forcing their way into position for the cameraman.


As for watching, when I had cable tv, coverage was pretty good, and I could stream it on the computer using my cable subscription name & password.
I let my cable expire, and not that interested in watching racing these days.
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I will watch the entire thing, including team announcements and previews. I enjoy watching pro cycling and download most of the major races and will catch the Tour on NBCSN. My wife is out of town for the first three days of the tour and I'll be recording it so we can watch it together. On the dull sections of straight flat riding I may be surfing the net while the TV is on but in general we'll be watching the entire thing.
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Originally Posted by CasualBikerJay View Post
For U.S. folks how do you follow the TdF stages and general action, that is:

- how seriously?
- how do you do that technically, If you do not want to pass though NBCSports exclusive setup?

Honestly I watch it mostly for the scenery, as it reminds me of how many sections of my native France I have yet to discover..!

It looks like I may want to sub to a basic a VPN service, as to bypass the region exclusion so I can tap in the euro webcasts.
Maybe ask in this forum ??
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I have followed "Live Update Guy" in the past. Being in Hawaii, following live is pretty much impossible (or you'd have to be really dedicated). Then look around for a video for the last 15 kms.

I generally prefer the 1 day classics for watching the whole race. Also like the mountain stages on the Giro.
I also would follow Cyclocosm "How The Race Was Won" vidblog, but I think he was trying to make a paying gig out of that and it didn't work out.

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I like to keep up with what has happened in the TDF , but I'm also one of those with no TV and prefer the internet as my news source . Flip Board will likely inform me as needed .
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The term itself is a bit outlandish, and at first I thought no one would be so desperate or cowardly or pathetic as to try it, but "mechanical doping" was the last straw for me.

How can you possibly feel good about a victory in a bicycle race if you've used a motor?
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I watch NBC sports and follow as much as I can, even though I hate NBC for buying the Outdoor sports network and basically killing off all other cycling coverage and replacing it with Mecum auctions and other worthless filler. Not giro de italia anymore. They have even skipped Tour stages in favor of non tournament soccer. WTF? And it is now too full of adds. Screw you NBC!

I prefer one-on-one sports like cycling, boxing, tennis (though a lot of biking is a team effort, it still comes down to star vs. star) over team sports.
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steephill . tv is the bible for following bike racing. Fun fact, there are many people who watch the grand tours especially the TdF who could care less about a bike race, those folks watch it as a travel show to see the towns, history (today-Monday they are in Normandy where on June 6 1944.......google it) , churches, chateaux's etc. Just wait until they make it to the Loire Valley. Vive la France!!!!!!!

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I buy the 'tour tracker' package, so I can stream it live on my computer.
Then I just have it running in the background while I'm at work.
I'll watch it during coffee breaks, during lunch, or when I'm bored.
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If you have a Roku or similar internet connected device you can get UKTV for $1.99 per month. There are lots of Brit channels on UKTV (shows, movies, very funny commercials, etc) that you can watch, including ITV4 which is carrying each stage live. I got up at 6AM to watch before I went riding.
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Originally Posted by digibud View Post
I will watch the entire thing, including team announcements and previews. I enjoy watching pro cycling and download most of the major races and will catch the Tour on NBCSN. My wife is out of town for the first three days of the tour and I'll be recording it so we can watch it together. On the dull sections of straight flat riding I may be surfing the net while the TV is on but in general we'll be watching the entire thing.
What he said. Love the scenery.
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if they would substitute some of those motorcycles with bulls..... then you would have Must See TV on NBC
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