Saturday, July 04, 2009

On the Eve of the Tour: How the Crankset Works

Yes, Granny, Tooth and I are well aware that the 96th Tour de France begins today with a time trial in Monaco!

And I'm just as excited about watching the Tour on TV as I was about attending the last week of the Tour with Granny and Tooth in 2003 on the first Trek Travel Tour trip.

I returned with Trek Travel for the first week of the Tour to Belgium and Northern France in 2004. And I was in London for the Grand Departe in 2007.

Otherwise, I have been an armchair fan like most of you.

Given that our 2003 experience was the 100th anniversary of the Tour, it always seems odd to me that there have been less than 100 Tours! Of course, there were four years that the Tour did not take place (during the Great Wars of the 20th century).

This is the year of "The Return." Lance Armstrong's (Our Boy Lance) has been well documented on this blog and everywhere else cycling, of course. And the attention to the Tour and cycling in general has increased accordingly. Even mainstream media and its dying print platform, newspapers, seem to recognize his significance, if not cycling's in general. The Crankset is fine with that. The best coverage, with a couple of exceptions like the New York Times, Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times, comes from the numerous cycling sites and blogs like the Crankset. That is the nature of media today. The Crankset (Granny) was at the Tour of California, for example. USA Today, despite employing one of the outstanding cycling writers in the world, Sal Ruibal, was not. Nothing says more about the changes in media over the past decade or so than that.

How will the Crankset cover and comment on this Tour? We are not there (someday). We will do what blogs do: comment. Through the "Hot Off the Presses" feature at the top of this blog, I will continue to post timely stories daily about the Tour, many written by journalists (mainstream and otherwise) attending the Tour. I make short-form comments on most of those postings; the are also published on Twitter. Granny will comment liberally, no doubt, throughout the Tour on the Crankset blog.

Granny is as insightful as any cycling journalist I know. That's why many of you find this blog interesting. I hope the timely nature of our story postings and my quick-form comments are useful as well. So, sit back and enjoy this 96th Tour de France. You can be sure we will, too.

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

On the Eve of the Tour: How the Crankset Works

Yes, Granny, Tooth and I are well aware that the 96th Tour de France begins today with a time trial in Monaco!

And I'm just as excited about watching the Tour on TV as I was about attending the last week of the Tour with Granny and Tooth in 2003 on the first Trek Travel Tour trip.

I returned with Trek Travel for the first week of the Tour to Belgium and Northern France in 2004. And I was in London for the Grand Departe in 2007.

Otherwise, I have been an armchair fan like most of you.

Given that our 2003 experience was the 100th anniversary of the Tour, it always seems odd to me that there have been less than 100 Tours! Of course, there were four years that the Tour did not take place (during the Great Wars of the 20th century).

This is the year of "The Return." Lance Armstrong's (Our Boy Lance) has been well documented on this blog and everywhere else cycling, of course. And the attention to the Tour and cycling in general has increased accordingly. Even mainstream media and its dying print platform, newspapers, seem to recognize his significance, if not cycling's in general. The Crankset is fine with that. The best coverage, with a couple of exceptions like the New York Times, Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times, comes from the numerous cycling sites and blogs like the Crankset. That is the nature of media today. The Crankset (Granny) was at the Tour of California, for example. USA Today, despite employing one of the outstanding cycling writers in the world, Sal Ruibal, was not. Nothing says more about the changes in media over the past decade or so than that.

How will the Crankset cover and comment on this Tour? We are not there (someday). We will do what blogs do: comment. Through the "Hot Off the Presses" feature at the top of this blog, I will continue to post timely stories daily about the Tour, many written by journalists (mainstream and otherwise) attending the Tour. I make short-form comments on most of those postings; the are also published on Twitter. Granny will comment liberally, no doubt, throughout the Tour on the Crankset blog.

Granny is as insightful as any cycling journalist I know. That's why many of you find this blog interesting. I hope the timely nature of our story postings and my quick-form comments are useful as well. So, sit back and enjoy this 96th Tour de France. You can be sure we will, too.

No comments: