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Cheapest way to see TDF in person(5 posts)

Cheapest way to see TDF in personspuddy
Oct 29, 2002 4:16 PM
I'd love to go to France to see some of the 2003 TDF, but I don't want to pay the huge $$ to go with a tour. Can anyone suggest a way to make this trip for the least amount of cash? Much appreciated!
re: Here...WCC
Oct 29, 2002 4:59 PM
I plan on going with a tour. I looked at the possibility of going on my own, and really didn't want to deal with the hassle. A tour alleviates alot of that. If I were younger and single I might be willing to do it on my own.

I think the best way is probably going to invlove some camping out. Espcially for the big mountain stages.

Now this is not a suggestion, just a guess.

Here are a few links..they should point you in the right direction.

http://draco.acs.uci.edu/rbfaq/FAQ/5.8.html

http://travel.guardian.co.uk/Print/0,3858,4228820,00.html

http://www.mba.wfu.edu/Staff/Hebert/Web_Page/TDF1.html

http://www.google.com/search?q=watching+the+tour+france&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&safe=off
Here's how...spookygeek
Oct 29, 2002 10:15 PM
Be a student in Paris for a year, make friends with french students, and then call them up and tell them you'll be at there house(s) for three weeks next summer. I've done the first part already, will be planning the latter half in a few summers time. OHH YEAH....and to think my parents thought the whole france thing was for architecture....little did they know it was all for free lodging during the TDF.

Brent
re: Cheapest way to see TDF in personAnaerobic_Nut
Oct 30, 2002 11:27 AM
Saw the tour this past year. My wife and I created our own itinerary and turned out awesome; although a little pricey. However, we did meet two guys from Australia who cycle toured around and ended up seeing 4 stages. They mostly stayed in gites (bed & breakfast). France has an incredible gite network; you generally spend $50-75 a day, which includes breakfast and dinner. I think this would be the least expensive way.
re: Cheapest way to see TDF in personKen
Oct 30, 2002 6:02 PM
I've been told that the best way to see the TDF is to rent a hatch-back
type car at Orly airport. Throw your bike in back with your camping
gear if you camp, and drive to the stages that you want to see.
Obviously get there with plenty of time to stake out your view and to
preride the course before hand.

One day I'll do it,
Kenny Lee