Cyclists in a bike race

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From July 6-28, 2019, cyclists will compete in the rigorous Tour de France.  This year’s route covers 3,351 kilometers or 2082 miles, starting in Brussels, Belgium and finishing, as always, in Paris France.  While cycling as a professional sport is not as popular in the United States as it is in Europe, many Americans do enjoy watching the Tour.   JTCC Libraries has some #worthreading titles about the Tour de France and the sport of cycling.


Tour de France 100Tour de France 100 by Peter Cossins
Midlothian GV1049.2.T68 C67 2013  

Tour de France 100 covers the history of this annual sporting event including maps of each route, photos, and details of scandals, deaths, and victories.



Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your BikeJust Ride: a Radically Practical Guide to Riding your Bike by Grant Peterson
Midlothian GV1041 .P48 2012  

Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding your Bike provides expert advice for someone just getting started with cycling and tips for experienced riders as well.





Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)Wheels of Change: how women rode the bicycle to freedom by Sue Macy
Chester GV1057 .M33 2011  

For a quick read that chronicles the history of the bicycle and its impact on women’s freedom, check out Wheels of Change: How women rode the bicycle to Freedom (with a few flat tires on the way) by Sue Macy.



Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de FranceLanterne Rouge: the last man in the Tour de France by Max Leonard
Chester GV1049.2.T68 L46 2015  

The expression “Last but not least” comes to mind with this book by Max Leonard. Lantern Rouge tells the stories of men who finish the Tour de France in the final position.  One was leading the race when he stopped for a bottle of wine, then took the wrong route resulting in a last place finish.  Wim Vansevenant managed to come in last place 3 years in a row.  Still this is a great accomplishment, in a race where 20% of the competitors don’t manage to finish at all.

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