With a bit of luck (and the fact that I'm online so much ) I was able to secure a booking with Graham Watson Sporting Tours for their Alps-to-Paris Tour de France tour in July. I'll be taking my bike and riding some of each day's stage (L'Alpe d'Huez, here I come!).
But, I've never been over there, and wonder how I should go about protecting my bike and personal effects while viewing the race. I plan on carrying money and ID (not passport) in one of those "around the neck" wallets worn under my jersey. But, I've heard horror stories about Euro pickpockets, and I'm a bit worried about being in large crowds with stuff in my jersey pockets...especially my digital camera. I also worry about the bike wandering off during the excitement of the moment.
Any advice from those of you who've done this before?