France Grand Tour 2024 - "RIDE EVERY KILOMETRE" WEEK 2 - Massif Central & Pyrenees

  • Location


  • Duration

    8 days / 7 nights / 6 stages

  • Length

    986 + km

  • Climb

    10,000 m+

7 Jul 2024 - 14 Jul 2024

The second week of the Grand Boucle, France’s premier cycle race…the world’s most famous cycling event! This week offers a diverse route through terrain and landscapes that are vastly different - the cultured city of Orleans on the Loire river; into the wild and rugged Massif Central; through the flat open terrain of Aquitaine; and finally to Pau the start of the big Pyrenees mountain stages.

The 111th edition of the Grand Boucle will be one to remember. Starting in Italy and finishing on the French Riviera, visiting 4 countries and a final ITT stage that may cause upsets and decide the winner of the yellow jersey. The middle week through central France will showcase undiscovered routes through regions, towns and countrysides, opening opportunities for you to return and discover more of these regions. Three mountain stages, and 3 flat stages, french cuisine and wine, Grand Tours Project support - this week is going to be awesome.

The Grand Tours Project Grand Depart Ride Every Kilometre (REK) provides support and guidance along the full race route the day before the race. This avoids the pre-dawn starts, the race to pass before the roads close, to avoid the crowds in the cities and ascents.

For the professional riders, the route is 856 kilometres long, and several thousands of metres vertical - for you it's the same and possibly more. Are you ready to join us and Ride Every Kilometre of France’s Grand Boucle - 6 more stages from Orleans and Into The Pyrenees?

Total price: €4,190 (6 STAGES)

  • Ride Stages 10 - 15, on the race route, the day before the race
  • Enjoy the summer ambiance of riding from the Loire valley to the rugged Central Massif, across Aquitaine and into the Pyrenees
  • Climb the same ascents on all the mountain stages
  • Fly across fast and furious flat landscapes
  • Visit beautiful former Roman and mediaeval towns and cities
  • Ride along the through beautiful and central France wild and remote landscapes
  • Enjoy the local cuisine and produce in the different regions
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Premium rental bike available (Full carbon disc brake + Ultegra di2 electronic)
  • Level of fitness: Advance - fit enough to ride 5 to 7 hours or over 200 km some days at a steady pace.

    Bienvenue en France

    We will meet you at Paris International Airport and take you to your hotel near Orleans and the river Loire. After check in, we will help assemble your bike or fit you to your rental bike and then ride a route to test the bikes and then enjoy the Loire à Vélo bike paths that pass right through Orléans. Back at the hotel we will meet for pre-dinner drinks to present the GTP musettes and discuss the logistics for the coming week. Finally, our first dinner together.



    187 km | FLAT

    Straight after breakfast you are on the road riding from stately Orleans through the grand forest and past the etangs of Solonge. Flat and drained by canals and river tributaries to the Loire, the area is also dotted with chateaux, villages, parks, monuments and museums. At Issoudun, ride past the 12th century Tour Blanche and other preserved middle ages buildings. Lunch here perhaps before continuing onto the finish in Saint-Amand-Montrond situated on the river, Le Cher. A transfer to your hotel near Evaux-les_Bains and if there is time, a soak in the only spa resort in Limosin.



    211 km | MOUNTAIN

    Into the Central Massif via the Dordogne and a big day of climbing with steep ramps to master. One of the most bucolic and beautiful areas of France, the first 150 km is rolling - an opportunity to conserve your energy for the last quarter of the route that take you over the short climbs of Col de Neronne, Puy Mary Pas de Peyrol, Col de Pertus and finally to col de Font de Cere at the finish in Le Lioran.



    204 km | FLAT

    Described as flat but in reality, it's mainly descending and hilly but if one of France's heat waves is present, this will be a tough day. Central Gallic France at its finest - fields and forests, villages and castles, inviting rivers and opportunities to stop and enjoy the local fare. Rocamadour will blow you away and then down through the countryside and Lot River catchment and finally to pretty Villeneuve-sur-Lot. A long day but so beautiful.


    STAGE 13 - AGEN - PAU

    171 km | FLAT

    The creators of Stage 13 have designated this a ‘Flat’ day. Yes compared to the Central Massif and the Pyrenees, one could call it Flat. However there are some climbs near the finish to Pau. Nothing strenuous for you but they will test the riders the next day. Depending on wind conditions, this could be a fast ride with a tail wind …however you are riding south and the prevailing summer winds tend to be head winds. No matter, it’s still another pleasant day in the saddle.

  • DAY 6 - FRIDAY 12 JULY


    152 km | MOUNTAIN

    If mountains are your joy, this stage will not disappoint you. A warm up ride through Lourdes to Argeles-Gazost. At Luz-Saint-Sauveur the real climbing begins - 19 km and 1,404 metres ascent to the iconic Pyrenean Col du Tourmalet (2,225 m). The last 1.5 kilometres are the toughest. Descend to the Monument Sainte-Marie-de-Campan and start the second climb to Hourquette d'Ancizan, less arduous than Tourmalet but still a respectable 17 km and 800 metres of climbing. One more 11 km climb to the finish at Saint Lary Soulan Pla d’Adet, steep moments (884 m ascent) but with stupendous views on your left.



    198 km | 4,850 m MOUNTAIN

    Starting from the very pretty village of Loudenveille, you will start climbing immediately. About 7 km and 550 m of ascent to reach Col de Peyresourde. A nice descent and flat stretch before resuming the climbing position for two more ascents to Col de Mente and Col de Portet-d’Aspet. Hairpins feature to help with the climbing but also for the fun descent! About 60 km later you start climbing Col d’Agnes (10 km and 828 m ascent), across to Port de Lers and the final ascent to Plateau de Beille and after all the previous climbing this will be a challenge - 16 km and 1,246 m of elevation!

  • DAY 8 - SUNDAY 14 JULY


    Six stages of the Grand cycling tour of France, France’s premier sporting event. The GTP team will support and encourage you to complete your aim to Ride Every Kilometre. If you don’t, no problem, you will have tasted a small part of what the pros do and you can always return.

    The team will assist you in checking out and take you to Toulouse Airport for your flight home or to your next destination. As always, ride safe and see you on the road again soon.