The 2018 Tour de France Route in 3D

The route for 2018 is in! Watch this video to get a sneak peek at next year’s Tour de France route. The world’s most famous bicycle race, held every year in July, is a multi-stage event consisting of 21 stages over three weeks. As you will see in this video, a 3D mockup of the path cyclists must follow to get to the final promenade down the Champs-Élysées, it is not a difficult journey, cutting through deep mountain paths at some points, and covering more than 2,000 miles. Parts of it honestly look like someone just scribbled a pen over the Pyrénées and said, “follow that route!”

Experts say this 2018 route will suit four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome well for its challenging nature, full of cobbles, rolling hills, and climbs. The website Bicycling calls it “the most challenging course in recent memory,” and a “classic in the making,” pitting Froome against Tom Dumoulin, winner of the 2017 Giro d’Italia as a possible challenger to Froome’s yellow jersey.

So book your tickets now, and grease up those wheels. It’s gonna be one bumpy ride.