However, its also critical we get the support of celebs and Francophiles because the Tour de France coverage on Channel 4 isnt just loved by dyed-in-the-wool roadies, it has mainstream appeal because of its travelogue on the best bits of France.
A petition will be online soon and wed like cycling and Francophile websites to create a link to this page so we can get as many signatures as possible. We will also seed chat areas, including the Channel 4 one which has been inundated with comments with viewers angry with the erratic schedule. If anybody visits cycling bulletin boards and news lists please put a mention there too. The petition will have its own URL but, for ease of use, there will be a link button from the public access page at www.bikebiz.co.uk (ie not at www.bikebiz.co.uk/web, the shortcut that many people use to speed access to the news).
With a few thousand signatures headed with celebs and cycle industry leaders well be able to approach Channel 4 with one voice. That way, instead of the standard text that Channel 4 is sending to all complainents, well be able to start a meaningful dialogue with David Kerr, Channel 4s commissioning sports editor.
Please visit this site tomorrow and register your support for a campaign that aims to get cycling and the best bits of France back on terrestial TV primetime.