I'm not a sports fan...conventional, American-type sports that is. Stuff like football, baseball, basketball, golf, etc. And bars? I've never done the bar thing either. I mean, there was college of course... So the 'sports bar' is something I really never got. Sports + bar = wrong. That was until today! Today I had a short e-mail correspondence w/ a cycling advocate here in town who asked if I knew of any place in Anchorage where a person could go to watch the Tour on television. Of course I was dumbfounded. How would I know any place like that?! TV?! Watch? I got rid of my TV back in 1982.
But the question reminded me of one of my favorite podcasts by Jack Thurston of The Bike Show. A couple of years ago one May, Jack recorded his weekly podcast whilst (d'ya like that?) watching the Giro from Bar Italia in London. They rode their bikes to the bar. It was a great show. They were really having a grand time, you could tell. Anyway, you can still download and listen to it.
So I reached for the phone book, flipped through the pages and immediately called the Peanut Farm. And you know what? The have Versus. AND...if you ask, they'll put it on for you! Right on! I'm heading to the Peanut Farm! Just like Chauncey Gardiner, "I like to watch."
Will they let you bring your trainer? It's a sports bar, isn't it?
(By-the-way, if you get a charge out of watching bicycle racing, check out this trailer for Road to Roubaix)
Here's the Versus schedule:
Tour of California
Feb 14 @ 5PM ET, Feb 15 @ 6PM ET
Feb 16 LIVE @ 12:30PM ET, Feb 17 LIVE @ 5PM ET
Feb 18-20 LIVE @ 4PM ET and Feb 21-22 @ 5PM ET
Paris Nice - Mar 8 and Mar 15 @ 5PM ET
Criterium International - Mar 29 @ 5PM ET
Tour of Flanders - Apr 5 @ 5PM ET
Paris Roubaix - Apr 12 @ 4PM ET
Liege Bastogne - Apr 26 @ 3PM ET
Fleche Wallone - Apr 26 @ 3:30PM ET
Tour de Romandie - May 3 @ 4PM ET
Dauphine Libere - Jun 7, 9, 14 and 15 @ 5PM ET
Tour de Suisse - Jun 14 and 15 @ 6PM ET and Jun 21 @ 5PM ET
Tour de France - July 4-26
Vuelta A Expana - Oct 11 @ 5PM ET
Paris Tours - Oct 11 @ 6PM ET
Tour du Faso - Nov 8 @ 6PM ET