Primary teachers can take the action from this year's Tour de France right into their classrooms.
SBS Learn
19 Jun 2019 - 4:45 PM  UPDATED 23 Jan 2020 - 12:11 PM

SBS Learn is getting ready for the world’s most prestigious cycling event, the 2019 Tour de France, launching new online classroom materials called ‘First Gear’, available on the SBS Learn website.

Working in partnership with ŠKODA, and produced independently by SBS Learn, the First Gear resources are designed for primary teachers (Foundation to Year 6) and aim to help students learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.

The resources cover a range of topics related to the Tour de France, cycling safety, healthy lifestyles, active transport, and sustainability.  

Created for young people and families to get active, the educational resource will feature teacher notes, worksheets and quizzes and has been developed in accordance with the Australian curriculum for use in the classroom across these subjects:

  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Mathematics

Download the resource here.

From 6-29 July, the Tour de France hits the road and will feature 30 categorised climbs, in what is set to be a gruelling contest for the yellow jersey, with five mountain finishes and only 54km of time trialling.

SBS has been the home of the Tour de France for more than 30 years, with 2019 marking the 15th anniversary of the ŠKODA and Tour de France partnership.

This is part of a broader partnership between SBS Cycling Central and Tour partner, ŠKODA to support the next generation of Australian cyclists.


We celebrated the launch in 2019

To launch the First Gear initiative, SBS Learn and ŠKODA hosted two free community launch events in Melbourne and Sydney, bringing together Australian cycling legends and the next generation of two-wheeled stars.

Get a first look at the resources, junior cyclists can get a tune up or trick out their bikes at the ŠKODA Cycling Workshop, learn more about this year's Tour de France or get active, take on a bike course and much more.

Melbourne and Sydney cycling enthusiasts, teachers, school students, and active families can join the team at the events listed below.

Event details: 
Saturday 13th July 2019 from 10am until 4pm
Centennial Park Fearnley Grounds
Meet professional cyclist Kate Bates and former Socceroo and SBS Sport host, Craig Foster
Saturday 3rd August 2019 from 10am until 4pm
St Kilda’s O'Donnell Gardens
Hosted by SBS’s cycling experts

Visit Cycling Central for full event details and invites to the Facebook events.