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.
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.
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.
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
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
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