Have you ever thought of how long the race is? To truly appreciate the achievement of completing the race, it helps to look at the history of the race, the road itself, and of its length.
The history of the Tour de France
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History.com we said that the Tour de France was first run in 1903. The founder of the race was journalist Geo Lefevre, an attempt to improve the performance of its sports journal, of The Self. Along with the editor-in-chief of the journal of Henri Desgrange, they have designed a 1,500-mile across the country.
Other than the race takes place in France, it did not even remotely resemble the breed we know today. Some interesting facts from this first cycle included:
- Most of the participants were French, with some other European countries mixed in. Today, riders from all over the world.
- There were only six stages in the first race compared to 21 today.
- Each stage covered a 250-km — none of the steps in today’s version are more than 150.
- The first race saw 1-3 days of rest in place in between the stages of recovery.
- The race was much more dangerous than the current version. The roads were not paved and none of the riders were wearing protective helmets that are common today.
- A large part of the first race was run for the night. The riders have been reduced to the only light of the moon to guide them.
The current version of the race is on invitation only. Only the top 18 pro cycling teams in the world are invited to participate. Most of its winners are not exactly household names — except if you are disgraced, seven-time former champion Lance Armstrong.
The Tour de France 2019 route
According to the BRITISH daily the Telegraph, the 2019 Tour de France began in Brussels, before joining the France — the first three stages occur in Belgium. The course was then moved in the counterclockwise direction through the Pyrenees, in southern direction towards the Alps.
Five steps led to the top of a mountain with 30 climbs included inside. The race ended in Paris, as he always does. So, how is it in comparison to the race this year, and how long is it exactly?
How many miles is the Tour de France?
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Cycling Weekly has reported that, because of the COVID-19 response to the pandemic, Tour officials have postponed the 2020 Tour de France until August. The route go from Nice to Paris. The course is 2,162 miles long. The race will take place from 29 August to 20 September. It typically takes about three weeks to complete. This is one of the most challenging athletic tests in sports.
This iteration of the Tour de France comes with its own set of challenges. That includes eight mountain stages (including four summit finishes), three hilly stages and a time trial on the next-to-last day of the event. It travels through the chains of mountains:
- The Alps
- The Pyrenees
- The Massif Central
- The Vosges
- The Jura
The course moves to the north of Nice, at the top of Orcieres-Merlette in the high Alps in stage four. From there, runners pass through the middle of France towards the Pyrenees and two challenging stages featuring the mountains. The runners then the north direction is still The Charente-Maritime, where they will need a lot of rest days.
Subsequently, they are going to choose to save on the France west coast. Massif Central will be the next big summit before a summit finish through the mountains of the Jura. That will lead to the Alps for two finishes in both Meribel and La Roche-sur-Foron.
The Tour de France may be late this year, but as of now, it is happening. The race has certainly come a long way in its 107 years of existence, and this year’s edition may be the even more difficult.