The best thing about the Tour de France is how much it makes us want to get out and ride. Pay homage to cycling’s biggest race and have more fun on the bike with these six tips. – By Bicycling staff and contibutors
Watching the Tour on TV (or at your desk at work—we won’t judge) is one of July’s greatest pleasures—but once the stage ends, it’s time to drag yourself off the couch. Here are six inventive—and active—ways to harness the most kickass month to be a cyclist.
Host a Tour de Friends
Rally your squad and take turns serving as ride leader for each day of the race. By the last Tour stage, you’ll have a fresh set of routes to choose from.
Chase the Pros on Zwift
Various cycling luminaries will be appearing on the virtual training platform Zwift before and during the Tour. Cyclists from Trek-Segafredo will ride June 30; former pro Jens Voigt and Australian cycling vlogger Cycling Maven host a ride July 11; and Team Dimension-Data puts on its Qhubeka Charity Ride July 19.
Check out the 2016 Tour de France Stages.
Watch a Tour Stage With a Non-Cyclist
And then get them out for a spin! Many great cyclists took up the sport as a result of being inspired by a race. It really works: “I bought my first road bike in 1989 the week after watching Greg LeMond win the Tour over Laurent Fignon in the final time trial,” says Mark Drogalis, from South Carolina in the United States.
By our completely unscientific estimation, you’ll see approximately 963 cows during three weeks of Tour de France TV coverage. Whether this is true or not, it’s a great way to start challenge. As you ride this month, challenge your riding group to a friendly cattle-counting competition; loser buys the winner a wheel of brie.
Race the Tour!
Last year it took winner Chris Froome 84:46:14 to finish last year’s Tour de France. When the 2016 race starts on July 2, see how many days it takes you to hit that total ride time.