Saturday, January 14, 2012

NBC Sports Cycling (formally Versus TV) TV Schedule - Comcast Channel 448

The 2012 Epic Cycle Schedule
This TV schedule is subject to change and all times are considered ET. All events are same-day delay or next-day delay except for the Tour de France, Tour of California, and USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
The Tour Down Under Classic (January 15 at 3 p.m.) and Tour Down Under (January 17-22 at 5:30 p.m.)
The first stop on the world cycling calendar, the Tour Down Under is the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. Watch the heroes of the peloton as they race past Adelaide, Australia's outstanding beaches and world famous wine regions. This is your chance to get up close and personal with the best in world cycling.
Tour of Qatar: February 20 at 4:30 p.m.
As much as providing an early-season form guide for those looking to peak later in the year, Qatar is also a key stepping stone for Classics riders to reacquaint themselves with vicious cross winds and nervous bunch racing.
Tour of Oman: February 26 at 3 p.m.
Hailed as an ideal early season training ground by the cyclists, this race is a major test in endurance as well as around a loop of the ancient seaport of Sur.
Paris-Nice: March 4 at 3 p.m.; March 5-9 at 4:30 p.m.; March 10 at 3 p.m.; March 11 at 11 p.m.The 70th edition of the race offers something for every type of rider.
Criterium International: March 25 at 11 p.m.
The race, known as the "mini Tour de France," moved south to Corsica after having been held in Charleville-Mézières, in the French Ardennes, since 2001; it marked the return of top-flight cycling to the island since the Tour of Corsica disappeared in the 1980's. 
Tour of Flanders: April 2 at 11:30 p.m.
The Tour of Flanders is a Flanders Classics road cycling race held in Belgium every spring, a week before the Paris-Roubaix road race. It is part of the UCI ProTour and one of the so-called monuments of the European professional calendar, and contributes to the UCI World Ranking points. It is the most important cycling race in Belgium and, along with Paris-Roubaix, the world's most important cycling race held on a single day.
Paris Roubaix: April 8 at 7 p.m.
Paris-Roubaix is one of the oldest races of the professional road cycling calendar. First run in 1896, it has been stopped only by the two world wars. The race usually leaves riders caked in mud and grit, from the cobbled roads and rutted tracks of northern France's former coal-mining region. However, this is not how this race earned the nickname l'enfer du Nord, or Hell of the North. The term was used to describe the route of the race immediately after World War I. The organisers give levels of difficulty to the cobbled sections, evaluated by length, irregularity of the cobbles and the condition of each section and its position in the race. The course passed through ruins, craters and destruction. Every year seems to bring a new controversy and greater glory to the victor. This is truly a cobbled classic race that should not be missed.
Fleche Wallonne: April 21 at 12:30 a.m.
The Flèche Wallonne is an international cycling race of one day, a classic, which takes place in Belgium during the spring. 2010 saw Team BMC'sCadel Evans resplendent in the rainbow stripes of the world champion, didn't hit the front until the last 100 meters of his victory in the northern classic.
Liege Bastogne Liege: April 22 at 12:30 a.m.
The oldest of the classics, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, draws an end to the spring racing season. La Doyenne is one of the "Monuments" of the professional racing calendar and is part of the Belgian Ardennes Classics series. Don't miss the arduous climbs riders will be facing throughout the route.
Tour de Romandie: April 24-27 at 5 p.m.; April 28 at 10 p.m.; April 29 at 10 p.m.
Amgen Tour of California: May 13 at 11 p.m.; May 14-18 at 5 p.m.; May 19 at 7 p.m.; May 20 at 6:30 p.m.
The move of this event into May two years ago allowed the Tour de France-style road race to visit locations that would not have been possible previously. Due to the incredible success, the race will remain in May to provide fans with the most action-packed, exciting race possible.
Criterium du Dauphine: June 3 at 9 p.m.; June 4-7 at 4 p.m.; June 8 at 3 p.m.; June 9 at 1 a.m.; June 10 at 7 p.m.
The Critérium du Dauphiné (before 2010 known as the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré) is an annual cycling road race, run over eight stages in the Dauphiné region in France during the first half of June. The race was inaugurated by a local newspaper, the Dauphiné Libéré, which gave its name to the event. For many years, organisation of the event was shared between the newspaper publishers and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO): in 2010, the newspaper ceded all organisational responsibility to the ASO, and the race's name was abbreviated. Along with the Tour de Suisse, the Dauphiné is an important race in the lead-up to the Tour de France in July, and it is part of the UCI World Ranking calendar.
Tour de Suisse: June 9 at 2 a.m.; June 10 at 9 p.m.; June 11-16 at 5 p.m.; June 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Tour de France: June 30-July 22, times TBD
This year's race will be the 99th Tour de France and will start in Liege and end on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
2012 Pro Cycling Challenge: August 20-25 at 4 p.m.; August  26 at 2 p.m.
Paris Tours: October 7 at 7 p.m.
Paris-Tours is a French single-day classic cycling race every October from the outskirts of Paris to the cathedral city of Tours. It is known as the "Sprinters Classic" because it frequently ends in a bunch sprint on the 2.7 km long Avenue du Grammont, in Tours.
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