Will you wait another year dreaming about being in France and seeing the greatest bike race in the world? We all imagine ourselves as great champions…pushing the envelope – testing our body’s limits – reaching the summit. The question remains, what will you do with your thoughts?
Join us as we witness the epic culmination of the Tour de France!
July 15: Arrival to Toulouse. We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to our hotel. In the late afternoon we will go for an easy spin on the bikes.
July 16: Today’s Tour de France finish is expected to end in a sprint in front of the Capitol building in the center of Toulouse – We will be there!
July 17: From our hotel we will climb the Col du Tourmalet and descend the East side to intersect the Tour de France route. We want to then climb the Hourquette d’Ancizan to watch the Pro’s live (van transferring to the top of the Tourmalet is possible)
July 18: Choice: Take a van ride to the city of Pau to see the Tour de France Time Trial OR Stay in town and ride/climb to the cirque of Gavarnie and the Port de Boucharo/ Col du Tentes – the Spanish border if you still have strong legs. This is one of Marty’s all time favorite rides – it’s just beautiful. 75 kms 1750 hm
July 19: Todays TDF stage goes right in front of our hotel and climbs the Tourmalet. We’ll have viewing and riding options for you!
July 20: Depart from Toulouse
**Single supplement $500
We provide you with everything you need to enjoy riding & watching, the Tour de France. Our mechanic will care for your bike while you enjoy breakfast. Our staff will prepare your ride food & drink mix and our bike guides will keep you on course regardless of your speed.
You will be climbing Category 1 and Hor’s Category climbs on the Tour de France route before the race arrives. The streets are lined with anxious spectators.
Expect to be cheered on by thousands of cycling fans!
All of our trips focus on the bike and eating excellent cuisine.
Full breakfasts – Ride Food – Picnics – Private dinners with wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone & Gigondas.
Life is short – enjoy it!
Location – Service – Style
Our hotels are chosen first on location for the best cycling, followed by the owners attention to service and detail (Boutique and 4 star hotels are what we choose)
This trip is rated moderate to difficult, but if you want to ride less or take days off, we have options for you. We ride 40-60 miles per day and will be in hilly and mountainous terrain. Speed doesn’t matter, but it’s important for you to be comfortable in the saddle.
If your companion rides only a small amount we offer shorter rides. This can be a good trip for non-cyclists, if they are good walkers. We do everything we can to ensure that your TDF experience is positive.
We want to share our passion for cycling and the Tour de France!
Marty Jemison has ridden and finished the TDF twice during his professional cycling career.
You will be treated as any professional cyclist would be, with a mechanic to care for your bike, staff to move your luggage and guides on the road to show you the way.
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
European Knowledge – Jemison Cycling is owned & operated by a former Professional cyclist who raced over 900 days throughout Europe
Van Support & Luggage Transfers
Ride Food – Drink Mix
One Guide per 4 Guests
Snacks on the Fly
Bicycles (Rental Bikes available)
Personal incidentals & Guide Gratuities (our guides work hard for tips)
*Travel Insurance strongly suggested (www.TravelGuard.com)