Grade 8 Unit 6 Topic 3 Section D

The Tour of Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake, the largest salt-water lake in China, lends its name to the province of Qinghai. Twenty-three rivers and streams empty into Qinghai Lake.

If you go there, maybe you can see the Tour of Qinghai Lake. It began in 2002. Now it is the largest bicycle road race in Asia. It has the highest altitude among all the races hosted by the International Cycling Union.


Tour de France

The Tour de France is the most famous bicycle race in the world. It began in Paris, France, in 1903 and was 1500 miles long. Today the race covers around 2 000 miles. There are 21 timed stages over three weeks. The athletes have one or two days to rest They go through the Alps, the Massif Central and the Pyrenees Mountains. The roads are very difficult to ride on. The winner is the person with the best total time. He can do that without winning even one of the stages.

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