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Evening with Chris Horner, Part 3

It’s easy for me to obsess over the Tour de France since I’ve been fortunate enough to be a commentator for Versus’ coverage of the event and living it for the month of July. But to get wrapped up in the excitement from overseas is a different undertaking, yet not one that goes ignored or lacks devotion. You know the players, you know the stages, you know the stats–and you’d jump at the chance to relive it all, especially when a cyclist comes to town as Chris Horner did last month. Even if you followed just a touch of this year’s race, the below video from our night with 10th place finisher Horner is one to watch. Talk about a new way to hear about specific stages and climbs.

Enjoy!

Ciao~
Robbie

Evening with Chris Horner, Part 2

Check out the latest installment of the Chris Horner event that Trek of Highland Park and myself hosted a few weeks ago. If you want to know about the Tour de France from a competitor’s viewpoint, you’ll want to check out what Chris Horner has to say.

Enjoy!

Ciao~
Robbie

Balance Balance Balance

The Tour is a very interesting time for me personally. Versus has given me the opportunity to be a part of the biggest cycling event in the world with France being one of the most exciting backdrops to work from. I love the Tour and I love being as close to the action as I can get. The excitement leading up to this year’s Tour was the biggest and best in a long time. We had all the sport’s best riders in top form fighting for the most coveted jersey in the world: The Maillot Jaune. For me, just getting to experience that entire battle firsthand is something that I never take for granted. The work itself however is long and often difficult. I often find doing the interviews and stand-up spots challenging. It may look easy when watching the TV, but having a camera in your face as you describe something complicated, knowing a million viewers are watching, takes practice and experience. I continually try to refine my techniques, but in the end, like Malcolm Gladwell said, the more you do something, the better you get at it. Continue reading

Tales from the Chris Horner Event Part 1

I barely returned from the Tour de France before I was recollecting Tour memories with Team RadioShack’s Chris Horner, who finished 10th at this year’s race. Horner may have been fresh off the Tour–with the best U.S. finish I might add–but he was going to be back racing in the states at the Tour of Elk Grove the following weekend. Myself and Trek of Highland Park were lucky enough to host Horner for an evening to talk about the Tour and cycling. Watch this video to listen to one of my experiences out there–and then stay tuned for a few more.

Precision Prologue Preparation

It’s the eve of the start of the 2010 Tour de France. It might seem like the best and most crucial portions of the Tour come in later weeks as we travel toward Paris–at least when it’s a tight race–where we wait in anticipation for the eventual winner, and we check the leaderboard daily to see who captured the yellow jersey and who shifted in the standings. But I like to remind people that the Prologue is just as important and its preparation can’t just be left by the wayside. In my latest article on Versus, I described the warm-up that occurs before the Prologue. It’s amazing how much time goes into preparing for the Tour’s shortest event. But it’s all about getting the muscles into peak racing form. Here’s the piece:

All Tour riders will tell you that the warmup for a Prologue time trial is the most important pre-race routine they will conduct. It is amazing that, as the shortest event in the entire Tour, it requires the most prep time. And I’m not even talking about the bike side – for the riders, it all starts when they get their start times and begin working backwards from there. Continue reading

Pedaling to get in gear during the Tour

Here’s to making it safely to France. It’s only been a year, but I forgot how restless I can get on long flights. I wish I could have traded the time on the plane for time in the saddle, and put this cadence information that I wrote about in this Versus article into action. Check it out below:

The riders at this year’s Tour de France will ride over 2000 miles and pedal nearly a half-million revolutions in the course of this epic three-week stage race. That is a lot of circles!

One thing a rider needs to dial in is his cadence throughout the Tour. Cadence is the number of revolutions the pedals make in a minute (RPM). The range for most cyclists just cruising on a flat road is between 85 and 105 revolutions Continue reading

Preparing for the Tour is a year-long process

My departure for this year’s Tour de France is still a few days away, but my thoughts are already wired for all things bike and all things Tour. Check out this article that I recently wrote for Versus–and be sure to check back as I’ll be writing there on a variety of cycling topics while I’m abroad.

Success at the Tour for many teams is more important than success in all the year’s other races combined. The emphasis placed on the Tour by team sponsors and managers has really changed the way riders prepare for the racing season. Preparing for the Tour is an all-year process. Back in the day when teams were smaller and riders did more races, Tour prep took a couple of months and the Tour team was comprised of the cyclists riding the best during the two weeks before the Tour started. Now, with bigger teams and more specific goals, the Tour “long team” is picked a year or two in advance and the Tour de France training prep starts just weeks after it finishes. Continue reading

Predict the Tour de France Outcome!


Will Lance’s return to the Tour de France result in a yellow jersey and podium finish? Is Denis Menchov poised to follow up his Giro d’Italia win with a Tour victory? Or is Danilo Di Luca seeking redemption through the French countryside? Now’s your chance to guess who’s going to finish first and by how many minutes–or seconds–ahead of the rest of the competition in the Tour de France Prediction Poll.

To participate, just fill out the form, choose your three podium picks and how much time separates the first and second place standings. The three contestants who come closest will win some great prizes. While it might not be the prize money and listings among the annals of Tour de France winners, first place wins a VQ backpack, second place wins a VQ wheelbag and third place wins a realRides’ Race Day DVD!

Robbie will be busy broadcasting the Tour on the Versus network, but you can share in the spirit without ever leaving home…and even snag a prize! Start here by watching Robbie’s own predictions for the outcome…

Five Days and Counting

It’s a little hard for me to believe that it’s that time of year again when I’m packing up the bags, doing my research and getting set for what has become an annual tradition to cover the Tour de France. The Tour doesn’t kick off until Saturday, July 4, but I’ll be heading overseas a few days beforehand. Last year, I was busy interviewing cyclists and teams before the race as part of some of the Versus TV coverage, and this year should be some of the same. Plus it’s nice to squeeze in a little touring before the Tour begins.

With only five days to spare before I land in France, the excitement is definitely building at home. I’m thrilled to be covering the Tour again, especially with all of the hype about Lance Armstrong’s return. But I’m not the only one who’s excited. My daughter Rocky can’t contain herself either! Check out this pic of me getting ready:

rocky

Ciao~
Robbie

VQTV: Week of June 15

With another weekend about to begin and summer officially about to hit the books, it’s the perfect time to get outside and get riding. On this week’s episode of VQTV, we take a look at some of the upcoming events Vision Quest is participating in, where you can ride with Vision Quest in the days ahead and how Dave Noda, VQ’s director of operations, averaged 45 mph at the Bigfoot Triathlon (speaking of which, that’s coming up on Sunday, June 28).

And while all of these great rides and events are going on at home, I’m preparing to embark on what has become an annual tradition, broadcasting from the Tour de France when it kicks off on July 4. I shared some of my trip’s highlights and what I’ll be doing while I’m following the Tour in this week’s episode.

Ciao~
Robbie