Tour de France KOM Challenge – Grand Depart

Tour de France KOM Challenge – Grand Depart

Experience the 3 Opening Stages of the 2021 Tour de France

An exceptional week of LIVE race-viewing and challenging rides in Brittany, the heartland of French cycling.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

June 24th 2021

Price

USD $4,895

Duration

6 days / 5 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

Yes ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Ride Program

Total Distance

Total Elevation

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Overview

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.

Experience the initial stage of the 2021 Tour de France with VIP access to both the Start and Finish. The Mur-de-Bretagne always produces one of the most exciting finishes of the Tour and you’ll climb it just ahead of the peloton on Stage 2.

Our Company Founder, Peter Thomson, raced with Bernard Hinault in St Brieuc – so he knows a thing or two about riding in the region. Get ready for some incredible rides with Peter and the rest of the team!

The terrain in Brittany can be described as “hilly”, not the mountains of the Pyrenees or Alps. Instead of our usual Sport, Performance and Extreme rides, we’ve designed just one daily ride that should be comfortable for most riders. Shorter rides will be available if the scheduled ride is too challenging for you.

Book with Confidence Commitment

Because of the uncertainty at present due to Covid-19, we are offering a greater level of flexibility. Our Book with Confidence commitment is designed to give you peace of mind by providing a full refund for cancellations received before March 31.


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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Bienvenue en Bretagne Novotel Saint-Brieuc
02 Cap Fréhel and Fort La Latte Novotel Saint-Brieuc
03 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village in Brest & VIP Finish-Line Tribune in Landerneau Novotel Saint-Brieuc
04 Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & LIVE Viewing on the Mûr-de-Bretagne Novotel Saint-Brieuc
05 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Finish-Line Tribune in Pontivy Novotel Saint-Brieuc
06 Au Revoir
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1

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Bienvenue en Bretagne

Your trip starts at St Brieuc Railway Station where our staff will meet you before the short transfer to our hotel in downtown St Brieuc.

After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up, you’ll head out on your first ride in Brittany. Our warm-up ride takes you up the Côte de Plérin before dropping down to the beaches along the Atlantic shoreline.

Day 2

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Cap Fréhel and Fort La Latte

Brittany is famous for it’s spectacular coastline and today’s ride features the extensive beaches and rugged cliffs between St Brieuc and the Cap Fréhel. Brittany is also famous for having produced many of the top French professional cyclists and today you’ll ride through Yffiniac, the birth-place of the badger, Bernard Hinault.

An inland route will take you through the typical ups and downs of the Breton landscape until you reach Cap Fréhel after 45km. Stop for a photo op at Fort La Latte, an imposing, medieval castle dating back to the 14th century. From there you’ll follow the remarkable coastline all the way back to our hotel in St Brieuc.

Day 3

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LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village in Brest & VIP Finish-Line Tribune in Landerneau

The 2021 Tour de France kicks off today with a hilly stage through the Breton countryside.

You’ll be there to witness the start of the race with privileged access to the VIP Departure Village at the Stage Start. The VIP Departure Village is the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere at a stage start and get up close to the riders and Tour celebrities for those photo ops.

After watching the peloton head out, our staff will have organised lunch at one of the many fantastic restaurants in Brest, then you’ll head over to the Stage Finish in Landerneau where you’ll round off an amazing Tour de France day by witnessing the Race Finish from the VIP Finish Line Tribune.

Map & Profile

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toggle arrow Cote de Plérin
from St Brieuc
4.6% 4
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toggle arrow Cote au Roux
from La Cote
3.4% 4
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toggle arrow Cote de Langueux
from Yffiniac
3.2% 4
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No major climbs today

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Stage

Grand Depart


No Stage today. The Tour de France starts tomorrow, June 25.

Stage 1

Brest > Landerneau


In a post card type scenery, going through Locronan and Quimper, this first day will offer no respite. The never ending accelerations due to the frequent changes in direction, the windy parts in the Monts d'Arrée and a finish at the top of 3-km hill at an average 5.7% (including parts at 14%) will crown one hell of a puncher.

