AT A GLANCE
- 10 Days
- 6 Dinners
- 4 Stages
- Luxury Transport
- High Staff Ratio
- Experienced to Social
- 3 & 4 Star Hotels
Cote d'Azur and first summit finish in Alps plus Mont Ventoux
Duration: 10 Day
Dates: June 24, 2020 to July 3, 2020
Start: Nice (Cote d’Azur Airport), France
Finish: Lyon (Saint Exupery Airport), France
Group Size: 30 guests - 6 staff
Price: AUD $5,990 (USD $4010)
Single Supplement: AUD $890 (USD $600)
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively, you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.
Note: Bikestyle Tours requires that all guests have a valid Travel Insurance policy for the duration of their trip.
- See opening stages of 2020 Tour de France, including the first key stage and summit finish in the French Alps
- Celebrate the participants at the Team Presentations
- Ride where many professionals train, around Nice
- Fewer hotels and short transfers, relax and ride more
- Visit Cote d’Azur and the French Riviera
- Ride the Alps and Mont Ventoux, famous climbs of Tour de France
You don't have to be an elite cyclist to join us, although there is a fair amount of climbing. Choose from different ride options each day. We also have ride extensions for our stronger riders to get more miles and vertical metres.
We take the best care of you and your bike. Experienced ride guides support every ride and we have support vehicles fitted with professional bike carriers.
RIDER AND SPECTATOR BIKE TOUR
Ideally suited to cyclists as well as their non-cycling partners. Our main focus is watching the race and completing some beautiful rides. Non-cyclists may wish to follow our ride routes too and meet up with the riders along the way, it is a great way to share the experience.
This trip also caters for spectators with a keen interest in the Tour de France. We have some side itineraries for non-cyclists to explore French villages, but primarily our focus is to see the largest annual sporting event Tour de France.
Accommodation and Transport
- Transport throughout custom van or luxury coach
- Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
- 9 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Nice Cote d’Azur Airport
- Scheduled departure transfer on final day to Lyon Saint Exupery Airport
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3 course evening meals on 6 nights
- Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
Professional Ride Support
- Hosted by our experienced tour guides and professional drivers
- Mechanical assistance with your bike
- Ride support vehicle when you need it most
- Navigation assistance on all guided rides
- Sports powders, water and bars during your ride
Bikestyle Tours Tour de France Trip Pack
- Bikestyle Tours cycling kit including knicks and cycling jersey (non-Cyclists receive Bikestyle Tours supporters shirt)
- Cap and musette bag
- Bikestyle guide to the 2020 Tour de France
- Ride files with turn-by-turn direction and may be downloaded to your compatible bike computer
- Bike Rental Cost: AUD $594 (USD $355)
- Optional upgrade to SuperSix EVO Ultegra Di2
Note: All bike hire costs include 2 water bottles for you to keep. We also provide a saddle bag with a spare tube, pump, tyre-levers and multi-tool. The pump and saddle bag with its contents must be returned with the hire bike at the end of hire.
Grand Depart in Nice and First Summit Finish in the Alps – Trip Itinerary
Bienvenue, Welcome to Cote d’Azur
Our trips starts from Nice, Cote d’Azur airport and for the next 5 nights we are staying in a charming village in the French Riviera with great access to the surrounding mountains. Join us for a warm up ride this afternoon to test our equipment before our welcome dinner.
Col de la Madone and Team Presentations
Immerse in the fanfare of the Tour de France. Nice’s shorefront will be electric as teams and riders are introduced to fans. Though, this morning we’ll challenge ourselves on Col de la Madone. The climb is a little over 14 kilometres long and starts moderate before you’re on a consistent grade, nothing more than 10% and an average of 6%
Exploring the French Riviera
Our strategic location gives us exclusive access to beautiful cycling roads. Simple itinerary for the day - eat, ride and relax. Our rides depart from and return to our hotel and give you time to enjoy the French Riviera way of life
Stage 1, Grand Depart Nice
Our wait is finally over! Today, riders depart on the 107th Tour de France. There are multiple viewing opportunities today for us to chase the Tour de France. Our riders will be able to ride to the course circuit and see the race 3 times and our non-riders will travel in our supporter van.
Stage 2, For the Climbers
The 3 greatest fan experiences at the Grand Tours are the stage start, stage finish and a mountain stage. Today we will experience 2 of these. Our short coast ride along the Mediterannean and our climbers ride will finish in Nice for today’s Start and Finish. Have a dip in the ocean, stay cool.
Entering the French Alps
Travel through the perfumes of Lavender to reach the high alps, within the Ecrins national park. A short stopover in Gap for lunch and possibly a little shopping. Our rides today will finish in Gap or an extension onto our hotel positioned for tomorrow's first alpine stage.
First Summit Finish
The first key stage and summit finish of the tour is near our hotel, so we see the race on the final climb. The race on a mountain is the most iconic aspect of the Tour de France, so being the final climb today, will be spectacular.
Catch the race once more before we arrive in Provence. Fields of lavender, olive groves, sounds of cicadas and in-season apricots. You have the option to see another stage start in Gap, or ride a little further over a climb and see them on route to Provence.
Final Climb on Mont Ventoux
Conquer the famed climb Mont Ventoux, it is the giant of Provence. See the lavender fields and finish your trip along one of the most scenic roads in France. Take the classic ascent starting from Bedoin – 23km long, averaging more than 8%. The unique moonscape near the summit numbs the pain.
Bon Voyage and Farewell from Grand Depart
It has been an incredible 10 days in the South of France. We have a single transfer this morning to Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport, arriving at about 1pm. Thank you to our new friends and see you again – soon.
See key stages of the 2020 Tour de France
Team presentations in Nice
Opening 4 stages in Cote d’Azur
First summit finish in the Alps
Ride Tour de France course, the final 2 weeks
Our 2020 Grand Depart Tour de France trip has limited transfers, more time to relax on your cycling holiday so that you can ride more often. See the fanfare of the team presentations ahead of the 3 week Tour of France bike race. You’ll be able to ride sections of the course before it is raced.
After Nice we follow the race as it enters the French Alps and watch the race on the first summit finish for the tour. To finish your trip in style, we will climb the giant of Provence and ride Mont Ventoux.
Every mountain region and big climbs every week of the Tour
Nervous energy surrounds the riders during the first week of the Grand Tour, especially the Tour de France. Nice hosts the Grand Depart of the 107th edition and will deliver hilly profiles for stages 1 and 2. It will disrupt tradition and make the 2020 yellow jersey, awarded to the overall leader on general classification, even harder to win.