Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tour de France 2016 Route revealed

Last night watched the TDF route reveal on laptop. Not so many surprises, just the mountain time trial from Sallanches to Megeve. I moved quickly to snap up a hotel nearby once I saw the route.

I anticipate watching six stages live in 2016. Mont Ventoux mountain top finish, Bourg Saint Andeol TT, Culoz finish, Sallanches Megeve TT, Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc from Megeve and `Megeve to Morzine start.

Before the tour some days in Provence (especially the market in Sault the day before Ventoux) and after the tour in Switzerland.

Mont Ventoux is barren on one side of the mountain, lush and green on the other. TV reception is great. That will be a nice intro for TDF 2016.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Tour de France 2016 : Here we go again

Based on the rumours Velowire.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Tour de France 2015 : Final Stage Map Sevres to Paris

Only one stage visit for Tour de France 2015 on the final stage into Paris. We only arrive into Paris the day before.

We will visit the depart in Sevres before catching the caravan pass maybe in or near the Bois de Boulogne and along the route. It's possible to catch the action in numerous points as the course zig zags past the landmarks and onto Champs Elysees near where we are staying. The action will start from around 11am. It will be a big day.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Tour de France 2015

For 2015 only the final stage will be on the agenda. The plan is to visit Sevres for the depart and return to the Champs Elysees for the arrival, sightseeing in between.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Tour de France 2013 : Week 3

We based ourselves in Albertville for week 3 of Tour de France...a hotel where we have stayed every year 2008-2013. Albertville is not the prettiest town but is within 2-3hour drive of all the French alp locations and often much less.It is best known for the 1992 Winter Olympics and even in mid-summer snow is still visible on the surrounding alps. Best for me is the flat bike trail that runs from near Albertville to Annecy.

The plan for the week: Not possible to watch the Embrun-Chorges time trial on mid-course AND Alpe d'Huez stage from summit without difficulty. We didn't make that choice until the last minute.

Col de Manse
Drove from Albertville to Gap (Col de Manse) and set up for the day. We had watched the stage in 2011 (where Andy Schleck lost the tour on the descent of Col). Had a run around Puy de Manse. Watched the race on car tv until the riders were near, ran 300m across a paddock to the 10km kite and positioned myself to get on tv. Minnie and I both on the tv again...mission possible.

Embrun - Chorges TT
They had locked down the course already we discovered from reading the paper. Watched from Albertville on tv.

Alpe d'Huez
Drove very early in the morning (5:15am) to Bourg d'Oisans, ran, met our French friends Claude, Virginie and Chloe, walked up the mountain until we could no more. It ended up being a great day and one I will never forget. Sure I was on tv again. We were illegally parked in the supermarche all day so hard to move some barriers to escape after midnight after coffee and watching animations in Bourg. Asleep in Albertville at 2am.

Ran in the morning on the bike path at Ugine. The race came to within a few hundred metres of the hotel, some mad sumo. Sure I was on tv again. Watched on tv in the hotel, ran to course in time to see the riders start the climb up Col de Tamie, ran back to hotel to watch on tv.

Drove to the road block in Annecy and made sure we weren't parked on course. Ran a return 20km to Annecy to wander town, swim, see animations, returned to road block to see caravan pass, drove back to Albertville to watch race on tv...very exciting almost finish.

Will watch from here on tv.

Postscript: I fear this tour will be another lost to drugs in sport. Any google search of GAS6 Thomas Frei Leinders Sky Froome will lead to answers where the dots seem to join up. GAS6 has reportedly been in the peloton since before the Giro. History tells the truth almost always comes out...there is no hiding. Cycling News Forum has been shut down unexpectedly only 6 days after the tweet that spilled the beans and forum follow up. No reason given for shut down...funny that!! Must be coincidence:-) Comments on Velo News also now disabled on or around same date!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Rumours of 2014 Tour de France

The race of Tour de France 2013 is not yet over and yet the route whispers for 2014 carry with the wind.

We already know it starts in England. It is predicted to start in Dunkirk on the French side, travel through Belgium, I predict Luxembourg as the Caravan pass this year would suggest (Yorkshire, Corsica and Luxembourg well represented), a return to Belle Filles from 2012 (I loved that stage), Digne les Bains to Rissoul means the Alps first, then the Pyrenees through the usual suspect (I expect the massif centrale, not the coast). With the dates tight from starting in England a Bordeaux penultimate stage  (maybe from the right bank) and transfer would make sense...we will see very soon.