It’s that time of year again. As temperatures in France climb steadily, so do a bunch of brightly-clad nutcases with the most astounding cardiovascular systems and pain tolerance imaginable!
The stats of the Tour are incredible. 21 stages in 23 days (2 rest days? They’re being spoilt!) 3,430.5km. That’s over 2100 miles in real money! 6 high mountain stages and 3 medium mountain stages (bet they don’t look medium to you and I!). Amusingly, all the mountain stages are clustered near the end of the event, once everyone’s nice and tired. And on top of all that – have you seen how sharp those saddles are?! It’d be like sitting on a razor blade (to quote a British TV ad from the dim and distant past).
How can you help but be amazed and inspired by these incredible athletes? OK, so along with 99.9% of people you’re assuming they’re all still on drugs. I don’t think so, not after all the scandals – I’d be surprised if more than a handful are. And in any case, what kind of drugs could get you and I to put ourselves through the Tour? To be honest, I’d still be amazed and inspired if these guys were completing it wearing full-body nuclear powered robotic exoskeletons, like Iron Man!
If you’re feeling inspired to get fit by the Tour, we’ve created some tough challenges so you can play along with Bradley Wiggins, Alberto Contador, Mark Cavendish and the rest.
If you’re already a keen cyclist, you can see how far you can cycle during the Tour by recording your distance (on your bike, turbo trainer or in the gym) on each day there’s a stage: The Tour de France 2011 Share the Pain challenge. Let’s see who can get the closest to the full Tour distance!
If you’re not a cyclist but just want to use their example to get fit, you can train as many times as possible during the Tour and record your total calories burnt each day. You can do any type of cardio exercise, provided you have some way to measure your calorie consumption. The Tour de France 2011 Max Calorie Burn Fitness challenge. Let’s see who can burn the most calories – and who can get closest to the estimated 118,000 that the Tour winner will get through!
If these challenges sound like too big a commitment, don’t worry – there’s challenges of all types and levels on Konkura.com. Why not take part in the Fastest Mile Time Trial, or create your own Tour-related challenges for free?