The Tour de France is underway! Whether you’re interested in cycling or not, this is an event full of history and drama. Kid Reporter Will Foster tells you everything you need to know to follow the sport’s most famous race, which began on Saturday and will finish July 26 in Paris.
The Tour de France is the world’s preeminent annual cycling race, held primarily in France. It is more than a century old. This year’s edition, which began in the Netherlands, comprises 21 one-day segments, called stages, which will cover more than 2,000 miles.
The 2015 Tour features 22 teams with nine riders each. In total, there are 198 cyclists representing 32 countries. France has 41 riders competing, the most of any nation. The U.S. has three. While there is one team that includes only French riders, each of the rest of the teams have athletes that hail from all different countries. Members of the same team assist one another throughout the Tour.
If you're a cyclist, you've got to be loving May. Not only has the weather been pretty great (on the east coast, anyway) it's also National Bike Month.
But even if you don't ride, you'll want to watch this incredible video of pro cyclist and Red Bull athlete Danny MacAskill pulling some sick moves on his bike. Not only are his tricks insane — he rides on top of a fence no wider than his wheel! — but we get to watch it all from his point of view. MacAskill strapped a GoPro to his helmet to take us into his world.
Check out the video below. And needless to say, don't try this stuff at home — MacAskill's a professional!
Sports and steroids seem to be going hand in hand these days. Just this past August two Major League Baseball players who were leading their teams to the playoffs tested positive for steroids and were suspended. A seven time Tour de France winner was stripped of all Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life for allegedly using illegal performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). More »
Hold on to your seats! The SI Kids IN YOUR FACE 3D App is throwing you right into the action. You don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate the exciting 3D photographs that jump out from your iPad. Based on the popular book, these 3D photos will truly make you feel like you’re part of the game. Get ready to catch a pass from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, block a shot with NBA star Carlos Boozer, and cruise down a mountain with Olympic snowboarders.
If your room looks like mine’s did back when I had to turn in homework, this GearHead feature’s for you. See that? It’s called the Sports Rack, and it’s sure to make your room at least a little bit neater...More »