The Tour de France is the most famous bicycle race in the world and the one with the richest payout and opportunity for future sponsorships. It started in 1903 and has continued annually since then and stands as one of the most impressive tests of endurance athletes the world has ever seen. For roughly 2000 miles the riders put themselves to the test, pushing hard every day over routes designed to drive them to the edge of what’s possible.
The course is changed every year to keep it interesting but they always finish in Paris. It is mostly in France but other countries often see a few stages. There are 21 days of racing and the longest course ever was in 1926 at more than 3,500 miles. The physical toll of the Tour de France has been compared to climbing Mount Everest three times or running several marathons.