|Trek Travel or Velosport Vacations||Landsharkrider|
Jan 18, 2004 11:45 AM
|I'm trying to decide between these two for the 2nd week trip of the 04' TDF and wanted to see if anybody can tell me about their experiences with them.
Anything that you can give up is appreciated.
|re: Interesting call||teoteoteo|
Jan 18, 2004 2:44 PM
|I'd have to say Velosport. The simple reason is they have more history at the Tour. That being said I have friends that work at Trek Travel, they are great guys but if I was going to plunk some money down it would be for Velosport. Even though some of the guides at Trek have worked elsewhere they still have to work well within the Trek system and that system is still developing.
I've been on the guiding the TdF circuit and have had a chance to watch both in action. Last year was the first for Trek and things should be better for them. They weren't bad but they weren't as smooth as Velosport either. Velosport seemed to work well as a team and have things under good control. The Guides I saw for Velo last year were some of the same ones I saw the year before--a good sign.
Some differences I know of would be that Trek runs smaller groups of around 20 with 3 guides. Velo had more guests and more guides in their groups. A huge factor to consider would be asking EACH travel company for the average age of their client etc. You ALWAYS want to match yourself with a company that has your type of riding partners and such. You'll be spending some time with these people you don't want to be the only Cat 2 in a bunch of chilled out riders with giant SLR camera's that will stop all day and vice-versa.
Hope this helps and trust your personal judgement. Both are very safe decisions.
|re: PS..Team Access||teoteoteo|
Jan 18, 2004 7:27 PM
|I just read a thread below where you wrote that you may have more possibility to team access through Trek Travel. UNLESS you pay for the $10,000 Trek Travel trip that promises you team access your access to the team will be the same as any other travel company--based primarily on luck only. You CAN up your chances if you're crafty though.
They barely have time to shuffle in VIPS for companies that are paying sponsors. With so many team sponsors and hospitality programs going on during the tour your better off to try and find team hotels and chill in the lobby.
Also be resourceful and look at what tour companies will deliver you to the most stage starts and finishes you can perhaps sway some of the odds in your favor. Also consider that most tour companies have the greater good of the group to look after so individual forays may be limited by time constraints. So in the case of Trek they have a smaller group and help you from the group constraints side of things.
I don't want to ruin any cool thoughts, as a matter of fact I'd rather try to help you find out clever ways to get a shot at the boys. I only come to you as a guy that guides and knows team members and personnel on a first name basis.
|have you called Trek?||litespeedchick|
Jan 19, 2004 8:21 AM
|I called them in November and they said they had no more slots for '04 TDF except the 1st week.|
|have you called Trek?||Landsharkrider|
Jan 19, 2004 9:48 AM
|I called them in the Fall and got the same thing. They took my name and put me on a list. Last week I got and e-mail and called them up. They are saving me a spot until today.
As for the access question - the one I am looking at is run at the same time as the official USPS trip (same dates/times). They said nothing about cross-over between the groups, but I'm just guessing and it may be nothing more than that.
From what I've been able to gather, the difference seems to be that TT is more about luxury and VV is more geared to riding lots and watching the race as much as possible. I'm leaning that way (plus it's $500 cheaper even with the single supplement).
Thanks everybody for your feedback.
|VV is more ride oriented||teoteoteo|
Jan 19, 2004 3:45 PM
|You have the right essence of what each will bring. VV is more riding and Tour. Trek is more luxery with some Tour.|| |