Tour de France 2013: Anarchy at Le Tour

The Tour de France has experienced more than its fair share of sabotage, stupidity, and strangeness in its hundred editions.

Any event that uses an entire country as the backdrop for a sporting contest is likely to suffer moments beyond the control of its organisers.

Spectacular crashes, animals in the road, random acts of sabotage, and occasional assaults have all be part of the rich tapestry of Tour life.

In our latest infographic from our partners at RoadCyclingUK, we explore the anarchic side of life at La Grande Boucle.

 
Anarchy at the Tour de France

Tour de France 2013: l’Alpe d’Huez

L’Alpe d’Huez is the most iconic climb of the Tour de France and today, for the first time in 100 editions of the race, the riders will climb it twice in one day.

What awaits them? Just 13.8km of climbing at an average gradient of 8.1 per cent, and, of course, the legendary 21 hairpin bends.

Fausto Coppi, Il Campionissimo, one of the greatest riders in the history of the sport, won on the climb’s first appearance in the Tour in 1952.

This year’s elite – Froome, Contador, Quintana et al – would love to claim victory on the first ‘double d’Huez’ of La Grande Boucle.

Here’s the latest infographic from our partners at

Guide to the Nice Cycle Hire Scheme

The folks at Momondo have provided Cycling Shorts with a series of five useful infographics on European city bike schemes. The staff at Momndo put it together in their spare time. So a big thank you goes out the them.

When going on a city break, the best way to explore a city is by bike. You’re plans can be more flexible, it allows to truly experience the city, you can go at your own pace and discover places and streets that one would not see when taking the boring old tours buses. Government sponsored bike schemes make it really easy to do.

The fifth and final city in the series is:

 

Nice
The fifth largest city in France provides you with the perfect scenery for a nice bike ride through the town. The region is breath-taking. Its architecture is Roman-inspired, it has scenic bay views that are just perfect for a few holiday snaps and the fascinating old town is best discovered on a bike rather than on a bus.

 

Public-Bike-Transport-Nice

 

To view the Paris Guide click here.

To view the Berlin Guide click here.

To view the Amsterdam Guide click here.

 
 
 

Guide to the Amsterdam Cycle Hire Scheme

The folks at Momondo have provided Cycling Shorts with a series of five useful infographics on European city bike schemes. The staff at Momndo put it together in their spare time. So a big thank you goes out the them.

When going on a city break, the best way to explore a city is by bike. You’re plans can be more flexible, it allows to truly experience the city, you can go at your own pace and discover places and streets that one would not see when taking the boring old tours buses. Government sponsored bike schemes make it really easy to do.

The fourth city in the series is:

 

Amsterdam
The perfect and probably safest city to explore by bike is Amsterdam. Its bike infrastructure is exceptional. When cycling by the small buildings, intimate streets, canals and squares one can practically feel the historical atmosphere of the city. Amsterdam offers a lot of culture with the highest density of museums in the world.

 

Public-Bike-Transport-Amsterdam

 

To view the Paris Guide click here.

To view the Berlin Guide click here.

 
 
 

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