Cycling Scholarships Draw Attention During Tour de France

woman cyclingThe Tour de France is an annual bicycle race that is the most well-known and prestigious of the cycling tournaments known as the “Grand Tours.” The other two Grand Tours are the Giro d’Italia, held annually in May, and the Vuelta a Espana, held in August and September annually in Spain.

The Tour de France lasts three weeks and covers approximately 2,200 miles (3,600 kilometers) throughout France and some bordering countries.

The race is divided into day-long stages and the individual finish times from each stage are totaled to determine the overall winner at the conclusion of the race. The last leg of the race, since 1975, has been along the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Read the rest of this entry »

Lance Armstrong’s Education Background

Lance Armstrong UTLance Edward Armstrong was born September 18, 1971 in Plano, Texas. He is a professional American road-racing cyclist who has won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times and also a notable survivor of testicular cancer, which motivated him to found the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer research and support. Currently riding for the UCI Pro Tour team on Team Radio Shack he began his sport’s career the age of 12, when he was a swimmer at the City of Plano Swim Club.

Armstrong attended Plano East Senior High in his hometown, but during his senior year the U.S. Olympic development team invited him to cycle in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After leaving high school early he attended private make-up classes in order to graduate from high school on time in 1989. Read the rest of this entry »


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