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Thursday 23rd July – View the Tour de France Stage 18 Gap > St Jean Maurienne (Alps/Finish)
*Planned Ride Options
Option 1: Distance 110km Ascent 2160m route Glandon
Col du Glandon (1924m) HC – 21.3km @ 6.9% + Lacets de Montvernier (782m) cat2 – 3.4km @ 8.2%
Option 2: Distance 90km Ascent 1300m route Tamie
Col de Tamie (907m) cat3 – 10.1km @ 3.9% + Lacets de Montvernier (782m) cat2 – 3.4km @ 8.2%
Option 3: Distance 66km Ascent 650m route Lacets de Montvernier
Lacets de Montvernier (782m) cat2 – 3.4km @ 8.2%
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, TDF Restaurant Lunch
DON’T FORGET: 2 Bidons (Bottles) 1 Water/1 Sports Drink+Ride Food
***DAY PACK required with change of clothes/shoes+towel***
Here it is what we’ve all been waiting for the Tour de France bike trip 2015 live from the roadside with the stage finish in St Jean de Maurienne! With 3 great ride options available all magnificent in their own right, so pick how much time you want to spend in the saddle to catch up with Le Tour today!
Our superb rides head south and follow the Maurienne valley, passing villages and rural France, beauty all the way. These pre-alps roads are perfect for all cycling abilities and before long we will find ourselves on the roads of the Tour de France and the final kilometres of stage 18. The stage has one final climb before the finish the Lacets de Montvernier, it may not be overly difficult but it’s a spectacular road with 18 switch back bends in 4kms, not to be missed!
For those choosing the challenging ride option today and looking for the High Mountains at this years Tour de France, then the Col du Glandon (1924m) awaits you before continuing on to the finish line of the stage.
With the value in the detail your local support team will have the ideal spot ready for you; the atmosphere will be building as we approach the greatest sporting show on earth. It’s now time to relax over a classic French TDF lunch from the roadside at the finish line for your first experience at the Tour de France 2015 with PRACTICEBICYCLE.
Once all the professionals have crossed the finish line and the fanfare of the Podium Presentation is completed we will transfer by vehicle back to Annecy.
Friday 24th July – View the Tour de France Stage 19 St J Maurienne > La Toussuire (Alps)
*Planned Ride Options
Option 1: Distance 71km Ascent 1100m route Col du Chaussy
Col du Chaussy (1533 m) cat1 – 15.4 km @ 6.3%
Option 2: Distance 20km Ascent 1300m route La Toussuire
La Toussuire (1705m) cat1 – 18km @ 6.1% Max 8.8%
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, TDF Traditional Restaurant Lunch
NON CYCLING GUEST: Share all the Tour day & spectacular TDF Action in the Alps!
We’ve been looking forward to this all year, the day the big boys of the Tour de France show what they have got with the first decisive summit finish in the Alps at this year’s Tour! Due to the nature and magnitude of this great sporting event the roads will be closed to all traffic early. We will need to get an early start this morning, with a transfer by vehicle to our ride start point.
Today’s race viewing will be breathtaking as the leaders in the Tour de France show their climbing legs with the first of the decisive summit finishes in the Alps at this years Tour! We will also head into the action of the high Alps for the next two days, our own test of back to back viewing of the critical alpine stages of the Tour de France and our target for the day the Col du Chaussy (1533 m)cat1 – 15.4 km @ 6.3%
For the historians of the sport these classic alpine cols were the springboard to Bradley Wiggins great overall victory in 2012, with the Frenchman Pierre Roland showing his climbing class to win the stage and famous for all the wrong reasons in 2006 when Michael Rasmussen won at the finish in La Toussuire.
Supported all the way by your professional guides at PRACTICEBICYCLE as you pedal on the slopes of this magnificent winding Col it can only be the Tour de France bike trip where you get to climb with cheering fans of all nationalities helping you on your way. Once at the summit your team has thought of everything for you, get your breath back and enjoy your private restaurant lunch. There will be plenty of time to absorb the atmosphere of this amazing race before the publicity caravan arrives and approximately an hour later, let the show begin!
Saturday 25th July – View the Tour de France Stage 20 Modane > Alpe-d’Huez (Alps)
*Planned Ride Options:
Option 1: Distance 65km Ascent 1670m route Col de la Croix der Fer
Col de la Croix de fer (2068m) – 29km @ 5.2%
Option 2: Distance 0km route Repos (REST DAY)
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, TDF Restaurant Lunch, Farewell Dinner
Today is our last superb ride opportunity together during your Tour de France bike trip week and after yesterday’s action in the high Alps, we have our second crack and what an opportunity awaits us as we head deep into the Giant of the Alps. This might be the day to leave the climbing to the Tour de France Peloton and watch the suffering faces of the very best climbers in the world with a well-deserved rest day (repos).
Flexibility with our premium small group allows for the best ride options, why not test your legs with one of the classic cycling challenges of all time…and what an opportunity awaits us the Col de la Croix de Fer (2 067 m) – 29km @ 5.2%! For the mountain goats who love to climb then the summit awaits you, before descending in time for an Alpine recovery lunch just perfect!
Once refreshed we are at the ideal spot to end a great week of world class riding it’s time to relax and enjoy the rest of this special day and one last memorable moment to absorb the professional peloton in the Alps during this year’s Tour de France!
With all this unbelievable riding, action and excitement in one cycling week we deserve a celebration! Join us for a Farewell Dinner (compliments of PRACTICEBICYCLE Bike Tours) at the Tour de France in Annecy 2015