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TOUR DE FRANCE - July 9-15, 2014*
With this tour, after we pick up in Paris, we’ll follow the TdF for 7 days as it traverses the regions from Champagne across to the Alsace.
(Paris - Dijon)
With a group limited to 13 places only, we shall ride everyday and meet the tour on four occasions. This will be a tour for riding and relaxing and following Le Grand Boucle without spending hours every day waiting for, and chasing the race. With a small group you’ll receive personal and attentive care for the length of the tour.
Tour de France Tour 1 - 2014
Tour de France Tour 1, 9/07/2014 – 15/07/2014 (Paris - Dijon)
Wednesday, July 9
Stage 5: Ypres (BE) → Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 156km
11.00am, meet at our Paris Hotel, transfer in the Topbike air-conditioned mini-bus to our accommodation in the Champagne region (120k, 2h).
After assembling bikes we will head out for a ride in our environs, on roads that many Tours de France, in years gone by, have used. We’ll make sure we’re located in a good town (possibly Épernay) to watch the finish of today’s stage live on the tele, in a bar, amongst the locals. Today’s stage at 156k, with sections of the infamous ‘pave’ will be difficult as well as decisive, and one very hard to predict for the win. Back in our accommodation, we can enjoy an aperitif before our welcome dinner, prepared by our hosts.
(we ride 65k medium)
Thursday, July 10
Stage 6: Arras → Reims, 194km
Today’s TdF stage is once again fairly flattish and while the ‘depart’ is quite a way to our north, the finish is in nearby Reims. We’ll aim to ride over to see the spectacle that makes up the finish of one of the days of the biggest annual sporting event in the world. It’ll probably be another day for the sprinters, and interestingly, Petacchi rolled Black Cav here early in 2010’s tour. We can return to our accommodation by bike or in the air conditioned van, and should have time for another aperitif, followed closely by another home cooked meal in our accommodation tonight.
(ride <110k, med)
Friday, July 11
Stage 7: Épernay → Nancy, 233km
The race is on the move to the south-east today, from it’s start in nearby Épernay. We’ll ride over to get amongst the starting festivities, and after viewing the riders at first hand we can send them off on their 233k stage. Once we’ve bid them adieu, we can enjoy lunch in town, before the racing comes up on the tele. Later in the day we’ll get to visit a genuine, but small, Champagne vineyard, and truly soak up a bit more of the champagne atmosphere. Dinner once more at home tonight.
(ride 80k, med)
Saturday, July 12
Stage 8: Tomblaine → Gérardmer La Mauselaine, 161km
We’re moving house today, and while it’s a big transfer, it’s our only one for the entire tour (5h, 400k). we’ll aim to catch the latter part of today’s stage, en route, and take to our sweatwheels to tackle one of today’s final three cols. It’s the first mountain day in this year’s tour, and while there’s not any classified climbs of note, it’s still a hilltop finish, and these are what you look to, to see who is in form at this year’s race. There’s an option from here to ride part of the way towards our new digs, or take a lift. Dinner inhouse tonight, or should that be ‘inmaison’? (<80k med-hard)
Sunday, July 13
Stage 9: Gérardmer → Mulhouse, 166km
Today stage finish is to our south, just 50k. For anyone on tour who has a slight interest in all things mechanical, it might be worth arriving in Mulhouse a little before the riders do, as the biggest automobile museum in the world, the Cité de l'Automobile, is set in Mulhouse. And the same goes for the train museum, Cité du Train that offers one of the most impressive railway collections. But let’s not forget there’s the biggest bike race about to arrive in town too. Back to Colmar for dinner ce soir. (<100k, med-hard).
Monday, July 14
Stage 10: Mulhouse → La Planche des Belles Filles, 161km
It’s a lumpy parcours today, that winds it’s way through almost 360’, and swoops by our hometown of Colmar, allowing us plenty of spectating opportunities, at close hand. There’s three or four climbs within striking distance, the largest one at Oderen just broaches 1200 metres. It’s also the kind of stage where everyone predicts Gilbert or Sagan for the win, but you won’t get that type of comment around here. We’re putting our money on Gerrans or Slagter. (Riding difficulty? It's all up to you today)
Tuesday, July 15
Rest Day No.1: Rest day in Besançon
If we do everything planned, there'll have been:
5 Days of excellent race viewing, incorporating 1 stage start, 2 stage finish’s, and 2 KOMs. We’ll also have climbed a few cols of notoriety, and ridden over 300k while we were at it. After enjoying breakfast together, we’re off to Dijon for a final drop off at the railway station, 12.00 noon. For all of those not staying on, it’s pack-up time, and off to further destinations, au revoir.
This tour includes:
- All transport from Paris to Dijon for you, your bike and one bag (in the Topbike air conditioned mini-bus)
- See the full list of inclusions on all Topbike Tours
- Please pack your bike in a collapsible bag or disposable cardboard box.
[See our FAQ's and recommendations section on packing your bike]
- Please also see our recommended list of things to bring, it is most important to bring front and rear flashing lights.
- NB: The itinerary above is to be used as a guide only, as Topbike Tours are well known for making use of all (and creating some extra) opportunities, expect that variations from the above can happen at any time.