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Old 07-24-14, 05:17 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 07-24-14, 08:00 PM   #2
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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

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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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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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also the peloton will not get there until around 5PM..
There's the women's race beforehand, though.
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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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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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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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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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