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Tour de France on PS2!(15 posts)

Tour de France on PS2!I Love Shimano
Jun 6, 2002 6:47 PM
http://xbox.ign.com/objects/015/015157.html

Is this possible? Is this available in the US right now? Check out the graphics!
no offense, but would that be boring? nmdustin73
Jun 6, 2002 8:17 PM
re: Tour de France on PS2!Leisure
Jun 7, 2002 2:47 AM
I can't seem to get the whole story, but I always thought it would be cool if you could attach one of these things to a trainer and actually ride virtual races against computer-generated prototype racers for each cat. You'd go on up in levels until you went against the LANCE1000, a liquid metal android with inhuman pedalling power. Well, alright, that last part might not be fair. But some of it would be really cool. Supposedly there are programs that allow the virtual rides, etc, but I haven't seen anything pitting you against virtual racers yet.
They're out there,TJeanloz
Jun 7, 2002 3:58 AM
There are systems that pit you against virtual racers, but they're pretty expensive. I believe its a Compu-trainer add-on, and that it's Nintendo based. They also have a model which allows networking, so that you can 'race' your friend who's 1000 miles away 'racing' on his own machine. They show the thing off at Interbike every year. But like I said, it's expensive.
Kewl!Leisure
Jun 7, 2002 4:16 AM
At least they exist; if it's like anything else the prices will drop eventually. And racing against pals across the globe, now that hadn't occured to me. Just cuz it's me, I'd probably make it a noncompetitive Sunday groupride. :o)
Kewl!Shad
Jun 7, 2002 6:17 AM
The guy demonstrating it on OLN said that you could save past races and actually race against your past self to see if/how you are progressing. Wonder if it works as well as they indicate? Quite a bit of money if it doesn't. Does anyone out there have one?
Anyone know the name of this progroam? nmPhatMatt
Jun 7, 2002 6:23 AM
can you draft?DougSloan
Jun 7, 2002 6:17 AM
Is the program designed to know if you are virtually "drafting" your opponent? That would be cool.

Hey, we could have a virtual RBR ride -- Computrainers for everyone!
I think so,TJeanloz
Jun 7, 2002 6:37 AM
I think you can, but there's always a line to ride the damn thing at Interbike, so I've never actually used it. Mostly shop owners in Minnesota are interested in it, those of us from Colorado just snicker at the contraption.

But you get to steer your rider around, so I presume you can draft (though I'm not sure how it works- the resistence probably doesn't get lighter, maybe you can pedal less gear and still keep up?)
re: Tour de France on PS2!metty108
Jun 7, 2002 10:44 AM
Tacx, the trainer people make one of these
http://www.tacx.nl/frameset.cfm?l=en&id=100
Click on products, trainers and then virtual reality
trainers.
Pretty cool stuff.

Paul
re: Tour de France on PS2!toddatridetotherightdotcom
Jun 7, 2002 3:45 AM
I didn't see any graphics!
re: Tour de France on PS2!allezrider
Jun 7, 2002 5:39 AM
I didn't see any graphics, but the thought of it is pretty exciting.....
Computrainer and Delorme 3dDougSloan
Jun 7, 2002 6:23 AM
Now this looks really, really cool. Computrainer is working with Delorme mapping to create the ability to map a course in 3d of actual roads and then ride it on the trainer. You could train for a course like you are actually there.

http://www.computrainer.com/cgi-bin/hazel.exe?client=62942504&action=DETAIL&ITEM=TEXT3
Computrainer and Delorme 3dTJeanloz
Jun 7, 2002 6:45 AM
I had forgotten that a current feature is they offer famous courses, like the World Championships course, or Olympic RR course, that you can ride and then compare your time to the winner. That might not be the encouragement I'm looking for.
maybe just lie to the programDougSloan
Jun 7, 2002 6:53 AM
Tell the program you are something like 50 pounds and then maybe it will think you are really fast, thus keeping up with the pros?