Le Tour de France 2016! By @LadyKatharineP

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*Hi Dragons, I’ll make this quick, Katie from TempleOfGeek joins us today with an article about one of her favorite passions, cycling! Tune in to Le Tour de France all month long!

Le Tour de France 2016: The Most Competitive Cycling Race has Arrived

The most competitive and one of the most dangerous cycling race’s in the world is about to begin. Some cyclist’s train for years for the chance to compete in this one race.

Le Tour de France begins July 2nd & ends July 24th. That’s right, nearly a MONTH of grueling mountain climbing, cobblestones, and sprinting to the final finish line in Paris.

Every racer will fight harder than ever just for the chance to wear The Yellow Jersey. Nearly every cycler dreams of wearing the Maillot Jaune across the final finish line in Paris.download (1)

Source: Le Tour de France

Throughout the race, the Yellow Jersey will belong to the man who can call himself the Race Leader. He is the leader of the General Classification. He is the man with the FASTEST overall time.

But for some, the Yellow Jersey is not what they are after. Some racers want to be wear the Green Jersey of the Sprint Points Champion or The Polka-Dot Jersey of The King of the Mountains.

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Source: Le Tour de France

The first edition of Le Tour de France race took place July 1, 1903 (113 years ago). This year’s Le Tour de France will be the 103rd Edition. If you want to learn more about the history of the prestigious race visit the Le Tour de France website.

This year’s Le Tour will feature 22 teams with 9 riders racing per team (198 riders). This race will feature some of the most well-known riders in the sport, but being well-known doesn’t mean you are the best and definitely doesn’t mean that you will win.

This sport requires strategy, teamwork, stamina, and a ridiculous amount of endurance. Cycling truly is the ultimate endurance sport. These riders spend HOURS on a bike riding over 100 miles a stage and still have enough energy to out sprint each other at the finish line. It is AMAZING to watch and unbelievable to witness in person.

The first stage will begin on July 2nd in Mont Saint Michel and end 188 km (116 miles) later in Utah Beach Sainte Marie du Mont. The race will continue down and around France for about 3 weeks with only 2 full days of resting.  

Source: Le Tour de France

If picture maps aren’t your thing. Here is a Game of Thrones Title Sequence style 3D video of the race route (It’s actually pretty cool)

This year’s race will feature:

  • 9 Flat Stages (Stages: 1-4, 6, 11, 14, 16, 21)
  • 1 Hilly Stage (Stage 10)
  • 9 Mountain Stages INCLUDING 4 Summit finishes* (Stages: 5, 7, 8, 9*, 12*, 15, 17*, 19*, 20)
  • 2 Individual Time Trial Stages (Stages: 13 & 18)
  • 2 Rest Days (1 -> between Stages 9 & 10, 2 -> between stages 16 & 17)

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Summit finishes are the WORST!!!!! These poor guys have 4 this year! UGH.

Anyway, this year’s race will also feature 16 unseen sites and stage cities! Every year the fine folks who plan the race route try to take the world through locations they haven’t seen before, eventually we will see every town, village, and city in France. France is beautiful so I’m not complaining.

I know cycling might sound boring, but it isn’t. Professional cycling is actually pretty amazing to watch. The stage finish line is the place to be. I can speak from experience. This year I went to the First Stage of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California and it was AMAZING!!!!

The Amgen Tour of California is amazing, but one day I hope to be on the Champs-Élysées in Paris for the final stage of the Tour de France. It’s on my bucket list!

I hope that everyone will give cycling a chance. You can watch the race as it unfolds on NBCSN, check you local listing for the time and what channel. You can also watch online at http://www.nbcsports.com/cycling or download a cycling app. I use the CyclingNew app to stay up-to-date on the race.

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