How do you not lose one second of valuable sunlight during cycling’s best month of July, while still feeding an addiction to the Tour de France? Here’s an elegant solution that doesn’t require a DVR: cycling podcasts. Part talk radio, part locker room, part audio book. And while they do not necessarily feed all the senses (there really is no substitute for Paul and Phil or watching the aerial coverage of France), you can listen on the fly.
How it Works
If you’re like me, you can use your iPhone podcast app (it’s in there already), search for the show and subscribe to it. You can also search itunes, spotify or googleplay and find the shows there. You then have options to stream or download the episodes. I recommend downloading or you will run up your data plan pretty quickly. If you get hung up, find someone in that 18-24 age group to help 🙂
These are the two must-haves for Le Tour…
The Cycling Podcast
Hosted by journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe, the Rapha-sponsored series The Cycling Podcast hosts daily doses of the race, local culture, gastronomy, all with British overtones. They taunt each other, get lost, get frustrated, poke fun, start rumors, interview riders in less than ideal circumstances and ambush people who’d rather stay anonymous.
I have to admit to being a long-time Lance Armstrong fan right up to the bitter end when we finally had to break up and I joined the haters. Six months ago, I discovered THE FORWARD, his podcast series that is quite surprising and quite popular for a variety of reasons. His interviewees are great (the Bo Jackson, Troy Aikman and Tom Torkelson episodes are fabulous, as is the 24 hour race/drinking fest with George Hincapie, Mark Allen & Dave Scott) and he is a very good interviewer.
THE MOVE is specific to the Tour de France, the Classic pro races and other endurance events. Lance and his deejay partner JB provide insights that are truly unique, as you would expect from someone who’s been there, and – notoriously – done that.