Tour de France and L’Étape du Tour Planning

Tour de France and L’Étape du Tour Planning

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I’m planning a trip to the 2013 Tour and Etape and not using a tour company. It’s a logistical nightmare so I asked Tim Marsh of velonomad.com to help me out. We cover stage watching, flying with bikes, campervans, hotels, rides through the Alps, and much more.

 

Route of the 2013 Tour de France:

June 29, stage 1: Porto-Vecchio to Bastia, 212km
June 30, stage 2: Bastia to Ajaccio, 154km
July 1st, stage 3: Ajaccio to Calvi, 145km
July 2nd, stage 4: Nice to Nice, TTT, 25km
July 3, stage 5: Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille, 219km
July 4, stage 6: Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier, 176km
July 5, stage 7: Montpellier to Albi, 205km
July 6, stage 8: Castres to Ax-3 domaines, 194km
July 7, stage 9: Saint-Girons to Bagnères-de-Bigorre, 165km
July 8: Rest day in Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique
July 9, stage 10: St-Gildas-des-Bois to Saint-Malo, 193km
July 10, stage 11: Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel, ITT, 33km
July 11, stage 12: Fougères to Tours, 218km
July 12, stage 13: Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond, 173km
July 13, stage 14: Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule to Lyon, 191km
July 14, stage 15: Givors to Mont Ventoux, 242km
July 15: Rest day in the Vaucluse province (Avignon, Orange)
July 16, stage 16: Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap, 168km
July 17, stage 17: Embrun to Chorges, ITT, 32km
July 18, stage 18: Gap to l’Alpe d’Huez, 168km
July 19, stage 19: Bourg d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand, 204km
July 20, stage 20: Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz, 125km
July 21, stage 21: Versailles to Paris/Champs-Elysées, 118km

2013 Tour de France and Etape Planning

 

I’ve mentioned it a little on the show, but now I’m getting serious about my trip to the 100th Tour. I have started doing research and came across an excellent resource from Tim Marsh. So I asked him onto the show to help with some questions I have about planning my trip. Oh and by the way are you coming?

 

What’s your experience with the Tour and the L’Etape?

 

What can a company offer for $7000 that I can’t do on my own?

 

In your opinion, how many stages is optimal to watch roadside?

 

What could I do between stages?

 

Is driving to the Pyrenees after the L’Etape an option?

 

Any must do rides?

 

Is there any reason I should change my plans?

 

The cost of campervan compared to hotels?

 

What’s your best tip for dealing with bikes and planes?

 

5 stages of planning:
  1. Planning; initial (rough itinerary, stages, riding, airports)
  • How many, what type of, and most importantly, which stages do I want to see?
  • Do I want to drive around, or do I want to stay in the same place?
  • Is airfare cost, Frequent Flyer points, or inbound airport proximity to desired bases, more important to me?
  • Do I need extra baggage allowance for my bike?
  • Do I want to camp, campervan or use hotels (there are pros and cons to each one)?
  • Will I have Team Support (partner or a designated driver mate) for each day?
  • Am I prepared to do a lot of driving?

 

  1. Planning; on the road (car hire, accom etc)

 

  1. Booking; accom, flights

 

  1. Equipment lists; what you need

 

  1. On the ground; driving, tolls, camping, hotels, watching the Tour

 

Stage Watching

 

Can you run through a mountain stage you’ve watched?

 

How can non-riders get up the mountain?

 

When can you get back down?

 

Gendarmerie Tour de France

L’Etape: July 7, Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz, 125km (Sunday)

 

Can you explain what L’Etape is?

 

How and when can I enter? If I don’t get on entry, then what?

 

What is the minimum fitness needed?

 

Are you joining me next year?

 

MY ROUGH ITINERARY

 

July 4, Leave home.
July 5, Fly in.
July 6, L’Etape registration (Saturday)
July 7, L’Etape: Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz, 125km (Sunday)
July 8, rest day,
July 9, ride, TV
July 10, ride, TV
July 11, ride, TV
July 12, ride, TV
July 13, ride, TV
July 14, stage 15: Givors to Mont Ventoux, 242km (1.5 hours drive)(Sunday)
July 15, rest day, Car trip – 250km radius?
July 16, stage 16: Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap, 168km (40 minute drive)(Tuesday)
July 17, Car trip – 250km radius?
July 18, stage 18: Gap to l’Alpe d’Huez, 168km (Thursday) (2 hours drive + ride)
July 19, stage 19: Bourg d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand, 204km (Friday)(ride)
July 20, stage 20: Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz, 125km (Saturday)(ride)

 

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  • Hi, we are specialized in helping people with their biketrips weather it’s a tour operator, a small group or indidividuals.
    Do you already have all information you were looking for or can we help you still with some ?

    Best Regards,
    Wim Vandriessche
    Travel & Cycle Partners

  • Brad Fisher

    great information mate, im very glad to have found some information like this

    im in a situation where im keen to see the tour but being the first time ive been overseas let alone for the tour im nervous

    im keen to try and ride the Alp D’huez but unsure what is allowed before or after the tour hits the road there… im inexperienced as a road rider but i do a bit of mountain biking and i am very keen to challenge myself in what is a bucket list opportunity for me… could you shed some light on what the options are here and any recommended bike hire places near by (ill most likely stay in grenoble)

  • Brad Fisher

    also whats the recommendations for getting up the alp d’huez considering ill be staying in grenoble… is it best to just get to the alp early and walk up the side or try and stay at the top of the mountain? wheres the best place to watch or is a swag a good option, if so how many days before hand do you need to be up there?

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