Okay, as the name suggests, the Tour De France doesn’t take place in the UK. But, in London especially, people are getting the cycling bug, particularly with this year’s Ride London event coming up in less than two weeks time.
At present, people from all over The Big Smoke are hosting get-togethers or rolling into pubs to enjoy a glimpse of the Tour De France action and cheer on the likes of Chris Froome, Steve Cummings and Ben Swift.
So, to get you in the mood, here are five fun facts about the Tour De France you probably don’t already know…
One. During a tour, the average rider will burn a total of 123,900 calories (based on a 5,900 per day average, over 21 days of racing).
Two. Although somewhat shrouded in controversy, the fastest average pace over a whole Tour De France was achieved by Lance Armstrong with a speed of 40.276 km.
Three. In 1947, cyclist Albert Bourlon achieved the tour’s longest solo breakaway, leaving the competition behind him for an incredible 253 km.
Four. The tour’s worst ever number of finishers came in 1919. 69 cyclists started, and only 10 managed to see it through to the very end. Wow, that’s a lot of bailouts!
Five. With a tremendous victory in 2012, our very own Sir Bradley ‘Wiggo’ Wiggins is the first ever track cycling Olympic gold medallist to have won the tour.
Six. A whopping 42,000 water bottles are used during most tours.
Seven. The most stages won by a single rider belongs to cycling virtuoso, Eddy Merckx. He won 34 stages during the 1970 Tour De France – this remains unbeaten.
The Tour De France is currently heating up in a big way, and if you haven’t already, you should get in front of the box and tune in as soon as you can.
Need more inspiration?Here is a highlights reel from last year’s tour to get you into the cycling spirit…
We hope you’ve enjoyed these tremendous Tour De France facts and the rest of this year’s event brings you all the drama and excitement imaginable.
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