Posts in the category Tour de France

Road.cc’s Tour de France Fantasy Game & Other Challenges

Road-cc Tour de France fantasy cycling game and contest

Our buds over at Road.cc kicked off their annual Tour de France Fantasy Game, and they’re giving away a Genesis Equilibrium 20 road bike to the ultimate winner. Simply pick a squad of nine riders, rotate fresh legs in throughout Le Tour, and manage your team to win. You’ll get points for each jersey competition (stage wins, climbing, etc.) as well as sprints and even carrying the Lantern Rouge. Hit the link for details and sign up. It’s free!

Meanwhile, Powerbar is hosting the Take on the Tour Strava Challenge to see if you can ride half the distance (1,680 kilometers) of Le Tour’s total in just 33 days. Prizes shall flow like, uh, PowerGel, so sign up here.

Rapha Celebrates 100 Tours With Limited Edition Prints

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For those who appreciate the finer things in life Rapha has done it again. Celebrating one hundred editions of the world’s greatest bicycle race, Rapha presents the La Centième Print Collection. Click through to gaze upon these highly limited works of art…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Sun Valley is at it again with their STDD (Single Track Deficit Disorder) Remedy contest. Go here for more info on how you can win an all expenses paid trip for two to Sun Valley and some really awesome swag.
  • Registration is now open for this Saturday’s Bournemouth Twilight Criterium in the UK.
  • The Tour de Latitude will be offered again this year as a unique and fun way to ride your bike to the Latitude Music Festival happening this July 18th-21st at Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk.
  • Bummed that the July 21st ORAMM is sold out? Check out the Jerdon Mountain Challenge – held on July 20th, the day before, it’s like ORAMM-lite:  30 miles instead of 63 and just 4,000ft elevation instead of 11,000.
  • Après Vélo is now selling their retro Tour de France inspired tees and posters designed by Eleanor Grosch.
  • Apres Velo has offered one of these shirts for free to a lucky reader who submitted a photo for the Pic Of The Day this week. Five photos will be chosen tomorrow and will be posted each workday next week (you can still submit today to be entered). Vote next Friday for your favorite and that person will get their choice of t-shirt from the new collection.
  • A GoFundMe fundraising page has been created to help with the medical costs of Joshua “Pro” Hartman who was severely injured in a crash at the Red Hook Crit this week.
  • The 4th Annual Brompton US Championship will be held in Minneapolis this weekend, June 22nd-23rd. A race with Le Mans-style start, folding competition, and a riding marathon and urban trail ride, highlight the two-day event that will see a little more twill than spandex…wonder if there will be any of these sighted at the event?

Le Coq Sportif Unveils 100th TDF Yellow Jersey, Adds Aerodynamic Collar

Le Coq Sportif Unveils 100th TDF Yellow Jersey, Adds Aerodynamic Collar

When it came to redesigning the Malliot Juane for the 100th running of the Tour de France, new jersey sponsor Le Coq Sportif is looking to the past for its styling cues. Drawing inspiration from Le Coq Sportif’s 1951 leader’s jersey, the addition of a pointed collar is made – though an actual collar would be too much drag for the leaders so a false collar was used instead. Fortunately for the potential leaders, Le Coq chose to omit the original wo button front pockets.

Cast in brighter yellow than previous years, a sublimated Moor’s head is featured on the center of the jersey – which pays tribute to this year’s host of the Grand Depart on June 29th, Corsica’s first. Further linking to the past the founder of the Tour De France, Henri Desgrange, will have his initials printed on the jersey with a reflective passage printed on the jersey that will read, “En 1903, Henri Desgrange créait le plus grand évènement sportif de tous les temps” which translates to “In 1903, Henri Desgrange created the greatest sporting event of all time”. All of the reflective bits on the jersey are due to the fact that the grand finish will for the first time, happen at night.

In order to make the rest of the jersey as modern as possible, 131 year old Le Coq Sportif called on their technical apparel expertise and built the jersey with a 3/4 zip, and two vent panels in the rear with 3D mesh at the base micro-mesh across the back to ensure that the one in yellow doesn’t cook on hot days.

What did the leader’s jersey look like in 1951? See it, next.

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Another Lance Armstrong Movie In The Works

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Photo Credit: LanceAmrstrong.com

Deadline is reporting a second Lance Armstrong film in the works. The first movie in the works is owned by Paramount and being produced produced by JJ Abrams. The second film is owned by Warner Brothers, and is to be directed by Jay Roach, the guy behind Game Change and The Campaign. Furthermore, Warner Brothers acquired rights from Atlas Entertainment, a deal which included Tyler Hamilton’s life rights, so the content from that angle will probably be substantial. For the full story, head over to Deadline.com.

How do you feel about these movies?

WIN! Trisports & Headsweats want you to watch Le Tour in person!

Watching the Tour is always a hassle.  There’s the short-term cable package, wading through hours of DVR’d footage- and trying not to hear what Greg Lance Tyler the racer of the moment did that day.  Wouldn’t it just be easier to fly over, watch the race first-hand, and be a part of the spectacle?  All from the comfort (and featuring the excellent meals) of a proper French chalet?  Well, thanks to Headsweats and TriSports.com here’s your chance!

Headsweats and TriSports.com Announce Tour de France Contest

Getaway Prize Package Includes Trip for Two to Famed Alpe d’Huez Stage

March 5, 2013 – Cincinnati, OH – Headsweats, the world leader in triathlon and endurance technical headwear, and TriSports, the internet’s foremost online multisport retailer, have announced a joint contest with Chalet le 4 to provide a full getaway package and accommodations for one lucky winner and a companion to this year’s historic 100th Tour de France. The contest is open to all legal US residents (no purchase necessary) and will include 6-night/7-day accommodations in Le Grand Bornand, finish town of stage 19 of the 2013 Tour de France, along with the chance for participants to ride and view three of this year’s Tour de France stages.  The value of the total package for the lucky winner is $4,798 for two slots for 7 days of cycling adventure in the French Alps.

more after the break

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Video: 100th Tour de France Promo

AP Reports Lance Armstrong admits to doping during Oprah interview

Photo Credit: LanceAmrstrong.com

Reports are beginning to surface from the AP that an anonymous source admitted that Lance Armstrong admitted to doping during a taped 2.5 hr interview with Oprah. No further details are available due to confidentiality agreements.

Most of you already know the particulars. Lance has spent years denying doping allegations and stands to lose millions in lawsuits to various sponsors (and a half million to the Sunday Times for a libel suit from 2005) if he admits to the allegations. He stands to gain a small measure of respect from some of his disillusioned fans by his confession, gain some credibility for his charity which supports cancer patients, and the possibility of returning to competition in elite running and triathlon events.

We will update as more info trickles in.

 

2013 Tour de France Route Announced – 100th Edition Gets Double Alpe d’Huez Ascent!

2013 Tour de France schedule and course map details

The 2013 Tour de France race route has been announced. The course has seven flat stages, five hilly ones and five mountain stages, four of which end with summit top finishes. The highlight of those will be a double ascent of the Alpe D’Huez in Stage 18, concluding with a mountain top finish. The other summit finishes are Ax 3 Domaines, Ventoux and Annecy-Semnoz in the penultimate stage.

Ten cities will be first-time hosts, and after the Stage 1 departure, the race will stay entirely within France’s borders. One interesting point is there will be no time bonuses for intermediate sprint or climbing checkpoints, only the actual stage finish time will apply.

Total purse is €2 million, with €450,000 going to the overall winner.

Full schedule, course map and links after the break…

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