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stephenmarklay
10-29-2014, 06:40 AM
I have netflix etc so I do have some choices to keep my brain from going numb during the winter but I would love to see some TDF or other race vids from the past.

Is there a way to see them without paying huge $ ?

Thanks

Wesley37
10-29-2014, 06:50 AM
YouTube has lots. What kind of durations are you looking for?

Lewis Moon
10-29-2014, 07:39 AM
If you send me your GoPro camera I can take videos as I train on beautiful Arizona Roads this winter.

(This is the time of year when Arizona doesn't suck)

commonguy001
10-29-2014, 08:08 AM
If you happen to still have a VHS player I'd send you a bunch for what it costs to ship them.
Pretty sure I have a few years of the TDF and some other stuff still in a box somewhere.

coffeecake
10-29-2014, 08:34 AM
Check out Sprinterdellacasa on YouTube. He posts on this forum quite a bit. His videos are from races and training races he does during the road season. Exciting music and interesting commentary help. His 2010 campaign was particularly successful and those videos are great to watch. Each is around 10 minutes, so string together a YouTube playlist of 5 or 6 for a hard workout.

nooneline
10-29-2014, 08:37 AM
I really like watching euro cx races on the rollers. Each broadcast is about two hours long. There are tons on Youtube. There's a bit of interviews, so you can work on your Flemish. There's a women's race and a men's race. Good stuff.

It's a lot less boring than helicopter cams switching back and forth from a small breakaway's rotation to a peloton taking a nap five minutes back on the road.

MattTuck
10-29-2014, 08:44 AM
I usually hit youtube, and find a paris-roubaix, tour of flanders or milan san remo to watch. I'll pull up another video in the background that is techno or house music, so I get a nice beat.

Lewis Moon
10-29-2014, 08:48 AM
If you happen to still have a VHS player I'd send you a bunch for what it costs to ship them.
Pretty sure I have a few years of the TDF and some other stuff still in a box somewhere.

I believe I still have a bunch of VHS tapes of the Giro from the Pantani era, including the one where he got popped. Same deal.

marsh
10-29-2014, 08:51 AM
Twin Peaks is on Netflix.

nooneline
10-29-2014, 09:44 AM
Twin Peaks is on Netflix.

If we're talkin' about tv shows then I have to make a plug for "Donk Donk Intervals." Here's how it goes:

You watch Law and Order. Any Law and Order will do - SVU, Criminal Intent, or even that weird Russian one where all the suspects' bodies just turn up and the police pretend like they're surprised.

Anyway, the important part is to go hard every time there's a Donk Donk. You can pick how long you wind up going for. When the episode is up, put on another one. It winds up being a pretty greuling 90 minutes. And the riding will be hard, too.

carpediemracing
10-29-2014, 12:35 PM
Check out Sprinterdellacasa on YouTube. He posts on this forum quite a bit. His videos are from races and training races he does during the road season. Exciting music and interesting commentary help. His 2010 campaign was particularly successful and those videos are great to watch. Each is around 10 minutes, so string together a YouTube playlist of 5 or 6 for a hard workout.

Thanks for the mention.

I blog/youtube under sprinterdellacasa (my best friend created the name for me when he managed my shop - he put that down as my title on my business cards) but my names on forums is carpediemracing (after Carpe Diem Racing, which was my team from the late 80s on as well as my current race promotion entity).

As a long time trainer aficionado I rely on movies, race DVDs, my own clips, and music (videos as well as just music).

Rides up to 2-2.5 hours long:

Stuff I mentioned above.

I also enjoy watching some of the "highlights" of current races and such on YouTube. Favorites include the Tour of Turkey stage, for example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ru3vGR8nck

The problem is hunting for those clips. If you put together a play list YouTube will play your playlist without additional control inputs, except if you want to skip ads. I look for interesting-to-me clips, typically classic or sprint type stages. I like the packed field stuff, big attacks on the flats or short, steep hills. I don't like the climbing stuff as much. I like the long clips for long rides, some of them are 1-2 hours long.

I bought a slew of DVDs (http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.com/2010/01/training-dvds-from-world-cycling.html) from World Cycling Videos. They have volume discounts so once you start hitting their big numbers the price per DVD is pretty good. I got Tour DVDs that I thought might be interesting or that I simply didn't follow enough to remember what happened.

A single DVD is 2 hours long for those long Tour DVD sets. I put in a DVD and ride. If I want to ride harder I listen to music through earbuds. Once I'm reasonably fit (I haven't been since maybe 2010-2011) I almost don't watch the TV, it's about the music and the pedal stroke, and I'll have my eyes closed for minutes at a time.

