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Tour De France: More than just an event!

July 24, 2017
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So yesterday ended with the end to the famous and the biggest endurance race, Tour De France 2017.

The race saw Chris Froome as the winner! Chris won this title the forth time in a go! Kudos to him for the success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of you, who have no idea about what exactly is this race all about, would be trying to connect the scattered dots!

So for all you guys, Tour De France is the greatest cycling race of a total of 3,540 kms which started from Dusseldorf, Germany on 1st July and concluded with Champs-Elysees stage in Paris on 23rd July with a total of 198 riders. It is basically a three week long race which experiences heated rivalries, outrageous scandals, bizarre tactics.

Surprising facts about Tour De France-

 

  • Origin-

While many of us would be thinking that it must have been started by some cycle brand in order to promote there cycles, it was actually initiated by Henri Desgrange, an editor and cyclist in the French Newspaper L’Auto in 1903 with an attempt to boost the sales of the newspaper. This cycle race was introduced to basically enhance the readership of the newspaper which was competing with Le Velo, another newspaper.

 

  • Calories burnt-

Guess how much of the calories would be burnt by each rider during his complete course of the event? Any random number?

Okay its hugeeee!

Approximately 123,900 calories are burnt during the complete event.

How much would that equal to?

Ummm approx 250 cheese burgers by McDonald’s.

 

  • Alcohol on the way-

Initially when this race event started, it was a common practice of the participants to drink alcohol during the race to numb the pain. But soon after it was considered as a stimulant and was banned.

Lance Armstrong was awarded seven consecutive Tour De France wins (1999-2005) in his professional cycling career, but in 2012 he was stripped of those titles due to allegations of doping.

 

  • The Gentlemen’s Agreement-

All the riders agree to make a gentlemen’s promise and abide by it. It states that all the riders will take a “pauses pipi”, ie a quick potty break without attempting to make up time for each other.

 

  • Spectator sport-

The event experiences about 12 million spectators lined in the route each year. They travel about 130 km to see the different stages of the event, spending approx 6 hrs at the roadside making it the largest sporting event in the world.

 

  • The ultimate prize-

The total prize money awarded for the entire race is 4.3 million Dollars.

Also an amount of 1165 Dollars is rewarded to every finisher of the race who slogs for the entire 3 weeks.

 

  • TV Audience-

It might fascinate you that a total of 3.5 billion people watch out for the Tour De France cycling event.

 

  • Broadcasting Countries-

Approximately 188 countries of the world broadcast the Tour De France event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So far, we’ve talked about the facts related to the engagement of their event.

Isn’t all this too motivating for you to take part?

 

More health facts for you-

 

  1. Cardiovascular fitness-

Cycling helps boost your heart and lungs by boosting the oxygen circulation throughout the body. The oxygen circulation thus helps in improving the endurance of the body.

 

  1. Calories-

Every time you spin, an approx of 700 calories are burnt off the body. Isn’t it easier than sweating for hours in the gym?

 

  1. Muscle toning-

Cycling basically helps in improving the strength of your core, lower back, thighs, legs and hips. While peddling slowly helps to build strength in the muscles while peddling faster helps to tone the muscle.

 

While there’s more to just the health benefits of cycling, taking part in such events helps to better understand life. You could win, you could lose; but what you learn from this is par everything. You learn how to tackle different situations, toughest of the toughest. It also adds discipline and determination to your character giving a sense of achievement and satisfaction!

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