Data Surfer

Sites you need to see

Race.JPGThe Bee launched its 2009 Tour of California page today. If you're a hard-core bike racing fan, the Internet is chock full of historical information about major tours and their winners. The CyclingRevealed web site, for example, offers a 100 year timeline (1900-1999) containing detailed information on significant races held every year. A results page gives the name of the race, distance and individual winner. Click on the race and you'll get additional details: average speed, the number of starters and finishers, as well as second and third place cyclists.

The official Tour de France site provides a complete list of winners, 1903-2008. In addition there's a page of interesting historical statistics about the race. A couple tidbits. Who wore the yellow jersey the most days?  (No, it's not Lance Armstrong with 83 days, but Eddy Merkx of Belgium with 111 days.) After Paris, which city hosted the Tour the most times? (Bourdeaux.)

Of course, you'll also want to check out the Amgen Tour of California pages, which includes a large archive of data on the three previous races.

Incidentally, the National Bicyle Dealers Association has reported that sales of bicycles, parts and assessories were a $6 billion industry in 2007, a year in which 18.2 million units were sold. Check out other market data in the NBDA Industry Overview 2007



About Data Surfer

It's all about information -- statistics, documents and data of all types that help us understand the world, make informed decisions and monitor government. It's about empowering citizens with tools and sources so they can conduct their own investigative research. This blog is a place to discuss information that's available on the Internet. What's relevant, useful, valid and accurate -- and what's not.

We know the Sacramento region is home to knowledgeable people who use online information in their respective fields. We want to hear from you. Please tell us what you think of the data we use in stories and post on The Bee's website. And share tips about online resources you think are valuable to this blog's readers. Post comments on this blog or contact Pete Basofin directly at pbasofin@sacbee.com.

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