This year is the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France. The race began, for the first time in the Tour’s history, on the Island of Corsica, on Saturday, June 29, and progressed to mainland France on Tuesday, July 2nd. The tour consists of 21 stages, and covers a total distance of 3,404 kilometers. During this final week the riders will be battling it out in the mountains of eastern France, crossing over several high Alpine passes. The race will conclude on Sunday, July 21, with the final stage ridden between the Chateau de Versailles, just outside Paris, to the finish line in the city on the Champs Elysees.
To find books in the library on the race, type Tour de France as a subject heading into the Marinet classic catalog. To find information on other bicycle races, or on racing techniques, try the subject heading Bicycle Racing.