The Tour de France is the most famous cycling test in the world. This site celebrates 100 years of the race with an imaginative and interactive look at the facts and figures.For those who do not possess an interest in the race the design is a still a feast for the eyes and the mind. The opening screen is predominately yellow, an obvious visual representation of the winner’s jersey.
Where the site starts to get really interesting is picking a date form the last 100 years to a selection of screens with reams of data, which are beautifully designed. It is the visual representation of the data that grabs the imagination. Map and routes, along with relevant statistics are the first ports of call and a scroll down to the next screen uncover the top riders and their finishing positions for each stage of the race. More information is neatly packaged into line charts for the different stages and the top 150 finishers in each year are put together in a simple but effective list.
The site is an excellent example of how to present vast swathes of information into quick easy to digest bite-size chunks that viewers can absorb. The graphics grab the viewers attention, while the information keeps them engaged. There is so much to admire and read that viewers will need to go back more than once to fully appreciate the site.