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TOUR DE FRANCE - July 15-25, 2016
Lyon – Paris experience.
With this year’s Tour de France Tour 2 PARIS with Topbike we have six days of race viewing, covering stage starts, finishes and KOMs. We’ll also head deep into the French Alps (when the race goes to Switzerland for a rest day) and climb the famed Alpe d’Huez, Col du Glandon and Croix de Fer. We also feature roadside lodgings at the base of the final climb in this year’s race. Add in luxury accommodation, haute cuisine and a pre-brekky champagne ride around Paris and you have a perfect tour!
Topbike Tours Tour de France
Tour 2 - PARIS 2016 Itinerary
Tour de France 2: PARIS 15/07/2016 – 25/07/2016
P/up: Lyon Railway Station, 11.00am, July 15
Drop off: Paris Hotel Etoile, 10.00am, July 25
Friday, July 15
Stage 13: Bourg-Saint-Andéol → La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc 37km
11.00am, meet at Lyon railway station, transfer to our accommodation in Arnas (drive < 1h). After everyone arrives and we have assembled bikes, we can roll out for a ride on roads that will host Le Tour de France in the upcoming days. Making sure we’re in a local bar to enjoy the end of today’s ITT stage on the tele. We’ll dine inhouse tonight, with a meal prepared by our hosts, accompanied with a few bottles of Beaujolais, produced from the vineyard onsite.
Ride: <60k with climbs
Saturday, July 16
Stage 14: Montélimar → Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux 208km
While today’s stage finishes just 35k away, we’ll be riding down towards Lyon, adding in an extra 50k, to give us a decent ride into the finish town of Villars les Dombes. The stage does not quite enter into the town, finishing in one of the oldest bird parks in France (over 3000 birds). It’s not the first time they’ve hosted a bike race here, as two stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné have previously visited. A TT in 2013 where Tony Martin shone and a sprint stage in 2015 won by Nacer Bouhanni. As for us, we’ll be taking a strategic position, near the finish, and enjoy all the Tour de France has to offer. Post race we’ll return to our Chateau in the Topbike van. Tonight we’ll again dine inhouse.
Ride: <90k, med/hard
Sunday, July 17
Stage 15, Bourg-en-Bresse → Culoz 159km
It’s a little over 60k to today’s stage start, so we’ll be out on the road early. We should be able to arrive with enough time to see the team buses and athletes roll up, watch the sign on, and generally see what it takes to get the whole show on the road. Post stage start we can choose to ride back to Arnas or transport home in the air conditioned bus. Making sure we catch as much as the race as we can, on the tele. It’s our final night in the Beaujolais region and we’ll dine inhouse once more.
Ride: <130k, medium
Monday, July 18
Stage 16: Moirans-en-Montagne → Berne 206km
While the Tour de France is off to Switzerland, we’ll be heading south into the Alps (200k, 2.5h) and taking the opportunity to ride some of the Tour de France’s best known climbs. We’ll be close to the base of Alpe d’Huez, so that’s the first one we’ll knock off after arrival, today. Whether we choose to go on over the top of Col du Sarenne, and return to do it again (like the TdF did in 2013) is one we’ll decide on the day. Plenty of other Cols around here to consider too. And a race to watch in real time, if we can squeeze it in. Dinner inhouse tonight, in our new digs in Vaujany.
Ride: <60k, >1500 asc, hard
Tuesday, July 19
Rest Day: Berne
Today’s rest day gives us a day to focus on our riding, and it’ll be two big ones, Glandon and Croix de Fer for us. Both of these cols featured in the 2015 Tour de France, on different days, even though they are are only a few kilometres apart. So, not many kilometres for us to ride, but all of it pure quality. Spectacular views included too. Followed by excellent cuisine at dinner. The perfect restday recipe!
Ride: <80k <2000m asc, hard
Wednesday July 20
Stage 17: Berne → Finhaut-Emosson 184km
We’re relocating today, still in the alps, but further north, where we can greet the race on its return from Switzerland. It’s a 240k (3h) drive to Samoens where we’ll make ourselves comfortable for four nights, in a lodge where we’ll occupy the entire residence, dining inhouse every night. Here we’ll be in striking distance of all stages over the next three days, including one day where the race passes through our town of Samoens.
Ride: The choice is yours...
Thursday, July 21
Stage 18: Sallanches → Megève 17k
Under 40k away, down the road, today’s Individual Time Trial will start. It’s not huge at 17 kilometres, but as it is mostly uphill, it will take its toll on all the Tour de France riders. Particularly this late in a three week race.
NB that tomorrow’s stage is 3 climbs before a hilltop finish…help!
Ride: >80k, asc unknown, up to you!
Friday, July 22
Stage 19: Albertville → Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc 146k
Today’s stage start is well to the west of us, but once more passes just 40k from our lodgings. In fact they descend nearly all of yesterdays hillclimb TT stage. They have four major climbs today, with the last one being a hilltop finish. These are the ones that make the differences on the dais in Paris. Our viewing point will be on the final climb. It’ll be a big day out for them, and for us...
Ride: >80k, hard
Saturday, July 23
Stage 20: Megève → Morzine 146 km
Today the riders sign on for another 4 KOMs. And finally it’s a chance for us to see the race pass by, with minimum effort. Our town is located at the base of the final climb of this year’s Tour de France. One thousand meters above us is the Col de Joux Plane, which will be the last chance for any attacks in the 2016 TdF. We can ride in the morning if we want, or just spend all day waiting for the Grand Boucle to arrive. A lovely way to spend our last day in rural France.
Ride: kilometers untold today
Sunday, July 24
Stage 21: Chantilly → Paris Champs-Élysées Sèvres 113 km
We’re Driving up to Paris today (600k, 6.5h) so an early start is necessary. After arriving at our hotel, located less than 500m from the Champs-Elysées, 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.
Monday, July 25 | 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:6 Days of race viewing, incorporating, 2 stage starts, 2 stage finishes 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, Cote des Amarands and the Col de Joux Plane. 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:
- All transport from Lyon to Paris for you, your bike and one bag (in the Topbike air conditioned mini-bus)
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- 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.