The idea for blogs of the Geology of sports events and especially cycling was born out of two passions. Quite simply: geology and cycling.

Geoscientists tend to love the outdoors. They are a talkative bunch who can’t stop explaining about their rocks, fossils, landscapes, natural processes and the field expeditions they undertook. At some point I realized that viewers of live coverage of cycling races watch hours and hours of geological excursions. Surely, we couldn’t let the opportunity pass to geo-monologue and what better race than the Tour de France.

Hidden treasures

These races are covered by commentators that explain just about everything that passes the camera. All we had to do is help the commentators to explain a few things about the landscape and underlying hidden treasures. As it turns out, there are quite a few geoscientists who love cycling and watching the race. There are also quite a few cyclists with a keen interest in the environment. In 2021 we started with the Geology of the Tour de France. In 2022 we also covered other races like the Dakar rally and the Ocean race. was born in 2023.

This web page is dedicated to the Geology of sports events. This year we bring you cool science on all 21 Tour de France and all eight Tour de France Femmes stages. It goes from Wilson’s cycle and long-gone oceans to volcanoes, dinosaur footsteps, giant clams, obelisks and mighty salt mountains.

On the Twitter account @geotdf, we can’t help ourselves and tweet about the geology of just about every race where we find something to tell you. So if you want your regular geo-fun fact, follow us. Drop your questions should you have any! We hope you enjoy, and we’ll see you on the road!

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