Saturday July 4 was the start of the 102nd Tour de France, meaning for Australian based cycling fans we now have three weeks of late nights TV, beautiful French (and this year Dutch and Belgium) countryside and dreams of cheese, wine and patisseries.
For the fans of Le Tour here’s how technology can make you feel part of the peloton
The official app for the Tour in Australia comes in the form of the SBS Skoda Tour Tracker. This is a must have for any fan, providing all the news, teams, routes and results in one place – but most importantly it has live streaming of each stage in addition to full stage replays and highlights, meaning there is no excuse for missing all the breakaways, sprints and crashes! The app is available on both iOS and Android.
If you’re keen to put in the extra work of a domestique and get your hands dirty, more rumours, interviews and insights can be found on some leading websites. A good starting point is obviously the official website, containing all the team lists, route details, official news, standings and results. My personal favourite however is cyclingnews.com, with a rawer, harder hitting supply of news, rumours and interviews. It delivers content all year around, but goes all out during the Tour.
If all this talk of carbon frames, shifters, chains, time trials, maillot jaune and hill climbs has got you itching to get off the couch and into the saddle, you should consult your keyboard first before clipping in. For everything from bikes, components, clothing and helmets I recommend bikeexchange.com.au for new and second hand deals at great prices. And once you have your gear, don’t forget to track your rides on Strava or complete some quality indoor sessions on TrainerRoad.
The joy of social media means that nowadays you can connect with all your idols and amongst the Pro Tour there are some pretty avid social media users. Whether you prefer Team Sky teammates Chris Froome and Richie Porte, sprinting superstars and Green jersey contenders Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan, Australia’s own Orica GreenEdge or perennial race favourite and previous winner Alberto Contador, there are social media channels available for most of your favourite riders and all the leading teams.
With the broadcast being on so late, you may not be able to crank up the TV at home, or you might be out and about, so why not take the Tour with you on your mobile or tablet. Foxtel Mobile (exclusive to Telstra customers) gives you all the action on SBS, and you can take advantage of our new Pre-Paid Broadband Data Passes which for are perfect for those wanting to buy a pass that lasts the whole tour.