These highly anticipated sporting events come around rarely – and they are very much worth the wait. Hopefully you’re all tuning in to the Boxing Day Test, but since I’m a little biased around the best sport in the World, here’s my Listopedia of the world’s greatest sporting events.
Tour de France
What was originally a publicity event in 1903, the Tour de France is now regarded as the biggest event on the competitive cycling calendar. Held in France every July, the three-week cycling tour lays claim to being not just one of the world’s biggest sporting events, but one of the biggest spectator events of any kind. The race’s route is different every year, but always follows the same race format passing through the mountainous ranges of the Pyrenees and the Alps, and always crossing the finish line on the Champs-Elysees in Paris – totalling a spectacular 3500 kilometres.
Paris in July is peak season for tourists, and for good reason! The picturesque Parisian streets come alive in the warmer months, and to enjoy the summer it is a must that you head to the Paris Plages along the Seine, rent an umbrella and some deck chairs, and soak up the sun. The incredible history of the city can be seen in its many museums and galleries, particularly the Musee D’Orsay, which has the world’s largest collection of impressionist art, so you’re guaranteed to recognise at least a few of the works! If you’re sick of being inside, there are amazing palaces and gardens, like the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palace of Versailles, for you to wander for hours on end.