Did somebody say prizes???
Well it wouldn't be a bloggy Knit Along without some little yarny incentives now would it? Here's how it works.
We will have random prize drawings on each of the two rest days during the Tour, and a final drawing at the finish. Participants in the KAL can earn points for particpating in the Tour by posting about or mentioning the KAL on your blog, and by leaving comments on the TdF blog. Each point earns you a place in the draw for that week. So if you post 5 times and comment 5 times, you will have 10 entries in that week's draw.
We'll clean the slate after each draw and start tallying points again immediately. Entries for each draw will close at midday, French time, on each rest day. Entries for the final draw will close at midday, French time, on the 30th of July (the day AFTER the tour finishes). We haven't chosen the prizes yet, but rest assured it will be something drool-worthy!
The first rest day is at Tignes on July 17th (following Stage 8) and the second rest day is at Pau on July 25th (following Stage 15). And guess what? We have already started tallying points! As they say, l'oiseau tôt obtient le ver.*
The excitement is really growing at my house about le Tour. The ad campaign for the local television coverage has already started. Here's an entertaining snippet featuring one of Australia's best known cyclists, Robbie McEwan (a sprinter)!
Have you found out about local tv coverage of the Tour where you live? Here are the details we're aware of so far - if you can add anything, please let us know in the comments!
In Australia: As seen above, SBS will show every stage live (overnight), with daily 30-minute wrap-ups at 7:20am and 6:00pm.
In the U.S.: Versus cable channel. Check their TDF info to find your local channel number. For those without Versus on the TV, you can follow live coverage on their website, or at VeloNews.com.
In the U.K.: Rumours abound that ITV and Eurosport have the rights to broadcast the Tour but I've seen no confirmation as to scheduling yet.
In the week leading up to the tour, we'll provide you with some more updates on the KAL participants and what exciting projects you've chosen, as well as some tidbits on France and all things French (or vaguely construed as French) to whet your appetites for the month ahead! If you don't see your name in the sidebar yet, it's probably because we think you are still undecided. Let us know which category you'll be knitting in and we'll add your name to the correct group!
Until next time, a bientôt!
* Have a go at a translation in the comments!