2017 Le Grand Tour 25 Days

See it all … the full three weeks of the Tour de France

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TRIP DETAILS: 

Duration: 25 days (24 nights)
Dates: Friday, 30 June to Monday, 24 July, 2017
Start: Brussels  Finish: Paris
Accommodation: 3 star and 4 hotels
Group Size: Maximum 24 people (4 Staff)
Suitable For: Cyclists and Non Cyclists
Trip Type: Classique Trip Find out more…
Cost: A$13200.00(US$9500.00)
Deposit: A$1500.00 (US$1080.00)
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.
Single Supplement: A$1990.00 (US$1430.00)

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Highlights:

  • Experience the excitement of the 2017 Tour de France
  • Challenge yourself on the Cobbles of the Spring Classics and climb Mur de Huy
  • See it Live! 12 Tour de France stages, including the first challenging stage for the yellow jersey
  • Ride the beautiful Vosges mountains
  • Escorted by former professional rider Eric de Clercq, former Australian Road Champion Lorian Graham and Pat Jonker
  • Ride the famous climbs of Tour de France, including Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux and Col du Galibier
  • Experience catching the TGV to Paris
  • Concerned about ‘tour-legs’? Take the easier option over the challenging ride on the day of your choosing.
  • Ride around the sights of Paris, including Notre Dame, Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower

This Trip will be Escorted by Ex Pro, Eric de Clercq, Lorian Graham and Pat Jonker

Eric is a native Belgian whose career spanned 11 years from 1991 to 2002, in which he had 19 victories including a stage win in the Tour of Britain. He is one of the hard men of Belgium having raced the big Classics such as Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix. Eric rode for La William-Duvel from 1991-1993, and Collstrop from 1994-2002.

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After he retired from racing, Eric became a Director Sportif from 2004-2007 for the Vlaanderen Women’s Pro Team. It was here that Eric learnt the organisational skills that make him such an asset to Bikestyle Tours.

Eric has been with Bikestyle Tours for several years and has run trips to the Spring Classics, Giro d’Italia, La Vuelta a Espana and of course, le Tour de France. Speaking three languages, you will find Eric to be a very capable guide and good guy to socialise with after a ride.

Former Pro-Cyclist, Lorian Graham

Lorian is a survivor and a caring member of the Bikestyle Tours staff. Her insights into women’s racing, highs and lows of the sport are just some of the stories she is able to share. Guests love having Lorian as their guide because her care and encouragement toward them creates something very special about being on the bike.

She enjoyed the tough European racing in the Professional Women’s peloton. Having raced with the Australian team and Spanish and Dutch professional teams, her favourite races included tours of Italy, France, Spain and Belgium Classics as well as World Cup one day races. Her career highlights include Australian Road Champion, winning KOM classification overall in Tour of New Zealand and competing in the World Championships.

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It is now 11 years since a terrifying road accident knocked down her team in Germany while riding, killing her team-mate. Her life-long injuries and being told she would never ride again became just another source of motivation. But her determination and many, many sessions of rehabilitation helped her to get back on the bike. Not just ride a bike, but qualify for World Championships and Olympic selection. Riding, now, is a great source of leisure and maintenance to keep her body moving.

Pat Jonker

Although born in The Netherlands, Patrick is an Aussie. He often raced with a Dutch licence during his career and has won 12 major European races in his career.

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Patrick turned professional at the end of 1993 and teams include: 1993 WordPerfect, 1994 Novemail, 1995 and 1996 Once, 1997 to 1999 Rabobank, US Postal in 2000 (when injury ruled him out of the Tour) and Big Mat in 2001 and 2002.

He finished 12th overall at the 1996 Tour de France (Miguel Indurain was 13th and you will remember that as the year Bjarne Riis toppled Big Mig and a young up and coming Ullrich was second) and he is also a former Dutch and Australian time trial champion.

Many will know of Patrick’s great win in his final race as a professional, the Tour Down Under. It was a fairytale win for him in front of his hometown crowd and one that we will remember for years to come.

