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Old 06-09-23, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by jackbombay
My plan to make racing more exciting.

No radios.

Some guys went up the road? You don't know how far ahead they are? You have two choices, man up and reel them in, or potentially finish the stage after they do.

No power meters, you are a professional athlete, you should know how hard your body is working.

No heart rate monitors, you are a professional athlete, you should know how hard your body is working.

Bike computers can only show distance travelled, nothing else, the course is clearly marked, there is no need for computer navigation
Perhaps you could suggest a C&V version. 5-speed straight block, steel frame, friction shifting, rim brakes (spongy old school single pivot), non-anodized aluminum rims and of course wool jerseys and deerskin chamois. The big question would you allow doping just like in the old days?
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Originally Posted by Atlas Shrugged
Perhaps you could suggest a C&V version. 5-speed straight block, steel frame, friction shifting, rim brakes (spongy old school single pivot), non-anodized aluminum rims and of course wool jerseys and deerskin chamois. The big question would you allow doping just like in the old days?
Another option...Super-Modified. Take anything you want. First rider to reach the finish alive wins. Next of kin are eligible to receive prizes.
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Originally Posted by Atlas Shrugged
Perhaps you could suggest a C&V version. 5-speed straight block, steel frame, friction shifting, rim brakes (spongy old school single pivot), non-anodized aluminum rims and of course wool jerseys and deerskin chamois. The big question would you allow doping just like in the old days?
Nothing written had to do with the bike, only secondary knowledge. And in doing so could make racing more intuitive and less formulaic. Are you saying racing isn't boring enough?

And if you want to troll C&V bikes, try again. Try harder. Fail harder.
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Fun watch but too short.
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Originally Posted by DonkeyShow
Fun watch but too short.

??? There are multiple episodes coming.
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Originally Posted by DonkeyShow
Fun watch but too short.
Have you watched all 8 episodes?
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Originally Posted by Chicago Al
??? There are multiple episodes coming.
Are they adding more than the 8 episodes available right now for the 2022 race? That would be unusual for Netflix.
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Originally Posted by jeirvine
For the first couple episodes I kind of "meh" Then I saw a tip on Twitter to turn off the dubbing and watch in in the original French with subtitles. It's vastly better that way. There's also a podcast diving deep into each episode for those who want to get below the surface. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcas...t/id1691307629
Thanks for the tip about watching with the original format. I agree itís better. 👍
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Have you watched all 8 episodes?
Yes
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Just finished the episode highlighting 2022 stage 12 where Neilson Powless broke away early but eventually gave way to what has become the emergence of Tom Pidcock. I find the backstories and team dynamics both insightful and entertaining. I continue to be amazed by how revered the sport is throughout Europe while often still categorized as a hobby in the U.S. Had to chuckle when Powless and his wife made their decision to move to France so he could train. Youíd never see a pro NBA of NFL player subject themselves to such meager accommodations.

Definitely a worthwhile series to watch IMO.
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Originally Posted by DonkeyShow
Fun watch but too short.
Originally Posted by Eric F
Are they adding more than the 8 episodes available right now for the 2022 race? That would be unusual for Netflix.
I hadn't considered that anyone might have binged all 8 episodes already!

Well, there's full coverage of this year's Tour coming up on GCN+, as well as their pre- and post-race discussion ('The Breakout'), 'Cycling News,' preview show, etc. You could spend all day watching Tour coverage!
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Originally Posted by Chicago Al
I hadn't considered that anyone might have binged all 8 episodes already!
Made for great background TV while I spent the day cleaning the house =P
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I watched the first episode and half of the 2nd. Outstanding commentary, Excellent video footage, and the Action and Drama of the race expertly put together that even the non cycling experienced public would be sure to enjoy . So far so good .

Very glad to see Cycling getting some much needed exposure again.
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Originally Posted by jeirvine
For the first couple episodes I kind of "meh" Then I saw a tip on Twitter to turn off the dubbing and watch in in the original French with subtitles. It's vastly better that way. There's also a podcast diving deep into each episode for those who want to get below the surface. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcas...t/id1691307629
I was skeptical, but tried this and agree it is better, even as I try listen and match french words to pronunciation.
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the deadpan swearing in the english audio sounds terrible
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Netflix also has a documentary series, 'The Least Expected Day,' following the trials and tribulations of Spain's Team Movistar. There should be another season coming soon. What we see on Netflix is pretty clearly edited down from a longer version shown in Europe, but it's plenty, as the focus is more on team dynamics than actual racing. Movistar's emphasis in recent years has evidently been creating interpersonal drama rather than winning bike races.
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I have watched a bunch of Chris Horner's YouTube post-race analysis. Clips, not whole segments of th race. But a very well opinionated tactical analysis of every stage with the clips to prove his take on it. High energy commentary.
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Originally Posted by Chicago Al
Even if they're not steel.

We will happily watch this, it'll fit right in after the Dauphine'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4HadbaMF8w

I wonder how many retro-grouches here follow today's bike racing, at all? Might see if I can run a poll. For me, and my family, it's the only sport we follow.
Self-proclaimed retro-grouch here....and I absolutely.love watching the TdF. The coverage is second to none for a sporting event, in my opinion. My wife and I watched nearly every stage of last year's race, and I thought it was one of the best TdF in recent memory.. We're also reliving it now via the Netflix series... GREAT series, brought back all the drama of the race, especially Jumbo-Visma's coordinated attack on Tadej Pogechar, and Vingegaard's ultimate victory.

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We’re enjoying it. montclairbobbyb please edit your spoiler for those that didn’t/don’t follow racing. It would be neat if the real time broadcast could collect and share some of the bike-camera views for sprints, crashes, close calls, etc.
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Originally Posted by iab
Well, if a Frenchman could win the race, I may see your point.

Just kidding.

Last French win, 1985. Last Bears Superbowl win, 1985. Coincidence? I think not. I'm all in on the French if we have a Bears win this January. No French for 2023, guaranteed.
Bears are gonna be a while I think, I would enjoy it though.
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Bears are gonna be a while I think, I would enjoy it though.
Ya gotta spend money for Da Bears to find honey.
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Originally Posted by Classtime
Weíre enjoying it. montclairbobbyb please edit your spoiler for those that didnít/donít follow racing. It would be neat if the real time broadcast could collect and share some of the bike-camera views for sprints, crashes, close calls, etc.
Is it still a "spoiler" when it's a race that ended 10+ months ago?
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Is it still a "spoiler" when it's a race that ended 10+ months ago?
Wanna call it something else?
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https://cycling.today/wout-van-aert-...e-documentary/
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The production quality and extensive coverage make this a fine documentary. I'm a total retro grouch but the producers touch on the hard subjects of the extreme suffering, danger and abuse that can happen. Good storytelling in my opinion.
Wout Van Aert isn't the first rider unhappy with how he came across in a doc but I thought it had as much balance as most cycling docs considering how they tried to plumb the depths of all of the rider's experiences.

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