A bike length ahead of the Pros
On Thursday September 3rd, the Tour de France will have been underway for only six days but, by that day, the overall placings will already have been thoroughly shaken up. Climb, before the Professionals get there, the original uphill to Mont Aigoual, along a route already lined with spectators, and follow the Stage Final from the VIP stands!
On the following day, you will see the Teams going through their preparations for the next Stage, live in Millau. Watch the riders warming up while the publicity caravan slowly moves off. What the Professionals achieve is what you experienced with your own body the day before. Every day they spend in the saddle, every demanding metre they climb. But unlike their experience, it was a totally different programme to the hectic spectacle of the Tour: quiet, narrow roads, friendly rest-stops, and always a view over the fantastic landscape and time for photos.
Saturday, 27th June
Check-in from 16:00
19:30 group evening meal
Sunday, 28th June
Mas Gibert – Col de la Tribale – Sumène – Saint-Roman-de-Codières – Colognac – Lasalle – L’Estréchure – Col de l’Asclié – Mas Gibert (92 Km / 1800 m climb)
To get yourself rolling, start with our House Trip. Narrow roads where two cars can hardly pass each other. With three small passes, that get increasingly steep as the day goes on. From Col Asclié (900 metres) there is a gentle downhill along one of the many splendid panoramic roads back to Base Camp.
Monday, 29th June
Mas Gibert – L’Espérou – Trèves – Cantobre – Nant – St-Jean-du-Bruel – Dourbies – L’Espérou – Col de la Lusette – Col des Vieilles – Mas Gibert (137 km / 2500 m climb)
The first highlight. Almost right up Mont Aigoual, from there through narrow valleys to Nant, one of the most beautiful villages of France. After a generous lunch stop, we are physically and mentally strong enough for the return journey over the Col de la Lusette, the most difficult pass in the Cévennes – fortunately only in the opposite direction!
Tuesday 30th June
Mas Gibert – Pont d’Hérault – Roquedur – Saint-Laurent-le-Minier – Saint-Maurice-Navacelles – Navacelles – Blandas – Montardier – Avèze – Le Vigan – Saint André de Majencoules – Mas Gibert (108 km / 1700 m climb)
One of the highlights of this landscape: the Cirque de Navacelles. One of the natural wonders of France. Even the ride there is wonderful, and anyone riding over the edge of this 300-metre deep ravine feels as if they are falling into a crater. Down below, a small village. Lunch stop.
Wednesday 1st July
Mas Gibert – Vallerauge – Col du Pas – Saint-André-de-Valborgne – Le Pompidou – Barre-des-Cévennes – Sainte-Croix-Vallée-Française – Les Plantiers – Col de l’Asclié – Mas Gibert (120 km / 2500 m climb)
Today it’s a matter of keeping our powder dry for the great day. But the Stage has its own challenges. Straight after breakfast, we corkscrew 600 metres up to the remote Col du Pas. Then we go along the Corniche, which runs along a ridge offering wonderful views. Hopefully, it won’t be too windy up there!
Thursday 2nd July
Mas Gibert – Pont d’Hérault – Le Vigan – Mandagout – Col de la Lusette – L’Espérou – Mont Aigoual – Vallerauge – Mas Gibert(90 km / 1700 m climb)
The Day of Days. Thousands of people are already lining the route as we undertake the climb where, a few hours later, the Professionals will be shaking up the overall rankings of this year’s Tour. The Col de la Lusette, where, in 1987, Bernard Hinault had to get off and push. Its 14 percent climbs demand our all. If only so many people weren’t watching…but Mont Aigoual exercises a magnetic attraction, or is it the VIP stands and the catering?
Friday 3rd July
9:00 Bus transfer to Millau to the TdF start and return by cycle
Millau – Le Rozier – Les Vignes – Meyrueis – Saint-Sauveur-Camprieu – Valleraugue – Mas Gibert (100 km / 1400 m climb)
The bus transfer to Millau already makes us look forward to the return journey. Once again, we smell the atmosphere of the Tour, see the teams at their preparations and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Stage start. Then, for us, it’s back in the saddle. Through the Gorges de la Jonte, where the vultures sail above us, up to L’Esperou. There, waiting for us, are the 20 winding kilometres of the fastest and best–surfaced descent in the Cévennes.
Saturday 4th July
Departure by 11:00.
Included in the price:
- Overnight stays in double room (separate beds and rooms possible)
- Breakfast and evening meal incl. drinks
- Midday meals: 2 restaurant visits, 3 picnic breaks, 1 catering in the VIP stands
- Food for the rides (chocolate bar, dried fruit)
- Cleaning of jersey, trousers and cycling shorts
- Guides to accompany all Stages
- Place on the “Espace Izoard” VIP stands for the finish of the Tour de France Stage 2, 2nd of July
- Transfer to the Tour de France Stage start in Millau 3rd July
- Recovery service in the event of breakdowns
- Shortening or lengthening of rides as required
- Possibility of borrowing racing bikes (depending on availability)
we work together with Cypeo (Link) cycle hire in Montpellier
- Transfer from/to Montpellier airport and railway station
Not included in the price:
- Additional stops in restaurants and cafés.