Academic perspectives on the Tour de France at The University of Sheffield.
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Tour De France 2014

The Tour De France is the world’s biggest annual sporting event.

In 2014, the world’s greatest cycle race will start in Yorkshire bringing the historic event closer to The University of Sheffield than ever before.

To celebrate ‘The Grand Depart’ from our doorstep we’re working with academics across various disciplines to look at the story of the tour, the science of cycling and its connections to both Yorkshire and the university itself.

We’re calling this our ‘Deconstructing The Tour’ and over the next few weeks we will be updating this website with videos, mp3s and blog posts featuring the work of academics across the different faculties.

We want to celebrate ‘Le Tour’ and help people better understand its history and evolution into the event that will bring millions of fans from around the world to the roadsides of Yorkshire this July.

We also believe it is important to show people why Sheffield is such a special place for cyclists and so we’re launching our ‘Velogram’ project to invite students and staff to contribute photos and videos from their favourite cycle routes nearby via Instagram and Twitter.

We want to collate the best shots and create a collage that shows off Sheffield as a cycling hotspot and use the content from our followers to create recommended routes that will get more people out and about on their bike in Sheffield this Summer.

Find out more about our Tour de France projects by clicking the images below



This website is a project by The University of Sheffield and is not directly affiliated with the Tour de France, its organisers, or ‘The Grand Depart’ in Yorkshire.