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We asked our guys here at the Sports International offices to give us one bit of trivia that they did not know before they came to work at Sports Tours International. This is the eclectic mix of info that they came up with:
Mont Saint Michel is the second most visited tourist site in France after the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Read more about Mont Saint Michel here
The Comrades Marathon in South Africa is the world’s largest and oldest ultra marathon and is different every year as the direction of the race alternates between the “up” run (87 km) starting from Durban and the “down” run (89 km) starting from Pietermaritzburg.
The Boston Marathon’s course is point-to-point with a net elevation loss that exceeds the IAAF’s limits, so a Marathon world record time in Boston would not count. The Boston Marathon takes place on Patriots Day which is always a Monday.
Sports Tours International Ambassador, former World Marathon record holder Dr Ron Hill invented the string running vest and has run every day since December 1964.
Sports Tours International were the first International Tour Partner of the New York Road Runners to bring a group of runners over from the UK to the New York Marathon.
Jensen Button and James Cracknell both ran sub 3hr Marathons during the 2015 London Marathon.
British Computer Scientist Alan Turing ran a 2h47 Marathon in 1947.
The Paris-Roubaix spring classic cycling race does not start in Paris. It starts in Compiegne.
Thor Hushovd, 2010 cycling world champion and former French track and field world champion Stephane Diagana participated in the 2015 Etape du Tour
Brussels South airport is nowhere near Brussels. It’s in Charleroi which is 60km south of Brussels.
Travel insurance is not just for travel so take it out when you book your trip as it can cover you for cancellation under certain circumstances as well.
Club La Santa in Lanzarote is the only holiday resort in the world with three Olympic standard 50m swimming pools
The latest addition to the Marathon Majors is the Tokyo Marathon. The Six Marathon Majors are, in date order: Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York.
The Giro d’Italia will have its 100th edition in May 2017
The biggest global cycling events are the 3 Grand Tours and the 5 Monuments of Cycling. The 3 Grand Tours are: the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana and the 5 Monuments of Cycling are: Milan San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege Bastogne Liege and the Giro Lombardia
Sports Tours International is the only Sports Travel Tour Operator in the world who has an official travel partnership with all of the 3 Grand Cycling Tours, the 5 Monuments of Cycling and the 6 Marathon Majors.
Roubaix is in the city of Lille in French Flanders and Lille Metropole is the 4th largest urban area in France after Paris, Lyon and Marseille.
Milan Sanremo has special dispensation to exceed the UCI’s maximum one day race distance of 250km and is the longest one day cycling race in the professional cycling calendar at 298km. Amateur cyclists can ride the Milan San Remo Gran Fondo in June which covers the same course
Liege Bastogne Liege finishes in a place called Ans and not Liege itself.
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