In full disclosure, I am a fairly big cycling fan. Everything about riding a bicycle is incredible. The simplicity of the machine is amazing, just frame, gears and cogs. I ride often. I have raced, and I enjoy endurance events. Watching professional cycling is exciting (at times). My wife and I rode in Stage Ten of the Tour de France in 2019, and still two years later I am blown away to have that experience. Just being at a grand tour is a lifetime experience, and something I would love to do again. Now, I am having my first true viewing of the Giro d’ Italia.
I subscribed to the Global Cycling Network+ this year. I have, in years previously, trolled the Internet for clips here and there of the Giro. One thing that I have never understood is why such a magnificent and historic race is kind of the red-headed stepchild of the Tour de France. In my humble opinion, the Giro is the most difficult grand tour. Yes, all of them are a ridiculous athletic events, but the weather, the terrain, the narrow roads. and road conditions separate the Italian grand tour from all others. Now, I will quit babbling and get to my point.
The GCN+ app is well done. To have my first taste of the Giro and having a way to watch every part of the race and interviews is very nice and done very well by the GCN team. Listening to the pre-race banter and now having seen two stages have given me a list of pros and cons for my viewing of this fabulous grand tour through the GCN+ app:
- Power data, speed and cadence shown for a rider is terrific . . . and stunning.
- Local attraction on-screen pop ups about the age of buildings or famous landmarks is far better than just flying over a castle and giving the viewer the name.
- Switching up the various former professional riders and gaining great insight to the race is nice.
- Predictions before the stage
- Video breakdown (using digital chalkboard) of strategy and team tactics (or lack there of) is awesome.
- Sean Kelly as commentator . . . a legend with great insight but does not know when to stop talking.
- Casting with Chromecast does not work.
- Get a road side report from a guy in a mask, standing around absolutely no one. Side note, hundreds of fans are not wearing masks.
If you have a grand tour itch to scratch, give the GCN+ app a go. You will enjoy it, and for only $50 USD a year, it is a great price.