The Tour de France begins tomorrow! (Oops, today! It is now after midnight. *sigh*) Squee! The next 23 days will be filled with thrills and excitement! My family will groan and complain, “Not again! Noo…”. 🙂
For those of you who don’t know, the Tour de France is one of the premier bike races in the world. It is held every July for 3 weeks and for 3 weeks I will be watching online mesmerized by one of sports most breathtaking and grueling spectacles. For an overview of “Le Tour” read my post here.
My dad got me hooked on the Tour de France as a child. Every July, every day, we looked for news of “Le Tour”. It was the only bike race covered on the news channels in the U.S. at that time. And all we got were the highlights. Later came cable. But that got way too expensive. And then one year I found out you could get it online. Swoon! Every summer I pay to watch the Tour de France online. Live and on demand so I don’t miss a thing. So don’t talk to me in July. July is for “Le Tour”.
I like to spread the cheer. If you live in the U.S. and would like an all access pass for online viewing (cost $29.95), go to NBC Sports here. Sometimes you can view for free on sites like Eurosport, but it’s limited to whatever coverage they have. A lot of times in real-time which isn’t bad if you’re an early riser. Two good places to look for links: Cycling Fans dot-com and Steephill TV.
Here are some videos for warm up. This first one is “Le Tour” from the air. If you aren’t into racing, watch it for the breathtaking scenery. It has castles and sunflowers!
A fun one where you can see the crowds and some of the events that go on before the race. There are even some shots from the caravan. Remember all this is packed up and moved to a new location every day!
Scenery, crashes, race shots, and victories!
And the last video is of Yorkshire, England! It’s gorgeous! The first days of the race will start in England this year.
LET “LE TOUR” BEGIN!