14-Jul-2014 - 25-Jul-2019
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Suitable for: Non Cyclist, Beginner, Weekend Warrior, Elite
Prices from: 6495
The coach tour is our value-laden 3/4-star option for 2014. Phil won’t be joining you for the rides on this tour, but he has designed them to take in the highlights of the 2014 Tour route. You’ll be challenged by some great rides over classic terrain in the Alpes and Pyrenees as well as some of Phil’s favourite out-of-the-way routes.
This Tour provides an opportunity to experience the picturesque stages of the Tour de France in the Alps and the Pyrenees in the final week. You will travel between stages and hotels on board our luxury coach, allowing time to rest and view the French landscape. Review the key elements of the tour while enjoying a tourism focus along the route all from the comfort of your coach seat.
Between riding we will see the race live on no less than seven separate days, including stage start and finish towns, and the best mountain stages. This makes our Twelve Day Tour the perfect tour option for non-riders, who will have all the comforts of a coach with which to relax while the riders slave away on the road, whilst not missing the many opportunities on offer to see the race.
This tour departs from the Paris International Airport for maximum convenience to the incoming traveller. From there we will head south for some introductory riding in the beautiful Rhône region as well as a Tour de France stage Départ and Arrivée. We’ll then move to the Alpes to take on the famous Alpe d’Huez and Chamrousse, where we’ll see a great Tour de France stage. Finally we’ll head south to the Pyrenean summits of Hautacam, Col du Peyresourde and Pla d’Adet as well as many other, lesser-known mountains and the final battle for the Yellow Jersey.
Phil Anderson Cycling is proud to offer his guests the opportunity to rent an Oppy C6 for the duration of their European cycling trip.
Further information on the bike hire is available here.
Departure point & time
July 14, 2014.
09:00 am at the Radisson Blu Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotel.
Type of package
TDF Stage 10: Mulhouse > La Planche des Belles Filles, 161km
Today's Ride: -
This afternoon we’ll meet you in the lobby of Radisson Blu Charles de Gaulle to help with your check-in. This hotel is conveniently located near to the Paris International Airport so that you can relax and recover from your travels before we prepare to embark on our 2014 Tour de France adventure.
On your arrival we can assist with building your bikes or with fitting those who have chosen to use one of our fleet.
TDF First rest day
Today's Ride: 40km to stretch the legs after our drive.
This morning we’ll depart our Paris hotel and begin the journey toward le Tour and the best of France for riding, le Tour and tourism. This is your opportunity to get to know your fellow guests as we transfer east to Villé-Morgon in the Rhône region, just north of the Alpes, before we arrive at our first hotel where we will stay for two nights.
In the late afternoon we will have a ride that is designed to acquaint the legs and mind with riding the beautiful country roads of Europe (something that is, unsurprisingly, rather easy to become accustomed with). We’ll get to know each other’s abilities and get comfortable with riding in a bunch. This evening we will eat together in celebration of what will be a fantastic 11 days to come.
Villié-Morgon is famous for its large flower-garden displays and historic châteaus. As with the Rhône region generally, Villié-Morgon is also renowned for its production of excellent wines, in this case the Beaujolais variety. Those who don’t ride today are encouraged to join us on an afternoon stroll through the town to take in the sights and flavours before we all return to a group dinner.
TDF Stage 11: Besançon > Oyonnax, 186km.
Today's Ride: 110km, finishing with a view of the Stage 11 finish.
Today we will meet le tour. This could well be a fast stage that favours the sprinters. We’ll be there at the finish line to see the pace of the lead out trains as they position their key sprinter for the finale.
For those who have chosen not to ride we will arrive in Oyonnax early giving you your first tour fix in a stage finish town. The locals will be out early securing a place on the line preparing to celebrate le tour. As the publicity caravan rolls into town you must position yourself on the route to collect the spoils from the sponsors before the real fun begins.
We’ve planned a great ride on some quiet back-roads to see Stage 11 finish in the village of Oyonnax. There will be time for lunch before the excitement ramps up for the race arrival. A Tour de France Stage finish town always celebrates the occasion by coming alive with festivities. Once the formalities of the presentations are over we will regroup and return to our hotel by coach for the evening.
Stage 12: Bourg-en-Bresse > Saint-Étienne, 183km.
Today's Ride: 95km in the mountains, including three Alpes cols.
Today we will have an early start but it will get more exciting as the day goes on. We are on the move and first must check out of our hotel and head to nearby Bourg-en-Bresse to see the Tour stage 12 départ.
A stage start is always of interest. By this time the peloton will already be battle scarred after the often-cobbled journey from York to the northern reaches of France and Belgium. Team dynamics change as the tour progresses and it is always worth wandering around the team bus areas to assess the mood.
