In the Tour de France's 100-year history, no pro woman rider has ever been allowed to officially participate in the world's most famous super-elite men's cycling event, which started back in 1903. We'll spare you the sexist, political, and other infuriating reasons why. Instead we'll offer you a chance to line up at the starting line of the prestigious three-week-long, 2,000-mile race, which kicks off Saturday, June 29, right in your living room. That is, if you can get your hands on the ProForm Tour de France training cycle ASAP.
When you hop in the saddle of this unique stationary bike, you will instantly get to experience the Tour as if you're right there in the thick of it thanks to a built-in HD 7-inch color touchscreen console with Wi-Fi, streaming pre-loaded Google Street Views, and footage from last year's event.
You'll not only feel the high energy from the excited in-your-face spectators, but you'll also get to feel the challenging terrain. The bike literally mimics the actual course, moving up and down to match the inclines and declines (up to 20 percent both ways) of the road.
Follow the tour live and for free on SportLemon.tv every morning, usually starting around 8 a.m. ET, as you yourself ride and feed off the hype and electrifying stage race finishes.
You don't have to ride all 21 stages of the Tour, which are broken down into doable 20-mile segments. Gaining some 130,000 feet in elevation (that's equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest four times in a row) can be seriously intimidating. But if you are up for the impressive fitness challenge, you could burn a whopping 123,900 calories, like the average Tour rider, by the time you reach the finish line! That big number helps make the training cycle's price tag (it's on sale now for $1,499) seem small and worth it.
Don't just take a tour of France, though. Log onto iFit.com and choose from a bunch of pre-drawn routes to download, including some of the most scenic places on the planet. Or use iFit to record your favorite outdoor ride—like a Gran Fondo event—and then re-ride the route at home.
You can also let your imagination “ride” wild and map your own dream route anywhere, such as the New York City marathon, the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, U.S. national parks, and more. You'll instantly get the Google Maps Street View on the cool console and the bike will automatically reflect the course sans the potholes, traffic, and bad weather. Finally, you can go for a spin around the globe!