Otter Man – 102nd Edition of Le Tour de France

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This weekend marks a celebration of a different kind for many – the start of Le Tour de France.

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Without naming names, we have an Otter member that is obsessed with this event, and she insisted we dedicate at least one post to the event.

We’ll start with this one and see what happens…

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We must admit though, after learning more about the race, we are beginning to understand why she likes it so much.

Here are some stats.

The 102nd edition of the Tour de France runs from Saturday, 4 July to Sunday, 26 July 2015.

Yes, that’s roughly three weeks of sitting on a saddle.

The race begins in the Netherlands, then heads to Belgium and finally is off to France.

There are 21 stages that cover a distance of 3,360 kilometres or roughly 2,082 miles.

Here is the breakdown of the stages:

  • Nine Flat Stages
  • Three Hill Stages
  • Seven Mountain Stages with Five Altitude Finishes
  • One Individual Time-trial Stage
  • One Team Time-trial Stage
  • Two Rest Days

The riders will have to contend with some of the infamous cobblestones of the Paris-Roubaix and will hit an incline of nearly 15 percent.

Yeah, this is going to be one epic ride this year.

In case you missed 2014, which was quite a journey, here are some highlights.

Time to look at some snaps that capture this race from another angle…

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The spectators are part of the fun of this race – they are passionate about the event.

The cobblestones of the Paris-Roubaix are not for the weak of heart.

The views along the Tour de France are some of the best…

With Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana, Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan and many others returning for this edition of Le Tour de France, it’s going to be a must watch event.

We are ready.

We know you are too.