Once the peloton departs Bourg-en-Bresse we will take a short transfer to the start town of our own ride, which will take us south to Grenoble while our non-riding companions hit the road and get to Grenoble ahead of us. Grenoble is known as “the capital of the Alpes” due to its proximity to the most famous mountains and ski resorts. We’ll be making the most of this proximity in the next few days.
For our ride today we have planned a great route taking us over the magnificent Chartreuse Plateau, which ends in a spectacular descent to the city of Grenoble. Our first mountain will be the Col des Mille Martyrs, a suitable warm-up for what’s to come later today. Next will be Gorges du Guiers Vif, which will take us to the Plateau de Chartreuse.
After traversing the stunning Plateau de Chartreuse we’ll face a final hurdle, The Col du Coq. At 12.8km long with an average gradient of 8.5%, this will be a good test for the legs at the end of a long day. If it all seems like too much suffering, you’ll be pleased to know that the remaining ride to Grenoble is mostly a scenic descent, and on arrival we’ll join our non-riding guests for a group dinner near our hotel.
TDF Stage 13: Saint-Étienne > Chamrousse, 200km.
Today's Ride: 70km with a mountain to climb.
The first of the Alpes stages, today’s finish will be exciting. A hilltop finish after one of the longer stages of the tour will be an opportunity for the stronger teams to stamp their authority on this race as they position their riders high up on the place board before the assaults of the Alpes and Pyrenees begin. Breakaways are likely to be contained in a fast stage. We’ll transport non-riders from our hotel to the climb, where we’ll be sure to find a good spot to spectate all the action.
Today’s tour stage finishes atop the ski resort of Chamrousse: a steady 19km climb with an average gradient of just over 6%. It’s not as steep as Alp d’Huez, but will test your stamina. We’ll have the opportunity to ride it as the crowds begin to swell, well before the race arrives.
For both riders and non-riders, a hill top finish in le Tour is a special thing. The atmosphere will be charged and the crowds vocal as their favourite riders do battle for every advantage right to the stage finish line.
Once the results are clear and finale over we will regroup for our return to our hotel in Grenoble.
TDF Stage 14: Grenoble > Risoul, 177km
Today's Ride: Long option of 105km, short option of 45km, both with a fairly large hill to overcome.
Another big mountain stage presents but as le Tour takes the valley roads we will take the high ride and make an ascent of the famed technical pinches on each of the hairpin bends that comprise l’Alpe d’Huez. We will stop on the way back in the town of Bourg d’Oisans to see the race strung-out as it powers into the base of the Col du Lautaret.
Once the riders have started their climb, non-riding guests are invited to join us on the slopes of Alpe d’Huez for moral support—although seeing you cruise by in the coach might not seem all that supportive. Nonetheless, you can enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafés and souvenir shops at the summit whilst you wait for the slower mode of transport to catch up. There are also many spectacular walks to be done near the summit should you wish to explore.
Today’s ride is what you envisage doing when you think about the Alps. Le Tour doesn’t tackle Alp d’Huez this year, but that won’t stop us from doing so. We’ll leave early from our Grenoble hotel and hit the road before the Stage 14 gets underway. Those who wish for a longer ride can leave as a group from the hotel for an extra 50km, whilst the rest of us will take the coach to the base of Alpe d’Huez. From here we will face a 14km climb with an average gradient of over 8%, traversing the mountain face around those famous 21 hairpin corners. Don’t think about the numbers though—take a look at the view and absorb the 60 years of epic Tour de France battles that have occurred on the bitumen under your wheels.
TDF Stage 15: Tallard > Nîmes, 222km.
Today's Ride: Official Phil Anderson Cycling rest day
After some heroics on the mountain yesterday, and perhaps even greater tales at the dinner table last night, today is a chance to put your feet up and have a recovery day as we transfer from the Alps toward the Pyrenees, a journey that takes us just across the border with Spain to Vielha, Cataluña. Our path crosses the route of le Tour and we will bisect the race for a spot of spectating as we travel.
With the journey over and a dinner planned at our hotel, there should be time for those whose legs are willing to roll out for a short ride to loosen up and explore the local area. Meanwhile, the rest of us might like to get a head start on our group dinner and take advantage of our time in Spain by sampling some pintxos in Vielha.
TDF Second rest day
Today's Ride: 120km with many Pyrenean peaks to cover.
For today we have a ride designed to take in many great little climbs that you may not have heard of before now.
Anyone who chooses not to ride will have a free day in Vielha. We are high in the Pyrenees Mountains, so there are many opportunities for active leisure activities. Our staff will be happy to organise a small group booking for such things as rafting or trail walking. For those less adventure-inclined, Vielha also offers a bustling and modern shopping hub, which is in contrast to the many museums and renaissance architecture on display to anyone who cares to take a more casual stroll through the town.
