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Tour/riding vacations(4 posts)

Tour/riding vacationsRM
Sep 10, 2001 9:25 AM
I have heard of riding tour groups that bring you to France
during the Tour, where you are able to ride various stages
in advance of the actual tour coming through and then
get to watch that particualr stage finish.

Has anyone ever done this and do you have any recommendations on particular organizations??

Thanks
re: Tour/riding vacationsraboboy
Sep 10, 2001 11:25 AM
I've heard of that too... or was it just me thinking it was a cool idea while I was watching the TDF... Anyway, I've never actually tried to look for one of these until just now. Just doing a quick Internet search I came up with these:

http://www.alpineadventuretours.com/
http://www.wideopenroad.co.uk/
http://frenchdirt.com/

enjoy.
L'etape du Tourmr_spin
Sep 10, 2001 12:33 PM
I don't know how much you can ride of the stages in advance of the Tour. You can certainly ride what roads are legal to bikes, but I don't think you can expect the roads to be closed too far in advance of the caravan.

There is an organized ride put on by the organization that runs the Tour where you can actually ride the stage. You and 7500 of your closest friends, riding the entire stage on closed roads. Last year it was the Mt. Ventoux stage; this year it was Luz Ardiden. Check it out:

http://www.letapedutour.com/
Steve Bauer runs a Tour during the TDFLive Steam
Sep 10, 2001 12:40 PM
I have heard that his tours are excellent. They are very informative, well organized and lots of good food. I have been considering doing the TDF tour next year.