I came across this press release, it looks like an awesome ride. Has anybody done it before???
toursdefrance.com announces 2008 route: From the Mediterranean to Hautacam
toursdefrance.com today announced the details of its 2008 "Etape du Tour - and then some!" amateur enthusiast's cycling tour.
The 2008 route will begin on the shores of the Mediterranean in Collioure, a small fishing village renowned throughout France for its stunning scenery. The tour ends six days later, as every year, by racing in the famous Etape du Tour, France's most famous and notorious amateur cycling race that is held each year on a stage of the Tour de France.
Starting at the four star Relais des Trois Mas www.relaisdestroismas.com
, the route winds its way from Collioure through the foothills of the Pyrenees and is designed to afford all levels of cycling enthusiast the opportunity to ride in a small, casual peloton while also experiencing the thrill of racing on a Tour de France stage with 8500 other cycling enthusiasts.
Tours de France soigneur Dr. Ryan Iverach, Chiropractor, said "This year marks the trip's third return to the stunning surroundings of the Chateau de Camon www.chateaudecamon.com
, always a welcome respite at the end of the first day's 120km. Our riders love to kick back here - this year we're taking the hotel owner's advice and visiting the swimming hole in the nearby Ariege river! It'll be good to ice down our legs."
Each of the following four days averages between 100 and 140km of cycling at a reserved pace usually averaging around 25kph (16mph) for the day. The tour winds up in Argeles-Azost at the foot of the grueling climb to Hautacam, made famous by Lance Armstrong's double-ascent during the driving rains of April. It was this feat ot determined persistence that caused Miguel Induraine to pick Armstrong as the winner for that year's Tour de France.
After a rest day on July 5, the cycle tour culminates with the Etape du Tour bike race. This year's route of 167km (104 miles) runs from the city of Pau to Hautacam, via the infamous col de Tourmalet from the La Mongie side - two epic Tour de France climbs in one day, with 8500 other cycling fans. Come see for yourself why this is the closest you'll ever come to actually riding your own Tour de France!
Tours de France operates cycling tours and triathlon training camps in France. Founder Marc Becker is also Head Coach at ironguides www.ironguides.net
, a boutique lifestyle and endurance coaching concept offering an unparalleled integrated nutrition, sports medicine and coaching service, and coach of The ironSquad www.theironsquad.com
, an elite training squad concept for high performance amateur athletes focused on Ironman distance triathlon.
This year's tour commences June 30 and ends on July 7. For more information about tourdefrance.com and our epic "L'Etape du Tour - and then some!" annual cycling tour, visit www.toursdefrance.com
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