The Tour de France Celebration, presented by BGC Partners
This year sees the 110th anniversary of the first Tour de France race in 1903, and the 100th actual running of this most renowned of all bicycle competitions.
Sir Chris Hoy
We will celebrate this magnificent milestone at the Goodwood Revival 2013 with a daily peleton of cyclists riding period racing bikes, in period dress, joined on track by a suitably French cavalcade of support vehicles, period promotional vans, and much more. There will even be the odd familiar face pedalling hard, including the legendary Sir Chris Hoy.
The ambiance and exciting atmosphere from the Tour de France will be re-created with an authentic French town square, complete with French food, Boules, and 60 original bicycles and riders.
The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France and was first organised in 1903 to increase paper sales for the magazine L'Auto. The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1903 except for when it was stopped for the two World Wars. As the Tour gained prominence and popularity, the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend around the globe. Participation expanded from a primarily French field, as riders from all over the world began to participate in the race each year.