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12 million is the number of spectators that line the route of the Tour de France – making it the largest sporting event in the world.
12 million is the number of spectators that line the route of the Tour de France – making it the largest sporting event in the world.

Lifestyle

7 sporting events during summer of 2015

The world’s a playground and when the sun shines, it makes it that much more fun. Why not get out and see some of the sporting sights?

The pleasure and the pain

Fighting the unforgiving minute every kilometer of the way, cyclists battle it out to prove themselves worthy of the famed yellow jersey or maillot jaune. Sit by the roadside, sip wine, and enjoy a baguette and some camembert as the racers speed by.

Tour de France
July 4–26
Netherlands–France
letour.com

Enjoy a glass of Pimms while watching old and new tennis players compete for the coveted trophy. Photo: Al Bello / Gettyimages

Tennis for purists

Classic and dignified, Wimbledon is for true tennis fans. Watch the biggest stars slog it out on perfectly clipped lawns at the All England Club. If you’re in luck, the sun will shine and strawberries and cream will be enjoyed by all. If not, trust the British spirit to overcome and enjoy the game despite rain and grey skies.

Wimbledon
June 29–July 12
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
Wimbledon, London, England

wimbledon.com

Row, row, row your boat

Now that the Oxford–Cambridge boat race is over, why not head for new waters in France? The world’s greatest will be pulling hard and hoping to get ahead of their muscle bound rivals.

2015 World Rowing
Championships Aiguebelette
August 30–September 6
Lake Aiguebeutte, Savoie, France
worldrowing.com

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015. Photo: Fifa

Big football, big country

Football will be gripping Canada as the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 takes center stage in the home of the Rockies.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015
June 6–July 5
Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Ottawa, Moncton, and Edmonton, Canada
fifa.com/womensworldcup

Canoe Sprint World Championships Milan. Photo: milanworldcanoesprint.com

Making a splash

These paddlers like canoeing of the speedy variety. To see just how fast, why not head to the Italian capital of style and enjoy a little of the watery action?

Canoe Sprint World Championships Milan
August 19–23
The Idroscalo Club, Milan, Italy
milanworldcanoesprint.com

Bulls-eye! Bows and arrows

Indulge your inner Robin Hood and enjoy the aces of the archery world as they draw bows and take aim in the grounds of the magnificent Christiansborg Castle.

Copenhagen 2015 World Archery Championships
July 26–August 2
Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark
worldarchery.org

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Photo: Netherlands2015.fivb.org

Beach ball highs

For real summer sport fun, head to the Nether­lands where the Beach Vollyeyball World Championships will take place. Games will be held in towns throughout the country during the tournament.

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships
June 26–July 5
The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
netherlands2015.fivb.org

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