Tour de France 2017
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The Tour de France 2017

Tour de France 2017 is the largest annual sporting event in the world and see’s professional cyclists tackle over 3000 km of varying terrains including the cobbles to the north and mountains of the Alps and Pyrenees in the south.

In addition to its sporting qualities, it also has an unquestionable social purpose: it unites people. The 2017 edition, which will set off from the historical German city of Dusseldorf on Saturday 1st July, will be no exception and millions of spectators will follow the greatest sporting event of the summer with the same enthusiasm.

Who has never dreamed of being close to the champions, having front row seats to watch the finish on the Champs-Élysées or flying over the race in a helicopter?

The Tour must be followed to be truly experienced. By being there you to benefit from its reputation and its expertise. Discover all the magic of the legendary “Grande Boucle” with your guests in exceptional surroundings.

 

 

  • VIP access to the start and finish areas
  • The chance to see the riders competing up close
  • Accommodation & Meals if required
  • A guided ride on the course of the 2017 TdF

What people have said

“What a great couple of days that was. Thank you and all the team who made this possible. It was truly fantastic. Great venues and to get so close to the action was extraordinary, never had that opportunity before. Great to see the finish of an epic mountain stage and also be so close to the Sky team for the start of the race – absolutely fantastic. The logistics were brilliant and I can’t believe we did so much and saw so much in such a tight window. Thank you to all the team who hosted and organised”
Mr N Beagley
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 1 July 2016 to 23 July 2017
All packages are bespoke
£TBC

Stage one: Düsseldorf (DE) 13.8km ITT

It was announced before the 2016 Tour de France that the grand départ for the 2017 edition will take place on German soil in the city of Düsseldorf. This first stage will comprise of a short time trial, similar to that of the 2015 race, which started with a 13.8km TT around Utrecht.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Stage two: Dusseldorf (DE) – Liège (BE) 202km

Stage two will also start in Düsseldorf, doing a small tour of the local area before heading out of town towards an unknown finish. The location of the city to the north west of Germany means we could be in for a stage finish in Belgium as the race heads towards France, with Liège – host of the 2012 Grand Départ – hosting the stage finish.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Stage three: Verviers (BE) – Longwy 202km

As can be expected with a race through Belgium, the parcours is pretty lumpy and the general classification could be shaken up early in the race with an uphill finish. It’s no mountain climb, but the ascent to Longwy hits 11 per cent over its 1.6km, averaging 5.8 per cent. Expect to see the Classics specialists and GC favourites in contention at the end.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Stage four: Mondorf-les-Bains (LU) – Vittel 203km

Stage five: Vittel – La Planche des Belles Filles 160km (Summit finish)

The Tour de France returns to La Planche des Belles Filles, the site of Chris Froome’s first Tour stage win. Could this be the place where the Team Sky leader takes the early lead in the race as the leaders get their first chance to test their legs.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Stage six: Vesoul – Troyes 216km

Stage seven: Troyes – Nuits-Saint-Georges 214km

Stage eight: Dole – Station des Rousses 187km (Summit finish)

A lumpy stage is characterised by two categorised climbs in the final third of the day, culminating in an ascent to Station des Rousses.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Stage nine: Nantua – Chambéry 181km (Mountains)

Starting at altitude in Nantua, the peloton faces a categorised climb from the gun up the Cote des Neyrolles, with the route also taking in the Col de la Binche and the Grand Colombier in the middle kilometres and the daunting Mont du Chat immediately before the descent into Chambéry.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Rest day in Perigueux

Stage 10: Périgueux – Bergerac 178km

Stage 11: Eymet – Pau 202km

Stage 12: Pau – Peyragudes 214km (Summit finish)

The race enters the Pyrénées from its traditional base, Pau, and as in 2016 the stage from the city will take in five categorised climbs, including the Col de Peyresourde immediately before the final climb to Peyregudes. The descent of the Peyresourde was the location of Chris Froome’s stage-winning attack in 2016, where he put 13 seconds into his rivals on stage eight.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Stage 13: Saint-Girons – Foix 100km

The second Pyrénéean stage takes in three main climbs, including the Col d’Agnes and the Mur de Péguère before dropping down into Foix for the finish. At just 100km, this stage is the shortest mountain stage in Tour de France history and should be set up for some exciting racing.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Stage 14: Blagnac – Rodez 181km

The Tour returns to Rodez, having previously visited in 2015 as the race began its migration across to the Alps. Greg van Avermaet continued Peter Sagan‘s run of second-place finishes in that edition, beating the green jersey wearer in sweltering heat on an uphill finish.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Stage 15: Laissac-Sévérac L’Eglise – Le Puy-en-Velay 189km

Rest day in Le Puy-en-Velay

Stage 16: Brioude – Romans-sur-Isère 165km

Stage 17: La Mure – Serre Chevalier 183km

The first stage in the second visit to the Alps sees the iconic climb of the Col du Galibier as the penultimate ascent of the day. Starting in La Mure, the peloton traverses the Col d’Ornon, the Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Télégraphe. The rider leading the stage at the top of the Galibier will be awarded the Prix Henri Desgrange, as the race passes its highest point.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Stage 18: Briançon – Col d’Izoard 178km (Summit finish)

A little bit of history for the 104th edition as the race finishes for the first time on the Col d’Izoard. The mountain has featured 34 times since 1922, but never has as stage finished on the climb. Interestingly, the Tour’s women’s race, La Course, will be contested on the Col d’Izoard this year – the first time in its four year history it has not taken place on the cobbles of the Champs-Elysées.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Stage 19: Embrun – Salon-de-Provence 220km

Shunning the tradition of recent years, stage 19 heads out of the mountains and towards the Provence region. A rolling stage may not shake up the general classification too much, though, as the riders prepare themselves for the following day’s time trial.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Stage 20: Marseille ITT 23km

Penultimate stage time trials are not uncommon for the Tour de France, with the last being in 2014, although it’s not often that the race heads south for the final stage before Paris. You can’t get much further south than Marseille, where the deciding time trial will take place, with a long transfer for riders and staff up to the outskirts of Paris.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

Stage 21: Montgeron – Paris 100km

For the 42nd consecutive edition, the Tour de France will finish on the Champs-Elysées, where the fast men will battle it out for the ‘unofficial sprinters’ World Championship’ and the race leader will be crowned the winner.
Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041#PSAziGxub167cPIJ.99

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What people have said

“What a great couple of days that was. Thank you and all the team who made this possible. It was truly fantastic. Great venues and to get so close to the action was extraordinary, never had that opportunity before. Great to see the finish of an epic mountain stage and also be so close to the Sky team for the start of the race – absolutely fantastic. The logistics were brilliant and I can’t believe we did so much and saw so much in such a tight window. Thank you to all the team who hosted and organised”
Mr N Beagley

Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on email@bikecation.co.uk

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

What people have said

“What a great couple of days that was. Thank you and all the team who made this possible. It was truly fantastic. Great venues and to get so close to the action was extraordinary, never had that opportunity before. Great to see the finish of an epic mountain stage and also be so close to the Sky team for the start of the race – absolutely fantastic. The logistics were brilliant and I can’t believe we did so much and saw so much in such a tight window. Thank you to all the team who hosted and organised”
Mr N Beagley

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