Just now I watched the majority of one DVD of the 2006 Tour. With Junior upstairs napping I couldn't do ear buds so no music to push me.

Rides 3-5.5 hours long:

For really long rides I've usually set aside the time and I have plans to ride for 3-5+ hours. For the super long rides, 4-5 hours, I'll watch 2-3 movies that I haven't watched that I want to watch, or movies that I previously watched and can watch again without getting bored. I say 3 movies because sometimes a movie I chose isn't really trainer material, like Syriana, for example, or some of the Band of Brothers episodes. I then move to the next movie else I'll be sleep-riding.

For example the Bourne series is great, the movies have mini-crescendos every 8-10 minutes, like clockwork, and I naturally ride a bit faster/harder as the scene gets more intense. Then there's a recovery period as the next scene gets set up. Etc.

After usually 2 movies I have another hour to go. I pull out my own clips as they're the most motivating for me. I also go big on the music/volume because it's music I like. Again, since this is all planned, I usually have the ability to use earbuds.

54ny77
10-29-2014, 01:21 PM
Ishtar.

s_curran
10-29-2014, 03:05 PM
There is a website full of bike racing torrents. I dont know if thats ok to post here though, as I'm sure there's is a good amount of illegal content as well.

I would try watching some downhill world cup race coverage as well, would keep me interested. Cross country too, maybe even XC skiing on top of that.

dsimon
10-29-2014, 03:15 PM
Man you guys are a beast or im just lazy sufferfest and i look for 60 minutes or less thats long enough in the basement

Admiral Ackbar
10-29-2014, 06:00 PM
youtube.

plug in the name/year/stage of your favourite race and watch away.

youtube user chickasmith has basically every late 80s, 90s, and early 2000s TDF uploaded. mind you not full stages, ~20min recaps with the action. he has some AWESOME 80s/90s euro cross too.

dogdriver
10-29-2014, 07:54 PM
Cycling videos for winter training?

Dare I say the one that talks you into getting a snow bike?

djg21
10-29-2014, 08:17 PM
I have a sizable collection of Spinervals DVDs (not Blu-Ray) that i haven't used in a while. I've not had the ambition to list them in the classifieds, but If you're interested, I can catalog them and we can work something out. They are decent workouts, and help with motivation ( I could never quit halfway through a video). I now own a Computrainer and a bunch of Ergvideos that I use in the off-season.

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stephenmarklay
10-29-2014, 09:55 PM
Thanks so much everyone.

I have not seen a ton of older races and that would be fun. I have also missed a couple of years of grand tours since coverage locally was pretty spotty.

Right now I have planned 12 weeks of long days on the trainer. I do have all of the Sufferfest videos so once I get through the base training I can incorporate them more into things and shorten the rides.

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carpediemracing knows where I am coming from. I have not trained seriously in 5 years but I have been down this road. Its not bliss but the payoffs are nice.
I think I rematch the Borne stuff. Actually, I may be able to tolerate good moves I have forgotten the details off.

I do remember doing movies, music and anything else to get through the really long days. I even have changed clothes to make the last hours more comfortable.

I will research the Youtube stuff

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Again, greatly appreciated everyone.

RobJ
10-30-2014, 07:25 PM
Check out TheSufferfest.com. Real Grand Tour footage (and other pro races). Not free but great stuff that is synced up to a specific workout (climbing, sprint, time trial etc.). Spend $10 a month for Trainerroad.com and winter will fly by.


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93legendti
10-30-2014, 07:57 PM
Too late for this winter, but I tape the finishing climbs of TdF mountain stages for trainer work during the winter. (I also have a music DVD in my dual player and can switch between them and Big Bang Reruns.)

I suspect you could probably find something similar on YouTube.

stephenmarklay
10-30-2014, 08:52 PM
Check out TheSufferfest.com. Real Grand Tour footage (and other pro races). Not free but great stuff that is synced up to a specific workout (climbing, sprint, time trial etc.). Spend $10 a month for Trainerroad.com and winter will fly by.


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Thanks. I actually have all the Sufferfest videos and Trainerroad.

The sufferfest stuff will be a little later in the winter. I have 12 weeks of slow and long :)

stephenmarklay
10-30-2014, 08:53 PM
too late for this winter, but i tape the finishing climbs of tdf mountain stages for trainer work during the winter. (i also have a music dvd in my dual player and can switch between them and big bang reruns.)

i suspect you could probably find something similar on youtube.

kewl :)