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Leltel
26-04-2011, 05:12
We are off to France on 1st July primarly as my hubby wants to see part of the Tour de France. Does anyone have any insider information that will point us to a clear road map of the route? We have the one that is readily available on the websites, but that doesn't give a detailed route. Any info would be appreciated to keep the hubby happy!

oldish hippy
26-04-2011, 05:30
2011 Tour de France Route Announcement, Stages, Analysis, Photos (http://www.steephill.tv/tour-de-france/) this should help you out

Leltel
26-04-2011, 06:11
Hi thanks, we have these, just after a bit more detail of the roads involved though. He wants to be parked on the side waiting for them, I want a quick escape to a nice tranquil lake afterwards!

lebesset
26-04-2011, 08:07
personally I shan't bother to go again ...and I live in france

the entry has been rigged to put in french teams , and has left out possible winneres

donkey too
26-04-2011, 08:19
you have the van and get hubby a bike.:lol-053:

Tony Lee
26-04-2011, 09:41
Hi thanks, we have these, just after a bit more detail of the roads involved though. He wants to be parked on the side waiting for them, I want a quick escape to a nice tranquil lake afterwards!

You and a million others

http://www.grassyknolltv.com/2010/tour-de-france/thumbs/253-IMG_6905.jpgIt looked like a camper van dealership at the top of Soulor

Maybe give us an idea of what you intend - perhaps just be at one nice spot on one day to see the riders pass or do you want to chase all over france for the whole three weeks. We have been driving on some of the route along the Pyrenees and I think nice convenient viewpoints, quick escapes and tranquil lakes might be hard to guarantee on some of the roads.

If you go through the photos of the various stages you will be able to pick out the main features of the various stages and work out an exact route - ie the several Cols in the Pyrenees are always featured and will be very popular viewing spots. Trouble is each climb and decent are on roads were there are NO viewing spots except at top and bottom and every man and his dog(s) will be trying to get a spot.

Leltel
26-04-2011, 14:02
Donkey too, believe me, he has the bikes. He cycles for a local club and is obsesses with cycling! Tony I plan on one day probably the 3rd July to watch them, we only have two weeks off and one of those is enough to humor the hubby with! I agree that you would see more on the telly and don't worry about that, he will record it, as he is at the moment. It does sound like we could be stuck for more than a day though!

GeoNomad
28-04-2011, 06:14
If you want to be on the side of the road on one of the climbs or any other highly desirable spot, plan on arriving several days before.

It is also possible that you won't be able to move about freely on the road the day before and after in some places, so be prepared to be self sufficient, or within biking distance of the boulangerie somewhere.

Tony Lee
28-04-2011, 08:59
One godd place would be

Travels in France 2011 - Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&t=h&hl=en&msa=0&msid=201517183219345862599.0004a1d6112d3f8563776&ll=42.938077,0.291739&spn=0.013353,0.041928&z=15)

which should be centred on an aire
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_ZXjiTAXQLks/TbfhGlPs7dI/AAAAAAAAADc/ncveRfrimhM/s640/IMG_0723.JPG

which is just below D918 which is the start of the climb up to Col de Aspin

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_ZXjiTAXQLks/TbfhRRTssgI/AAAAAAAAADs/ZUFI0RZMQSE/s640/IMG_0746.JPG

100 yard gentle climb up to the second sharp bend.

You and lots of others though.

Generally a magic area

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_ZXjiTAXQLks/TbfhMUtOB5I/AAAAAAAAADk/QOPWM_HMbYE/s640/IMG_0727.JPG
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_ZXjiTAXQLks/TbfhP5rgV7I/AAAAAAAAADo/Gi1aKDVGQXc/s640/IMG_0740.JPG

Leltel
28-04-2011, 15:33
Thank youTony, just showed the hubby your post and that it is where he would like to go as he wants to ride it too....I'll just stay ans look after the van!

