Watching the Tour de France? Here’s how to Improve Your Cycling Skills

The Tour de France started July 2nd, however, it’s far from over. The competition consists of 21-stages, and although this year’s Tour de France doesn’t touch the 1926 route (a colossal 5,745km trek), this year cyclists will still be racing 3,540km.

The Watch Gallery has created an infographic detailing the noteworthy elements of the Tour de France. With such a huge following and audience, every aspect of the Tour has to be on point. With 60km cables ensuring the race is properly broadcasted to 190 countries worldwide, this prestigious event must run smoothly.

You may be sitting watching the time-trials from the comfort of your own home. However, have you ever thought about picking up your own bike and grabbing life by the handlebars?

If you’re already a part-time cyclist, who enjoys cycling as a hobby, you’ve most likely got most of the equipment – bike, helmet, Lycra ensemble. You may, however, not have the appropriate gear that’ll improve your overall performance. After all, your clothing, bike, attitude and other gear such as sports watch can either better or lessen your cycling skills. You need to research and determine the gear that works best for you.

The smallest change in your technique or gear could improve the last leg of your race. For example, the narrowest winning margin in Tour de France history was between Greg LeMond and Laurent Fignon in the 1989 Tour de France. They were separated by just eight seconds! Improve your cycling skills so you can pull ahead.