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    Who else will be following the Tour de France?

    I do not own a road bike. I have never done any road racing. But I LOVE following the Tour de France. It's the only road racing I pay attention to. Even if Lance Armstrong wasn't winning year after year, I'd really enjoy watching the race. I find the team road tactics fascinating. The announcers on OLN usually do an excellent job of pointing out all sorts of things that are going on in the race that a non-roadie such as myself would totally miss otherwise. I'm amazed by the physical and mental strength of the racers. I think it would be a blast to someday travel to France to see a stage or two and join in the party.

    Who else enjoys watching the race?

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    You mean you're not already???

    I've been watching The Lance Chronicles for a few weeks now. Can't wait for it to start. OLN shows it several times a day. Last year I would go home at lunch and watch and then often watch again in the evening. There are lots of viewing parties being organized here too. But it's Lance Land so no terrible surprising.

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    Yup.

    I bought TiVo for the tour this year....should be sweet, I can store up a few stages and then have people over to watch a few stages back to back. Can't wait:-)

    I already warned my boss that I may be a little late everyday for the month of July!
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    Absolutely!!

    I am actually giddy with anticipation! My husband and I are heading to Vegas next week and I plan on parking it in our hotel room while the tour is on.

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    You Betcha!

    Our family loves it, in fact it's the only sporting event we all follow.

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    I'll be watching..i'm actually going to be in France next week!!

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    Me!

    Without cable it's going to be tough, but I follow it like a hawk live on the OLN website. When I can I even put the live audio on the computer to listen to it live.

    Mike got me the DVD of the 2002 race for my birthday last year--excellent gift! I now want 2003 and 2004 (and 2001, and 2000, and 1999...etc.!)

    Go Lance!

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    Listening live on OLN.com is great!

    I've been following the tour since '97, pre-Lance, and pre-me-getting-a-road-bike. I remember being out mountain biking and telling my friends I had to leave early to go home and catch the tour. It was still on ESPN at that point. They were like "the what?". Now these same guys are major roadies and I see on them on their Mtn bikes about twice a year. (Lance has really screwed up our group rides)

    Back in '01 when Lance gave Ulrich "the look" I was listening over the computer while pretending to work. Phil was SO sucked in to Lance's faux-fatigue. I was all worried...and then he started pulling around and Phil figured out it was a ploy....and I had to get up and close my office door 'cause I couldn't stop squeeling and bouncing up and down in the chair. That was my favorite TdF moment and there wasn't even video!!

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    I follow it on-line every year

    And then bore my lunch-buddies with the daily Tour news. I always have major post-tour let down for awhile afterwards.

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    Lucky you!

    Quote Originally Posted by UserName
    I'll be watching..i'm actually going to be in France next week!!
    I guess the first couple stages this year are actually in Belgium. Hopefully you'll get to take in some of the action.

    Spike

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    Lance and Tyler will be the two Americans on the podium this year. Tyler has a higher threashlod of pain and is able to push himself and suffer longer than the rest of the peleton. Last years stage win with a fractured collarbone proved that. He is able to climb with the best climbers and is third behind Lance and Ullrich in flat or hilly time trials.
    Tyler will put time into Armstrong on the Alpe D'Huez time trial. If anything happens to LA, Tyler walks away with it. Ullrich got the 2nd place mojo going in his head, but looks very fit, but his mental toughness is questionable.
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    giddy as hell!

    While it'll never again be quite this exciting, I'm at least getting familiar with the top riders, so that should Lance retire after this year, I'll know who to watch when he's not around.

    I'm not that emotional generally, but if Lance wins, I'll burst out in tears. If he loses...... uh, I'll burst out in tears!! He represents so much- not just a historical, 6x win, but he's American, drug-free (by current standards, anyway) and a cancer survivor. There's soooo much to love about him.

    I also get a little choked up when they talk about the history of the race- how prestigious it is, how much harder it used to be, how men have died in the process, and how customs are practiced (not attacking when a rider is down, for example.) It's the relationship of humans and bikes. For nearly the whole month, bikes bikes bikes bikesbikesbikesbikes. My friends and relatives will be SICK of hearing it!!! Mwahahahaha.

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    What?

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    Who else enjoys watching the race?

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    With all those very fit men in tight shorts? What's not to love?

    Seriously, though, every year that I watch the Tour, I get out my "Bicylce Touring France" book, and dream of my own very-casual Tour de France. Sometimes I think it would be amazing to follow the whole course on my bike. (I actually have run this idea by Skogs, who of course loves it!) It would take us years: what with having to hike-a-bike up the famous mountain stages (trailing BoBs, no less); and with stopping to sample the wines of every region; and tons of stops for ice cream; and stopping in every cute town along the way to stay at its beautiful restored-farmhouse B&B (yea, right); and of course stopping in at every castle, palace, cathedral, cool-looking-building, quaint cafe, etc.; oh and napping in those amazing fields of sunflowers... I doubt we'll ever be able to take that much time off from work...but one can dream....

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    Less than 18 hours to start time!!! OLN TV . COM

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    Rodeo tonight, damn!

    I see there is a preview show on OLN tonight. But our Canadian OLN coverage is rodeo instead. Yee frickin' haw. I don't think they've been showing the Lance Chronicles either, but that's OK; I like broader coverage, not just non-stop Lance.

    Go Lance!
    Go Tyler!

    Spike

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    When's Stampede?

    Of course they show rodeo -- you do live in CowTown, after all!

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    Tour de Gnarlene

    "A five-year trek that follows the same route as the TDF, only at a more relaxed pace."

    Sign me up!!!!

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    5am for me...

    I am in Alasaka, and the live feeds start at 5am on most days. I will get very little sleep for a while. My family thinks I am nuts, but that is nothing new.

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    Stampede starts this Friday

    As if you really care. Hmmph!



    Quote Originally Posted by Gnarlene
    Of course they show rodeo -- you do live in CowTown, after all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donkey
    I bought TiVo for the tour this year....should be sweet, I can store up a few stages and then have people over to watch a few stages back to back. Can't wait:-)

    I already warned my boss that I may be a little late everyday for the month of July!
    Just in case you haven't found this out yet, sometimes the races run long, and you'll be watching the end of the race, and BAMM! the recording is over, because it stopped when it was programmed to. Very frustrating during the Giro this year, till I told my Tivo to record a half hour past the stop times. For the TdF, I'm taking no chances and recording an hour past the stop time. Now, just so you know, if you've set up a season pass, and change the programming in the pass to record the extra time, it's mess up which programs it records because of the prerace show. Modify the programming for each individual program rather than the season pass. BTW, you can store a lot more races if you change the quality from "Best Quality" to "High Quality".

    Tivo is great. I just got done watching the "live" show from this morning 'cause I had to work most of the day. Excellent race!
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    I've not followed the Tour closely before, but I'm getting into it this year. A good friend of mine helped me get the process down, and now I'm somewhat obsessed...no cable, but lots of time on the internet. I can't believe it took me so long to understand the greatness of this race!

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    Raising hand...

    And I even cheer for riders other than Lance!

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    I haven't followed the race in other years, so probably not this year either.

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    I stayed home Tuesday morning to watch the live coverage before going into work. Wednesday I took off the whole day to stay home and watch the TTT live. This morning I have been closely following the news flashes on the web.

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