It began in 1903 with a French journalist and sixty — soon to be twenty-one — pioneering cyclists. We’re talking 2,500km over six stages of gruelling, often aggressive cycling, through some of the world’s most incredible scenery, as well as cities and villages around the world.
Le Tour de France has truly become a global event. It’s one of, if not the most-watched sporting event in the world, and there really is nothing else like it.
The 2016 Tour will take place in France, from 02 July to 24 July. It’s the 103rd anniversary of the race, and the distance this year — 3,535km over 21 stages.
What is Le Tour de France?
It’s a cycle race. There are individual and team competitions, with first place being the only which really counts. Le Tour de France is one of the most gruelling races in the world, and riders do not tend to make friends during the race.
There are jerseys awarded throughout the race, too, including:
Worn by the current race leader. This changes frequently.
Worn by the leader of the points classification
Worn by the best young rider (under 25)
You can keep up to date with everything Le Tour, at their official website.
Best supplements for cyclists
A strong immune system is helpful, of course, but when it comes to cycling, it’s all about energy and recovery. Here are our picks for the best energy and recovery supplements.
Contains caffeine, zinc and magnesium, Complete B Vitamin complex and Focus. This superb bundle has everything you need to stay sharp and energised throughout training and your race.
Loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and superfoods including lucuma, maca, hemp and cacao. This awesome superfoods blend is great for raising your energy levels high, but doing it naturally and sustainably.
Most cyclists swear by oats as the ideal pre-race fuel. Oats contain slow-release carbohydrates and protein, and we love them for that.
After a long race or training session, you need to refuel with protein and fats. We recommend MyProtein Almond Butter (or peanut butter) spread on wholewheat toast, slices of fruit, or straight from the tub.
A perfect blend of protein and carbohydrates here, to help you kickstart the recovery process. Easy to prepare, and completely customisable. Add in fruits, spread with peanut butter or almond butter, and let the gains soak in.
The 2016 Tour de France starts Saturday 02 July. Follow the race on Twitter @LeTour.