This summer, as we mentioned in a previous post, several of our places will be suddenly thronging with precision engineered, steel-wired machines and their bikes. We got very excited by the fact that these masters of pedal persistence would be passing through Yorkshire, but of course, the bulk of the race will, as ever, take place on French soil.
The winding, thigh-popping route passes by several of our places and you could be strolling out with a picnic and watching them go by. If you walk really quickly, it’ll be almost as much effort as taking part!*
Here is our selection of special spectating spots:
Stage 12 (17 July 2014) - La Serve, 20 miles from Saint Didier sur Chalaronne.
Stage 15 (20 July 2014) - Alfonso’s Wagon, 25 miles from Nimes.
Stage 16 (21 July 2014) - Chateau de Fajac, 30 miles from Carcassonne.
Stage 19 (25 July 2014) -Ecovalleé and Chateaux dans les Arbres, 17 and 19 miles from Bergerac respectively.
Stage 20 (26 July 2014) - Cabanes de Vaure and La Maison Ronde, 15 and 20 miles from Périgueux respectively.
So that’s it for our options for Le Tour de France. They might be slightly more relaxed than actually competing, but you could always plot an itinerary along the route and drive it in comfort instead. While eating ice cream. We’re willing to bet that most of the competitors would secretly be really jealous.
*This, as was the claim about passive exercise, is not at all true. We’ve learnt nothing.