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Board and card games with a bicycle race theme


Um Reifenbreite - Bicycle Race Board Game

Racers speed downhill in Um Reifenbreite, a bicycle racing game.

Erik Arneson
Auto racing is a more popular theme for board games and card games, but there are some very enjoyable and interesting games about bicycle racing. The games listed here are presented in order of their rating at BoardgameGeek.com; the ratings are on a scale of 1 to 10 and are listed in parentheses after the game name.

Breaking Away (7.5), designed by John Harrington and published by Fiendish Games, is for 2 to 8 players. Each controls four cyclists in a luck-free race around an oval.

Um Reifenbreite (7.2), designed by Rob Bontenbal and published by Jumbo, is for 2 to 4 players. Don't let the cartoonish graphics fool you -- this is a serious bicycle race game. Also published as Homas Tour and Demarrage, the game finds each player controlling a four-member racing team in a Tour de France-style race on an oversized (33 inches x 19 inches) game board.

Um Reifenbreite is my personal favorite bicycle racing game. It features drafting, a variety of road surfaces, multiple course options, rules for the yellow jersey, stage races and more. In 1992, Um Reifenbreite won the Spiel des Jahres, Germany's prestigious award for Family Game of the Year. The title means "By the Width of a Tire" in English.

6-Tage Rennen (7.0), designed by Walter Toncar and published by Holtman VIP, is for 3 to 8 players. The title translates to "6-Day Race," and players compete on an oval track.

Tour de France (6.6), a 1977 game from Milton Bradley, is for 2 to 4 players. A complete game consists of five stages: 1 team trial, 1 time trial, plus 3 regular stages.

Devil Take the Hindmost (6.5), designed by Terry Goodchild and published by Franjos Spieleverlag, is for 3 to 6 players. It was later re-themed to auto racing and titled Formel Fun.

Breakaway Rider (6.2), is for 2 to 6 players. It's a light, fast-playing card game that's best with 4 to 6 players.

A Qui le Tour? (6.0), is for 2 to 4 players. Each player controls a team of bikers who must work together in order to be successful.

The Official Tour de France Game is not rated on BoardgameGeek, but is described by gamer Mik Svellov as "the biggest game I have ever seen!" It's worth a look.

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