An "Ultra-Dynamic" Tour de France Featuring l'Alpe d'Huez, Col d’Aubisque, 22km of Pavé and, Maybe, You. - TBT - Insider. The Thomson Bike Tours Blog

L’ Société du Tour de France and its parent company, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) announced an “ultra-dynamic” 2018 Tour de France route October 17th.

Unveiled with typical Gallic flair at the Palais des Congres in Paris, this edition features a return to the cobbles and setts of Roubaix, finishes atop the Alpe d’Huez  and Col d’Aubisque summits, and the shortest—and potentially fiercest—stage in recent memory: a 65km charge from Bagnères-de-Luchon to the top of Col de Portet.

TBT will be there. And so can you.

Tour de France Alps or Pyrenees? It’s up to You.

Thomson will lead four KOM Challenge tours through the great mountain ranges of the Tour de France: two in the Alps, two in the Pyrenees. Trip itineraries have been finalized, and in addition to our regular diet of  leg-shattering climbs and breathtaking descents, each trip offers viewing for several key Tour stages, and behind-the-scenes access as VIP guests of the Tour organizers.

Tour de France Alpine KOM Trips

There are two of these: the Tour de France KOM Challenge—Mt Ventoux & Alps, and the one-day-shorter Tour de France KOM Challenge—Alps Stages, which does not include Ventoux.

Both offer the chance to challenge your legs and lungs on Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Madeleine, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe and more, plus these exclusive race viewing opportunities:

  • Stage 10: Annecy–Le Grand-Bornand (159 km, mountains). Check out all the action (including video feed of the entire race) from our private hospitality marquee on the start of the treacherous gravel section of Col de Glieres, literally inches away from the riders.
  • Stage 12: Bourg-Saint-Maurice–Alpe d’Huez (175 km, mountains). Climb the mountain and ride across the finish line yourself, complete with photo opps atop the podium. Then catch the race finish from the VIP area at the line and spend the night in our accommodations at the Huez ski station hotel at the summit.
  • Stage 13: Bourg d’Oisans–Valence (169 km flat). Join us at the Start Village in Bourg d’Oisans, featuring special VIP access to the team and sponsor areas, also the rider sign-in podium, a great opportunity for face-to-face greetings and ‘graphs.

Special Feature: Climbing  “The Dutch Mountain”

For the Alps tours, one of your premiere viewing opportunities will come at the legendary Alpe d’Huez. And yes, we’ll be riding it too.

We should note that members of the press are already calling Stage 19 in the Pyrenees with the Col d’Aubisque, this year’s Queen stage . But 4-time tour winner Chris Froome has other ideas. He’s on record as saying that crown sits squarely atop the Alpe d’Huez this year. And he ought to know. So here’s a bit of fun Alpe d’Huez trivia to one-up your riding buddies:

Huez was  nicknamed The Dutch Mountain when Dutchmen won 8 of the first 14 summit  finishes there. The moniker is particularly amusing when you know the highest point in the Netherlands is the Vaalserberever hill at a stunning 322 meters. As part of this year’s Tour edition, there will be Hors catégorie summits at Col de La Madeleine and Col de la Croix de Fer before even reaching the famous 21 hairpin turns leading to the Alpe d’Huez finish line at the Avenue du Rif Nel.



Tour de France Pyrenees KOM Trips

As with Alps trip, our Pyrenees tours are available in two editions: Tour de France KOM Challenge—Pyrenees & Paris and Tour de France KOM Challenge—Pyrenees Stages.

Both tours feature spectacular scenery and day after day of some of the most challenging climbs on the Continent, along with once-in-a-lifetime Tour viewing opportunities:

  • Stage 17:  Bagnères-de-Luchon–Col de Portet (65 km, mountains).  One of the most interesting stages in this year’s Tour and sure to spark some fireworks. The first peak is crested at kilometer 15 and the climb to the Montée de Peyragudes is 14.9 kilometres long, so it’ll be a flat-out scramble once the flag is dropped. The brutal climbing will be fast and furious as the bunch ascends the Peyresourde and then the Col de Portet. You’ll be sitting at the top when it all goes down, watching live-feed TV as the drama unfolds and there in person to watch the riders come across the finish. In fact, you’ll have even better seats than the Tour VIPs: between road quality, steepness, and the sharp turns, the big TDF trucks can’t get to the top. Fortunately, the Thomson vans can, and you’ll literally have the best seats in the house.
  • Stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse–Pau (172 km, flat). Join us for VIP access to the Departure Village in Trie sur Baïse. Go behind the velvet rope (actually, it’s a fenced area). You’ll be able to watch mechs prepping team bikes for that day’s stage. visit the sponsor area,  and see the stars up close as they sign in before they go to work.
  • Stage 19: Lourdes–Laruns (200 km mountains) A brutal day at the office for the riders on this year’s Queen Stage, which features the Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet and Col d’Aubisque. The race concludes with a finish 20 km down the hill to the town of Laruns in the valley… where we’ll be inside the VIP Hospitality Area at the finish. Best seats in the house, right on the line.
  • Stage 21: Houilles–Champs-Élysées (Paris) 115 km, flat. (Pyrenees & Paris trip only.) Le Grande Arriveé and the Tour finale. It’s everything you’ve heard. And more, when you experience it from one of the Tour organizers’ private hospitality marquees, right on the finish line.

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About The Author

Rick Vosper is a marketing guy who’s worked in and out of the bicycle business for more than a quarter century. In between bike gigs, he’s been a copywriter and creative director for Silicon Valley ad agencies, where he worked on accounts like Microsoft, HP, Hyundai and Coca-Cola. But bikes are way more fun. You can read Rick’s articles and essays in Red Kite Prayer, CyclingTips, and Bicycle Retailer.

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