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Best analogy to explain the Tour?(6 posts)

Best analogy to explain the Tour?Dave Hickey
Jul 11, 2003 9:27 AM
I've been thinking of the best way to explain the Tour to non-cycling friends and family. The only analogy I've come up with is a modified track meet.

It's like a track meet except every team member has to compete in every event. Sprinters run marathons, distance runners run the 50 year dash, etc.... The time trials are like a modified relay where everyone starts at the same time and their time is determined by the last place runner(assuming there are 5).

There has to be a better way to describe the tour.

Suggestions??
21-round golf tourney with different course each day (nm)Dale Brigham
Jul 11, 2003 10:27 AM
OR ....El Guapo
Jul 11, 2003 10:52 AM
The average golf course is 6500 yards or so long. Taking into account distances between tee to green and green to tee, lets call it 7000 yards even. That's approximately 22,000 feet or a little over 4 miles. So really, it's more like ... Playing 72 holes per round per day for 21 days while running the entire way (no caddies allowed!). Oh, and the sprint stages would be like all of the 198 players arriving at the 72nd hole at the same time and trying to sink their putts first. Players would carry their own equipment. Anyway, for the average couch potato ... challenge them to ride 1 block as fast as they possibly can (to the point of passing out). Then, explain to them that the Tour is that only multiplied by 23000 or so and divided by 21.
a marathon every day for 21 daysDrone 5200
Jul 11, 2003 1:18 PM
with some of them up hill.
Not Quite...serbski
Jul 12, 2003 1:12 PM
A marathon is generally a specifically targeted, (massive build-up/major taper) all-out effort for the 26.2 mile distance which does not involve any type of team tactics or the energy-saving of drafting. I would think that a long individual TT is more like a marathon (albeit a marathon performed on *very* spent legs!). If a Tour rider attempted to ride every stage at the equivalent effort of an elite marathoner he would only survive for a handful of stages (or possibly lose massive time ala Botero--who rocks nevertheless!)...
The Tour de France DietMe Dot Org
Jul 11, 2003 1:30 PM
Eat 5,000 calories a day for a month and lose weight.