The Tour de France live coverage here in Australia is fantastic. The only problem is that it’s on during the early hours of the morning. If you stay up and start watching all the live stages you’ll find that after the first week you’ll start feeling like you were riding it; smashed. It will play havoc with your training and after two weeks you’ll be too tired to add any value to your riding. Here are two tips to help you ensure you get enough sleep while watching the Tour de France. Here are a few tips to help you out:

Tip #1: For the flatter stages go to bed a little earlier than you would normally and set the alarm clock to go off before the last 10-15 mins of the stage. That way you are able to get the maximum amount of sleep while still getting to see the best part of the race.

Tip #2: Ride short and fast. As you won’t have as much time to train, switch your schedule to short and fast workouts either on the road or better still in your living room on your home trainer. You’ll be able to recoup a heap of time doing this and ensure you maximise your viewing pleasure of the Tour de France without compromising your training.