Everybody must get stoned

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Yes, it’s time once again for the Tour of Flanders, and no, I have absolutely no idea who’s gonna win the sonofabitch, so don’t ask.

Still, it should be fun to watch (it pretty much always is). And if your idea of a good time is watching the hardmen tackle the cobbles via your computer, well, you can follow the Ronde on one of the feeds provided by cyclingfans.com.

The video could be live as early as 6 a.m. Eastern, and most of the usual suspects will be on the road — Peter Sagan, Fabian Cancellara, Tom Boonen, Sylvain Chavanel and a whole lot of other mugs who have all the chance of a banana in the monkey house.

Next week, Charles Pelkey and I plan to crank up the Live Update Guy machinery for Paris-Roubaix, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the comparative peace and quiet of strong men weeping at the Ronde.

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21 Responses to “Everybody must get stoned”

  1. John Says:

    So who’s gonna win?

    D’oh! That’s right, I wasn’t ‘spose to ask. Sorry.

  2. weaksides (@weaksides) Says:

    I’m just pissed that the damn thing isn’t on teevee here this year. It was last year after all. Fuckit…maybe I’ll check the innertubez version tomorrow.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The innertubez are pretty good, depending upon who’s jabbering. Eurosport has been using David Harmon, Magnus Backstedt and Sean Kelly among others. (You’ll need your Bog Trotter-English dictionary for Sean.)

      • Steve O Says:

        Can I ask a stupid question? How do you watch it on Al Gore’s Info Highway?

        Here’s what I typically do. Find the list of links at Steephill or cyclingfans. Click one. Sit through a 30 second ad. Then wait for the stream to trickle down my leg. Hope it’s in the king’s English. If not, click the next link and try again. Then watch for 10-15 minutes before that feed gets shut down, freezes, or turns into some blaring ad. Go back to Step #1 and start all over.

        Typically I get half racing, half waiting or ads or Australian rules football or a blackout screen.

        What am I doing wrong?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Steve, sometimes it takes a bit of fiddling to find a solid feed. Pop-up ads are a curse, as is the occasional dropped feed. I generally change feeds a couple-three times over the course of an hour or two.

        At 7 a.m. the first of the English-language feeds (Eurosport) at cyclingfans.com seems to be working nicely.

      • John Says:

        I use steephill.tv to find a link, but as PO’G says there’s often pop-ups and, biggest curse of all, those ads taking up the middle of the screen. DON’T click on any of the ads trying to close them (they often have a “sucker” X), but just go to full screen right away. Works great for me, no annoying ads, no pop-ups, so only the occasional dropped feed. The one thing is that if I want to play on the intertubes while watching I have to use the laptop.

        I’ve been watching since about 5am MDT (insomnia, told ya) and the feed has been fine. Might get cruddy near the end when all those viewers-come-lately join in.


  3. James Says:

    Now I love the cobbled classics betwixt the Ronde and Roubaix but there is no way in H-E-double hockey sticks that I am rousting myself at three in the West Coast AM to watch. I will watch the highlights somewhere unless Boonen wins again.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      No dark-thirty reveille for me, either, James. I’ll watch whenever I drag ass out of the sack and hope I luck onto some good bits.

      Boom-Boom hasn’t been exactly burning up the road lately. Faboo is talking shit. Sagan isn’t. It’s gonna be a crapshoot.

    • John Says:

      Ha! Looks like that ol’ insomnia is finally gonna pay off. I probably won’t be up at 4am MDT, but 5am isn’t out of the question. It’ll be my own, cobble version of sunrise service.

      Happy Zombie Jesus Day Everyone!

  4. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Racing road bikes on cobbles is silly. Racing anything on cobbles is silly. Cobbles should turned into proper gravel roads.

  5. Steve O Says:

    Fuck me. Another great idea that I failed to execute. Had a whole bunch of ideas for stupid fake April Fools questions for Herr Pelkey’s ‘Splainer column, so he could crank out some beauts like back in the VeloNews days. Great idea, when I had it, a month ago. But got a feeling suggesting the idea on the 31st would go over like a fart in church.

  6. hurbenbHurben Says:


    Happy dance, LUGS redux.


  7. md anderson Says:

    Finished a 500 mile week in and around parts of Cochise County AZ and i must say the chip n seal roads could give the cobbles a run for their money. I swear my arms and hands would vibrate for a couple hours at the end of the day. Hopefully my hubby hasnt disabled the dvr while i was gone and i can enjoy a delay broadcast via satellite.

    • khal spencer Says:

      All of NM-4 from White Rock to La Cueva is now chipseal. Its a real joy. I have been replacing my 700-23 tires with 700-25 or 700-28 and dropping the pressure so my fillings don’t fall out. Just got back from a ride up in the Jemez (finally warm enough) on 700-28 Conti All-Season folding tires mounted on regular 32 spoke Open Pros and it felt really good, even on the bad pavement. I think those Bontrager Race X-lites (or whatever they are called) mounted with 700-23s will have to pine away for when i move to where the roads don’t suck.

    • Patrick O'Brien Says:

      Hey MD, we live in SV. Our street is now chip seal. I get it right out of the garage. It’s road maintenance on the the extremely cheap side.

      Is it too early to say who won? Or who was pinching who?

  8. Steve O Says:

    I’d like to say I’ll be there next weekend, with the way Spartacus rode today, P-R might just be a coronation.

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