By Amy Slife As the FIFA World Cup winds down the Tour de France is taking off. While the Internet hasn’t gone completely crazy to the extent of creating Vuvuzela-like iPhone apps as with the World Cup, there are a number of social and web platforms that encourage cycling fans to follow along with the 20 stages of the Tour de France. We’ve highlighted three ways to follow the Tour below.
- Following the Tour de France with Bing Maps – A must have app for Tour fans, Microsoft has built an app for Bing Maps that not only visualizes the routes for each race stage on the map interface, but also provides relevant info like the weather forecast for each upcoming stage and, most importantly, the results. The app also allows the user to click through each stage to view the route, zoom to the starts and finishes of each of the 20 stages and mouse over the elevation and slope chart to see the corresponding location of the climbs and downhills on the race route.
- Following Versus on Twitter – If you can’t live stream the Tour de France during the day or catch it on TV, you can follow Versus, the broadcast and online source for the Tour and competitive cycling news, on Twitter. Versus is sharing all kinds of content, from crash footage, to the history of American cycling, to day highlights and rider interviews. This is your one-stop-shop for all Tour de France news, updates and video recaps.
- Following Cyclists on Twitter – These days it seems rare to find a sport that isn’t banning or limiting its athletes from using Twitter or other social media tools around game time or during major sporting events. We’ve seen previous bans from the United States Tennis Association on live tweets from players during the U.S. Open and the NBA, NFL and NHL’s restrictions on social media updates around game time. But with such restrictions having yet to be applied to the professional cycling world, what better way to keep up with the race and the results from the stages than to follow the cyclists themselves? From teams, to individual riders, to directors there’s a plethora folks to follow for unique insight and perspectives on the course and race.
How are you using social and web tools to follow the 2010 Tour de France? Share with us in the comments below!