For years the Tour de France – or le Tour, if you’re feeling native – has been the high point of the year for cycling enthusiasts. For over 100 years, the world’s best and brightest professional cyclists have gathered in France to compete against each other, covering track, trail, mountains and the sun kissed French countryside in a true feat of physical endurance.
Though always by far the best known cycling event in the world, it’s perhaps only in the last few years that us Britons have become truly enthusiastic about the race. With Bradley Wiggins proudly displaying his mutton chops to the world on the winner’s podium in 2012, a new wave of cycling enthusiasm has swept over Britain. The icing on the cycling cake was arguably provided by God’s Own County, with the success of Yorkshire’s 2014 Grand Depart and this year’s Tour de Yorkshire proving a feast to feed a love of cycling in Britain for years to come.
Although this year’s event is only based over on the continent, avid and armchair cyclists are still in for a thrilling tour. With this in mind, Halfords have put together a full guide to the tour ahead of the Grand Depart of the 4th July. Looking into the history of the tour, and the gruelling feats of the riders, the guide has something for beginners to the tour and lifetime fans – take a look at it below.
Inforgraphic by: halfords.com/summerofcycling