Tour de France "Experience" - the Alps to Carcassonne

  • Location

    Annecy - Carcassonne, France

  • Duration

    8 Days | 7 Nights

  • Length

    60 - 100km daily

  • Climb

    500 - 2,500m daily

16 Jul 2018 - 23 Jul 2018

This tour allows you to enjoy the full atmosphere and passion of the Tour de France, as we will be riding 60-100km of 6 stages, on the same day as the race. We will be as close to the action as one can possibly get! Enjoy some of the best climbs in the Alps including Alpe d'Huez and Colombière, and then savour the easier cycling in Provence and Languedoc.

"In 2013, over a 63 day period, I rode every stage, and every kilometre of the three Grand Tours (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España), on the same day as each race. This experience of riding on the same course as the pros, and just a few hours ahead of them, is unique in the sporting world. The atmosphere is simply incredible." Keith Tuffley, Founder - Grand Tours Project.

We have designed this tour to allow you to enjoy the best 60-100km of each stage during Week 2 of the Tour, and at the same time enjoy watching the race itself, from the best vantage points. These will include three mountain finishes - La Rosière on stage 11, Alpe d'Huez on stage 12, and Côte de la Croix Neuve on stage 14.

Each evening, we'll enjoy local cuisine and stay in a charming hotel - for this tour, the quality of hotels, food and wine are as important as the cycling.

We are also offering the "Ride Every Kilometre" option for the Tour de France, so have a look at this tour if you are feeling strong.

Total price: From €3,850

  • Ride on the best 60-100km of 6 stages of the Tour, on the same day as the race, just hours ahead of the pros
  • Watch the Tour de France from the roadside and at the finish line, with 3 mountain finishes
  • Enjoy the full atmosphere and grandeur of the Tour
  • Savour great French food and wine, and relax in a charming hotel each evening
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Maximum group size: 14 (with 2 guides)
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • Day 1 - 16 July


    We will welcome you at Geneva airport and shuttle you to our hotel near Annecy. We will introduce you to the week's programme, and discuss our team and individual tactics to help you enjoy this week to the max. We'll also help you to assemble and fine-tune your bike. Our dinner tonight will be the first of our festive feasts.

  • Day 2 - 17 July

    Stage 10 - Annecy to le Grand-Bornand


    Whilst the pros will be racing four mountain passes, our goal is to ascend the final two of them - Col de Romme and Col de la Colombière - followed by a fantastic 15km descent to the finish line in Le Grand-Bornand.

    The crowds on these two mountain passes will be huge, and we'll be just a few hours ahead of Froome, Porte, Quintana, Landa, Dumoulin, and the other GC contenders.

  • Day 3 - 18 July



    Today is all about the mountain finish in the ski village of La Rosière. So our goal is to ascend this 1,000m+ climb well before the tour caravan comes through. Depending on how we're feeling from the previous day, we may choose to take on another climb earlier in the morning. Once on top, we'll find our optimal viewing spot to allow us to watch the race as the pros they sprint to the finish line - the first mountain finish in the 2018 Tour.

  • Day 4 - 19 July



    The Queen stage of the Tour, what a stage it will be, with 3 Hors Categorie (HC) climbs - Col de la Madeleine, Col de le Croix de Fer, and then Alpe d'Huez. We'll leave the pros to tackle all 3 climbs, as our priority is Alpe d'Huez. We will savour this memorable climb, with the thousands of passionate fans packing all 21 bends. And once over the finish line, we will enjoy the party atmosphere as we watch the pros wind their way up the mountain.

  • Day 5 - 20 July



    After three big mountain stages in the Alps, the tour heads into flatter terrain. This is a day for the sprinters and for us to let our legs recover ahead of tomorrow's hilly stage. We have selected a beautiful ride today, some of it off the race route, as we enjoy new terrain and with a more peaceful feeling after the excitement of the previous three stages.

  • Day 6 - 21 July



    This is a really spectacular stage - cycling through the Gorges de l'Ardèche, followed by a series of cols. And then we will finish with the infamous, amazing, steep climb of the Côte de la Croix Neuve - 10% for 3 kilometres! But don't worry - if your legs are feeling tired, we'll make sure we find the best places to relax and rest.

  • Day 7 - 22 July



    This is our final stage of the week, with a beautiful ride into Carcassone - a stunning, medieval city at the foothills of the Pyrenees. We'll make sure we get into town early enough to enjoy a relaxing wander around the ancient streets, and a good hearty lunch and drinks. The pros will sprint into the city at around 5pm, and we'll have a good viewing spot as they hit the finish line. It's a our final celebratory dinner this evening, so time to let the hair down after an epic week of cycling at the Tour.

  • Day 8 - 23 July


    It's farewell time, but only after a relaxing time in Carcassone. And if we're lucky, we may bump into a few of the pros which are enjoying their second rest day today.

    Au revoir!

    Vive Le Tour!