The world’s most famous bicycle race, the Tour de France, is set to start this weekend.
This year’s race will look slightly different, with riders taking COVID-19 tests and the number of spectators reduced. But while there may be debate about whether the race should go ahead during a pandemic, what’s not in question is the impressive engineering that has transformed the event since the first edition in 1903.
Over nearly 120 years, engineers have contributed to making the bikes lighter, the outfits tighter and the times quicker.
Here’s how engineering has helped shape the Tour de France.
For more on the Tour de France, don’t miss our feature in the September 2020 issue of create magazine.