Well done Pat!

Who is this trip for?

Starting Brussels and finishing in Paris, this small group travels through the heart land of the Spring Classics, Pyrenees and the Alps taking in the entire 2017 Tour de France. You will travel with the Grand Tour as each stage winner is crowned, each spill disrupts a tour dream and each team sacrifices for their ride leader. The 104th edition of Le Tour de France has more critical stages spread throughout the entire 3 weeks and will create more race drama. Highlights of the trip include rides to visit the beautiful Vosges mountains, the classic climbs of Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux and Col du Galibier.

This is a trip that is suitable for cyclists and non-cycling friends and partners who want to follow the Tour de France, while taking in some of the most famous sights in France.  Our Le Grand Tour trip combines our two premier trips the Cobbles to Cols and GC Classic, and includes an exclusive extension to those trips to see a critical stage in the Alps. Le Grand Tour offers, more than any other trip the most variation in ride terrain and distance, allowing you to target particular days, take it easy or have a day off the bike. It is the ideal trip for those wanting a choice of rides, with everything from challenging alpine climbs over some of the best cycling roads in France, to easy cruising along the flatter roads of the Midi Pyrenees.

Our trips are geared to suit anyone with an interest in Cycling who wants to see the biggest of the Grand Tours, the Tour de France. This (and riding our bikes) is our main focus for the trip although this trip will incorporate some tourist days as well. We cater for cyclists of all abilities by providing riding options each day. To enjoy our trips you don’t need to be an athlete, but do need to be someone who cycles regularly and in good health.

Each day we’ll have options for rides to suit people who feel like a challenge, or an easy day enjoying the scenery. We ride on quiet scenic roads and where possible we ride on the race route ahead of the race. As with all of our tours you’ll be guided by our expert team of ride leaders, drivers and guides.

ITINERARY

Friday 30 June, 2017: Welcome to Belgium

We start today with our staff will meet you at Brussels Zaventem Airport at 11am and transport you to your first hotel in Oudenaarde, the heart of the Flanders cycling culture. Oudenaarde is home to the museum of Ronde van Vlaanderen, a one-day race held in spring. The incredible history of these monument races are known for their difficult in Belgium spring weather and tough cobbled sections.

This part of Belgium has produced some of cycling’s greatest, including Eddy Merckx, Peter van Petegem and current Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet. The locals passion for cycling races, riders and all things to do with is second to none. It is the perfect place to start your cycling experience with Bikestyle Tours. We are also not far from the Roubaix velodrome, where the “hell of the north” – Paris-Roubaix race finishes. We will use our two days in Ourdenaarde to ride some of these famous roads.

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Our hotel for the next 2 nights is a modern bike friendly hotel, with a recent refurbishment. It will be make very comfortable start to the trip, and Vlaaderen people are friendly hosts and equally knowledgeable about all things cycling.

After arriving at our hotel, our staff will help you set up your bike, be that your own or a hire bike. Once we are ready to roll, we’ll head out on a short warm up ride to test that you and your bike are in working order for the next 8 days of cycling adventures. A leisurely paced ride on the cycling friendly roads of Belgium. A perfect way to meet your fellow travellers and be accustomed to each others riding abilities.

We will have a welcome dinner tonight, where you can meet your fellow travellers and ask your Bikestyle Guides questions about your upcoming holiday. We may even have a Belgian beer or two since we are in Belgium.

Overnight: Oudenaarde
Meals:
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Saturday 1 July, 2017: Roubaix

After breakfast we’ll take the bus to arguably the most famous velodrome in the world. Each year Vélodrome André-Pétrieux hosts the finish to the “Hell of the North” race, or “Paris-Roubaix”. A race of attrition across multiple “secteur” of pave and a committee to make sure each secteur stays that way – yes maintained to be brutal roads. The cobble trophy is one of the most priced awards of all cycling racesimg_2050

img_2527After visiting the velodrome, we’ll ride back to Oudenaarde following our longer 70km ride option or the more direct 40km ride. Each ride will offer you a chance to ride over some of the Ronde van Vlaanderen climbs such as Oude Kwaremont, Patersberg or Koppenberg.

