2017 Queen Stages and Paris 12 Days

12 day cycling journey that follows the 2017 Tour de France through the Central Massif, the Alps and to the finish on the Champs Elysees in Paris. This trip balances seeing the Tour, with enjoying time exploring the Central Massif and the Alps. You’ll get to see the Queen stages of the tour and ride the famous climbs such as Col du Galibier, Alpe d’Huez and Col d’Izoard

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TRIP DETAILS: 

Duration: 12 days (11 nights)
Dates: Thursday, 13 July to Monday, 24 July, 2017
Start: Toulouse  Finish: Paris
Accommodation: 3 star and 4 hotels
Group Size: Maximum 30 people (5 Staff)
Suitable For: Cyclists and Non Cyclists
Trip Type: Classique Trip Find out more…
Cost: A$6350.00 (US$4750.00)
Deposit: A$1000.00 (US$720.00)
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$1190.00 (US$860.00)

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Highlights:

  • Follow the drama of the last 2 weeks of the 2017 Tour de France
  • Challenge yourself on the famous Col du Galibier, Alpe d’Huez and Col d’Izoard
  • See it live! 5 Tour de France stages
  • Feel like the pro-rider and recline in your luxury coach after a refreshing shower at the end of your ride
  • Travel to Paris on the high speed TGV to catch the final stage on Champs Elysees
  • Ride options suitable for all abilities escorted by former professional rider Lorian Graham

This Trip will be Escorted by 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. The Adelaide Hills are a special place for Lorian as it was here that she was crowned National Road Cycling Champion.

She enjoyed the tough European racing in the Professional Women’s peloton. While racing in the Australian team and for 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 10 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.

Who is this trip for?

This popular 12 day trip combines the spectacle of the biggest stages of the final 2 weeks of the Tour de France with a carefully planned itinerary visiting some of France’s most beautiful regions. This trip has everything a cycling fan could ask for, incorporating epic climbs in the Alps, the Queens stages of the Tour and the final stage on the Champs Elysèes in Paris.

This is a trip that will suit cyclists and non – cycling partners and friends. 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.

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

Thursday 13 July, 2017: Bienvenue

Blagnac-Airport-Bienvenue - Tour de France 2017 ToursThe first day of our trip starts today with our staff meeting you today at 10 am at Toulouse Blagnac airport for your short transfer to the Pyrenees.

Toulouse is well served by flights from all over Europe, so an easy destination to reach. We can arrange for a pre-tour night at our Toulouse hotel if you prefer to arrive before today and take a look around Toulouse.

After we’ve made our introductions we’ll transfer you to our home for the 2 nights in the village of Mirepoix on the eastern foothills of the Pyrenees in a family run hotel located next to the medieval town square to the town centre. Each night we’ll dine in the hotel’s great little restaurant and socialise over dinner. We are conveniently located to catch tomorrow’s Queen stage.

Once we’ve got you settled into the hotel we will assemble bikes and take a short local ride to make sure you and your bike are all in good working order. We’ll keep mostly to the quiet flat roads. After the ride we can catch up with the Tour de France live on TV and see the finish of today’s stage finish.

Tonight we will enjoy a welcome dinner where you will enjoy a glass of wine, meet your fellow travellers and our staff will answer all your questions on your upcoming adventure.

Overnight: Mirepoix (Pyrenees)
Meals: Dinner

Friday 14 July, 2017: Fete Nationale and a Queen Stage

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 after a visit to one the local attractions, Château de Montségur.

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This castle and others alike were built during the 12th and 13th century, believed to have been built by Cathars. Catharism is an old religion violently repressed by the Catholic Church of Rome between the 10th and the 12th century. The Château de Montségur sits above the village at 1207 meters and is famous as the last Cathar stronghold. In 1243-1244 the Cathars, a mysterious heretical sect, were besieged at Montségur by ten thousand Royal Catholic French troops. In March of 1244, the castle finally surrendered and the Cathar defenders were burned en masse in a bonfire at the foot of the hill.

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After our visit to the Montségur we will transfer you to the outskirts of Foix, today’s arrival village. We will then ride our bikes to intersect the race route and watch today’s stage from a great vantage point to see the drama unfold. Once the voiture balai has passed we will follow the course back into Foix and meet the bus for our short transfer back to our hotel.

