Monday, July 25, 2011

Tour de France - Viva Le Tour!

Product DetailsThe Tour de France is the world's most challenging bike race. Sporting Championships offers a compelling look at the world's most prestigious sporting events.

We are huge Tour de France fans in my household and for the last 3 weeks have spent everyday watching the race. The cities and countrysides of france was spectacular once again to view as well. I am so excited today because my favorite racer from the BMC Team, Cadel Evans from Australia, has won the yellow jersey of this grueling and intense race. I have followed him for several years now waiting for this day that I knew would eventually come for him. These riders are athletes like I have never seen. Today it is Cadel Evans Day in Australia and even though I am in the states, my family and I are celebrating too! 

I picked up this nonfiction book at our local library last week.  Children have so many heroes in just about every sport so why not find a hero in Road Racing too? These racers push themselves to their limits throughout the year with several races worldwide. The mountain stages are incredible to watch along with the sprinter stage riders who take it fast to the end for the win. This book is packed with the history of the Tour de France, rules of the ride, proper cycling equipment and even a section on women and cycling. It talks about several key riders over the years who have made a huge impact on the cycling world. It is a great start for any child interested in learning more about the Tour de France. We are bummed that the Tour is over but are eagerly anticipating next years race.  Try something new and taking up bike riding is great exercise and nothing is like feeling the freedom of riding the open road.  I think this is a just right book for ages 8 and up.~ 
Viva Le Tour!!

Title: Sporting Championships Tour de France
Author: Grant Gilbert
Genre: Nonfiction
Pub. Date: 2008, Weigl Publishers
Hardcover, 32 pgs.

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