Tour de France

Tour de FranceThe Tour de France is a multiple stage bike race which has been held annually since 1903 (apart from during the two World Wars). As its name suggests, the race is held primarily in France, but every so often it passes through neighbouring countries - for example, in 2014 it came to England.

The routes of the race change each year but the race is usually held in July and there are three "tours" with 21 days of races over 23 days. The race always ends on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. There are around 20 professional teams, with 9 riders in each team. At the end of each "stage" the riders' times are worked out and prizes - in the form coloured jerseys - are awarded for the fastest rider (a yellow jersey), fastest team, fastest rider under 26, fastest sprinter, and "King of the Mountains (a red spotted jersey).

Did you know?

  • The first day of the race is known as "le Grand Depart"
  • The average speed of the modern Tour de France is 25mph
How Many Smaller Words - Le Grand Depart

How Many Smaller Words - Le Grand Depart

How many smaller words can the children make out of the letters in "Le Grand Depart"? This puzzle is a fun way of celebrating the Tour de France 2014's start in Yorkshire...

Le Tour Acrostic Poem Printable

Le Tour Acrostic Poem Printable

Children can have a go at writing their own acrostic poem printable for the Tour de France. We've used the common French abbreviation, "le Tour", for our printable, which is available in colour or black and white.

Tour de France Bunting

Tour de France Bunting

We've got four pages of Tour de France bunting here for you to print, with two "flags" per page including plain yellow (the colour of the Tour de France), a red spotted flag (like the King of the Mountain jersey) and a green flag (for the green jersey).

Tour de France Colour Pop Colouring Page

Tour de France Colour Pop Colouring Page

Colour in the racing cyclist with your favourite team's colours, or make up your own. They'll certainly stand out against the yellow "Tour de France" background!

Tour de France Colouring Page 1

Tour de France Colouring Page 1

Here's a general colouring page you can use for the Tour de France - with lots of opportunity for designing a really speedy kit!

Tour de France Design a Team Jersey

Tour de France Design a Team Jersey

The kids can have fun designing their own super-cool team jersey for the Tour de France. Do a Google image search first for some ideas, perhaps?

Tour de France Jersey Bunting

Tour de France Jersey Bunting

Justfor fun, instead of traditional flag bunting, why not string up some cycling jerseys to show your support for the Tour de France! We've made ours easy to cut out and it comes in the four colours / designs of the important winning jerseys.

Tour de France Jersey Bunting - Large

Tour de France Jersey Bunting - Large

We can imagine a long line of colourful Tour de France jerseys decorating the side of the road, the hallways or the corridors! These cycling tops are easy to cut out and are in the colours of the four winners' jerseys.

Tour de France Poster

Tour de France Poster

We've designed this simple poster with a yellow bicycle because we've heard that people have been painting old bikes yellow and lining the route of the Tour de France with them! Why not line your part of the route - or your school corridor - with our yellow bikes!

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