Once back in Oudenaarde, you can grab some lunch and take a visit to the Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling museum to learn the history, triumphs, misfortunes and stories of this monumental race.

The Tour de France starts today, in neighbouring Germany, with a short prologue. The 13km prologue will be a spectacle to watch unfold and only
seconds will separate riders. You may like to watch from the comfort of the hotel, or possibly join the knowledgeable locals at the the brasserie attached to the museum. Either way, it will be obligatory to enjoy a local trappist beer.

Tonight you will be free to dine at one of the many local restaurants available in Oudenaarde.

Overnight: Oudenaarde
Meals: Breakfast

Sunday 2 July, 2017: Cobbles

2014-07-08-17-53-31Today we’ll experience the roads of past Vlaanderen races, before making our transfer to see the first road stage of the 2017 Tour de Fance. We will ride to the Muur de Geraardsbergen, which was the penultimate climb of Ronde van Vlaanderen between 1981 and 2011. Our rides today allow you to experience one of the most renowned cobble climbs in Vlaanderen. Our final climb will be the Muur de Geraardsbergen which for many years was a regular feature of the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Also known as the Kapelmuur, it features a striking chapel as you reach the top. As you depart Geraardsbergen along Bergstraat, the road narrows, steepens and cobbles begin, with a maximum gradient of 20%.

After our ride, we will travel to the stage finish in time for the arrival of the caravane and for all the atmosphere of the first bunch finish into Liège. With time bonuses on offer, there’s a slim chance we might see a new yellow jersey winner tonight. But the stakes will be highest for sprinters and the all important stage victory.

Our hotel for the next 2 nights is … After arriving at the hotel this evening and settling in, we will have dinner together and share our experiences of seeing our first 2017 Tour de France stage live.

Overnight: Tongeren
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday 3 July, 2017: Mur de Huy

We will take the short drive from our hotel this morning to the stage start in Verviers, in time to see the riders sign on, walk around the team buses and possibly capture a selfie with your favourite rider. These are among the bragging rights that make all your friends back home jealous. The stage should start just before lunch, so after seeing riders head out and grabbing some lunch, we will travel to Huy to enjoy our own ride.

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Today’s ride will feature another famous climb for the theatre it creates in Spring. The mid-week race between Amstel Gold and Liège-Bastogne-Liège is the Flèche Wallonne race. It is is the newest of the spring races in the Ardennes, but growing in popularity for its final climb. Also having featured in Tour de France stage, the Mur de Huy is a 1.3km bitumen climb with a maximum gradient of 24%. Those victorious on this climb have to make an all-out effort that needs to be perfectly timed, as 30 seconds or even a minute is easily lost to fellow competitors.

We will offer two ride distances today, both looping back to Huy and battling the Mur de Huy.

Overnight: Tongeren
Meals: Breakfast

Tuesday 4 July, 2017: Feedzone

photo-25-08-2012-18-23-52We depart Belgium today and head across the border to France, where we will catch the race at a feed zone or an intermediate sprint. Tour de France riders need to carefully refuel their bodies everyday throughout the tour, particularly on these early long transition stages. Sprinters will be eager to claim points towards the Green Jersey, and other riders will be trying to keep out of any trouble on the roads. Seeing a feedzone is not only a spectacle but a great opportunity to souvenir a discarded team issue musette or drink bottle.

After our transfer this morning and catching the fourth stage of the Tour, our rides will offer some recovery with a leisurely paced ride to Metz, situated on the banks of the Moselle river.

Our hotel tonight is conveniently located close to the centre of Metz featuring the impressive Gothic Saint-Stephen Cathedral housing the largest expanse of stained-glass windows in the world. This is the Lorraine region of France, and you may already be familiar with the local cuisine, quiche “Lorraine”.

