Thomson Tales

Fit Enough for le Tour

Thomson’s KOM Challenges provide the ultimate Tour de France experience. Challenge and reward yourself by tackling many of the Tour’s legendary routes and climbs. Then combine that with close-enough-to-touch-the-riders race viewing and special VIP access, luxury accommodations, legendary French food, and incomparable rider support…and you have the quintessential le Tour experience.

I had high expectations, and not a little worry about whether I could “do it.” The trip exceeded my expectations by far—the best trip ever. And, with the great briefings and support, I learned early on that I was able to do even the toughest climbs. Worth every penny. Also, I think the group grew close over the week.

Michael DeVita

Choose Your Own Tour de France Adventure.

Three different Tour de France ride packages offer different itineraries, each with its own level of challenge. And with 3 different riding groups—Sport, Performance and Extreme—offering routes from 30 to 180km each day, you can be sure we have the right ride for you.

Make no mistake. You will be challenged. Thomson guides will take you to your personal limits day after day. But Thomson clients tell us the toughest challenges—and the greatest rewards—are the ones they set for themselves.

We were the slowest of the group, but had a fantastic time. The staff were incredibly friendly, helpful and accommodating. The rides were superb—well-planned and spectacular.

Jim Rupert & Carolyn Brown

Tour de France Thomson Bike Tours TBT
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Welcome to The Big Dance.

Step “inside the velvet rope” with VIP access to the Tour de France Departure Village at a Stage Start, VIP Tribune at a Stage Finish, and Private Hospitality Marquees (including live video coverage) strategically placed on key climbs. Evenings, Thomson accommodations feature a 15th century French château, the top hotel in the Pyrenees, and the #1 hotel in Alpe d’Huez. As one of only two Premium Level Official Tour de France Tour Operators in North America, TBT offers opportunities no other company can provide.

Overall it was a wonderful trip. The Thomson team prepared us for each ride and built up our confidence by getting the riders accustomed to the challenges of our climbs. We were ready for Col du Tourmalet. Stage viewing was a highlight with close contact to riders and well-staged venues to enjoy the Tour.

Bob DeVita

The most riding I’ve ever done in a week and the legs couldn’t be happier! Over 600km, nearly 14,000m of climbing and two stages of the Tour, what could be better? The ride leaders were engaging and a blast to ride with, Peter [Thomson] joined us on a few occasions (and put us all to shame) and the support vans were always nearby.

Greg Burnison