2018 Tour De France - PARIS

Tour De France - Tour 2 PARIS 2018

TOUR DE FRANCE - July 20-30, 2018*

*This was our 2017 Itinerary Below:

Toulouse – Paris: The Pyrenees - Alps - Champs-Elysées Topbike Experience
With this year’s Tour de France Tour 2 PARIS with Topbike we have five days of race viewing, covering stage starts, finishes and KOMs. We’ll be starting in the Pyrenees, before venturing into the alps. We’ll have the opportunities to climb the famed Alpe d’Huez, Col du Glandon, Col de Telegraphe, Galibier, Port de Pailheres, Croix de Fer and others. Using just three locations, with a mix of luxury accommodation, rustic farmstyle living, haute and provincial cuisine, we’ll finish with a pre-brekky champagne ride around Paris.

Topbike Tours Tour de France PARIS
2017 Itinerary Below

Tour de France: PARIS 14/07/2017 – 24/07/2017

P/up: Toulouse Railway Station, 8.00am, July 14
Drop off: Paris Hotel Etoile, 10.00am, July 24

Friday, July 14
Stage 13:
100km Saint-Girons → Foix

8.00am, we’ll meet at Toulouse railway station, before transferring to our accommodation in Couiza (drive 2h). After everyone arrives and we have assembled bikes, we’ll ride 65k over to Foix, for today’s stage finish. Post stage we’ll take a lift home in the Topbike vans. Weather permitting we’ll dine in our castle courtyard tonight, with a meal prepared in our inhouse restaurant. More than likely accompanied by the odd bottle of wine, or ‘Blanquette’ the local sparkling white wine, as they don’t drink champers in the Pyrenees, mate. Bastille day fireworks guaranteed tonight, in our little town.

Ride: <70k with climbs

Saturday, July 15
Stage 14: 181km Blagnac → Rodez

It’s into the cars today, and a transport to the stage start town of Blagnac. Here we’ll see what it takes to get the whole Tour de France circus on the road. We’ll see the team cars and buses arrive, the riders sign on and eventually head off on their 181k stage. Post start we’ll ride back towards our digs, enjoying a canal ride for the first 45k, which should be mostly flat. Quite novel! At some stage we’ll have a lunch stop, and later in the day we’ll ensure we’re in a local bar to enjoy the end of today’s ‘roulers’ stage on the tele. Tonight we’ll again dine inhouse

Ride: <125k, med

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Sunday, July 16
Stage 15: 189km Laissac-Sévérac l'Église → Le Puy-en-Velay

After yesterday’s flattish ride, we’ve got a grand mountainous loop planned for today. We’ll tackle the major climb of TdF 2013’s stage 8, the first Pyrenean hilltop finish from that tour. From Couiza, it takes 57k to get to the top of Pailheres, and another 20k to reach the top of La Fajolle, and 130k, in total, to return. Heading south through Quillan, at Axat we’ll turn right into the Gorges de St Georges, before turning right again to confront the Port de Pailheres (14.9 km, 8.1 % avg, 1207m asc, 2001m). Once on top we can enjoy a picnic lunch, with views south to Spain. After the descent we’ll turn right, straight up La Fajolle (1669m, 7k, 500m asc) and head for home through the Plateau de Sault. All up 130k, with plenty of climbing. Alternately we could choose the option to stay at the Chateau, and take it easy by the pool? Probably one to call on the day. We’ll also make sure we catch as much of today’s stage as we can, on the tele. Tonight we’ll dine inhouse once more.

Ride: <130k, Hard

Cycling holiday following the Tour de France

Monday, July 17

3.5 peaks and a gorge. No rush today, there’s no race to watch, so we’ve got all day to meander around a picturesque 80k loop, with 3.5 peaks and a gorge option. And a picnic en route. We’ll head east out of Couiza, gently climbing the Col du Paradis (12.4k, 363m asc). During the descent we’ll swing around to the south, and commence the Col du Redoulade (11.8k, 388m asc) the peak of which comes at the halfway point of our ride, and may just be the place for our picnic. A little further on we have the ‘out and back’ option of a gorge ride, along a balcony road. It’s not one for the faint-hearted, as there aren’t barriers the full length of the road, and the river passes a long ways beneath. A plunge off the edge could just ruin your day. Returning to our loop we’ll be heading up the Col du Linas (16.6k, 457m asc). Coming off the Linas we can ‘cut and run’ taking an easy ‘downhill’ way home, or complete the final 2.5k climb over a hill which I can’t find a name for ☺. Back to our chateau, poolside aperitifs or whatever takes your fancy.

