Just curious if there is much "cross-over."
First off, I knew pretty much nothing about bicycle racing before, and I really don't know much now. I had some time off the past couple off weeks, so I kind of got hooked on watching this year's Tour De France. They replayed that day's stage throughout the day on NBCSports, so it was pretty easy to follow...
Couple of observations:
Like I said, the actual race was initially secondary to me, even though I started getting into it the more I watched...the way they filmed the event, however, was very interesting...almost like riding a motorcycle through the French countryside. The way the motorcycles followed/led/or rode alongside the racers and filmed them is crazy! They look to be highly modified machines: the passenger is in a standing up postion
and films over
the rider! The motorcycles seemed to be predominately some sort of BMW's and Connies (many had a huge KAWASAKI plastered across the front windshield). Anybody ever seen one of the actual motorcycles that cover the Tour up close, first-hand? I am interested how they are rigged....
Anyway, these motorcycles were everywhere! They were obviously piloted by very skilled riders, as I didn't see ONE of them make a "bobble" despite riding in tight quarters amidst giant packs (palontone?) of bicycles with the passenger standing up behind them holding a huge camera...all the while swerving and swooping through corners! Very impressive! How does one become trained to ride/cover this type of event? These guys were good! The angles and perspectives they provided were compelling to me! The whole thing looks like organized chaos though! Bicycles, motorcycles, chase/team cars everywhere, all the while the course is lined with crazed fans waving flags or jumping around in crazy costumes and trying to run alongside the bicycles for as far as they can...it is incredible how they don't have more people get mowed down in one form or fashion...either racers, journalists/cameramen, or spectators.... So very European! LOL
I hope to watch the event again next year. The whole "motorcycling aspect" to it is fascinating to me! Besides the scenery is pretty good too!