Overnight:Metz
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Wednesday 5 July, 2017: Station de la Planche des Belles Filles

In 2017, the Tour de France explores areas other than the Alps and the Pyrenees to gain its vertical metres; the Vosges, Jura, Ain, Aveyron and Auvergne are additions to the schedule this year. Today we will visit the first of those areas in the Vosges. It will be our first climbing stage to see the Tour de France live on this trip, before we spend a little time enjoying what this region of France has to offer. We will travel on the bus to the foothills of Réserve Naturelle des Ballons Comtois before tackling the final climb to Station de la Planche des Belles Filles and watching the professionals climb this afternoon.

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We will offer rides between 40km and 70km today. It is up to you how far you would like to climb up to la Planche des Belles Filles. From Plancher-les-Mines the climbs is 5.5km long reaching an elevation of 1,148m starting at an elevation of 532m. The lower and middle sections of the climb are the hardest with grades consistently above 10%. The final section before the finish line is a gruelling 20%.

Once the final riders pass we will make our way back to the bus and travel to our hotel where our dinner will be waiting. Our hotel for the next two nights is in the most eastern part of France, a beautiful landscape nestled between Germany and Switzerland. The region is famous for its white wine, timbered houses and the vosges mountains.

Overnight: Ensisheim
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Thursday 6 July, 2017: Le Grand Ballon

The tour heads off on a flat transition stage to Troyes. We’ll resist the urge to chase the tour today, but rather settle for a relaxing, or challenging ride in this wine growing region of France. After breakfast, we will leave from our hotel on our bikes to ride one of the climbs often visited by Tour de France, last in 2015.

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Our long ride option today will reach the summit of Le Grand Ballon. Reaching an altitude of 1,343m, our climb starts from the village of Saultz-Haut-Rhin over a total length of 19km. Starting out on gradual slopes through thick forest you’ll need to measure your effort as after 6km the climbing begins where the slope regularly reaches 10% and in the final 6km an average grade of 8.5% tests those weary legs. Once we reach the summit it will be a mostly downhill ride all the way back to the hotel where the pool and spa awaits us. Our short ride option will stay to the valley roads and visit the beautiful villages in this art of France.

After having conquered the biggest climb in the Vosges mountains we’ll return to our hotel for a relaxing afternoon, watch the final moments of the tour and prepare ourselves for our farewell dinner this evening.

Overnight: Ensisheim
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Friday 7 July, 2017:  Welcome to Savoie

Our Le Grand Tour will continue on today after bidding farewell to our guests from the first part of our trip. We’ve had a few days of big rides, and with our transfer, we’ll take a little bit of rest from the bike today. Our final destination today is Chambery in the Savoie region of France.

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Chambery is a lovely town set among the Alps with the beautiful Lakes of Bourget and Annecy to its north. Our 4 star hotel awaits our arrival and on arrival we’ll check in and you can take a refreshing dip in our hotel’s pool and pause for a cool drink before heading into the historic centre for some savoyard cuisine.

Overnight: Chambery
Meals: Breakfast

Saturday 8 July, 2017: Lac du Bourget

We will head out today along the bikepath to the north and ride around the beautiful Lac du Bourget. We will manage to do a complete loop of the lake and stop in at Aix-les-Bains for a cool drink. There is a little climb today as we navigate the mountains that plunge into the western shores, but we’ll keep leisurely pace and give you plenty of time to enjoy the views.

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We will be back in Chambery in time for lunch and a relaxing afternoon, even a little snooze before watching the finish of today’s stage to the Jura mountains on TV.

Overnight: Chambery
Meals: Breakfast

Sunday 9 July, 2017: The Toughest Stage of the Tour

Today’s stage will finish close to our hotel. If you’d like to see the finish of the stage live, you can head out for a ride this morning and be back in Chambery for the arrival of the Caravane before the riders.

