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    What time do they close The Champs to traffic?

    I posted this on Road Cycling but didn't get much in the way of responses, so hopefully you folks might have some input

    I'd line ride a few laps on The Champs this Sunday before the peloton comes into town? Anyone know if this is possible or they close it super early?

    Thanks
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    pretty sure they close it early and not sure if it possible. Your best bet is going to a bike shop in Paris or around there and asking. I have never tried but have been there to see the race that day. Lots of control by police. I like the spot on rue de rivoli right next to the park and a sprint balloon. There is a bathroom in the park and they have food and beer at the park. After the tour is over I head over to Champs by the Danish Consulate which many top riders from either Scandinavia or Saxo Tinkoff stop and greet

    good luck
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    I hear the Tourmalet is open till winter.
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    good question, got me curious..

    Arrive du Tour de France dimanche 27 juillet : toutes les infos circulation - Paris.fr

    this is (as always) incredibly obscure but basically it says that the Champs will be closed from 9AM to 11PM *but* the lower part from Clémenceau to Concorde will be closed earlier at 7:30AM..

    also the peloton will not get there until around 5PM..

    from experience the "cobbles" are not exactly pleasant but I guess it's nice to ride the Champs at least once in a lifetime also it helps to understand how difficult it must be to sprint and corner on these things (especially if it's wet, and it's supposed to rain sunday afternoon!)

    (there's a map with the closed streets in red at the bottom of the page)

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    Quote Originally Posted by never_recover View Post
    from experience the "cobbles" are not exactly pleasant but I guess it's nice to ride the Champs at least once in a lifetime
    My wife really enjoyed running it during the Paris Marathon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by never_recover View Post
    also the peloton will not get there until around 5PM..
    There's the women's race beforehand, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
    There's the women's race beforehand, though.
    This is true, payout for the win is equal to a mens stage win as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huskysibe View Post
    This is true, payout for the win is equal to a mens stage win as well.
    Are you suggesting @JonnyUtah75 should jump the barriers, sneak into the women's race, win it, and thus pay for his holiday in Paris?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
    Are you suggesting @JonnyUtah75 should jump the barriers, sneak into the women's race, win it, and thus pay for his holiday in Paris?
    I wasn't, but now that you mention it, that would be a splendid idea LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
    Are you suggesting @JonnyUtah75 should jump the barriers, sneak into the women's race, win it, and thus pay for his holiday in Paris?
    Genius. 20€ for a nice wig and I can break even for this way more expensive than planned holiday.
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