TdF Stage three

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TdF Stage three

Postby europa » Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:52 am

Yawn. I mananged to stay away for most of it. Cripes, the ads got my hr higher than some of the competitors. Talk about taking a holiday. The two out front must have been wondering what was going on.

Then the breakaway by the second two. Loved watching all four join up and the quick conversion - "come on sunshine, let's give that peleton a riding lesson". And it nearly worked.

Yes, I fell asleep somewhere in there :roll: but I did get to see the last few kms.

Cancellara's sprint was a beauty :shock:

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Postby stryker84 » Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:09 am

my TV packed it in halfway through, and I was falling asleep as well. :(

So I wake up, and the screen is blank and I hear this thudding/clicking noise from the TV.

Oh well, I'll wait for the highlights package.
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Postby tuco » Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:09 am

I must say it was a little dull early on. I suppose they have to conserve their energy on the longer stages.

I had a shower while the silly frog cooked the food. Still trying to work out if the wine expert is a pom with a French accent or a frog with a pom accent. Judging by his teeth I'm going for the former.

I set the tape but forgot there was already an hour on the tape used so I missed the last 50kms but it didn't look like an exciting finish.

I set the tape for stage two and just fitted in it by about 3 minutes. I better start making sure the tapes are rewound before I hit record.
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Postby tuco » Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:11 am

stryker84 wrote:my TV packed it in halfway through, and I was falling asleep as well. :(

So I wake up, and the screen is blank and I hear this thudding/clicking noise from the TV.

Oh well, I'll wait for the highlights package.


What more excuse do you need to buy an LCD or plasma?

My wife's hoping ours will pack it in to justify the change over.
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Postby stryker84 » Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:18 am

tuco wrote:
stryker84 wrote:my TV packed it in halfway through, and I was falling asleep as well. :(

So I wake up, and the screen is blank and I hear this thudding/clicking noise from the TV.

Oh well, I'll wait for the highlights package.


What more excuse do you need to buy an LCD or plasma?

My wife's hoping ours will pack it in to justify the change over.


Small prob there. When you're a student with no income and got the TV free from a friend cos you couldn't afford one yourself. Yes, I know it sounds ridiculous seeing as I've probably spent 10 times as much on my bike as I will on a new TV, but at least I use the bike. The TV only gets use for the Tour and other occasional sports.

On the bright side, I get to move this huge box (it is old, a CRT with preset channels and LOT of bulk, must be 25 years old at least) out of my room, and make more space for the bike.
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Postby sogood » Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:18 am

tuco wrote:What more excuse do you need to buy an LCD or plasma

Plasma is bad, very bad for the environment. It's an energy hog.
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Postby europa » Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:32 am

tuco wrote:
stryker84 wrote:my TV packed it in halfway through, and I was falling asleep as well. :(

So I wake up, and the screen is blank and I hear this thudding/clicking noise from the TV.

Oh well, I'll wait for the highlights package.


What more excuse do you need to buy an LCD or plasma?

My wife's hoping ours will pack it in to justify the change over.


That's how I got my new tele - it certainly wasn't because I could afford one, but seeing we don't go out at all (the money goes on bikes and we watch dvds from the library :roll: ).

SBS on digital is amazing - now all I have to do is work out how to record the digital feed. Surely it can be done but at the moment, I'm still recording the old analogue feed and having watched a stage in beaut colour and clarity, it's heartbreaking to watch the blurry recording that can't decide whether it's in colour or not.

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Postby tuco » Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:50 am

sogood wrote:
tuco wrote:What more excuse do you need to buy an LCD or plasma

Plasma is bad, very bad for the environment. It's an energy hog.


Ride to work and make up for the difference or think of it as a heater for the lounge and turn down the regular room heater thermostat.
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Postby LuckyPierre » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:01 pm

sogood wrote: Plasma is bad, very bad for the environment. It's an energy hog.

I expected my plasma to run hotter than it does after the things I'd heard about them (I bought it because it was signifcantly cheaper than an lcd equivalent).
tuco wrote:Ride to work and make up for the difference or think of it as a heater for the lounge and turn down the regular room heater thermostat.