ACE DRIVER
30-04-2011, 21:11
Where are you going to watch, Alpe duez, Galibier, Grenoble time trial? We're pitching on the Galibier north side, mountain top fiinish and pass on consecutive days. if you are going to Alpe Duez you need to be there at least 3 days before the race as the dutch are there in force. every blade of grass is taken including roundabouts and grass verges, unbelievable!!!

Tour de France 2011 - The Tour 2011 (http://www.letour.fr/2011/TDF/COURSE/us/le_parcours.html)

John H
02-05-2011, 14:40
We are off to France on 1st July primarly as my hubby wants to see part of the Tour de France. Does anyone have any insider information that will point us to a clear road map of the route? We have the one that is readily available on the websites, but that doesn't give a detailed route. Any info would be appreciated to keep the hubby happy!

The "Le Tour" website generally gives full details of each stage about a month before the start, so keep looking at it. I agree with the advice given above that if you are wanting to be at a popular point (eg a Pyreneean or Alpine finish) then you have to arrive days in advance. It is no great hardship though (providing you take enough water and arrive with empty waste tanks) and the partying is usually tremendous (hope you don't want too much sleep!). Enjoy yourselves - wish I was going to be there but this year I will have to make do with watching it on telly.

wotno
01-06-2011, 11:21
Hi Leltel
I've gone across for the Tour every year now since 1986. Most of the time roughing it in a tent sleeping by the side of the road, but in recent years in our beloved van. So I'm a bit of a nut as my long suffering wife will testify.

As said earlier, it gets pretty busy especially if your hoping to catch anything in the mountains.

If your looking for a quick get-away after the race, forget trying to get the van high onto a mountain pass, stay near the bottom. And avoid the mountains with mountain top finishes.

The roads tend to get closed a good few hours before the races, with the major mountains passes they may well be closed in the morning with the race not due until late afternoon. The Mountain top finish climbs will be closed alot earlier and on some of the more popular stages (Alpe D'Huez, Mont Ventoux for example) they may well get shut to traffic the day before! This caught me out a couple of years ago on at Mont Ventoux!

As mentioned earlier, the best parking spots will get occupied several days if not a week in advance so they will be very, very busy with very little room between vans. And if your not there days in advance, you’ve no chance of finding even a reasonably flat site.

But saying all that, please don’t let this put you off, the build-up to and the atmosphere of the race (regardless of whether you’re a die hard cycling fan or not) is just astonishing, its magical. You meet so many characters of all nationalities. It’s well worth the effort. And if the sun’s out, the views and the scenery are breathtaking.

As for more detailed route info, detailed stage info is on the official TdF website (Tour de France 2011 - The Tour 2011 (http://www.letour.fr/2011/TDF/COURSE/us/le_parcours.html)) Click on “race preview”, the stage(s) you want to see and then the maps and route link. Time Schedule will give you all the info on the actual route detailing the road names and villages and estimated race times at each location.

L’Equipe usually publishes a detailed route schedule, a little bit more detailed than the one on the TdF website. I usually try and pick a copy up when I get over there.

This year is the first year my wife will be coming with me (it could also be the last!!). I’ve therefore modified my usual “leapfrogging” of the race and we’re just going to catch the Alpe D’Heuz stage on the Friday. She’ll either hate every second or she’ll be totally blown away with it. I hope it’s the later….

Tony Lee
01-06-2011, 11:36
That aire I suggested on the west side of Col D Aspen has a full service point - water and dump between the air and the road to the hotel. Just need a bucket and watering can so you don't need to move the van

Bambi 2
04-06-2011, 15:18
A while back the tour came right past our front gate, :wave: there was 20 of us and we made a party of it, it was very exciting, this year it will go through Villefranche de Rouergue, on to the D911, which has a very steep hill, then past the end of our road, where we will watch it before it heads to Carmoux, there is an Aire behind the cinema in Villefranche de Rouergue which is lovely Bastide town and is absolutely full of character, there is also marked pitches for motorhomes by the river in Villefranche de Rouergue.
Bambi 2

t&s
10-02-2012, 16:18
try this new link
Tour de France 2011 - Grand Départ 2012 (http://www.letour.fr/2011/TDF/COURSE/fr/grand_depart_2012.html)


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