Running from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2016, the 103rd Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,519 kilometres.
- 9 flat stages
- 1 hilly stage
- 9 mountain stages including 4 summit finishes (Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson et Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc)
- 2 individual time trial stages
- 2 rest days
Many of us will be throwing a leg over our own skinny-wheeled machines in an attempt to emulate our favourite cyclists. We've got lightweight everything, a bottle of energy drink and a route in mind. One thing we don't want or need is unpleasant pain in the nether regions from time spent in the saddle and a badly placed garment seam (ladies, we've all made that mistake).
Before you get going, get your Butt Shield applied liberally around all those delicate contact points, or, apply directly to your padded shorts, wriggle into them and you are set to go.