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Tour de France bike tours(6 posts)

Tour de France bike toursS-U-B
Jul 28, 2003 7:08 PM
Looking into doing bike tour next year at the Tour de France. Does anyone have any recommendations?
re: Tour de France bike toursIngeman
Jul 29, 2003 3:48 AM
www.pyractif.com do a weeks tour during the Pyrenees stages, including a watching few stages, and cycling a few stages. I have not done this trip, but did their week Coast to Coast trip through the Pyrenees range, which was superb.
cheers
Bikestyle -- Aussie ledLook381i
Jul 29, 2003 4:36 AM
My wife and I did a 17-day TdF tour last summer (2002) with Lawrie Cranley and Neil Stephen's outfit: Bikestyle.com. The tour was great for all levels of cyclists and non-cyclists. Each day offered several organized rides, and it was often possible to design your own ride.

We had a broad range of riders, from a former world champion Jono Hall (duathlon), a double TdF stage winner (Stevo), and Aussie Tri and TT champions to rec riders of all sorts.

A principal advantage was the price: about 60% of comparable American companies. We had good accommodations and food, a great Aussie spirit (work hard, play hard and no problems, mate).

Several of my riding buddies went on a 10-day tour with Bikestyle this year. I haven't gotten the report yet from them.

Good luck.
re: Tour de France bike tourstoronto-rider
Jul 29, 2003 6:35 AM
Just did a Graham Baxter Sporting tours " all Mountain" tour
it was great, most of the people on the tour were serious cyclists and the price - as I know the cheapest tour group. The only compliant I have is the amount of time you spend on a bus travelling to different hotels.
re: Tour de France bike toursElefantino
Jul 29, 2003 6:52 AM
Three things to be aware of are the size of the tour group, the number of stages you'll see and the transportation.

I met up with four guys from Austin who were in Paris with Bikestyle, and they were among 149 in the tour group. Too many, they said.

Met up at the Col de Lauteret with Trek Travel folks; they also had a huge contingent and they traveled in small, 9-person buses, which were uncomfortable for long rides. They also saw only three stages of the tour on a seven-day swing. Many other tours also offer only three or four stages of viewing.

There are smaller companies that may not stay in all four-star hotels but that see much more of the tour. The trade-off is that there is much more travel. So it depends on what you want. We saw nine stages, including prologue, TTT, Ramaz, l'Alpe d'Huez, Izoard/Lauteret ... We also had a huge, 55-passenger bus, complete with bathroom, DVD, VCR, for 26 people.

Shop around.

FWIW,
Mike
I had an interesting experience....Gregory Taylor
Jul 29, 2003 7:32 AM
Gregory Taylor "Back From France...Etape Report" 7/24/03 12:44pm