Monday, July 06, 2009

Tour de France

The Tour de France started on Saturday! It doesn't show on our TV but I usually keep a close eye on it through the computer. Unfortunately, this weekend provided no time for that. Now that I'm at work I'm at the computer, but, well, I need to work. And I have serious deadlines that I have to work quickly toward.

I did spend a few minutes this morning looking for live updates, which I usually watch at the Official Tour de France website and VeloNews's Tour de France site. As technology marches forward ever faster, it appears that plain text, live updates that are reasonable for skimming through quickly every hour or so are not supported. Coverage is primarily by video with plain text being saved for the post-stage articles. There are text updates at the official site, but they automatically refresh differently this year and when I'm trying to read previous updates from, say, an hour ago, the view screen keeps refreshing and flipping back to the top of the page where the most recent updates are. VeloNews was like that in the past. Darn annoying.

I don't have time to figure out the best way to keep up with the Tour as it's happening, which is quite a bummer. It hasn't felt like nearly enough to just read at the end of the day who won the stage, who has which jerseys and what the general classification (overall, ie: yellow jersey) standings are. I need more Tour!

Maybe tomorrow when I'm not working and I have only 142 things to get done at home while entertaining the kid, then I'll find time to keep up with the Tour, at least for a day.