Tour de France "Ride Every Kilometre" Week 3 - The Pyrénées

  • Location

    Carcassonne - Paris, France

  • Duration

    8 Days | 7 Nights

  • Length

    65-220km daily

  • Climb

    1,000-4,800km daily

22 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018

Ride every kilometre of the last 6 stages of the 2018 Tour de France, the day before the race. The third and final week of the Tour will be challenging, exciting, and spectacular. It features three epic mountain stages in the Pyrénées including a climb up Col de Tourmalet, an amazing "short" 65km / 3,000m+ climbing stage, an Individual Time Trial, and the grand finale in Paris.

You may choose to arrive in Carcassonne a day earlier to spend more time in this medieval fortressed city and view the finish of stage 15 of the race. Despite riding a day ahead of the race, we will witness the crowds and enjoy the atmosphere of the Tour on the incomparable Col de Tourmalet and other cols in the Pyrénées, and also at the finish in Paris with the 8 loops along the Champs Elysées.

There is a good mix of iconic mountain passes and a number of new routes added to the Tour. It includes an unusual stage 17 with its 65km ride over 3 cols ... don’t be fooled as it’s surprisingly challenging, and the final Col de Portet looks to be a spectacular finish.

The team is limited to just 14 cyclists, who will be supported by 2 guides and 2 drivers / mechanics. We expect this tour to fill quickly.

We're also offering Ride Every Kilometre tours on week 1 and week 2 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 €3,500

  • "Ride Every Kilometre" of stages 16 - 21 of the Tour de France, on the day before the race.
  • Watch the race on the final stage in Paris.
  • Achieve one of the world's great "bucket-list" sports challenges.
  • These 6 stages are fascinating are varied - 3 epic mountain stages in the Pyrénées, an Individual Time Trial, and the finish in Paris.
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers).
  • Maximum group size: 14 (with 2 guides)
  • Day 1 - 22 July

    Arrival

    Welcome to France! We will assist you with your travel arrangements to arrive in Carcassonne, and introduce you to the week's programme. After helping you to assemble your bike, you should have time to enjoy the magnificent medieval sites of Carcassonne, and then watch the pros sprint into the city centre for the stage 15 finish.

    We will then savour dinner with the team and an early night in bed in preparation for a big day in the saddle.

  • Day 2 - 23 July

    Stage 16 - Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon

    218km

    Leaving the medieval city of Carcassonne behind, we will follow the flat and rolling hills for the first 70 km. While the pros are recovering, we will enter the mountains and get our initial taste of the Pyrénées. The first mountain pass is the Col de Portet-d’Aspet, where on the descent we will pass the monument in honour of Fabio Casartelli, who died here in a crash in the 1995 Tour de France. After the third and final mountain pass, Col du Portillon, will be a welcome descent to the finish in Bagnères de Luchon.

  • Day 3 - 24 July

    Stage 17 - Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan/Col-de-Portet

    65 km

    Today we continue through the Pyrénées and climb three mountain summits. It's not a typical distance to feature in the Tour de France, but this 65km stage with over 3,000m of climbing has been described by the Tour de France as a ‘dynamite stage’. Not to mention the Col de Portet summit finish - a 16km climb, average gradient of 8.7%+ and an altitude of 2,215m … we have goosebumps!

  • Day 4 - 25 July

    Stage 18 - Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau

    172 km

    This will be an easier day on the legs away from the Pyrénées, on some flatter terrain, and the final day for the sprinters before the finish in Paris. We will certainly value the more relaxed ride given the huge stage 19 the following day.

  • Day 5 - 26 July

    Stage 19 - Lourdes to Laruns

    200 km

    The final mountain stage of the 2018 Tour de France will feature the iconic ascents up the Aspin, Tourmalet, Borderes, and Aubisque. With over 4,800m of climbing, today will rival stage 12 in the Alps as the Queen stage of this year's Tour. It will certainly get your lungs working.

    The first 66km is along the valley floor, but then it is continually up and down to the end. Once over Col de l'Aubisque, it is a final 20km downhill sprint to the finish line in Laruns.

  • Day 6 - 27 July

    Stage 20 - Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette (TT)

    31km

    The penultimate stage is a punchy, tricky, individual time trial. The final climb, Côte de Pinodieta, is a 900m climb, averaging 10.2% and with the steepest ramp at 21%, before descending to the finish in Espelette. This climb and descent will be the final determinant as to who will win the 2018 Tour de France.

    Once we complete today's ride, the team will travel to Paris in preparation for our final stage.

  • Day 7 - 28 July

    Stage 21 - Houilles to Paris

    115 km

    We'll be up early to enjoy our final stage 21 with minimal traffic in the heart of Paris. Starting from Houilles in the outskirts of Paris, our team will take the easy flat ride into Paris city and onto the Champs Elysées where we will relish the final 8 loops around the Arc de Triomphe and thereby complete our "Ride Every Kilometre" challenge.

    It's time to relax, starting with croissants and coffee on the Champs Elysées, followed by an enjoyable day in Paris. Our final dinner will be a big event, as we celebrate our achievement that few others have experienced - cycling every stage of a full week of the Tour de France.

  • Day 8 - 29 July

    The Grand Finale

    Departure

    It's time to say farewell. But before we do, we'll enjoy a relaxing morning in Paris, before watching the pros as they complete their loops along the Champs Elysées and sprint to the finish line. Who will be in the maillot jaune in Paris, and who will win the prestigious final stage?