A Climber’s Tale — Your Tour de France Companion Book
Ahead of our Cycling and Spectator trips to the Grand Depart, Pyrenees, Alps and Paris in 2020 we proudly present a companion to the race for yellow.
From a review of the most exciting race in a generation to a preview of our forthcoming routes. This download book is a must have for any cyclist looking to experience live race-viewing and challenging and rewarding rides on the legendary routes and climbs of the Tour de France.
Hand drawn Route Maps
Our 2020 Trip Highlights
Stunning Photography Gallery
Unmissable Cycling Tips
Discover The Tour de France
A Climber’s Tale is our introduction to riding the Tour de France and a celebration of our favourite way to spend any day — climbing mountains! Since setting up Thomson Bike Tours in 2001, I must have covered over 250,000km on the bike and haven’t grown one bit weary of doing so. One of the reasons behind that is the simple enjoyment I have in introducing new cyclists to the most challenging and rewarding cycling experiences imaginable. There are few better environments to do that than at the Tour de France, where we are privileged with unrivalled access to the race.
With this book I wanted to inspire you to share that experience with us. Through essays, stunning photography and our own unique route planning insights I want to give you a flavour of the Tour experience our clients enjoy and why we keep coming back for more. I look forward to meeting you on the road. Let’s Go Again.
The trip was fantastic! Peter, the organizers, ride leaders and mechanics were all well beyond my best expectations, not to mention that they were a pleasure to spend time with and get to know. This was a great experience, both for the riding (and it was tough), the beauty, and the access to the Tour de France.
Rick Kornfeld — USA, CA
Tour de France KOM Challenge – Grand Depart
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience 3 stages of the Tour de France in Brittany, the heartland of French Cycling. Birthplace of so many of the great French cyclists, including Bernard Hinault who hails from St Brieuc where our trip is based, Brittany is the spiritual home of French cycling.
Tour de France KOM Challenge – Alps & Mont Ventoux
On the Thomson KOM Alps trip, you’ll witness the best of the race action on Mont Ventoux and the Stage 9 Summit Finish in Tignes, live on the mountain-side from our Private Hospitality Marquee. Mingle with the pro riders and Tour celebrities with our privileged VIP access to the Departure Village in Albertville, and cherish the unique experience of riding across the Finish Line ahead of the peloton in Nimes.
Tour de France KOM Challenge – Pyrenees
On the Thomson KOM Pyrenees trip you’ll witness the best of the race action on Luz-Ardiden and the Stage 15 Finish in Andorra, live on the mountain-side from our Private Hospitality Marquee. Mingle with the pro riders and Tour celebrities with our privileged VIP access to the Departure Village of Stage19 in Mourenx, and cherish the unique experience of riding across the Finish Line ahead of the peloton in St Gaudens.