Overnight: Mirepoix (Pyrenees)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday 15 July, 2017: Albi and Le Tour in the Tarn

This morning after breakfast we’ll check out from our hotel and head to Albi an historic town unlike any other in France with a beautiful medieval centre dominated by the massive Sainte Cécile cathedral. First built as a fortress in the 13th century and under construction for 200 years, it is claimed to be the largest brick building in the world and when you see it for real, you’ll believe it!

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Albi has a long history with cycling and in 2017 it will host the Gran Fondo World Championships. The quiet roads, rolling hills and beautiful scenery make it very attractive for cyclists of all abilities.

During our transfer today we will incorporate an easy ride and meet up with the race route in a great location to watch. After watching the race and avoiding the crowds we’ll make our transfer to our 3 star family run hotel on the banks of the Lot river. Conveniently located for tomorrow’s stage we will stay here for 2 nights.

Overnight: Banassac (Lozère)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sunday 16 July, 2017: Stage start and the Aubrac trail

Today’s exciting stage will start from one of the most quiet areas of France, which will make today’s start one of the best to see. After catching a selfie with your favourite rider and evaluating the next upgrade you need for your bike, we’ll watch the riders roll out as they head straight into today’s first climb to the ski area in Aubrac. We will then follow the riders out along the race route for some distance before deviating back to our hotel for a relaxing afternoon, even taking a dip in the pool or in the cool waters of the Lot river.

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Riding in the Aveyron is tranquil as there is an abundance of quiet roads, and the architecture of each small village complements the rolling landscape. There will be some climbing today to test your legs, but nothing too difficult. The main climb is 10km long and averages 6.5%, similar to what you might find in the Pyrenees. It will be one of the most spectacular and unique rides you may ever do and one you’ll remember for some time. Our long ride option is 100km, covering the first 60km of the race route. While the more leisurely option is 40km.

Overnight: Banassac (Lozère)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday 17 July, 2017: Gorges du Tarn

This morning after breakfast we’ll start our transfer toward the Alps, first on bike along one of the most spectacular roads in the central massif. The Tarn river over many, many years has carved its way through the terrain to form a beautiful gorge. Water rafting and cycling make this area a popular summer destination.

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The towering cliffs either side of the river Tarn offer wonderful views from the bike. Our 40km and 70km rides will meet up with our transport for the rest of our journey today to Lyon. Lyon is situated between the Central Massif and the Rhône-Alpes.

Our accommodation for tonight is a 4 star hotel built on the outskirts of Lyon. Purpose built for the many expositions held in France’s second largest city. The comfortable rooms and accessibility to the city on the tram make this a great overnight stop.

You can choose one of the local restaurants, venture into this vibrant city tonight for dinner or have the night in at the hotel restaurant on the terrace.

Overnight: Lyon (Rhône-Alpes)
Meals: Breakfast

Tuesday 18 July, 2017: Lac du Bourget

Today we’ll transfer you to the Alps, for you to ride some of the famous climbs and catch the Tour tomorrow. On our way, we will take the opportunity to visit and ride around the stunning Lac du Bourget. In fact, the tour visited here a week earlier on its way to the stage finish in Chambery, making this year’s tour very unique by visiting the alps more than once.

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The 50km circuit around the lake has a small climb giving you a wonderful vantage point looking across the lake Aix-les-Bains and the mountains. After our ride we have a short transfer to our hotel in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, a pretty Alpine village and is the capital of Maurienne with 9,100 inhabitants. The Tour caravan often passes through here making Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne a passageway on the route of the Telegraphe and Galibier passes. And that’s exactly what we will be doing tomorrow!

Overnight: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (Savoie)
Meals: Breakfast

Wednesday 19 July, 2017: The battle for yellow on Col du Galibier

Today you have ” just one” Hors Category climb in the Col du Galibier at 2646m (but it’s the biggest) with the Category 2 Col du Telegraphe at 1566m preceding it.

