Saturday, 4 July 2009

Tour de France; Le Tour Challenge and other competition fun!

 

Well, the excitement of the Tour de France is now before us. Some awesome competitions going on. I will be trying to get out on my bike everyday during the Tour de France for the MapMyRide contest. The Garmin Edge 705 is going to busy collecting all of those stats for uploading to MapMyRide.

 

The VERSUS-MapMyRide.com Le Tour Challenge gives cyclists of ALL LEVELS a chance to compete in the 2009 Tour de France in your own hometown against Lance and the other top pros for tens of thousands of dollars in incredible prizes!  Some of the amazing prizes up for grabs include bikes from Parlee and Cervelo, and a Grand Prize Trek Travel Trip to watch the final stage of the Tour in Paris!*

The Le Tour Challenge is simple:
1. SIGN UP at http://www.MapMyRide.com/tdf
2. RIDE your bike on the day of a stage
3. SUBMIT YOUR RIDE
4. We'll COMPUTE your Virtual Time and give you an ENTRY into the daily prize drawing
5. Win PRIZES and JERSEYS
6. COMPETE in as many stages as you'd like!

I'm still not quite sure, what kind of prize a trip to the Tour de France is when

* airfare not included

Still sounds like it is going to be a whole lot of fun in any case. Besides, you need an American postal address to win anything. This is awesome, as I will be stateside shortly after the Tour de France is complete. I'll be giving FedEx just enough time to make it with the loot.

 

It will be very interested to see how competing virtually works. So many variables to decide who wins on virtual time? Plenty of hills here in Wellington. How will they be accounted for? Can I look forward to a polka-dot jersey?

 

Meanwhile, locally roadcycling.co.nz has a competition of their own up, with the first price and sweet ride with a BMC Racemaster up for grabs (pictured right).

 

And in Wellington,  On Yer Bike have a 10km indoor time trial contest running.

 

Do the On Yer Bike 10km

Indoor Time Trial

Ever pretend that you're about to win the Tour de France prologue while churning it out on your indoor trainer?  From July 5-28th you can live that dream in public.  While the Tour de France is running we are holding an indoor time trial contest at the Vivian Street store.  You race on your own bike, it costs $2 to enter, and at the end of the month the fastest man and woman on the leaderboard split the total prize pool.  Drop in anytime, or if you'd like to know more (or need some encouragement) call us or drop us an email.

 

But the real challenge for me is going to be resisting all the yet to be announced sales in the local cycle stores for the Tour de France time period. Can I resist? Or will they win and extract the cash and mothballs from wallet?