I've had a long time passion for bicycle racing. I have followed the Tour de France since Miguel Indurain was winning his record five victories in a row. At time the only following was a daily show on ESPN2. We watched the Saturday night races at the Encino Veldrome in the late 1970's.
SUNDAY, MAY 13
START: Santa Rosa
FINISH: Santa Rosa
MONDAY, MAY 14
START: San Francisco
FINISH: Santa Cruz County
TUESDAY, MAY 15
START: San Jose
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
THURSDAY, MAY 17
(Individual Time Trial)
FRIDAY, MAY 18
FINISH: Big Bear Lake
SATURDAY, MAY 19
FINISH: Mt. Baldy
SUNDAY, MAY 20
START: Los Angeles
FINISH: Los Angeles
Pro Cycling Web Links
Now a good source of live streaming cycling videos is available at Cyclingfans.
(It helps if you are fluent in Flemish, French, German, Spanish and Italian)
A good source of English coverage of races is at cycling.tv some free 2 view but others paid(It has most of the Spring Classics)
(Most European races finish the day between 8am and 9am pacific time.)
Universal Sports came through last year by having both Giro de Italia and Vuelta de Espana on daily coverage.
If you like a good blog on cycling, I Recommend
Johan Bruyneel Blog.
NBC SPORTS(Versus) TV schedule for 2012
The 2012 Epic Cycle Schedule:
This schedule is subject to change and all times are considered ET.
The 2012 Epic Cycle Schedule
This TV schedule is subject to change and all times are considered ET. All events are same-day delay or next-day delay except for the Tour de France, Tour of California, and USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Amgen Tour of California: May 13 at 11 p.m.; May 14-18 at 5 p.m.; May 19 at 7 p.m.; May 20 at 6:30 p.m.
The move of this event into May two years ago allowed the Tour de France-style road race to visit locations that would not have been possible previously. Due to the incredible success, the race will remain in May to provide fans with the most action-packed, exciting race possible.
Criterium du Dauphine: June 3 at 9 p.m.; June 4-7 at 4 p.m.; June 8 at 3 p.m.; June 9 at 1 a.m.; June 10 at 7 p.m.
The Critérium du Dauphiné (before 2010 known as the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré) is an annual cycling road race, run over eight stages in the Dauphiné region in France during the first half of June. The race was inaugurated by a local newspaper, the Dauphiné Libéré, which gave its name to the event. For many years, organisation of the event was shared between the newspaper publishers and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO): in 2010, the newspaper ceded all organisational responsibility to the ASO, and the race's name was abbreviated. Along with the Tour de Suisse, the Dauphiné is an important race in the lead-up to the Tour de France in July, and it is part of the UCI World Ranking calendar.
Tour de Suisse: June 9 at 2 a.m.; June 10 at 9 p.m.; June 11-16 at 5 p.m.; June 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Tour de France: June 30-July 22, times TBD
This year's race will be the 99th Tour de France and will start in Liege and end on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
2012 Pro Cycling Challenge: August 20-25 at 4 p.m.; August 26 at 2 p.m.
Paris Tours: October 7 at 7 p.m.
Paris-Tours is a French single-day classic cycling race every October from the outskirts of Paris to the cathedral city of Tours. It is known as the "Sprinters Classic" because it frequently ends in a bunch sprint on the 2.7 km long Avenue du Grammont, in Tours.