It would be reasonable to call the term two holidays a ‘sports break’, with the soccer and cycling dominating television screens and resulting in some very late nights! Carla Temple tells us a bit about the Tour de France, including a game to get kids engaged in the race.
On 1 July 1903, sixty pioneers set out on their bicycles for the first ever Tour de France. After six mammoth stages (Nantes – Paris, 471 km!), only 21 “routiers”, led by Maurice Garin, arrived at the end of this first epic. Having provoked a mixture of astonishment and admiration, le Tour soon won over the sporting public and the roadside crowds swelled. The French people took to their hearts this unusual event which placed their towns and their countryside in the global spotlight.
The race has been held annually since its debut in 1903 except when it was stopped for the two World Wars.
The 2018 Tour de France is the 105th edition of Le Tour. The 3,329 km (2,069 mile) race from 7 July – 29th July, finishing with the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris. A total of 176 riders across 22 teams are participating in the 21-stage race. The Tour is the shortest of the century and started a week later than usual due to a clash with the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
It’s great to get the kids interested in this unique race. Highlights can be found on SBS or at www.letour.fr
Here’s a fun game I play with my kids at home to help sustain their interest in watching le Tour. Write the points system up on a whiteboard or sheet of paper and keep score as you go.
• 1 point: each yellow, white, green and polka dot jerseys you spot
• 2 points: each national flag
• 3 points: every puncture
• 4 points: a cyclist receiving medical help whilst still pedalling
• 5 points: a crash between cyclists
• 6 points: a crash created by a dog running onto the course
• 7 points: a cyclist’s near miss with a spectator;
• 8 points: a spectator trying to run at same pace as the cyclists
• 9 points: pronouncing the French town/village they pass through
• 10 points: for every French word you hear and understand (e.g. “Allez!” = “Go!”)
The kids can make up their own points system as you go along.
Professeur de francais
Prep – Year 2