Thank You to Sorry Charlies in Savannah

On July 25, 2005, in Tour de France, Travel, by Josh Hallett

I get to Savannah on Thursday and find out that the Marriott Riverside does not get OLN. Where to watch the Tour?
Sorry Charlies in Savannah, GAI called Quailty Bike Shop and asked them for some advice. They suggested Sorry Charlies in downtown Savannah. I went there for a late lunch on Friday and asked if I could come by in the morning and watch the final time trial. The waitress told me they did not open until 11:00am, but that she would be there before 10:00am and that I could come by and watch.
Saturday morning I arrived shortly before 10:00am and couldn’t find the girl I talked to. At first I thought I was out of luck. I told Brian, the manager, that one of the waitresses told me that I could come by early. His inital response was, “oh really, who told you that?” Luckily, Brian was really cool and turned on all the TVs and let me sit at the bar to watch Lance win the stage.
Thanx to Brian and the crew from Sorry Charlies. I have nothing but good things to say about them.

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Yet another Tour podcast. This one is produced by the Discovery Channel Cycling Team and features Dan Osipow calling in twice a day with updates from the Tour.
The podcasts are less than three minutes long and are recordings of Dan calling in via phone. The quality is a bit rough so far, but I think that’s a result of calling via cell from Europe.
For those that are new to podcasts, Team Discovery even has a quick guide to get you started. It even has instructions for adding the podcast to iTunes, so they are on top of things.

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Tag Spam on Technorati

On July 2, 2005, in Blogging, RSS, Tour de France, by Josh Hallett

The Tour de France is only on its first day and there is already tag spam on Technorati. The tag, Tour de France should be rather popular over the next few weeks. This makes it an obvious target for spammers. A search earlier today gave me these results:

Tag Spam on Technorati

The first result (which I will not link to) is a post that has nothing to do with le Tour. It is a site promoting DVR software for your Mac. Unfortunately this will probably get worse as the Tour progresses.

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So much for a ‘soft launch’ – Outdoor Life Network (OLN) launched a new web site today to correspond with the start of the Tour de France. There is also an all-new OLN logo as part of the re-branding. On-air coverage of the Tour features the new look as well. I would have probably soft-launched the new site yesterday or perhaps the day before.

Screenshot of the new OLN Web Site

The chatter in Bicycling.com’s Forum is that the site is not fully operational yet:

I can’t believe the decided to do a major overhaul of the site on the day of the TdF! Is it working for anyone else?

Update: Velochimp has some more technical notes about the new OLN site.
Update 2: This is strange, olntv.com works, but www.olntv.com gives you this:

Screenshot of OLN's new web site at 1:20 PM EST

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