Tour De France

tour de franceThe Tour de France is an annual bicycle race held primarily in France but includes stretches that utilize roads in neighboring countries. It is an event that attracts cyclists and attendees from around the globe.

What

The Tour de France is sponsored by the Amaury Sport Organisation. It is a race that covers over 2,000 miles. Tour de France history extends back to the end of the 19th Century and has roots in the Dreyfus Affair. The first race in Tour de France history was held in 1903 and every year thereafter except for interruptions during World War I and World War II.

The race is broken into segments that are each one day long. Each participant in the race is timed each day. The cyclist who completes the race with the lowest total time during the entire race is the winner.


One of the best ways to enjoy the Tour de France is to lodge in a vacation rental. If you plan to attend segments throughout the trip, you may even want to choose more than one vacation rental, changing locations each week or so. Live like the French by staying in a rented home or apartment. Not only are vacation rentals cozy and authentic, but they are often less expensive than hotels.

Where

The course for the Tour de France varies every year, but it usually winds throughout France and bordering countries. The Tour de France 2010 will begin in Rotterdam. The race end in Paris, and for the past thirty years, it has concluded with a final stretch on the regal Champs-Elysees. For complete information about the Tour de France 2010 race and routes, visit the Amaury Sport Organisation website.

When

In Tour de France history, the event is usually held during the summer months when the weather is most ideal for cycling. The Tour de France 2010 will begin on July 3 and conclude on July 25.