Tour de France: Toughest Bike Race Ever

The bicycles used in the tour are the fruit of many decades of craftsmanship and development. High-tech metals and carbon fiber are used to shape bike tubes. Light weight and durability are essential and this means the bikes are expensive with some costing up to £10,000. This is for a piece of metal and rubber that weighs less than 20 pounds.

The clothing is pretty straightforward with lycra being the rule for jerseys and shorts.  A lightweight composite helmet and top of the line sports lenses are used also. Finally, the shoes are specially fitted with cleats that might be made of carbon material for light weight and strength.


The Tour de France is held every July. Professional cyclists who are truly serious about entering usually have at least a three year plan. Is the Tour de France the toughest bike race ever? Yes.



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