Its that time of year again where 300,000+ Australians stay up till 2:00am to watch the worlds largest annual sporting event, Le Tour De France. For all unaware of just how big the event is we are here to share the stats and facts that will blow your mind.
Running from Saturday July 4th to Sunday July 26th 2015, the 102th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages, totalling up to 3,360km covered in that period with only 2 rest days. Within the three weeks riders will spend around 85 hours in the saddle with an average speed of 40.69 km/hr.
The highest stage climbs to an altitude of 2645m or the equivalent of 8 Eiffel Towers.
There are 198 riders on the tour consisting of 22 teams. Each team has 9 riders, 4 coaches, 4 mechanics, 5 carers, 2 hospitality staff, 1 director of cycling, 1 doctor, 1 transport and hospitality booking manager, 1 chef, 1 communication manager and 1 osteopath. Now that’s a team and a half. Within each team the equipment supplies consist of 1 large transport truck, 3 transport vans, 5 support cars, 63 bikes, 140 wheels, 220 tyres, 3,000 water bottles, 2,200 nutrition gels, 3,800 nutrition bars and 80kg of nuts, figs and raisins are consumed over the course of one teams three weeks.
Now if those stats haven’t blown you away the estimated overall Tour figures definitely will. Over the course of the three weeks the Tour will go through 66,000 water bottles, 4850 tyres, 3,000 wheels, 8,400 food bags, 792 cycling suits, 1,400 bikes (each bike estimated worth 10,000 EUR), 25,000 security personnel, 240 support cars, 13,000 gendarmes, book 1,200 hotel rooms and a total of 12 million roadside spectators with 3.9 billion people watching it world wide.
Who are we rooting for?
There are 10 Australian in the race. In order of their team listings, they are: Richie Porte (Sky), Rohan Dennis (BMC), Zak Dempster (Bora-Argon 18), Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo), Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal), Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE), Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE), Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE), Nathan Haas (Gramin-Cannondale) and Mark Renshaw (Etixx-QuickStep).
Keep an eye out on stage nine, Sunday 12th July as the team time trials are raced with the Australian team Orica-GreenEDGE being the favorite!! To keep up to date you can follow the Tour on SBS from 10pm every night.