The ride to work bit is still tricky with only one shower for over 100 of us, not to mention the suits and ties thing - but I always intended to use my plasma as a part of my heating system and I think that I do. I'd rather wear clothes and use a blanket when I'm vegging out on the couch, but I don't have a lot of success convincing my son to do the same. Maybe I need to nobble all of the heaters!
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Postby sogood » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:16 pm

tuco wrote:Ride to work and make up for the difference or think of it as a heater for the lounge and turn down the regular room heater thermostat.

Now that's practical thinking. But hey, why would you need a heater up in Townsville? :shock:

Seriously though. Recently I read somewhere (?SMH) that those plasma TVs are now turning into the major energy burner in households, bumping up electricity bills by up to 35%. All at a time when other electrical appliances are getting more energy efficient.

LCD screens are much more energy efficient from what I've read.
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Postby stryker84 » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:52 pm

sogood wrote:Seriously though. Recently I read somewhere (?SMH) that those plasma TVs are now turning into the major energy burner in households, bumping up electricity bills by up to 35%.


And then there's those nongs who are on the computer 24/7 posting to online bike forums. Imagine how much power they'd save if they weren't doing that?! :P
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Postby sogood » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:57 pm

stryker84 wrote:And then there's those nongs who are on the computer 24/7 posting to online bike forums. Imagine how much power they'd save if they weren't doing that?! :P

The power saving is enormous when you can turn off the idiot box and just run on an energy efficient laptop.
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Postby stryker84 » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:59 pm

sogood wrote:
stryker84 wrote:And then there's those nongs who are on the computer 24/7 posting to online bike forums. Imagine how much power they'd save if they weren't doing that?! :P

The power saving is enormous when you can turn off the idiot box and just run on an energy efficient laptop.


hehe, or if you're like me who can't even turn it on in the first place :)
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Postby sogood » Wed Jul 11, 2007 1:00 pm

stryker84 wrote:hehe, or if you're like me who can't even turn it on in the first place :)

The person above is smiling at you! :D
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Postby Kev365428 » Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:35 pm

Back on topic.

I agree Richard, it did get a triffle boring watching the same ads over, and over, and over. The second breakaway was well executed. Pity they couldn't hold it together at the finish.

I couldn't believe how slow they were going! Reprts stated they were about 60 minutes behind schedule. So Tuco, you need to allow for at least an additional hour at the end of the scheduled finish time.

One question - Why don't SBS show the entire race? We always seem to start the coverage with between 120 to 150 km to go. Be nice to see the whole thing just once.

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Postby sogood » Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:46 pm

Kev365428 wrote:One question - Why don't SBS show the entire race? We always seem to start the coverage with between 120 to 150 km to go. Be nice to see the whole thing just once.

At a guess,

1) It would eat too much into their regular programming. And not every one want to watch 4-6 hours of spin biking.

2) Final 120-150km is what they figured to be the exciting part of the race where most actions occurs.

Can't blame them given what they've already allocated on an essentially minority sport.
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Postby europa » Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:25 pm

I can understand them not showing the whole stage in prime time tele - not enough happens typically. Even multiple mountain stages generallydon't have a real lot happening early on as the big names haunt each other until the final climb, that's assuming someone isn't trying to break his opponents, which I think is what is going to have to happen this year (anyone strong enough to do it?).

Interestingly, we're better served than the US where you have to buy cable to get anything other than highlights packages on the weekend - we are rather lucky (for once :roll:)

SBS have a good track record of showing highlights of earlier action so I don't think we miss out on too much ... and if we are, please don't tell :roll:

Having said that, I understand your frustration and would like to watch just one leg from go to whoa one day.

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Postby Kev365428 » Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:37 pm

Just saw the replay of the finish and it looks like Robbie got checked just as he was replying to Boonin's (sp?) surge.

Who knows.

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Postby gdl_gdl » Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:41 pm

I was on holiday in England last year in July and they had all of the TDF live on Channel 4. It was great for a while but you eventually start to lose interest (especially when the wife gives you a big kick and tells you to move your arse! :wink: ) I think the words were "We didn't pay all this money so you could watch cycling on TV! You could have done that in Perth".

I didn't think it appropriate at the time to point out that SBS is only showing limited highlights and therefore I couldn't have done this in Perth! :wink: :wink:

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