Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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There is nothing like the TDF as a cycling event. I have been to several stages of it and the atmospere of the day is unbelievable. You choose your spot to watch it from- get there very early to make certain you get a good spot and then do not move till the pelaton has passed. Either that or go with a bunch of BIG friends that will keep a spot for the group of you so you can go and get food- drinks or comfort breaks. Then the Pre ride procession starts and that lasts for about an hour. This is where the BIG mates come in as 1,000 French scrabbling for the handouts can be a bit risky. Then the leaders come through and then the Pelaton and its over. Then it is the crush of trying to leave your chosen spot and you will be lucky if you can do that without any problems.
But given the chance- I will do it again. The thrill of the day is unbelievable.
Been looking at a few sites over here for the sort of trip you are looking for but the only ones I can find are for pretty serious riders and avid fans of the Tour.
Another that provides "Moderate" riding is here
And a shorter trip from the same company
Other than that- just keep looking on the Internet. But get your booking in soon. Place on TDF tours fill up fast.
And if you want a "Real" French experience- get there for Bastille day. I spent a fantastic 14th July in La Rochelle a few years ago. I enjoy music and the whole Town was turned over to it. Every corner of every street had some form of Music festival going on. You name it from "Hard Rock" to "Classical and it was there. Just don't book a Hotel in the centre of town for that night- as the Night will never stop.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.
Last edited by stapfam; 12-12-09 at 06:44 AM.