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Discussion: Tour de France

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Mar 29, 2020 10:46 PM # 
upnorthguy:
Not orienteering, but I'm sure a few folks are interested.

"The Tour de France has apparently set a final deadline of May 15 to decide whether the 107th edition of the race will go ahead."

That's not that far out from the planned start date of June 27.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/tour-de-...
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Mar 30, 2020 1:21 AM # 
slow-twitch:
why not set all the riders up at home with wind-trainers and back projection of the appropriate sections of French countryside. I wouldn't watch that for 22 days but I'm pretty sure I know some cycling tragics who would.

I guess the downside is it makes every stage a TT which isn't really in keeping with the spirit of the tour.
Mar 30, 2020 1:30 AM # 
jjcote:
Modern cycling trainers should be able to simulate all of the dynamics of riding in a pack, or as it's called in French, a "peloton" (of course).
Mar 30, 2020 5:23 AM # 
TheInvisibleLog:
Just set the chopper up to take shots of the scenery and forget the bikes.
Mar 30, 2020 6:14 AM # 
tinytoes:
I was wondering if there was an alternative TdF - focus on the scenery and cut away to cycling - just before an ad. Sorry die hards - I really am a TdF tragic at heart.
Mar 30, 2020 7:16 AM # 
tRicky:
Most non-cyclists only watch it for the scenery anyway.
Mar 30, 2020 12:17 PM # 
tinytoes:
There's me again - odd one out.
Mar 30, 2020 1:03 PM # 
tRicky:
Well I'm a cyclist and I don't watch it.
Mar 30, 2020 9:58 PM # 
bubo:
I watch it most of the time but usually fall asleep on the boring long and flat stages. To cycling fans that may make me a tragic, but I donĀ“t really understand this 5 hour transport to a sprint finish. Mountain stages are mostly OK to keep me awake though...
Mar 30, 2020 11:51 PM # 
TheInvisibleLog:
The only amusement in the long flat stages (which tend to have less scenery anyway) is the skill of commentators in talking about very little for hours on end.
Mar 31, 2020 5:37 AM # 
slow-twitch:
@bubo - my understanding of the use of the word 'tragic' in this kind of context is that if you stayed awake glued to the screen during the boring long and flat stages that would make you a tragic
Mar 31, 2020 5:59 AM # 
simmo:
On the sprint stages I watch something else, then watch the replay (30 mins) in the morning (in Westoz it's usually televised live from around 8pm - 11pm).

Regarding the original post - 'Tell them they're dreaming!'

It won't happen.
Apr 1, 2020 1:14 AM # 
yurets:
It will be over by then. Now is the time to book those summer vacations!
Apr 1, 2020 11:17 PM # 
Hammer:
You go first Yurets. ;-)
Apr 2, 2020 12:08 AM # 
gordhun:
There is one train of thought going around that in the absence of a vaccine the pandemic will be over when 85% of the world's population has been exposed to and built up an immunity or otherwise to the virus.
At this rate it seems it will take roughly 7 1/2 years to reach that total.
Out of 14 million people in Florida the virus has only been able to reach about 1/3 of 1 % of the population in one month.
Apr 2, 2020 12:30 AM # 
Spike:
"or otherwise" is an interesting term.
Apr 2, 2020 12:32 AM # 
gordhun:
The term is not mine.
Apr 2, 2020 2:10 AM # 
tRicky:
If it increases exponentially though then it should take hold quicker than that, especially once we're free to go outside again.
Apr 2, 2020 5:14 AM # 
yurets:
Looks like DC is ground zero for hysteria. The VA governor has ordered lockdown until June 10th!! The MD governor has open ended. Pure madness.

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/virginia-gover...
Apr 2, 2020 7:27 AM # 
simmo:
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/20/m...
Apr 2, 2020 10:20 AM # 
jjcote:
Regarding the open ended lockdown, that really makes more sense than picking arbitrary target dates and then repeatedly extending them. If you need to tell everybody to stay home, just say "stay home until I tell you otherwise". (Wait, I guess "orherwise" has bad connotations...)
Apr 2, 2020 1:41 PM # 
rlindzon:
If you're looking just at confirmed cases, the numbers of those who have been exposed and built up immunity could be considerably larger. Results from Iceland indicate it could be double as a result of the many exposed people who never develop symptoms.
Apr 16, 2020 8:54 AM # 
jSh:
... and in the meantime, TdF has been postponed: August 29th to September 20th.

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