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We will leave Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and head across to Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne before turning right and climbing out of the valley up to the Col du Telegraphe which is almost part of the climb to Col du Galibier. It is 12km to the top of the Telegraph gaining 856 m in height (an average of 7.3%) along a nice wooded road with a cafe at the top (like most of the climbs) where we can stop for a rest and a drink. The Col du Telegraphe was first used in the Tour de France in 1911; the first rider over this summit and the Galibier was Emile Georget. Since 1947, the Col du Telegraphe has been crossed 29 times by the Tour de France.

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We then have a nice but short descent to Valloire where the climb to the Col du Galibier begins. It’s 18 kms to the summit and we climb steadily for around 10 kms until we get to the final 8 kms when the gradient sneaks up to an average of 8% all the way to the top making it relentless and one of the most feared climbs in France. The maximum gradient is 10.1% at the summit.

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The race will come through later this afternoon, and the crowds will be out in force cheering you along. Watching the race on the mountain is special and will forever be etched in your memory. After the race has come through we can head back to the base of the Telegraphe and enjoy the roll down the valley to our hotel. It will be a long and memorable day watching the Tour de France.

Overnight: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (Savoie)
Meals: Breakfast

Thursday 20 July, 2017: Col de la Madeleine and Lacets du Montevernier

After an epic day watching a queen stage at the tour yesterday, we’ll dedicate today to some of your own riding goals and catch the tour on television later this afternoon after returning back to the hotel. There are two special treats in today’s rides, the iconic Col de la Madeleine and the Lacets de Montvernier and the bonus climb of Col du Chaussy.

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Our challenge ride of 75km has plenty of climbing starts out up the multiple switchbacks of the spectacular Lacets de Montvernier, which was revealed in the 2015 Tour de France.  The Lacets de Montvernier is one of the best kept secrets of the Alps, with 18 hairpin bends, not long or difficult. The way the narrow road levitates off the cliff makes this parcours something to remember. There is even a small viewing area to look down on the ‘laces’. After we have reach the top we’ll continue on over the Col du Chaussy, also included for the first time in 2015. After a short descent, we’ll make our way up the final climb to the hors-catégorie Col de la Madeleine at 1993 m. The road over Col de la Madeleine was completed in 1969 followed later that year by the the Tour de France. Since then it has been climbed 25 times by the race.

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There are multiple shorter options available today, allowing you to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon after climbing either the Lacets or Col du Chaussy. The choice is yours.

Overnight: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (Savoie)
Meals: Breakfast

Friday 21 July, 2017: Alpe d’Huez

Today is our final day in the Alps, and we’ll offer an epic ride for you to rack up more of those famous climbs, one being the most famous of them all, Alpe d’Huez. For those wanting to save their legs for Alpe d’Huez, we will drive down the valley to just before Alpe d’Huez for a bit of a warm up before the climb up the 21 switchbacks of l’Alpe d’Huez. Alternatively, you can ride over the Col de la Croix de Fer which gives you Col du Glandon as a bonus climb. Then it is an exhilarating descent down to the valley where the other riders will start. Keep in mind, you’ll have 2000m of vertical metres in your legs before starting the climb up Alpe d’Huez.

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The route up the 1850 meter Alpe d’Huez is only 13.5km, with the first few kilometres being the toughest, but it’s an achievable ride for most people. Don’t forget to smile and make it look easy for the photographer who is there each day to record your efforts. Once at the top you can have your photo taken on the podium, have some lunch then ride down to Le Bourg d’Oisans. You can also make a visit to one of the local bike shops that service the huge number of cyclists that transform this normally quiet little town during the summer months and pick up a compulsory souvenir jersey.

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After an amazing last day in the Alps we will head to our 4 star hotel on the outskirts of Grenoble where we’ll have dinner together and celebrate some amazing rides and achievements on the famous climbs in the Alps.

Overnight: Eybens (Isère)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday 22 July, 2017: TGV to Paris

2017 TDF GC Classic - Tour de France 2017 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:

It is farewell to your new friends as our Queen Stages and Paris trip comes to an end this morning. Over the past two weeks 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
  • 11 nights accommodation in quality 3 & 4 star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 course evening meals on 6 nights
  • Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike
  • Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Toulouse 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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