I'd like to head to France before the Tour next year and ride some of the climbs they will be riding in the race (specifically Col du Tourmalet). I'd also like to visit Col de la Madone (my bikes namesake) and Mont Ventoux.
I'm looking for any suggestions, no matter how basic. I'll be spending around a week there, staying in B&B's along the way. My brother and I will be riding together while the ladies shop and track down dinner. Also wondering how early I need to go to avoid the crowds -- June?
The very early beginnings of an agenda...
Day - Activity
1,2 - Fly to Nice, get bike built, rest
3 - Ride up and around Col de la Madone
4 - Ride 1/2 way to Ventoux (Sisteron)
5 - Ride to and climb Ventoux
6 - Drive to Bagnères-de-Luchon (Rest)
7 - Ride parts of Bagnères-de-Luchon > Pau (Stage 16)
8 - Ride parts of Pau > Tourmalet (Stage 17)
9 - Head home...