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Alternatively, if the weather is kind, the final climb will be a great location to watch the race. Mont du Chat makes its first appearance in the Tour de France today. The difficult climb is officially 17km long, but the final 9km are toughest averaging more than 10% with grades of 14% and 15% common. We will head out after breakfast and ride the climb ourselves, cheered on by the crowds making their own way up the climb. After the last riders make their way over the climb, you’ll be able to ride back to the hotel. It will be a wonderful place to watch this year’s Tour de France, and on paper, it could well be the toughest day for riders.

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Overnight: Chambery
Meals: Breakfast

Monday 10 July, 2017: TGV to Toulouse

Today the teams will be making a long transfer across the France to resume racing tomorrow in the Dordogne region. We too will be transferring, to France’s fourth-largest city, Toulouse (known as la ville en rose, or the city in pink) is the major city of the southwest and most importantly our gateway to the Pyrenees. We will transfer you to Lyon to catch your TGV that will take you at speeds of more than 300km to your final destination. We will transport your bikes and luggage for you to make it a little easier. Staff will meet you in Toulouse and transfer you to your 4-star hotel and meet up with guests joining us through the Pyrenees, Provence, Alps and to Paris.

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Your bikes and luggage will arrive soon after your arrival and tonight we will have a welcome dinner where you will meet your new fellow travellers.

Overnight: Toulouse
Meals: Dinner

Tuesday 11 July, 2017: Col du Tourmalet

tourmalet-gradient-sign-green-grass-blue-skiesToday we will take the chance to tackle the highest road in the central Pyrenees, the 2115 meter Col du Tourmalet. Tourmalet is the highest road pass in the central Pyrenees. You’ve all seen the TV images of this mighty mountain on the Tour de France, now is your chance to see what it’s all about. The summit of the HC (hors categorie) climb up to Col du Tourmalet has been crossed 76 times during the history of the Tour, making it one of the most visited climbs of the Tour. We’ll head off from our hotel shortly after breakfast to give you plenty of time to ride today before checking into our hotel this afternoon in time to see the closing stages of today’s stage on TV.

We’ll start our rides from Bagneres de Bigorre. The climb starts off very gentle, giving you time to warm up. Only once you reach Sainte Marie de Campan does the official climb begin. With a length of 17.2km from the Eastern side and an average grade of 7.4%, it is the more gentle of the 2 sides to climb Tourmalet. When we reach the top it will all seem worth it and the cafe at the top is a nice warm place to meet up and regroup, with a nice collection of cycling memorabilia.

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We will descend toward Luz Saint Sauveur where we will regroup once more before the fun coast down the valley to our hotel in Lourdes, making it a total of 80km today with close to 2000m of climbing.

Our base for the next 3 nights is Lourdes in a newly refurbished bike friendly hotel. In the heart of the Pyrenees, Lourdes is a religious centre and receives more than 5 million pilgrims from all over the world every year most of whom come to take the healing waters. Lourdes was just a small market town on the 11 February, 1858 when Bernadette Soubirous saw the Virgin Mary along the Gave. For us though it is the geographical position, at the foot of the mountains making it an ideal starting-point for our cycling trips into the Pyrenees with all of the major climbs not far from us. The candlelight parade is held each night at 9.00pm and is a must see.

Overnight: Lourdes (Pyrenees)
Meals: Breakfast

Wednesday 12 July, 2017: Col de Soulor and Col d’Aubisque

Today we will tackle another famous climb of the Pyrenees and is always a highlight ride for our guests. It may be because you notch up 2 cols for the day, or attributed to the views that reward those on the spectacular between Col de Soulor and Col d’Aubisque.

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After fueling up at breakfast, we’ll head off along the bikepath from Lourdes to the village of Argeles-Gazost. The initial climb starts from Argeles-Gazost but it’s not too long before the road flattens taking us to the village of Arrens-Marsous. From here the real climbing begins, a manageable 7.5km averaging close to 8% takes us to the first col, Col du Soulor. Our welcoming party of local cattle and horses grazing on these high pastures will greet us before we carry on. With the most difficult climbing behind us now, we have a short descent before the final 7km to the summit of Col d’Aubisque, where we can reward ourselves with lunch. We will descend to Pau to see the finish and meet the bus before our transfer back to Lourdes.

