Friday, 11 February 2011

Tour de France iCal - Calendar Feed

Updated for the 2014 Tour de France!!
Updated for the 2013 Tour de France!
Updated for the 2012 Tour de France

Tour fan?  Want to know what stage is on at what time so you can organise your TV viewing around your work schedule (kidding - kind of)?  Want it to dynamically update your calendar as the Tour develops?

Well how's this look...



I've setup an iCal feed for the Tour De France which you can subscribe too.  If you use your iCal compliant calendaring tool (iCal.app on Mac or Outlook on PC, or your iPhone) then it will display all the stage details on the days that they happen.

You can see below that it creates a separate Calendar so won't write over the top of any other calendars you have, and can easily be toggled on and off.



As I get updates on the start times, distances and anything else I find interesting I'll update the feed and you will automagically see the updates in your calendar.

This will work (providing anybody uses it) for subsequent years of the TDF as well and will populate as the data becomes publicly available.

I've tested this on iPhone and Mac iCal, just clicking on this:

webcal://openstripe.com/iCals/icalgen.php?cal=tdf

Not sure about other clients, you may need to use the standard http protocol from other apps.

http://openstripe.com/iCals/icalgen.php?cal=tdf

Make sure you subscribe and don't just download the calendar entries otherwise you won't get any updates.

Please leave me a comment if you find this useful, it will help me find the five minutes needed to update the calendar with the stage details.

How to use with Outlook

 You can subscribe this calendar in outlook by doing the following.

"File" -> "Account Settings" -> "Account Settings" -> "Internet Calendars" -> "New" -> "webcal://shermanroad.dyndns-home.com/cals/icalgen.php?cal=tdf"

Change the Name to "Tour de France" or something meaningful for you.

You should then be able to toggle it on and off as a new calendar.

65 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Works like a charm! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  2. How do I download the app outlook calendar?

    ReplyDelete
  3. how do I subscribe?

    ReplyDelete
  4. It depends what Calendar client you use, if it's iCal.app then simply "Calendar" -> "Subscribe" and enter "http://shermanroad.dyndns-home.com/cals/icalgen.php?cal=tdf".

    ReplyDelete
  5. Ok Thanks Rob

    Sorry to sound a bit thick - I'm using Microsoft Outlook Calendar and I've now got all the calendar entries but where is "subscribe" in Outlook Calendar?

    ReplyDelete
  6. No problem - I've edited the post to include instructions for Outlook.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks Rob

    I now have the TDF as a separate calendar in outlook, just awaiting your updates as and when.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great, as soon as the stage times are released I'll update it this end.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ummm... issues the last several days auto connecting through Outlook... It barks about an 'invalid calendar link' as in

    webcal://shermanroad.dyndns-home/cals/icalgen.php?cal=tdf

    ReplyDelete
  10. Yep sorry about that, I had a server outage and needed to do some "re-gigging" to get things working again. Will be stable now.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks for the app and the upkeep.

    ReplyDelete
  12. It's nice! Looking forward to keeping up with the tour (at work...)!

    ReplyDelete
  13. This looks great =) Will use it for sure!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Really helpful - many thanks for taking the time to organise this.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Just subscribed to this on my Mac and iPhone. Very, very useful indeed. I would like to add my thanks for taking the time to create this shared calendar.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Works fine on Google Calendar. Simply go down to Other Calendars in the left column and click Add. Then choose Add by URL and paste in the http address. The calendar then appears in your list of Other Calendars. Make sure it is highlighted with a colour to ensure it is being displayed in your calendar view.

    ReplyDelete
  17. No problem, thanks for the thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thank you! Works great with google calendar! Nice work!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thank you for your nice work! ;)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Great iCal calendar - thanks for doing this. Have tweeted a link to this page to spread the word!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hi! Thanks for your excellent work on this calendar!

    Something is strange, though. As I just added the URL to Google Calendar, the stages show up as all day events, rather than with specific times as in your screenshot. Is anyone else seeing this issue?

