Tour de France "Ride Every Kilometre" Week 1 - Grand Départ

  • Location

    Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Roubaix, France

  • Duration

    11 Days | 10 Nights

  • Length

    190km daily

  • Climb

    1,000-2,000m daily

5 Jul 2018 - 15 Jul 2018

The first week of the 2018 Tour de France travels through some beautiful regions in the north-west of France. Come ride every, single, kilometre of this magnificent route one day ahead of the race! This tour features the Grand Départ in the Vendée Region on the Atlantic coast, some of the historic cycling roads in Brittany including a double climb of the Mûr-de-Bretagne hill, and a day of cobbles around legendary Roubaix.

We'll be riding every kilometre of these first 9 stages on the day before the race itself. Despite being ahead of the race, we will still experience the amazing atmosphere of the Tour de France, both at the start of our tour on the small island of Noirmoutier with the race presentation, and also at the end of the week with the finish in Roubaix.

The route will comprise flat and hilly stages, with an average of 190km per day other than the 35km Team Time Trial on stage 3. The region is truly beautiful with tremendous variety, as we are traveling significant distances each day from the Atlantic coastline in the Vendée, through Brittany, and all the way to the Belgian border with the cobbled roads into Roubaix.

The first week of the Tour de France is never as crowded with cyclists as the mountain stages but for no good reason - these early stages provide some of the best cycling routes of the entire race.

There are very limited spaces on this tour, with a maximum of 14 cyclists supported by 2 guides and 2 drivers / mechanics. It will be a popular tour so book early.

We're also offering Ride Every Kilometre tours on week 2 and week 3 of the Tour de France. Looking for a more relaxed trip? Ride 60-100km daily and watch the pros fight for the yellow jersey on our Tour de France Experience.

Total price: From €4,950

  • "Ride Every Kilometre" of stages 1- 9 of the Tour de France, on the day before the race.
  • Achieve one of the world's great "bucket-list" sports challenges.
  • This week has so much - the Grand Départ on an island, the Passage du Gois, a Team Time Trial, historic routes in Brittany, a double climb of the Mûr-de-Bretagne hill, WWI battlefields, and cobbles in Roubaix.
  • Watch the pros at the team presentation and stay one more day to see them race on the cobbles of Roubaix
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers).
  • Maximum group size: 14 (with 2 guides)
  • Day 1 - 5 July

    Arrival

    We'll welcome you at Nantes airport and shuttle you to Noirmoutier-en-l’Île where the first of our hotels is located. Once settled in, we'll discuss the week's programme, logistics and tactics, including mental and physical techniques to help you complete this challenge of a lifetime. Once we finish preparing your bike, we'll attend the presentation of all the pro teams, and take some photos of Froome, Porte, Dumoulin and the other pros who will be following our lead, one day after us!

  • Day 2 - 6 July

    Stage 1 - Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Fontenay-le-Comte

    189 km

    Our first day of riding starts on the small island of Noirmoutier, and we quickly cross the Passage du Gois to arrive back onto the mainland. This passage is 3-4 metres underwater at high tide, so we'll make sure we start on time ... the road literally will disappear into the ocean if we are late! The flat route then hugs the coastline until we head inland to the new stage town of Fontenay-le-Comte.

  • Day 3 - 7 July

    Stage 2 - Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon

    183 km

    Now in the heart of the Vendée region, we'll keep stretching our legs on another long stage, with today's route featuring some gentle rolling hills. This region of the Vendée can be very windy so teamwork will be a priority. It's another day for the sprinters amongst our group as we enter La Roche-Sur-Yon and head to the finish line.

  • Day 4 - 8 July

    Stage 3 - Cholet (TTT)

    35 km

    An easy day on the bike, although this depends on how hard we want to ride the Team Time Trial! We'll practice our teamwork as we ride this 35km stage early in the morning. We will then have the time to travel to the west to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in our next start town of La Baule, back on the Atlantic coastline.

  • Day 5 - 9 July

    Stage 4 - La Baule to Sarzeau

    192 km

    Today we leave the Pays-de-la-Loire region and enter historic Brittany, a famous region for cycling and the Tour de France. We have six long, but mostly flat and hilly, stages ahead of us, so we'll be pacing ourselves. A highlight of today's route is the beautiful Parc Naturel Regional de Brière which we ride through in the morning. The numerous villages dotted throughout Brittany are also a feature of our cycling over the next few days.

  • Day 6 - 10 July

    Stage 5 - Lorient to Quimper

    181 km

    We're fully immersed in Brittany on this stage, and its looking to be a tougher day with many hills along the route, included five categorised climbs. Once again we're hugging the coast, so prevailing winds will encourage us to work together as a team. Those who enjoy seafood will love the fresh local cuisine at dinner.

  • Day 7 - 11 July

    Stage 6 - Brest to Mûr-de-Bretagne

    203 km

    Starting from the coastal city of Brest at the far western tip of France, we head back inland today. After nearly 200km of riding through the lovely Brittany countryside, we face the infamous Mûr-de-Bretagne hill, a 2km climb with a gradient of up to 10% ... and we need to climb it twice in the final 16km! This is the 3rd time the hill is being used as a stage finish, the first time being in 2011 when Cadel Evans sprinted to beat Alberto Contador in an exciting photo finish before going on to win the yellow jersey. Will we have the legs for a sprint finish on this first uphill finish of the Tour?

  • Day 8 - 12 July

    Stage 7 - Fougères to Chartres

    231 km

    We leave Brittany today as we follow the route east towards Paris and finish in the city of Chartres. At 231km, this is the Tour's longest day, so we'll need to ride consistently but with high quality food stops! We'll enjoy our finish at the imposing and beautiful Cathedral Notre-Dame. Built in 1220 and a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is arguably the best preserved gothic cathedral in the world - hopefully we'll have the energy to take a look inside before we drive to our next start town further north.

  • Day 9 - 13 July

    Stage 8 - Dreux to Amiens

    181 km

    The cycle north from Dreux ends in Amiens, and into the Somme region, famous as one of major key battlegrounds of the Western Front in WWI. The Battle of the Somme was fought here in 1916, and the war ended two years later, 100 years ago. At the end of our day of cycling, we'll visit some of the key historic sites where hundreds of thousands of French, British, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, South African and other British Commonwealth servicemen are buried in well tendered memorials.

  • Day 10 - 14 July

    Stage 9 - Arras to Roubaix

    154 km

    This will be an epic day of cycling, with one of the real highlights of the entire Tour - the 15 sections of cobbles over 22km leading into Roubaix. This will be test our skills, resolve and balance after 9 days on the bike! And we'll be doing this on the French National Day (Bastille Day), so we'll enjoy the celebrations in Roubaix once we arrive at the finish line and well into the evening. The team will deserve a great celebratory dinner having completed our bucket-list achievement - riding every single kilometre of 9 stages of the Tour de France.

  • Day 11 - 15 July

    Departure

    It's farewell day, and our team will help you with your travel arrangements. But those who wish to stay on to witness the excitement of the pros tackling the cobbles can remain an extra day in Roubaix to watch the race, and then maybe view the FIFA World Cup Final in the evening.


    Vive Le Tour!