We’ll leave from our hotel and begin with the narrow road up Col d’Artigascou and the Col de Mente, then take on the Cols de Buret and Des Ares before making it to Bagneres de Luchon, the finishing town of tomorrow’s Tour stage. Finally we’ll have to climb the Col du Portillon before we are home.
Phil describes this as “a good hilly ride with some challenging bergs”. Most people would call them “mountains” though, so we’ll be sure to offer some easier options for those less ambitious.
TDF Stage 16: Carcassonne > Bagnères-de-Luchon, 237km.
Today's Ride: 80km
This will be the first stage of the 2014 Tour to hit the Pyrenees, and our ride will take us over the Port de Bales to see it pass. Non-riding guests will take the coach directly to Bagnères-de-Luchon with time for a stroll and coffee before the race comes into town for the finish.
The Tour de France organisers will be hoping the leaders jersey will be decided in these last gruelling stages of the Pyrenees and we can be sure that those who triumph on today’s stage will be likely to stand high on the General Classification in Paris.
Once again we’ll ride from our hotel, and with 35km in the legs to warm up Port de Bales will be the first challenge. This will be a tough 19km climb to an altitude of 1755m. From here we will watch the passage of Stage 16 as they pass over the top, or close to the top. We will follow the path set by the peloton down to Bagneres de Luchon, where we might like to join non-riding guests for a coffee before returning to our hotel, back over the Col du Portillon.
TDF Stage 17: Saint-Gaudens > Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet, 125km
Today's Ride: 105km in the heart of the Pyrenees mountains.
We have an early start to the day as we check out of our hotel and hit the road to follow sections of today’s Tour stage. This is a quintessential Tour de France Pyrenean affair: the tour has been using the Col du Peyresourde since 1910. The finish line will be atop Pla d’Adet, and the combination of a short stage with a Mountaintop Finish should lead to aggressive racing and excellent spectating. This is also the site where Phil climbed into the Yellow Jersey in his very first Tour de France back in 1981.
We’ll transport non-riders to Saint Lary Soulon, a great example of a Pyrenees hamlet where you’ll be right in the middle of the action as you wait for the race to arrive at the base of the Pla d’Adet, the final climb for today.
After the Stage is over we’ll regroup and transfer to our hotel for the next two nights in Lourdes, where we have a group dinner planned. Tonight Phil will join us to celebrate our triumphs and achievements and recount his own before we farewell the Tour de France.
We will ride from our hotel with a couple of hours up our sleeve before the race comes through, first over the Col du Portillon and then the classic Tour climb of Peyresourde: 15km at just over 6% average incline. After following the stage route but diverting a little into the mountain town of Arreau, our final challenge, Pla d’Adet, will also be the Tour’s final challenge of today’s stage. This is a steep 11km climb with an average of 8%. It will be a nasty finish to Stage 17, and we’ll be there well ahead of the race and so have time to find a good position to cheer from.
TDF Stage 18: Pau > Hautacam, 145km.
Today's Ride: 50km with a decent climb and the option of an additional 40km to include ascending the Col d’Aubisque.
Le Tour parcours has included the Hautacam a number of times since 1994, and returns again this year for a tough finish to Stage 17 after the peloton has already been over the Tourmalet. Our hotel happens to be only 20km from the climb, so we are perfectly positioned to climb it ourselves on the day of the race before settling in to watch what should be an exciting stage.
Once again we will transport non-riding guests from our hotel to the slopes of the Hautacam and the thick of the action for this final Mountain Stage of le Tour 2014.
The Hautacam is a 16km climb with an average gradient of 16%. This is not an easy climb by any means but we’ll have plenty of time to make it there ahead of the pros. If it sounds too easy for you, we’ll offer the option of a group leaving early to take on another famous Tour climb, the Col d’Aubisque, before arriving at Hautacam.
This is will be our final night together, so a celebratory farewell dinner will be in order once we all regroup back in Lourdes.
TDF Stage 19: Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour>Bergerac, 208km
Today's Ride: -
This morning marks the end of our Twelve Days of le Tour experience.
Today is the end of services provided by Phil Anderson Cycling Travel representatives unless you are travelling with us to the next stage of the Tour de France.
- 11 nights accommodation in 3/4-star accommodation.
- Daily breakfast and 5 dinners.
- Local Professional staff and mechanic support.
- Luxury transportation.
- Support Vehicles on all rides.
- The best rides in France designed by Phil Anderson
- Energy bars, gels and powders on ride days.
- Road book of the tour including ride maps, gradient charts and more
- Phil Anderson Cycling ride pack including 2 Phil Anderson Cycling jerseys
- Meals other than those specified
- Drinks other than those specified
- Bike Hire- available upon request. Contact our friendly staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details.
- Airfares- available upon request. Contact our friendly staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details.