Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
July is synonymous for the Tour de France. Thousands of cycling fans will line the roads cheering on their team or cycling hero. Those who could not afford the trip over to watch this event live will be watching from the comfort of their own home.
Who will be this year's champion? (photo compliments of LeTour)
This year, the Tour de France will start in Leeds London, delighting British cyclists with the first 3 stages on British soil. The rest of the tour will take place on French soil with each stage varying in length and difficulty.
1 July 5th Leeds > Harrogate 191 km
2 July 6th York > Sheffield 198 km 3 July 7th Cambridge > Londres 159 km 4 July 8th Le Touquet-Paris-Plage > Lille Métropole 164 km 5 July 9th Ypres > Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 156 km 6 July 10th Arras > Reims 194 km 7 July 11th Épernay > Nancy 233 km 8 July 12th Tomblaine > Gérardmer La Mauselaine 161 km
9 July 13th Gérardmer > Mulhouse 166 km
10 July 14th Mulhouse > La Planche des Belles Filles 161 km - Rest day Tuesday, July 15th Besançon
11 July 16th Besançon > Oyonnax 186 km
12 July 17th Bourg-en-Bresse > Saint-Étienne 183 km
13 July 18th Saint-Étienne > Chamrousse 200 km
14 July 19th Grenoble > Risoul 177 km
15 July 20th Tallard > Nîmes 222 km - Rest day Monday, July 21st Carcassonne
16 July 22nd Carcassonne > Bagnères-de-Luchon 237 km
17 July 23rd Saint-Gaudens > Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet 125 km
18 July 24th Pau > Hautacam 145 km
19 July 25th Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour > Bergerac 208 km
20 Individual time-trial Saturday, July 26th Bergerac > Périgueux 54 km
21 July 27th Évry > Paris Champs-Élysées 136 km
Although the routes change yearly, fans can enjoy watching cyclists tackle the some climbs that even cars struggle on. This year, cyclists will climb mountain passes that have a 20% gradient. This, on its own, will separate the men from the boys.
At the end of each stage cyclist will be awarded a colored jersey. The yellow is for the overall leader, the green is for the overall points leader, the white is for the best rider under the age of 25, and the polka dot jersey will be awarded to the best climber.
Of course, the final stage will finish at the famous Champs-Élysées ending 21 days of grueling cycling through both British and French terrain. The winner? We can only wait and see!