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OT - Tour de France

Frank from HoumaFrank from Houma Posts: 5,755
edited 1:51AM in EggHead Forum
Not a cycle dude but really enjoy watching the replay each evening on Versus.

Enjoy the strategy, the countryside is mightyfine, and aerial shots of Chateaus and churches, etc. are amazing.

Like the announcers as well.

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  • PattyOPattyO Posts: 883
    Can you imagine riding in the peloton?
  • I have a friend at work who does 40 miles every weekend with a group and they will ride 75-100 mile races 4-5 times a year. He says the faster the Peleton is going, the easier it is to cycle/draft if you are in the middle of the pack.

    But Patty, I really can't imagine it. :) These guys are in such great shape.
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    We are watching the Tour de France also. My son is riding for cancer charity in the Lotoja race, 204 miles in 1 day, 9,000' elevation change (3 mountain ranges) ending in Jackson Hole Wyoming.

    Other than off road, he has never cycled before 3 or so months ago. Since then he has ridden just over 1000 miles. It is amazing how much wear goes on those bikes and how expensive the bikes are. I can only imagine what the bikes are like for those competitors.

     
  • GunnarGunnar Posts: 2,256
    I ride and my wife doesn't. However she enjoys watching for your same reasons. It's getting close with Cadel Evans and Frank Schleck...only three days to take the lead. No passing on the final day..that's all show and parade to bring the winner to Paris. 2200 miles in 21 days...not for the faint of heart(23 days, 2 days of rest).
    LBGE      Katy (Houston) TX
  • GunnarGunnar Posts: 2,256
    Hmm guessing...$15k to 20k for starters...and there's a rack of them on the team car.
    LBGE      Katy (Houston) TX
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    I wouldn't at all be surprised if they are more than that. The bikes are amazing.

     
  • i love the tour. . .what those guys do for 3 weeks is beyond incredible. . .and yeah, they drive through beautiful scenery every day. ...best day will be friday when they ride up alp d' huez....one of the most famous, toughest rides on the tour. . .
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    Do you compete and how long of rides do you do?

     
  • NibbleMeThisNibbleMeThis Posts: 2,278
    I love the Tour. This year has been brutal and tomorrow should be pivotal with three HC climbs.

    I'm a cyclist and used the exact same argument to spent an obscene amount of money on a bike that I did for my first Egg - It cost a lot but I'm going to use it every day!

    10,000 miles later, I still have the same bike. I wish I'd been logging the hours of use on my Eggs...the "per use" cost makes them totally a bargain! :woohoo:
    Knoxville, TN
    Nibble Me This
  • GirlyEggGirlyEgg Posts: 622
    I love le tour! I have several friends across the country that we conference each other during the weekend stages and watch together with coffee and croissants...Liggett and Ask Bobke are my favs!
  • GunnarGunnar Posts: 2,256
    Saturday group ride averages 60 miles plus...past Monday was 20, tonight was 30. It's Houston we're flat and heat/humidty. Too old to care to compete (50++++), but ride with a few that do. When I get dropped so be it, just hanging in and enjoying it.
    LBGE      Katy (Houston) TX
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 10,173
    Love le Tour. And Phil and Paul. can't stand Pistolero. Don't really care who wins... unless it's Berto.

    Hoping for Voeckler (which likely will not happen) or Cadel. A Frenchman has not won the TdF since the Badger. Would love to see Thomas win, but he's a long shot. He's hangin' in, but is not that great at the ITT. Am NOT pulling for the Schlecks and definitely NOT Berto.


    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • GirlyEggGirlyEgg Posts: 622
    Agree about Berto, but would love to see Andy and Frank on the podium in Paris!
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    Takes a lot of commitment (and time). Congratulations!!!

    GG
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 10,173
    no way!! the schmucks spend way too much time babysitting each other! One of them needs to go for it - and neither WILL!!


    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • GirlyEggGirlyEgg Posts: 622
    At least their name isn't "Hincapie"...the ultimate 'sitter of all time!
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 3,873
    When Lance Armstrong's bike went missing a few years ago they estimated the bike value between $10,000 - $12,000
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 3,873
    Double post
  • Bobby-QBobby-Q Posts: 1,993
    Hincapie is the ultimate lead man. Lance has said on several occasions that he couldn't have done 7 without him. He still supports him even amid the rumors that were spread.

    I hope that Voeckler can hold on for 2 more days and not die in the time trial but I know it is slim. I just can't help but think that if he stays with the big climbers he'll have enough national pride to carry him through the time trial as well.

    I've been a huge fan of Le Tour for several years and have watched every minute of the coverage this year. I even won 4 clean bottles this year!!
  • Bobby-QBobby-Q Posts: 1,993
    I bet you could find a way to track your EGG hours on mapmyride.com.

    I'll look into it and maybe we can "race" lol.
  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    I love the tour too! I watch it every year and it is even better now with my HDTV. Great scenery.
  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 1,621
    Yep, I watch it every year. Get up at 5am and enjoy the show. Love it!
    Large, Small, and a LOT of Eggcessories!  Southlake, TX
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 10,173
    Scott, u should move east. Then, you could sleep til 8!! :laugh:

    Helluva stage today!!! No way Tommy holds on til Sunday, but I'd LOVE to see it!!! Glad to see Fingerbang GONE!!


    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 1,621
    I know you are not a Schleck fan, but Andy pulled off a great ride today. Tomorrow should be fun!

    I like 5am because it give me some quiet time before the wife and daughters wake up! :laugh:
    Large, Small, and a LOT of Eggcessories!  Southlake, TX
  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 1,621
    And I have nothing to base this biased opion on, but maybe Contador decided not to dope this year...
    Large, Small, and a LOT of Eggcessories!  Southlake, TX
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 10,173
    the only one i really DON'T want to podium is bert. so after today, I'm good. :)

    and, yeah, he may well have avoided the meat and plasticizers this year. chicken only!! :laugh:


    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • The tour is awesome as usual. I used to road race, um , quite a few years ago. Finally accepted reality and sold my Colnago C40 about 4 years ago. But I never miss the tour.

    It drives my wife nuts that I can be glued to the TV for this race. Unbelievably fits guys they are!

    Large BGE, Santa Maria Pit, Hasty-Bake Gourmet, MAK One Star Pellet Pooper,  26" Weber, 22" Weber Performer.  Most have custom handles made by me.

    http://www.amlwoodart.com

    "Just living from one cook to the next"

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