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The Tour will arrive on the doorstep of the Pyrenees later today and our rides will guide us to the finish in Pau. Once we see the excitement of a sprint finish at the Tour de France, we will travel back to Lourdes, where you will be able to choose from the many dining options available in this pilgrim city. This evening, you may also like to visit the grotto where pilgrims believe its water possess healing powers.

Overnight: Lourdes (Pyrenees)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Thursday 13 July, 2017:  Port de Bales and plus beaux villages

Today is a tough stage for riders in the Pyrenees, it may be a pivotal stage for the final result and the winning move may well be on today’s hors categorie climb over Port de Bales.

We will start the day with a visit to the official plus beaux (most beautiful) village of Saint Bertrand-de-Comminges at the base of the Pyrenees. Saint-Bertrand was a stopover on a pilgrim way to St James of Compostela and today is a beautiful walled medieval village, well worth us taking a bit of time to explore before setting off on our ride. The tour will pass through here later today.

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Our short ride option today will stick to the valley roads visiting some of the very beautiful villages, before meeting up with the race. Our more challenging ride will head straight up the second last climb of today’s stage, Port de Bales. Since being resurfaced during the summer of 2006, the Tour has returned several times since its first in 2007. tarting from Mauléon Barousse, the Port de Bales stands at 1755m with an ascent of 18.9km and an average percentage of 6.3%. After catching the race we’ll head back for our final night at our hotel.

Overnight: Lourdes (Pyrenees)
Meals: Breakfast

Friday 14 July, 2017: Fete Nationale in the Ariege

Today is a big day for us, and for the French people as it is the “fete nationale”, Bastille Day. It’s a tradition for French riders to try and score a stage victory today and being a holiday weekend the locals will be out in force to cheer on their local heroes.

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This short stage is designed to impress audiences around the globe. The final climb on a narrow steep road, followed by the 25km descent to the finish will be where riders will make their selection. The entire stage today will be in the department of Ariege today and finish in its capital, Foix. Being the shortest stage in Tour de France history, it will start mid-afternoon. This gives us plenty of time this morning for our rides along some of today’s race route arriving at an exciting section to watch the race before meeting up with our bus to transfer us to our hotel.

Our hotel for the next two nights is in Quillan, a pleasant town at the foot of the eastern end of the Pyrenees mountain chain. Soon after arrival to our hotel dinner will be served, a setting where we can share our stories from experiencing the Tour de France live.

Overnight: Quillan (Pyrenees)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday 15 July, 2017: Cathars country and balcony roads

The tour heads toward the north today, making its way across the central massif. Having seen the tour over the last few days, we’ll take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful riding on offer in the Eastern Pyrenees where rivers have etched the landscape. We will start off today with breakfast and being market day, we can source some snacks from the local producers before heading off on our ride.

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Later this morning we’ll head off on our rides through Cathar country and along one of France’s famous balcony roads. Catharism is an old religion violently repressed by the Catholic Church of Rome between the 10th and the 12th century. The cathar castles, quiet roads and dramatic gorges along Aude river offer some stunning rides. Our easier ride option of 50km will keep to the lower foothills and return along the gorge. While our more challenging 90km ride will encounter more climbs before descending back along the gorge.

Tonight you are free to enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants close to our hotel in Quillan.

Overnight: Quillan (Pyrenees)
Meals: Breakfast

Sunday 16 July, 2017: Carcassonne and to Provence

Today after breakfast we will visit the famous walled cité of Carcassonne. UNESCO World Heritage listed, the Cité of Carcassonne is one of the most popular and unforgettable sites in France so we can’t pass up the chance to visit it today. Carcassonne is among the major attractions in France. The medieval cité is perhaps the best example of a medieval fortress in Europe and paints a stunning picture as it stands proudly on the hill overlooking the plains of the Aude. There are remarkable views over the surrounding countryside from the three kilometres of ramparts.

