This year’s Tour de France started on Saturday, with cycling fans already wrapped up in judging how the different teams and riders are shaping up in the first stages (while everyone else waits for entertaining crashes while judging what undetectable drugs the riders might be on).
It’s fair to say that the Official Tour de France iPhone app is for the former: people keen to follow every detail of this year’s race from their phones. It’s free to download, and offers results and daily standings, photos from each stage along with tweets, profiles of the riders and detailed info on the stages.
However, if you upgrade via an in-app payment of £5.99, you get a bunch more features, including live streaming video of each stage, and then a full on-demand replay afterwards, along with video highlights. What’s more, you can track the riders live on a map, getting push notifications for breaking news and the start of live video streaming.
A separate version of the app – Official Tour de France LIVE – offers the premium features from the start. It all sounds like a good thing, although I have to report that early reviews on the App Store aren’t great: dozens of users have been posting one-star reviews saying that the live GPS tracking feature is patchy, the live video isn’t as promised, and updates are appearing late.
Hopefully these issues will be sorted sharpish, given that the race is underway.