Tag Archives: Pro Cycling

Behind the Scenes: Riding in the FDJ Team Car

I’m going to start the post by saying that if there’s any video of mine you watch this year, I’d definitely go with this one.  It’s largely unedited chunks of what it’s actually like in a pro tour team car, … Read More Here

A Look At Velon’s Live Race Tracking System

Since a change in leadership at the UCI in 2013, we’ve seen an increase in the number of data tracking platforms that are following the pro peloton.  For example, last year at the Tour Down Under I highlighted one solution … Read More Here

Tour Down Under Tidbits: BMC Chilling Vests, Race Convoy Walkthrough, Media Swag Bag

Each day I’m here down in Adelaide at the Tour Down Under I’m roughly spending half my day at or getting to/from the race site, and then half my day writing posts and editing videos. Mixed in there is also … Read More Here

Tour Down Under 2018: Sports Tech Gear Of the Pro Men

The Tour Down Under represents the first race of the UCI WorldTour season, and as such, establishes what we’ll see in terms of equipment as the baseline for most tech on the teams this year. The men kicked off their … Read More Here

Tour de France 2017- The Finish in Paris

Ahh yes, one of the best days of the year for a cyclist living in Paris.  No, actually, definitely the best day of the year for a cyclist living in this city.  And this year didn’t disappoint! This was, I … Read More Here

Tour de France Behind the Scenes: How Dimension Data Rider Live Tracking Works

If you’ve been watching the Tour de France over the past week and a half, you’ve likely seen either the little gizmos pointing off the back of rider’s seats, or the constant stream of data on your TV about where precisely … Read More Here

Tour de France 2017 Behind the Scenes: Stage 6

Looks like there’s going to be a bit more cycling on the blog this week. At least for today. Don’t despair runners – there’s non-cycling stuff soon arriving!  And if you like cycling? Don’t despair there either, almost more of … Read More Here

Tour de France 2017 Behind the Scenes: Stage 2

We left off yesterday with the first of my two weekend days at the Tour de France.  Don’t worry (or maybe you will), I’m not going to all the stages.  I’m going to pop in and out where it seems … Read More Here

Tour de France 2017 Behind the Scenes: Stage 1

This weekend was a whirlwind of time spent at the opening two days of the Tour de France.  I took over 1,000 photos on the first day alone. About 100 of those ended up in my Tour de France 2017 … Read More Here

Tour de France 2017–The Trainers, Power Meters and Gadgets of the Pro Peloton

How quickly the 2017 season is moving forward.  Back at the Tour Down Under doesn’t seem all that long ago, neither does the Giro d’Italia – yet it’s been almost two months since I was there.  Still, it’s always interesting … Read More Here

Giro d’Italia 2017–The Trainers, Power Meters and Gadgets of the Pro Peloton

Yesterday I spent the full day at the Giro d’Italia checking out all the sports tech goods the pro teams had on hand.  In the case of this stage, it was an individual time trial – which means that each … Read More Here

Spectating the 2017 Tour Down Under

It comes to an end – The Tour Down Under (at least for me, the race finishes later this Sunday – today in Australia).  I stayed for a week in Adelaide, overlapping all of the Women’s Tour Down Under, and … Read More Here

Tour Down Under 2017: Sports Tech Gear Of the Pro Men

After the women’s debut on Saturday, it was time for the men to make their entrance on Sunday at the People’s Choice criterium.  This would be the first men’s race of the Tour Down Under, though it’s technically a separate … Read More Here

Tour Down Under 2017: Sports Tech Gear Of the Pro Women

There are many great aspects of the Santos Tour Down Under, from the fan-inclusive activities, to the stage structure.  Non-locals may not realize for example that the teams all actually stay in one city (Adelaide) throughout the entire race, and … Read More Here

La Course, Le Tour, and the Paris Finale–2016 Edition

While almost every day is a great day living in Paris, there are a few days that really take the cake: Bastille Day (Fête nationale), and the finish of the Tour de France. Over the last three years however, ASO/UCI … Read More Here

A Day at the Tour de France: Time Trial in The Mountains

While I typically get in a number of Tour de France stages each year, this year was a bit different with the arrival of our little peanut.  The Girl went into labor a few hours before Le Tour began Stage … Read More Here

Tour de France 2016: The Trainers & Power Meters of the Pro Teams

Yesterday I spent the day at Stage 18 of the Tour de France.  One of the advantages of this particular stage is it’s a time trial.  This means that each rider races individually, with the first rider of the day starting … Read More Here

Paris-Roubaix 2016: A Day On The Route

Yesterday I made the trek to watch Paris-Roubaix.  While you might think that’d be as simple as a walk across town, the reality is that Paris-Roubaix hasn’t started in Paris in many decades.  Instead, it starts in Compiègne, which is … Read More Here

TdF 2015: Comprehensive list of Strava & TrainingPeaks pro uploads by stage

Over the last few weeks the folks at both Strava and TrainingPeaks have been sending me occasional (or daily in some cases) updates of each file upload to their respective services for all riders in the Tour de France that … Read More Here

The Tour de France in Paris: Riding it, watching La Course, and the Finish

As is always the case, yesterday is an epic day for cycling fans in Paris.  I went for the trifecta of craziness, and tried to jam it all in.  Here’s a look at my (semi-exhausting) day. Riding the final stage: … Read More Here

More than you ever wanted to know about power meters in pro cycling

Over the last week or so there’s been substantial talk about power meter data in the Tour de France, specifically around scenarios of data snooping, data accuracy, data estimation, and data tampering.  For the most part, the mainstream cycling media … Read More Here

My Top Tips for Spectating the Tour de France

Tomorrow I’ll be headed up to watch another few stages of the Tour de France (TdF).  Having lived in France now for three years and going on our 4th Tour de France, we’ve seen quite a few stages.  Usually 3-6 … Read More Here

Watching La Course (the women’s race by The Tour de France)

Earlier this year a significant announcement was made that there would be a women’s race at the Tour de France.  It wouldn’t be the entirety of the Grand Tour, nor even a multiday event – but – it would be a … Read More Here

Checking out Stage 4 of the 2014 Tour de France: From Le Touquet to Lille

Things started early this morning – approximately 6AM.  Which, for you early birds is indeed early for this non-early bird.  From there I’d catch the RER train 10 minutes up to Gare du Nord, where I’d change to a regular … Read More Here

Paris-Nice 2014: Going to watch a stage of the famous race

I had hoped to go out and catch the first stage of the famous Paris to Nice cycling race, which occurred on Sunday and generally marks the beginning of the European cycling season for professional riders in major races.  But … Read More Here