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Both of our rides will finish in Carcassonne giving you the opportunity to look around around the old cité. For those wanting a shorter ride, we will get you part way there before starting the ride. Our longer ride of 60km ride from the hotel to Carcassonne leaving the hotel earlier.

After visiting the medieval cité, we’ll transfer you to the small town of Nyons in an area known as Drome-Provencale. This is typical Provence with a landscape of vineyards, lavender fields, olive groves and picture book villages. We spend the two nights in this delightful town staying in a traditional hotel and enjoying their hospitality and the local cuisine in the hotel’s fine restaurant.

Overnight: Nyons (Provence)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday 17 July, 2017: Mont Ventoux

We’ll get away in the cool of the morning and travel to the village of Malaucene where we will begin our warm up ride over to the base of Mont Ventoux, Bedoin. For those who want an easier ride today we can propose starting you from a little further along today’s ride route, saving your legs for the more mystical part of the ride.

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The route up Ventoux from Bedoin is the most famous and traditional route of the Tour de France that winds its way up through the forest to Chalet Reynard where the well-known “moonscape” of Mont Ventoux comes into view. From Chalet Reynard the final 7 kilometres of bare landscape provides magnificent views over the plains of the Luberon as you pass by the monument to Tom Simpson, who died tragically on the slopes of the mountain in the 1967 Tour de France.

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After the compulsory photographs at the summit we’ll head back down via the thrilling descent to Malaucene for lunch and a cool drink in the shade. Once we’ve recovered its back to the hotel in the bus, or if you still have the energy a 25 km ride back to the hotel, but you’ll have to be keen.

Overnight: Nyons (Provence)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tuesday 18 July, 2017: See it Live! Tour de France

After our time in Provence we will head north today and along the way we’ll intersect the race in a quiet village. We’ll stop and take to the bikes and ride towards today’s route. We’ll try to get most of our riding out of the way before the heat of the day builds up and relax and find a good place to view the race in one of the local villages.

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After watching the race we will transfer to our 4 star hotel in Chambery, the perfect place for us to travel to tomorrow’s first stage in the Alps. Tonight you are free to take a walk through the historic old town of Chambery and dine in one of the many restaurants. Why not try the hearty local food, Cuisine Savoyard.

Overnight: Chambery (Alps)
Meals: Breakfast

Wednesday 19 July, 2017: Col du Telegraphe

We will leave Chambery and drive to Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne at the base of the Col du Télégraphe / Col du Galibier where we will have the opportunity to climb one or both of these great climbs. The Telegraphe is a steady climb of almost 12kms long before you descend a short distance down to Valloire and then up the 18.1kms of the Galibier. In total the two together make a climb of the climb is 34.8kms with a gain of 2120 meters in height.

Excitement grows as the Tour riders approach

You are free to see the race from any point on the Telegraphe or the lower slopes of the Galibier. After we have seen this great stage we will return to the bus for the trip across the border to Italy, where we will stay for the next 3 nights.

Overnight: Bardonecchia (Italy, Alps)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Thursday 20 July, 2017: tage start, Col d’Izoard or Col du Galibier

This morning you’ll wake up in Italy, and enjoy an Italian coffee. Our location will give us access to some famous climbs used in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France as well as for seeing the stage start in Briancon.

After the morning coffee and breakfast, we’ll transfer you to Briancon for the race start, where you’ll be able to see the team buses arrive, riders prepare and sign-on for today’s stage in the Alps.

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If road closures yesterday impeded your efforts up Col du Galibier, you’ll have an opportunity to climb it again today, from the opposite side. Alternatively, if you want to make the most of seeing the stage start we’ll offer a shorter ride up col d’Izoard once the riders head out. There will be closures nearer the top, with the inaugural summit finish on col d’Izoard. We’ll assess it on the day and make sure you have a nice ride. Our rides will return to Briancon in time to see the finish of the race unfold on TV.

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After our exciting day watching the Tour in the French Alps we’ll transfer you back to hotel.