Ride: <80k, <1500m asc, hard

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Tuesday, July 18
Stage 16: 165km, Le Puy-en-Velay → Romans-sur-Isère

We’re off to the Alps today (drive 550k, 6h), and as our passage takes us close to today’s stage, we may as well make the best of it, and do a little Tour de France spectating. We’ll take our time packing up (maybe even after a pre-brekky ride?) and be on the road so we can arrive road-side for a late lunch/picnic. Post stage we’ll continue on, into the heart of the alps, at Bourg d’Oisans. Dinner inhouse tonight, good solid mountain fair.

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Wednesday July 19
Stage 17: 183km, La Mure → Serre-Chevalier

Today’s stage passes 4k from town, after Col d’Ornon. We have a few choices, we could ride to the top of Croix de Fer, or Galibier for a mountain top view. Alternately we could try and see the race twice, firstly roadside after Ornon, before riding up to Col du Lauteret, for another roadside as they descend off Galibier. Either way, there are big hills to climb. The agony of choice. Dinner at home, on the valley floor, again tonight.

Ride: >70k, with Climbs, hard

Thursday, July 20
Stage 18: 178km Briançon → Izoard

Today’s start in Briancon is approx. 75k from our base, and the finish another 20k further on, albeit up a big hill, on top of the Izouard. We’ll ride over to Briancon for the start, and once there, those who want can climb up to the top of Izouard for the finish. Home in the Topbike vans tonight.

Ride: >75k, asc unknown, up to you!

As the French say - Incredible

Friday, July 21
Stage 19: 220km, Embrun → Salon-de-Provence

The race is leaving the Alps, as it heads south, but we’ll stay on to enjoy some of the cyclings most famous climbs. It’ll be Alpe d’Huez squared today. We’ll ride out of Bourg d’Oisans and go straight up the most famous climb in cycling, Alpe d’Huez. Once on top, we’ll continue on, just as stage 18 did in the 100th edition of Le Tour. Continuing over Col de Sarenne, we’ll descend down to the valley floor of Bourg, where we can once more tackle the 21 switchbacks. We can choose to descend back down the switchbacks, or add a little variety and descend on a ‘summer’ road, down the western side of the Alpe. Dinner again inhouse tonight.

Ride: >90k, 2,200m+ asc, hard

Saturday, July 22
Stage 20: 23km ITT, Marseille → Marseille

By now there will probably be some tired legs in our peloton, but today is when we choose if we will tackle the ‘Marmotton’. That’s the infamous Marmotte course, without climbing Alpe d’Huez at the end. The course starts with Col du Glandon, leading to Col de Telegraphe and Galibier, before descending nearly 50k back to Bourg. It’ll be just over 160k, and have just under 4,000 metres of ascent in it. Another option is to do my favorite ride in the area, La Berarde, just 70k with 1,200m ascent. Or the classic Ornon loop, 103k with 2,000m ascent. Once again, the agony of choice.

Ride: Options, Options, Options...

Tour de France - Ride into Paris with Topbike Tours

Sunday, July 23
Stage 21: 105km Montgeron → Paris Champs-Élysées

We’re Driving up to Paris today (630k, 6.5h) so an early start is necessary. After arriving at our hotel, located less than 500m from the Champs Elysees, we can promenade up the road to view the ultimate spectacle, the end of the three week race that laps a nation (and the only sporting event that you need to get a haircut during the course of). It culminates with its final laps on one of the world’s most famous boulevards, as the sprinters have their ultimate battle, and hopefully it will be another win for the Aussies. Dinner locally tonight, in our regular Parisian restaurant.

Topbike Tours - Finish your French cycling holiday in style in Paris under the Eiffel Tower.

Monday, July 24 | Paris - "Au revoir"

We’ll have an early start, hitting the road for a brisk morning’s ride around Paris. The best way to see this beautiful city, all before breakfast.

Ride: A brisk morning’s ride around Paris.

We’ll take in the Arc de Triomphe, Place de Concorde, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Montmarte, Sacre Couer & a coffee at the bar where the movie ‘Amelie’ was filmed.

Back to our hotel for breakfast, before packing up and onto further adventures.

If we do everything planned, there'll have been:

5 Days of race viewing, incorporating, 2 stage starts, 2 stage finishes a roadside viewing and 2 KOMs. We’ll also have ridden over 500k, climbed many mountains including the famous Alpe d’Huez, Col du Glandon, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Galibier and Port de Pailheres. I think that’s enough for anyone! After enjoying breakfast together, for all of those not staying on, it’s pack-up time and off to further destinations, au revoir.

This tour includes:

Please note:

  • 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.

Topbike Tour's TDF PARIS July 20-30 2018*

Topbike Tours - TDF 2 Paris Itinerary 2017

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