If you are an avid bike rider, you are in the midst of establishing yourself in front of the TV--watching all the action on the roads of France.
The Tour de France (French pronunciation: [tuʁ də fʁɑ̃s]) is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. The race was first organized in 1903 to increase paper sales for the magazine L'Auto; it is currently run by the Amaury Sport Organisation. The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1903 except when it was stopped for the two World Wars. As the Tour gained prominence and popularity the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend around the globe. Participation expanded from a primarily French field, as riders from all over the world began to participate in the race each year. The Tour is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI World Teams, with the exception of the teams that the organizers invite.
But, if you are a spinner--you're on your spinning wheel making sure to keep up with the racers as you treadle away--producing all the fiber you can in the days of TDF!
- Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. The tour is 23 days long, including 2 rest days. (Just like the actual tour.)
- Spin something challenging on the challenge day (the stages that take place in the mountains and the toughest climbing for the riders)
- Wear yellow on the final day to announce victory. Why not wear yellow on any day you feel particularly successful? (Yellow is the color of the race leader in the Tour – but here we are all ‘race leaders’) Other colors if desired: Green (sprinter – think FAST), Polka-dot (climber – as in challenges), and white (rookie or spinner under 25 years old).
The purpose of the Tour is to challenge yourself, not to compare yourself to others, and to share what you have done and the joy you have had in doing it! Welcome! We are so glad you are here!