Tour De France
- Started 1903, 1,509 mile course.
- Distance today 2,200 mile course.
- Longest tour was in the year 1926 which totalled 3,570 miles.
- First winner was Maurice Garin (FRA).
- Most wins (5) Eddie Merckx (BEL) Jacques Anquetil (FRA) Bernard Hinault (FRA) Miguel Indurain (ESP).
- Eddie Merckx (BEL) has a record total of 96 stage wins.
- There are 7 gruelling mountain stages
- TV Audience around 3.5 billion
It seems each year the Tour De France grows in popularity. With so many people choosing the bike as an everyday mode of transport, it is more a way of life than a hobby. Great benefits await those tempted by two wheels, from a healthier body and mind to the financial savings drawn against the cost of other transport. So what are the actual effects you are likely to see as you’re tearing up the miles?
- Boost cardiovascular fitness.
- Stronger muscles and flexibility.
- Enhanced joint mobility.
- Reduced stress levels.
- Correct posture and sharpen coordination.
- Stronger bones.
- Lower body fat levels.
- Injury prevention and elevated mood levels.
So don’t just sit back and observe the physically gruelling spectacle of the Tour, head out on the bike and boost your fitness and life.