THE TOUR DE France, the epic annual European bicycle race, inspires all sorts of cyclists — on all sorts of bikes — to pedal the routes of the professional racers.
Sweden’s Ake Johansson, left, and a friend cycled on the 2013 Tour de France route on a homemade tandem bicycle. In a twist on conventional tandems, one rider faces forward, one backward. Makes it easy to see what’s coming up behind, at least.
This year’s Tour de France runs July 5-27 (see letour.com). The world’s top cyclists will surge along 2,271 miles of road, mostly in France but also in Britain, since this year’s race will start in Yorkshire and also touch Belgium and Spain.
But wherever they are, the pros will be riding on their individual, ultra-tech bikes, facing forward.
Most Read Stories
- Russian hackers tried to access Washington’s voting systems, officials say
- California brain surgeon faces more child sex abuse charges
- Boeing seeks quick legal fix to stop Bombardier
- Seattle’s real Spider Man sets us straight: They’re not out to get you VIEW
- UW cornerback Byron Murphy expected to miss 6 weeks with a broken foot
Kristin R. Jackson is The Seattle Times NWTraveler editor. Contact her at email@example.com.