Are You Watching Le Tour?

We can’t quite figure out if it stems from our general reduction of interest in all things competitive, or if we’re simply burned out on all the doping scandals and drama surrounding the sport, but we’re finding ourselves almost completely disinterested in the Tour De France this year. We’ve watched it religiously in years past, but for whatever reason the sheen has worn off. At this point, we’d rather just take a ride to the coffee shop and enjoy bike riding in a pure and simple way. How about you; are you a TDF fan?

Are you following the Tour De France this year?

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22 Responses to “Are You Watching Le Tour?”

  • Jason says:

    I’d watch it if I could, but we don’t have cable, and reading about it every day after the fact just isn’t the same. It’s a great race, and it’s a shame that there isn’t enough demand for it in the US to be aired on network TV. I guess that’s why we’re all fighting the good fight, one day at a time!

  • Rex says:

    I’m reading Bike Snob’s Universal Sports guest blog covering it.

  • Jae says:

    With Versus charging $29.99 for their online live coverage, I’ll be watching it less. So far it’s been one of the most interesting tour.

  • David says:

    Sorry to hear that you are disinterested in the TdF this year…it has already been an exciting one! You mentioned that you have had a reduction in your interest of competitive things, but bicycle racing is so much more than just competition…there is a lot of heart, soul, tradition, teamwork, emotion, etc. that make it so intriguing to watch. I think most people that end up going towards bicycles as primarly a “means of transportation” become disinterested in bicycle racing. I understand why this happens, but it doesn’t have to. We can view bicycles as primarily a “means of transportation” and get excited about other bicycle related things.

  • Cathy says:

    The doping had become a little boring, but tiny tiny motors inside bicycles sounds a bit more fun. Wish Cadel would get a bit of fire in his belly.

  • Brian C says:

    Probably heavily interested because one of our local riders is doing well – currently in fourth after today’s stage. And I too find as I get older I am watching way less sports (I would rather be out riding my bike).

  • PC says:

    TDF has been amazing this year and it’s only 3 stages (plus prologue) in. I have the mobile app on my iphone and watch the live video feed, $15 for the entire tour with updates, tracking, replays, interviews, etc. This year offers more mountain top finishes and climbs in general, plus today’s cobblestone stage proved challenging. Yesterday’s stage even resulted in a finish line “strike” mounted by yellow jersey wearer and this years Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders winner Fabian Cancellara. It raised a lot of eye-brows but added to the drama.

    So yah, TDF makes the month of July even better.

  • Molnar says:

    It amazes me that anyone can be interested in this once-great sport since doping has become so effective (the old-timers doped, too, of course, but it didn’t help them very much, if at all). Maybe it’s because I followed competitive cycling for so long that it’s obvious to me that since about 1990 the major stage races have primarily been competitions among druggists, not athletes. I once followed baseball, too, and stopped for the same reason. Well, there’s always curling.

  • Ed L. says:

    Sorry to hear that you have fallen out of love. This year’s TDF has been quite the entertaining ride so far, and it’s just getting started. Besides, how can you not be down with the Armstrong/Contador pissing contest? Best. Soap Opera. . . . Ever!!

  • Alan says:

    @David

    “…there is a lot of heart, soul, tradition, teamwork, emotion, etc. that make it so intriguing to watch”

    Speaking only for myself here (not my wife), I’m at a point where, after religiously following the sport since the 1980s, I know too much and I’ve become cynical about the doping. I wish there was a way to go back to the “good ol’ days” (if there ever was such a thing).

    Alan

  • qx87 says:

    Having to choose between watching le tour and riding myself is my biggest gripe. Damn you Tour for always rolling through the best time of the year.

    I also changed my stance on doping pretty much, I see next to zero deaths in professionell Sports stemming from doping (has there been an EPO related death?). Doping can`t be so dangerous as I`m told.

    So I hope that erveryone does it, then you have an awkward kind of fairness established and can go on with the race. And see the things you can`t enhance with pills, tactics, willpower and drama.

    but the ethical cheating dilemma remains.

    (german, tv ard.de and zdf.de do have livestreams, you will need to fake your pc being german though, to watch it for free)

  • Peter says:

    same as you, rabid fan of the TdF in the past, but now I just can’t bring myself to care. Too many distractions and suspicions to be able to just concentrate on the racing.

    in other news, I took the cyclometer off my mountain bike, haven’t showed up once to the weekly race series, and have been enjoying solo singletrack rides a lot more now that I can’t measure how slowly I’m going ;)

  • Haakon says:

    Le Tour is so much more than just sports and that’s the only reason I’m still watching it. I got so fed up with all the liars in the yellow jersey over the last decade, I have absolutely no interest in who’s winning or losing. But the wonderful landscapes and all the people celebrating the Tour are really worth watching it.

  • Alan says:

    @Haakon

    “But the wonderful landscapes and all the people celebrating the Tour are really worth watching it.”

    Agreed. The things I’ll miss are the aerial shots of the French countryside and the always wonderful commentary by Paul & Phil.

    Alan

  • Sharper says:

    Meh. My sports watching in general has plummeted over the years; I’m still boycotting baseball after the ’94 strike, and I’ve found better things to do on Sundays than watch football.

    I’ve got so little interest in competitive riding that the Tour never had a chance. Amgen’s Tour of California really only gets me out because it’s a great excuse to kick back outside with good cycle-hungry friends.

  • immu says:

    i have to say i much prefer the old times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3EHJjHP6yc

    see 4:52 for doping, ’62 style. (well of course, there was other stuff around too..)

  • Sharper says:

    @immu:

    Chatting with my friends that give up good living in order to race makes the modern stuff sound like too much pain for too little gain. If every bike race involved stopping for a beer (or eight) and slowing down to enjoy getting hosed down by roadside kids, though, I’d be all about competition riding.

  • Molnar says:

    qx87: There have been many known and suspected deaths of cyclists from EPO use (you can Google it: Dutch and Belgian cyclists were dropping like flies a while back). The pros are less at risk than amateurs because they have access to better illegal medical supervision, but EPO is a very powerful and very dangerous (and also very beneficial, in cases of severe anemia) drug.

  • qx87 says:

    thx for the hint molnar, I will look into this.

  • Cycle Jerk says:

    I’m finding it hard to share my enthusiasm with both the TDF and the World Cup. I keep telling myself I’ll pick it up after the World Cup Final.

  • RJ says:

    I’m not watching the men’s Tour de France because I’ve got an old teammate and friend who is wearing a pink jersey right now– in the women’s Giro.

    But no one cares, because she’s not a dude.

    So right now, I’m angry at the men’s Tours and the ridiculous amount of attention they receive.

  • BethL says:

    Fom today’s Wall St Journal, “being a cycling fan these days can feel like being a cigarette smoker. It’s an embarrassing habit, people don’t understand why you’re still hooked, and you’re forced to cluster with other, like-minded addicts.”

    Couldn’t agree more!!! After today’s questionable choice in etiquette by Contador, I’m just so glad the Tour’s on!!! I love it, love it, love it. I’m glad Vino is back, glad Farrar is back and gone again…oh the bikee soap that is every July is just the best! Love Pau and Le Tourmelet..bring it on, boys!!!

 
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