Friday, 24 July 2009

Tour de France

France is a beautiful country and home to the world renowned Tour de France a bicycle race which covers 3,500 kilometres. This distance is raced in stages over 21 days. The coveted yellow jersey is awarded to the cyclist with the lowest aggregate time after each days pedalling. The finish line is in Paris along the Champ-Elysees, a suitably grand venue.

This Tour de France is considered by some to be the most physiologically demanding of all athletic events. The course may alter from year to year, sometimes it even requires a rest day or two to transport competitors from the finish in one town to the start in a different town. The hills are constant, France’s natural geography adds a sparkling challenge to each and every conceivable route.

The physical effort required can be equated to a road-runner completing a marathon several days a week for three weeks in a row. The accumulative climbs would amount to climbing 3 Everests! These guys are fit! It is no wonder that the around twenty teams are selected to enter by invitation from the race organiser only. I have one word for anybody who completes this legendary feat, respect.

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