Watch and Ride the Tour de France in the Alps – July 2020
Summer 2020 will be the 107th edition of ‘La Grande Boucle’ featuring 21 stages and over 3500km of racing.
As usual, the Tour de France has several mountain stages in the vicinity of the French Alps, however it is slightly different this year in that only 2 out of the 4 are actually in the Alps, and neither of those are particularly Alpine stages as we might expect.
For example, there is the summit finish atop Grand Colombier in the Jura on Sunday 12th July (stage 15), followed by a rest day, with the race returning to the mountains for stage 16 from La-Tour-du-Pin in the Chartreuse National Park to Villard-de-Lans in the Vercors, neither of which are in the Alps.
Stage 17 is from Grenoble to Méribel, with a brand new finish up Col de la Loze via the Col de la Madeleine, then stage 18 will be going right past our home base in the stunning Aravis mountains in the Northern French Alps, on their way up to the Plateau des Glières and its gravel roads, before the stage finish in La Roche-sur-Foron.
This should definitely mix things up in the GC though and set up a very exciting and challenging finale up the Planche des Belles Filles in the Jura mountains further north.
So unusually we are very happy to be able to offer two 4-day Tour de France Watch and Ride Experiences, with the ability to watch a live mountain stage, as well as the opportunity to ride many of the cols made famous by the Tour de France in previous editions for yourself.
These special weekends will take place from Thursday 9th – Monday 13th July and Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th July 2020 – you can find full trip details here >>>
For example, the route of the 2018 Tour de France showcased some of amazing road cycling to be found in Annecy and the Aravis mountains – we were excited to see so many of our local climbs and routes feaured during these Alpine stages of the 2018 race.
In fact, Stage 10 of that race offered many of our local favourites Col de la Croix Fry, Plateau des Glieres, Col de Romme and Col de la Colombiere before finishing just down the road in Le Grand Bornand. So you could easily access this for yourself right from our front door!
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