The pinnacle of the Cycling calendar is just around the corner! Whether you’re a fan of the peloton or not it is always a spectacle! If you’re planning a trip to France for the event here are some tips to make your time following the Tour De France as smoothly as possible.
The ideal stages to view the race will certainly be during mountain stages whilst climbing as this will be when the riders will be at their slowest so you will be able to see them up close whilst they are pushing up the mountains. They will hit the slopes in both the Pyrenees and the Alps and it looks like the best place to catch a great view of the race will be late in the Alps. With huge categorised climbs such as the Izoard and the Col du Galibier, the race will be won and lost on these stages (19th 20th July).
If you are travelling across to the continent for these stages it is important that you secure a space on the mountain side a few days early as the die-hard cycling fans are usually well prepared and arrive very early to make sure they have the best view of the icons of the cycling world!
Another place that would be perfect to watch the biggest race of the year is in Paris on the Champs-Elysees, where the peloton will ride a circuit in the centre of the capital 8 times, meaning you will get multiple sightings of the riders as they speed towards the finishing line! The atmosphere in Paris on the 23rd of July will be electric as although the main result will be decided by then the honour of winning the stage in Paris is always hard fought by the fastest riders.
If you’re travelling through France for the big race enjoy a comfortable night before your drive with a stay at the Holiday Inn Express Folkestone – Channel Tunnel and start your trip with a good nights sleep and breakfast at the closest hotel to the Channel Tunnel crossing.