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no cycling on tv? try Paris Dakar!!(7 posts)

no cycling on tv? try Paris Dakar!!rollo tommassi
Jan 3, 2003 8:13 AM
I know nothing about cars, engines, etc., but I gotta say: check out the daily coverage of Paris Dakar on Speedvision!

Organised by ASO (they also do that little race in France in July...) it's beautifully photographed and commented.

Call me kooky, but there is something to be said for driving a truck through the desert at 100mph!!!
interesting, butDougSloan
Jan 3, 2003 9:00 AM
Where are all the environmentalists when these things are ravaging the planet? (It does look like fun, though.)

They should have a bicycle version. Now that would be interesting. It would make RAAM look like a ride in the park.
They are busy complaining about SUVs...new articleColnagoFE
Jan 3, 2003 10:10 AM
http://boulderweekly.com/coverstory.html

Almost all rhetoric...very little facts or supporting data as usual.
Do you expect anything different from the Boulder Weekly?TJeanloz
Jan 3, 2003 10:17 AM
That tabloid "newspaper" isn't fit for bathroom reading.
thanks for the great photo!!rollo tommassi
Jan 3, 2003 10:11 AM
yes, environmentalists....Tunisia et. al are fragile environments, economically and ecologically.

I wonder how much money (if any at all) is generated for the locals.

I think the bicycle version of this is the Australian one? I can't recall the name, but Phil Anderson rode it.
bicycle versionmohair_chair
Jan 3, 2003 10:16 AM
This is as close as you will come on a bike. Race across Costa Rica on a mountain bike, about as insane as it gets...

http://mtbike.mountainzone.com/2001/story/html/laruta_day1_race.html
I am a motorsports imbecile but I confess...lonefrontranger
Jan 3, 2003 10:27 AM
I (and my SO) find both the Paris-Dakar and the WRC rally coverage on Speed riveting. In Paris-Dakar I particularly dig the twisted part where the mechanics caravan has their own separate sponsorships, race category and braggin' rights (those big semitrailers are the team mechanics & support vehicles) - it follows since the whole rolling caravan by necessity must travel the race route with their teams / competition anyhow.

FWIW there is an unofficial but extremely cutthroat version of this done at every Grand Tour by the pro team caravans; bragging rights go to the mechanics, managers and soigneurs who can get their riders back to the hotel, fed and settled for the evening first every day.

Rally and P-D is about the only TV besides cycling coverage and the Weather Channel that we ever watch.

By the way Anne, let me give you a belated but very heartfelt congrats on your engagement. It must be a trend, as ironically after 7 1/2 years together my own SO has recently made noises about making an honest woman of me... ;)