How Much Energy Could the Tour de France Generate?

Shaunacy Ferro
Ian Forsyth // Getty Images
Ian Forsyth // Getty Images / Ian Forsyth // Getty Images

The Tour de France, cycling’s most prestigious race, snakes through close to 2200 miles of France and its neighbors over the course of 23 days, leading riders up and down mountains in the Pyrenees and Alps, and sprinting across flatter terrain to Paris. All that pedaling generates a lot of energy. What if instead of propelling people across thousands of miles, that energy was harnessed for another purpose?

An exercise bike review site called created this infographic look at how much energy the Tour de France’s almost 200 riders create over the course of their trip—and the answers may surprise you. A single rider could keep a light bulb on for more than 10 days. And all the cyclists combined could power a TV for 78 years, or a Tesla for an impressive 18,000 miles. 

Hiring 200 top athletes to race bikes for the better part of a month will never be an efficient power source for the world, but we can dream, right?

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