Some readers might be old enough to the days when, living in America or Australia, they waited for the airmail to deliver cycling magazines. Some race results might not arrive for months. These days you can get live images via the internet and instant results via twitter.
I like to keep an eye on what’s going on in the world of pro cycling and here are five quick tips and tricks to help follow things:
- Twitter: it goes without saying this is a powerful service. News is instant and brief. Not all of it is essential, it’s like a crackly radio where the hiss and static can drown out other bits but it’s changed the way news arrives, from Tunisia and Egypt to the Mur de Huy.
- Cycling quotient: a ranking but much more. There’s race results for many riders and many subrankings like teams. But there’s also other stats available, like “most days of racing” and you can even look up head to head results, for example Tyler Farrar and André Greipel have raced together six times this season in a sprint stage. Who won? In fact it’s 6-0 to Greipel.
- Podcasts: if you’re away from the internet, you can still download things to listen to. I’ve put together some reviews but will get round to reviewing some more like the Flammecast and the Two Johns soon.
- Online translation engines: services like Google translate and Babelfish are impressive. In times past you’d need to find a friend with translation skills or even pay someone. Now you copy and past foreign language text in your browser and voilà, the text appears in English or what ever you want.
- Pavé calendar: you can get a calendar to load into your smartphone or electronic diary from the Pavé blog. It’s useful to see what’s coming and to what’s on each day.