Stage 2

Perros-Guirec > Mûr-de-Bretagne


The first part of the race will allow the riders to appreciate the wild and unique beauty of the Côte de Granit rose. The route then heads inland towards a mouthwatering final section: the double climb up the Côte de Mûr-de-Bretagne. The Mûr will be an unforgiving judge, especially since the riders will start the climb almost from a standstill, unlike the previous year when momentum saw them through the first part of the climb.

Stage 3

Lorient > Pontivy


Warren Barguil, best climber of the 2017 Tour should have all eyes on him as he takes off from his birthplace. Unfortunately he won't be in the spotlights at the finish: at the Château des Rohan the sprinters certainly won’t miss out on this first opportunity to express themselves.

Stage 4

Redon > Fougères


This journey through Argoat, the beautiful inland Brittany entirely set in the Gallo country and going from one side to the other of the Ille-et-Vilaine area is another fine opportunity for the sprinters. Unless if audacious riders make the best of the hilly forrest roads or windy conditions on the few unsheltered uplands to remain clear of the hungry pack.

Tour de France

Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
4 Cote de Plérin (from St Brieuc) 01 23 4.6%
4 Cote au Roux (from La Cote) 01 16 3.4%
4 Cote de Langueux (from Yffiniac) 02 15 3.2%
4 Col de la Clarté (from St Pever) 04 12 2%
4 Mûr De Bretagne (from Mûr) 04 36 6.7%
4 Col du Mont Bel-Air (from Trebry) 05 20 3.5%

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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2021
June 24 - June 29
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Places Available
USD $4,895
USD $750
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    Trip Hotels

    Novotel Saint-Brieuc

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Tour de France Race Viewing arrow
    • TDF Stage 1: access to the VIP Departure Village in Brest and access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Landerneau
    • TDF Stage 2: VIP ride across the Finish Line, Podium photo op, and access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the summit finish on the Mur-de Bretagne
    • TDF Stage 3: access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Pontivy
    • Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 6 days / 5 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 3 sit-down lunches (Day 1, 3 and 4)
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at St Brieuc Railway Station
    • Drop-off at St Brieuc Railway Station
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Overall Staff to Guest ratio: 1 to 3
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Merchandising arrow
    • Tour de France Gift Bag
    • Tour de France Roadbook – the Holy Grail - given only to teams, media & Official Tour Operators
    • Special Discount card for Official Tour de France stores
    • Thomson Bike Tours cycling jersey
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Tour de France Race Viewing arrow
    • TDF Stage 1: access to the VIP Departure Village in Brest and access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Landerneau
    • TDF Stage 2: VIP ride across the Finish Line, Podium photo op, and access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the summit finish on the Mur-de Bretagne
    • TDF Stage 3: access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Pontivy
    • Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 6 days / 5 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 3 sit-down lunches (Day 1, 3 and 4)
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at St Brieuc Railway Station
    • Drop-off at St Brieuc Railway Station
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Overall Staff to Guest ratio: 1 to 3
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Merchandising arrow
    • Tour de France Gift Bag
    • Tour de France Roadbook – the Holy Grail - given only to teams, media & Official Tour Operators
    • Special Discount card for Official Tour de France stores
    • Thomson Bike Tours cycling jersey
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    St Brieuc TGV Railway Station

    10:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    St Brieuc TGV Railway Station

    9:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Made by hand in Italy, the Basso Bikes Diamante is exactly what a fine, authentic, Italian road bike should be. The classic lines, flawless geometry and rounded tube shapes offer performance and ultimate versatility.

    Frame

    Basso Diamante

    Groupset

    Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 (Electronic Shifting)

    Weight

    8kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Microtech MR38 Disc Carbon Clincher

    Chainrings

    50x34

    Cassette

    11-32

    Sizes

    45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

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    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes

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    VIP Departure Village Experience

    See the teams and riders at the Departure village and watch them cross the line at the Arrival village.

    Unforgettable Riding Experience

    Our trips are built around the Tour, giving you the chance to ride the year’s best climbs plus famous Cols from previous editions.

    Vantage Points

    Enjoy the wild Tour de France scene from the comfort of our marquees with food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage keeping you entertained as we wait for the peloton to approach.

    VIP Access

    When we say VIP access we mean it, with our Premium Status you can honestly say you have been part of the Tour.


    Tour de France KOM Challenge – Grand Depart

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