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Tour de France Team Communication(7 posts)

Tour de France Team CommunicationFez
Sep 5, 2003 6:08 AM
Does anyone know the details on the team communication system? Is it regulated so every team has the same technology (but different channels)?

All I see is the taped earpiece (I think it has a Motorola logo on it).

Is it one-way only, where the rider receives messages from the team car but the rider cannot respond?

How big is the rest of the unit? Is it stuffed in a back jersey pocket? Or is it taped to the body (for time trials)?
re: Tour de France Team CommunicationTJeanloz
Sep 5, 2003 6:18 AM
It's a HAM radio system. Every rider has to get a license to operate, which is a bit of a pain.

Channels are assigned by the race organizers. We may be at the point of having some encryption so that teams can't hear each other. But it used to be that everybody could hear everyone else.

It is two-way - you can see a push-to-talk microphone clipped to the collar of most jerseys. The rest of the unit is slightly larger than a credit card. Most pro jerseys have a special pocket sewn in to hold them. Most riders do not use them for time trials.
Time TrialsFez
Sep 5, 2003 6:35 AM
In the final TT in 03 TdF, Ullrich appeared not to have one(he kept looking back and waving back the team car).

Did Armstrong use one? I think he already knew Ullrich wiped out and at which turn. Where was it? Those suits are pretty tight.
No need,TJeanloz
Sep 5, 2003 6:37 AM
In the time trials, there is a team car following right behind the rider. Team manager has a police-car style bullhorn, and just talks to the rider via that, shouting out time splits, news, encouragement, etc. There is no two-way communication (if you've ever done a time trial, you would understand why...)
No 2-way, but 1-way should be fineFez
Sep 5, 2003 7:07 AM
Didn't think of the bullhorn method, but 1-way communication would achieve the same thing.
It would be, except,TJeanloz
Sep 5, 2003 7:18 AM
It would work, no question, but radios aren't the most comfortable things to wear. Given the choice between two methods that work equally well, almost all riders would rather have their DS shouting at them from the car than through an earpiece.
TT Transponder??ms
Sep 5, 2003 6:49 AM
When I was around the teams cars beyond the finish line at Stage 12 of the Tour, I noticed that several riders had something about the size of a credit card taped to their upper thigh just above where their shorts ended. Was this a transponder instead of some communications device?