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What does it take to race 3500 kilometres across France on a bicycle? In the run-up to the Tour de France, join us to discover more about the limits of human endurance and bike design.

Every year top cyclists from around the world take part in the prestigious Tour de France. Competitors race in stages for three weeks, on a course that covers approximately 3500 kilometres (2200 miles). But how do cyclists cope with this punishing endurance test across the varied terrain of France?

Saddle up and enjoy the ride, as we discuss this brutal race and what it takes to win that famous yellow jersey. We’ll be joined by a panel of cycling experts from the fields of physiology and nutrition, as well as a professional long-distance cyclist.

Also on show will be the Factor 001 bicycle, which draws on cutting-edge design and technology from the motor-sport and aerospace industries.


Nigel Mitchell, Team GB cycling team nutritionist
Louis Passfield, Director, Centre for Sports Studies, University of Kent
Simon Richardson, Professional Cyclist with the Sigma Sport, Specialized Racing Team
James Shingleton, BERU f1systems


Tom Bogdanowicz, Campaigns and Development Manager, London Cycling Campaign

Event organised by: Science Museum

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