Overnight: Bardonecchia (Italy, Alps)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Friday 21 July, 2017: Colle della Finestre or Sestriere

Today is our last opportunity for a big ride. On this trip, we have conquered the famous climbs of Tourmalet, Aubisque, Ventoux and Galibier. Today we will venture out on either one or two more famous climbs.

Our rides will leave from the hotel, giving you the choice of an epic ride or something more leisurely. Our epic ride for experienced riders heads down the valley to Susa before going up Colle della Finestre (translated to ‘window’). It is a stunning climb and has all of the challenges any European climb offers including something extra – segments of dirt! The Giro d’Italia visited this climb in 2015. Continuing over the climb joins onto the climb to Sestriere.

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Alternatively, you can leave from the hotel and climb directly up to Sestriere, and if you have had enough stop in the beautiful village of Cesana Torinese enjoying some coffee, pizza or gelati before meeting up with the other riders.

Tonight you can enjoy some more Italian cuisine at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Bardonecchia (Italy, Alps)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday 22 July, 2017: TGV to Paris

2016 TDF GC Classic - Tour de France 2016 Dates and TripsMid-morning we will head off to the nearby train station and catch the TGV directly to Paris. You haven’t travelled if you have not experienced this amazing high speed train which will transport you to Paris in comfort, travelling at speeds of up to 320kmh! To make life easy for you we will transport your luggage and bikes separately to save you lugging them about.

On arrival in Paris we will transfer to our hotel and relax before heading out to dinner this evening. Tonight we will have our farewell dinner to leave tomorrow night free for you to enjoy Paris after witnessing the final stage of the Tour de France.

Tonight we will have our farewell dinner at an iconic Paris restaurant, Le Train Bleu, which is a Paris institution. The restaurant has served drinks and meals to travellers and other guests since 1901 in an ornate and beautifully decorated setting inside the vast halls of the Gare de Lyon rail station. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and one of the highlights of their time in France for many of our guests.

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Overnight:Paris
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Sunday 23 July, 2017: Paris Sights and the Champs Elysees

This morning we have a special treat in store as we take a ride through Paris, past all the famous monuments and along the Champs Elysees. A last chance for a group photo underneath the symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, is our last stop before we head back to the hotel.

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We’ll be up early to avoid the road closures and return to the hotel for a leisurely breakfast before we head down to the Champs Elysees later in the day to enjoy the racing and festivities of the final day of the 2017 Tour de France.

As it has done for the last few years, the women’s one day race, La Course by Le Tour de France will precede the final stage of this year’s Tour.

The last stage of the Tour De France is traditionally a procession until the entrance onto the Champs-Elysees where the racing really starts. Riders traditionally chat, celebrate the final stage, pose for photographs, drink Champagne… sometimes they even dress-up, swap bikes and generally horse around. Traditionally, once the race gets into Paris, the Yellow jersey and his team lead the peloton onto the Champs-Elysees for what is basically a big criterium in the centre of the French Capital. For the third year running the Tour will have the spectacle of an evening finish on the Champs Elysees, with the riders expected to cross the finish line for the last time at about 7.00 pm.

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Tonight after the finish you are free to explore the city of Paris, taking in a show or dining in one of the famous restaurants.

Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

Monday 24 July, 2017: Au Revoir

It is farewell to your new friends as our full Tour experience comes to an end this morning. Over the past 25 days you’ve experienced the excitement of the Tour de France up close, challenged yourself on some famous climbs and hopefully had an unforgettable holiday with Bikestyle Tours. We hope we see you again one day.

Meals: Breakfast 

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Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

  • Transport throughout by custom mini vans or luxury coach
  • Services of our experienced tour guides, mechanics and drivers
  • 24 nights accommodation in quality 3 & 4 star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 course evening meals on 14 nights
  • Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike
  • Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Brussels airport
  • Maps and Bikestyle guide to the 2017 Tour de France
  • Full Bikestyle Tours kit including knicks, cycling jersey, cap and musette bag


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