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General Category => Freewheeling => Racing => Topic started by: Dinamo on May 13, 2011, 07:56:13 pm

Title: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Dinamo on May 13, 2011, 07:56:13 pm
ITV4 are showing the Tour of Californa LIVE !
Every evening from Sunday 15th May for 8 nights

http://www.itv.com/tvguide/search/?intcmp=NAV_TVGUIDE&tvgBegin=74&tvgScroll=Later&tvgListingID=199831673&tvgShowID=3066023&tvgTitle=Cycling%3A%20Tour%20Of%20California%20Live&tvgPageNumber=1 (http://www.itv.com/tvguide/search/?intcmp=NAV_TVGUIDE&tvgBegin=74&tvgScroll=Later&tvgListingID=199831673&tvgShowID=3066023&tvgTitle=Cycling%3A%20Tour%20Of%20California%20Live&tvgPageNumber=1)
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Steve Kish on May 13, 2011, 08:33:03 pm
I'll have square eyes when this is all over! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Rhys W on May 16, 2011, 12:24:12 am
Stage 1 cancelled due to snow!
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: fungus on May 16, 2011, 12:54:36 am
Stage 1 cancelled due to snow!

Amgen Tour Of California: Stage 1, Route Maps & Results | Cyclingnews.com (http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/6th-amgen-tour-of-california-2-hc/stage-1/results)
I'm sure Andy Hampsten is somewhere shaking his head in disbelief  ::-)
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: GruB on May 16, 2011, 05:53:19 am
Thanks for the heads up Dinamo.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: David Martin on May 16, 2011, 07:38:22 am
To be fair, the Gavia pass was in a blizzard but above zero. The TOC was at -2 and far more snow with ice on the road making conditions extremely dangerous. Team Sky rode to the top of the first pass and had their bikes frozen up - brakes frozen open and gear mechs solid.

To not race was the right decision.
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: mattc on May 16, 2011, 07:47:33 am
Does this mean I can't watch Minder tonight?
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Basil on May 16, 2011, 10:35:03 am
Oh bugger.  I'd better start looking for my TV remote.
I thought I'd got until July to find it.
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Steve Kish on May 16, 2011, 02:45:42 pm
Damn!  Sitting on the sofa with my Campag trade team hat, baguette and 'Go Dowsett' flag only to find Kevin Costner disguised as a fish! ???

Back on duty tonight. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: TimO on May 16, 2011, 11:18:23 pm
Ben Swift won today's stage for Team Sky!

Yay! ;D
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: David Martin on May 16, 2011, 11:25:04 pm
That was an epic finish - real edge of the seat stuff. Great work by Team Sky.
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Steve Kish on May 17, 2011, 06:56:44 pm
I thought that the Sky lead-out machine went too early, but was glad to find I was wrong! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: TimO on May 17, 2011, 07:17:17 pm
Even though the live video won't be broadcast for quite a while yet, you can follow what's happening in text form via Cycling New (http://live.cyclingnews.com/).

There are also various snippets of video coverage from the two previous stages (sort of) listed here (http://www.cyclingfans.com/node/1966).

...and of course you can get live video over the Internet on the Tour of California's own webpages here (http://shacktracker.amgentourofcalifornia.com/)
(I think the live video start today at 21:50, but I may be wrong).
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Dinamo on May 17, 2011, 08:42:42 pm
Just found this link

http://tracker.amgentourofcalifornia.com/ (http://tracker.amgentourofcalifornia.com/)
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: TimO on May 18, 2011, 11:34:37 pm
That was an impressive finish by Chris Horner, gaining 1:15 over Andy Schleck in second place, and doing it as the second oldest rider in the entire race! (Jens Voigt is the oldest rider).

Watching mountain finishes always leaves me feeling knackered, but for a professional cyclist, it must be so disheartening, and downright intimidating when a rider can just leave you behind with such apparent ease.
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Jaded on May 18, 2011, 11:36:51 pm
Ys, that was quite a chase down.
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: pcolbeck on May 19, 2011, 01:13:51 pm
I loved the way the commentators said Horner deserved it as Levi Leipheimer was a wheel sucker :)
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on May 19, 2011, 09:21:34 pm
Quite a climb !  Glad to see that both sun and scenery have at last made an appearance  :)
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: TimO on May 20, 2011, 11:44:38 pm
Chris Horner seemed to do a pretty good time trial (for him), and is hanging onto his lead OK, with a reasonable amount of time still.

Dave Zabriskie seems to have done an absolute howler around the course though, resulting in a new record time!
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Naggers on May 21, 2011, 01:29:27 am
Ned Boulting is great but the other guy in the studio is so annoying I have to turn it off.
As if his voice wasn't bad enough he coughs his way through the whole show.

Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: kettrinboy on May 21, 2011, 07:14:31 am
Ned Boulting is great but the other guy in the studio is so annoying I have to turn it off.
As if his voice wasn't bad enough he coughs his way through the whole show.


Even more annoying than that are the constant ad breaks, on every one you miss a lot of the action at the speeds these guys ride at especially on the fast descents, great roads though and you get to see bits of CA you would,nt normally.
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: pcolbeck on May 21, 2011, 06:49:58 pm
The add breaks are worse for the TdF. 5 minutes cycling then 5 minutes of adds rinse and repeat.
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Rhys W on May 21, 2011, 11:38:04 pm
Today's stage was very good. The fans were excellent. Europe may have the Devil, but California has The Grim Reaper, two sumo wrestlers, the Pope dispensing holy water, a six-foot chicken and a six-foot parrot and a fried egg.
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: TimO on May 21, 2011, 11:47:59 pm
I'm always amazed by the speeds that professional cyclists can do in these races, on mountain stages.  Even with a lot of this stage being some pretty steep hills, they averaged a smidgen under 20mph.

Chris Horner is doing pretty well for the oldest man still in the race.  It's looking pretty much like he'll be taking the podium tomorrow, unless something disastrous happens.
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Rainmaker on May 22, 2011, 07:59:27 am
Posted by: Rhys W  Posted on: Yesterday at 11:38:04 PM 
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Today's stage was very good. The fans were excellent. Europe may have the Devil, but California has The Grim Reaper, two sumo wrestlers, the Pope dispensing holy water, a six-foot chicken and a six-foot parrot and a fried egg.

You forgot the attention seeker who runs up the road with the large flag and american football helmet (?) adorned with a variety of horns, but he does make an appearance at the Tour too.   Personally I find them all a pain in the whatsit!
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: TimO on May 22, 2011, 01:21:25 pm
You forgot the attention seeker who runs up the road with the large flag and american football helmet (?) adorned with a variety of horns, but he does make an appearance at the Tour too.   Personally I find them all a pain in the whatsit!

If you're trying to get up that stage, without spewing your guts out, or otherwise failing horribly, these people running by the side must drive you up the wall.

Occasionally you'll see someone actually manage to knock a rider off, with this sort of nonsense, and they generally aren't exactly happy about it!

I guess you can't fence off the entire stage up a mountain, but you'd think supposed supporters would have more sense.  Maybe you're right, and they're just out to be on TV, regardless of the cost to others. :-\
Title: Re: Tour of California - ITV4
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on May 22, 2011, 05:29:46 pm
If you're trying to get up that stage, without spewing your guts out, or otherwise failing horribly, these people running by the side must drive you up the wall.

And what was making it worse was that they weren't just alongside the riders they were running in front of them too.  Why can't they just content themselves with cheering from the side of the road ?