Downhiller Dave Watson jumped over the Tour de France in 2003 on the climb up to L’Alpe D’Huez. The jump was setup just as a breakaway was riding through. The Downhill daredevil seemed to be an urban legend as word of the jump could not be verified and it seemed as though the Tour Organization ASO tried to confiscate the video. Now a few years later, the video is up on YouTube.
“We kind of wanted to tie the evolution of cycling into the 100th year of Le Tour,” explains freerider cyclist Dave. “And jumping over the peleton seemed the best way to do it.”
Wow, YouTube and other video sites do have quite a bit of footage. Interesting to search the sites and find out what you can dig up.
Check out the footage from 2003 when Lance Armstrong caught a mussette and went down. The crash caused his frame to crack which later caused Lance to unclip from his pedal and almost take out his other testicle.
Now checkout the 2000 Tour de France the year that Lance had to prove that his 1999 win was no fluke. Here he rides on Hautcam and duels Marco Pantani who was still the worlds best climber. Although Marco was not at his peak, he did go mano-a-mano with Lance a few times.
The Tour de France is almost upon us, and it is time to kickoff the excitement with some videos in French of course. First up is a look at L’Alpe D’Huez and Lance Armstrong with some footage taken from OLN and Lance’s Reality show.
Next is a profile of Jan Ullrich from 2004. Take a behind the scenes look at Jan with his baby and having some coffee.
The RAI Click website has an archive of the entire Giro D’Italia coverage as seen on RAI. Relive the domination of Ivan Basso and listen to some great Italian commentators too. The Processo alla Tappa program is also available and that is worth seeing too.
Click on “VENTUNESIMA TAPPA – 28/05″ (the 21st stage) to view the confrontation between Gilberto Simoni and Ivan Basso at the start of the final stage. Ivan Basso says to Simoni to not tell lies to which Simoni replies to Basso “you don;t exist to me any more, go away”. Forward to the 8:00 mark to view the rare moment of an emotional confrontation between cyclist. Watch Basso keeps his cool while a weasally Simoni waves his hands telling Basso to go away.
One of the most popular search terms on this site is Ivan Basso’s sister, or Elisa Basso. I don’t remember writing about Basso’s lovely sister much, so I did some research and found a good (safe for work) video to post on my site. Now, those searching for Elisa Basso will get a result that won’t leave them sour.
Hmmm, if this is popular then maybe I will join Bicirace and Pez in setting up some sort of cycling babe section. Or not.
YouTube has removed the video. Darn, next time I will have to save it locally. This is one of the most popular pages on the site. In the meantime, here are some choice pics of Elisa Basso. Including one that is NSFW.
Last Sunday was the Binghamton Circuit Race in Binghamton NY. The weather was great, and the course was fun. A 1.6 mile loop with a slight enough hill to make the legs hurt each lap. My race was going quite well for 11 of the 15 total laps. Then I guess I burned too many matches as I just could not hold onto the pace of the group. I bagged it and took the video of the finish of the Cat 4/5 race and a funny (while being under the influence of lactic acid) interview with Matt Howey.
Bring out the Lucas Brunelle in you with Samsung’s new Camcorder. It features a music player and still camera with the basic video capturing functionality. What is most impressive is that it has a detachable lens that can be mounted on your handlebars, helmet or anywhere else you can think of to capture your next ride. The best part is that the lens has a range of 9ft, so it looks like no cables are needed!
I was searching through Google Video for cycling and found the Lucas Brunelle’s “Drag Race” video was uploaded. I wrote a quick blurb about these videos back in August.
Basically this is one of the all-time Internet classic videos. Lucas Brunelle straps a camera on his helmet and does a race NYC bike messenger style from Central Park through Times Square all the way to the Queensboro Bridge. Add in some GnR “Welcome to the Jungle” and some Judas Priest to fill in the rest and you have all you need to inspire you to get out the door and on two wheels.
Check out the Lucas Brunelle’s site for a better quality version of this video and more cool videos.
This has inspired me so much that I *might* try to mount a camera on my bike during a Crit or two.