The Tour de France is the toughest and most well known cycling race in the world. It means literally “the our of France” and can only be completed by cycling professionals. It is an annual race that has been happening for over 100 years. The first year the Tour de France was held was in 1903, since then its popularity has grown into an event that people all around the world participate in and watch. It is a grueling race that cyclists spend years training their bodies for. It is not easy at all to put up with these insanely strenuous conditions. In a three week period each cyclist will go over 2,2000 miles covering all sorts of terrain from flat ground to very steep grade. The Tour de France is broken into daily increments called stages. Each cyclist individual times to finish each stage are added together to determine who the winner is. The rider with the lowest total time at the end of each stage is rewarded a yellow jersey that they wear the next day. Each year the Tour de France covers different parts of France, but has ended in Paris every year since 1975. Many cyclists have been known to take off years of any other work strictly to train for the pinnacle of cycling races, the Tour de France. Some people are able to maintain a normal life style while training for this insane race by using the official Tour de France exercise bike from Proform. This Machine allows them to ride as if they were on the road without having to leave the garage or their training facility.
Stage 10 of the 2011 Tour de France was finished today in Carmaux France. The 10thstage is one of the flatter stages of the race and typically gives sprinters a chance to gains some ground. Today went pretty much as planned, as sprinter Andre Greipel won by the length of one wheel. He beat his former teammate Mark Cavendish by just a few feet when he made a mad dash to the finish line.
There is always some controversy involved in the Tour de France, and this year has been no exception. There have been a few steroid allegations as usual, and a few accidents that have sent cyclist flying. One accident in particular has gotten a lot of attention. There are media vehicles that fallow behind or next to the cyclist so they can present live coverage to this great race. But, every now and again these vehicles can be extremely dangerous. Just take a look at this video and you will get the idea!
I have never really been into the world of cycling, but I do have a ton of respect for these dedicated athletes. I ride my bike to work a few miles total and only 3 days a week and I find myself complaining. These guys are traveling 2,200 miles in a competition that lasts 3 weeks. I have nothing but respect for someone who can dedicate themselves to something so challenging. If you are a cyclist and are in the market for the official training bike of the Tour de France, be sure to check out this $75 coupon for the ProForm Tour de France bike and save some cash.