2014 TOUR DE FRANCE HOLIDAYS
As a cycling fan you will have no doubt enthusiastically followed the Tour de France on television. Why not make this the year to leave your living room, head over to France, and get properly involved?
Our ‘Tour de France Special’ trip is based in a private chalet outside the lovely Pyrenean spa town of Bagneres de Luchon. It combines the opportunity to test your legs on the most famous local climbs, as well as watching stages 16, 17 and 18 from the roadside as the drama plays out on the climbs of Port de Bales, Col de Val Louon-Azet and the mighty Tourmalet. Thousands of fans will be lining the route and the holiday atmosphere helps to make the whole experience almost as enjoyable as the cycling itself.
If you fancy competing yourself, then the ‘Etape du Tour Cyclosportive’ is the trip for you. The Etape was established in 1993 to allow amateur cyclists from all over the world to test their legs on exactly the same roads as their heroes. This year’s route will mimic stage 18 of the 2014 Tour de France – a challenging 145km day from Pau to the summit finish of Hautacam, with the legendary Col du Tourmalet climb en route. A few riders will be there to win, but for most participants the real goal is to complete the course, claim a finisher’s medal and enjoy the fantastic sense of achievement.
Don’t worry if you are busy in July, as you can still get involved. Our ‘Alpine Cols of the Tour de France‘ and ‘Mont Ventoux Cycling Weekend‘ trips also follow famous routes of the Tour, just without the focus on the race itself. You will still enjoy the same spectacular scenery and challenging climbs each day, as well as the quieter roads.
Riding these challenging cols can be a humbling experience and only affirms the impressive strength and stamina of the professionals. For any of these trips you’ll need to be fit and well prepared, but it is amazing how signing up for a holiday like this will help to motivate you to train through the winter months. Join us this summer and your reward will be a once in a lifetime experience.