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi Jon,

    This is because the actual stage times aren't available as far as I can tell anywhere! As soon as I find them I'll edit the calendar it should auto-update for you. If anyone knows where to get the times please let me know...

    ReplyDelete
  23. Found it! Follow the stage information link in the calendar entries, scroll down a bit and select the 'Time schedule' tab under 'Maps and Routes'. You'll find the start and three different estimates for the finish. I suppose these are on Paris time.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Perfect, I'll try to update them today - just in the nick of time....

    ReplyDelete
  25. Ok it's updated - happy viewing everyone. C'mon Bradley!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Works great with Outlook 07' Now I won't forget which stage is on a given day.

    Great work!

    Thanks for putting this together!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Perfect! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  28. awesome, thanks! i use the http link in my google calendar, working fine.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Great, thanks! Using with google calendar no sweat!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Wonderfull!!! Works great with Outlook 2010.
    Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  31. Brilliant! Thanks. The URL plugged right into my Google Calendar.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Wow ..great job.. thanks for the update ..this is very useful to all Tour de France fan...


    .Jane

    ReplyDelete
  33. TDF for 2012 was announced yesterday - I know it's a bit early, but when will you have the ical ready

    ReplyDelete
  34. This iCal feed has now been moved to a properly hosted server. It's also been updated for the 2012 Tour.

    The article has been updated to reflect the changes.

    Let me know of any problems.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Thanks a lot...I appreciate you putting this together!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Excellent. iOS feed seems to work very well. Looking forward to more updates. Is it time zone sensitive?

    ReplyDelete
  37. Hi Frits - It's Time Zone sensitive in that it should always render the event at the correct time of day for location. I.e. if a stage was to start at 10am CET and you where in California it should read that it starts at 2am PST.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Brilliant! Thank you for doing this. Can't wait for the Tour to start now...

    ReplyDelete
  39. This is perfect.. Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  40. The Calendar has been updated to include the start and finish times of the stage. This does not always line up with your local TV coverage. Happy viewing.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Thanks, keep the feeds coming!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Updated for the 2013 Tour de France

    ReplyDelete
  43. Thanks for the update, worked great

    ReplyDelete
  44. Thanks for the calendar. My third year of using it. Just wondering if you'll be updating the start times so it's not just an all-day event. Thanks again!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Thanks :-) Works great with Google calendar :-)

    ReplyDelete
  46. Sweet. Will you update the times again this year?

    ReplyDelete
  47. Hi,

    Have updated with the start and finish times. Refresh the calendar to get the amendments through. Just in time. Half hour to go! Happy viewing all.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much! Enjoy the race.

      Delete
  48. Will you update the 2014 tour de France?

    ReplyDelete
  49. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  50. The 2014 Tour de France iCal details have been updated.

    ReplyDelete
  51. Great Rob. Thank you very much!
    Much appreciated.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Thanks very much indeed, much appreciated!!

    ReplyDelete
  53. Great effort, thanks. Can I suggest that you indicate in the subject line for each stage (ie calendar event) what type of stage it is, ie ITT (individual time trial), TTT (team time trial), flat stage, intermediate stage or mountain stage. I think lots of TdF lovers would like to know that so they can decide which stages they definitely don't want to miss.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Arno,

      Great feedback thanks. I'm updating shortly with the Start and Finish times so I'll include as suggested.

      Many thanks

      Delete
    2. I've had a quick stab at this - if you know where I can source this data from, please let me know. It used to be published on the letour website but isn't obvious to me to find.

      Delete
  54. Looking forward to start and finish times (rather than "all-day events") ... are those updates still planned?

    Appreciate your hard work on keeping these updated!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes - next couple of days...

      Delete
    2. Two days was never going to work was it...

      All updated now - enjoy the next few weeks all.

      Delete
    3. Thank you!!

      Delete
  55. Well done.

    Be great though to have distance and stage type in brackets after stage.
    e.g. TDF: Stage 2; York > Sheffield (198k, Hilly)

    ReplyDelete