Tour de France, 2013: 100th route will be tough, especially without pedals

The 100th Tour de France will include massive amounts of history, retrospective, analysis and hosts of auxiliary activities. But it’s hard to imagine anything related to the 2013 event will be as unique as the athletes who plan to complete the route by footbike.

The sport, which looks largely similar to grown-up kids on scooters, doesn’t look easy. But it does have the prime components of a Saturday Night Live skit (John Belushi would have had a field day).

But we’ll take the organizers seriously until they prove otherwise.

According to the website, here’s the idea:

“We plan to ride the whole distance of Tour de France by footbike in the same track and distance as cyclists and also in the same number of days. We would like to kick every single stage of Tour de France just one day before cyclists, with big crowds up there in the mountains and entire atmosphere around.

“There is a guy in the Czech Republic, Josef Zimovčák, who has done the same project riding historical high bike. He is the example we want to follow.”

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