2023 GC Classic – Tour de France
Follow the final 2 weeks of the 2023 Tour de France.
See five stages live to the 2023 Tour de France, including the much anticipated Mountain Time Trial and the summit finish to Grand Colombier
Take the TGV to Paris for the finale on Champs Elysee
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, France
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- 14 Days
- Social to Experienced
- All Breakfasts, 9 Dinners
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- Support Vehicle
- Mechanical Assistance
- TGV to Paris
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, France, July 11, 2023
Paris, France, July 24, 2023
Group Size: 30 guests – 6 staff
Rides: Always a social ride option and for those that want a challenge, we have some epic rides also.
Challenge Rating: We get you to the iconic climbs so that you have all the time to ride them at your pace. Our challenge rides are for experienced riders.
Accommodation: 3 to 4-star hotels, twin-share basis, all breakfasts included, and many dinners.
Social Riding and Leisure: We understand that your cycling holiday is a HOLIDAY! You may not normally ride every day at home. Our ride routes allow you to cherry-pick the sort of riding that you’d like to do. Choose the days you want to climb, the days to ride flat, and days to rest.
Experienced Riders: Your cycling holiday is actually about the bike! Our epic and challenging ride options seek more vertical meters and longer miles. Choose your rest days or recovery rides, or just ride, and ride, and ride.
Cycling Partners and Spectators: You are not interested in riding yourself, but you are a cycling enthusiast who would like to experience the Tour de France live. Whether your partner is a rider, you want to experience the culture along with seeing the race. We have off-the-bike itineraries for you to see the most spectacular areas, such as the plus-beaux (most-beautiful) villages.
Buffet breakfast every day, 9 dinners
Accommodation and Transport
- Transport throughout custom van or luxury coach
- Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
- 13 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Lyon-Exupery Airport
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3-course evening meals on 9 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
- 2 x Bikestyle Tours Cycling Kits
Why we Love this Tour
- See five stages live to the 2023 Tour de France, including the much anticipated Mountain Time Trial and the summit finish to Grand Colombier
- Stay on Alpe d’Huez
- Stay on the shores of Lake Annecy
- Ride the most famous Tour de France climbs including Alpe d’Huez, Glandon
- Enjoy some rest days as we give you a local’s tour of our home region in France, the Tarn
- Visit French wine growing regions, Beaujolais and Burgundy
- Take the TGV to Paris, where we rise early and ride through the most famous Paris sights – Tour de Eiffel, Champs Elysee, Notre Dame, Louvre, and many more
Price: AUD $9,750 (twin share)
Single Supplement: AUD $1,550
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: It is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip. Please take out Travel Insurance at your earliest convenience. We recommend at the same time as paying your deposit.
Many guests find it convenient to hire one of our professionally prepared quality hire bikes.
- Hire a bike so that you’re not lugging a bike around on your extended European holiday
- Hire a bike and mitigate damage or delays during international transit
Bike Hire ChargesBike Hire: AUD $910 Note: Renters of our hire bikes are liable for damages to their hire bike during the period of hire, treat it like you own for the rental period. Bikes are set up to your measurements before your arrival and are fully serviced by our professional mechanic.
This Trip will be Escorted by Former Pro-Cyclist, Pat Jonker
Although born in The Netherlands, Patrick is an Aussie. He often raced with a Dutch licence during his career and has won 12 major European races.
Patrick turned professional at the end of 1993 and he raced with:
- 1993 WordPerfect
- 1994 Novemail
- 1995 and 1996 Once
- 1997 to 1999 Rabobank,
- 2000 with US Postal,(when injury ruled him out of the Tour)
- 2001 and 2002 with Big Mat
He finished 12th overall at the 1996 Tour de France, Miguel Indurain was 13th and that was the year Bjarne Riis toppled the Big Mig. A young up and coming Ullrich was second. Pat is also a former Dutch and Australian time trial champion.
Most South Australian’s know of Patrick’s greatest win in his final race as a professional, the Tour Down Under. It was a fairy tale win for him in front of his hometown crowd and one that we will remember for years to come.
Ride stages of the 2023 Tour de France
Follow the final 2 weeks of the 2023 Tour de France as the race encounters the challenging mountains. Our premium cycling holiday to France starts in Lyon and coincides with the race in the wine growing region of Beaujolais. You will be guided through Beaujolais by one of our favourite French locals, who also happens to be a wine grower in the region. The perfect blend of cycling, culture and watching the race, our 2023 GC Classic is designed for the social rider who also wants to challenge themselves on some of the tough Tour de France climbs.
You are chaperoned by our supportive guides, including a professional bike mechanic, native language speaker, professional chaffeurs, and friendly riding guides. It may be a trip of a lifetime, or you could follow in the footsteps of our many returning guests. Each year, we customise our itinerary to see various aspects of the biggest cycling race, in the most picturesque environments.
After exploring to the Beaujolais winery region, we enter the alps through the Jura mountains, where the race explodes with a summit finish to Grand Colombier. Our hotel is not far away, on the shores of Lake Annecy which allows us to enjoy fine cuisine and play tourist at Europe’s cleanest lake. Annecy is a must-see destination on any visit to France. The pristine waters are framed by the picturesque layers of the French Alps. We follow the race further up the valleys toward Mont-Blanc for the important stages in the Haute-Savoie. Our stay under the shadows of Mont-Blanc even give the opportunity for some to visit Europe’s tallest peak, for breath-taking views.
But any cycling holiday is not complete without conquering the famous climbs ourselves. As the stages flatten out and head north toward Paris, our itinerary takes us to the most famous of climbs in the French Alps, Alpe d’Huez. You can climb at your own pace, witness the names of past winners on stages gone and feel the thrill of riding a Tour de France climb — 21 switchbacks it is magical. We farewell the Alps and travel to Paris for the finish of the 2023 Tour de France watching the race on Champs-Elysees.
Why do our guests love the GC Classic cycling trip to Tour de France?
This is our classic itinerary for seeing the Tour de France live. We are chasing the General Classification, the chase for yellow, it is our GC Classic cycling trip. We have over 25 years of experience running Tour de France cycling trips. We consistently deliver the experiences that ensure that our guests return.
Escape the FOMO in 2022 and join us as the short stages and punchy climbs capture an international audience in the world’s biggest annual sporting event.
See 5 key stages of the 2023 Tour de France
- STAGE 12 – 169km – Roanne to Belleville-Beaujolais
- STAGE 13 – 138km – Chatillion Sur Charlaronne to Grand Colombier
- STAGE 15 – 180km – Les Gets to Saint Gervais-Mont Blanc
- STAGE 16 – 22km ITT – Passy to Combloux
- STAGE 21 – 115km – St Quentin-en-Yvelines to Champs-Élysées
GC Classic Tour – Daily Itinerary
Welcome to France – Lyon
Our starting location for our GC Classic to 2023 Tour de France is Lyon Saint-Exupery airport at 10 am, where staff will greet you and assist you to our first hotel. Lyon is one of the largest cities in France, and one of our favourites. Lyon is situated on the confluence of two major rivers, the Rhone and Soane — both are synonymous with classic French wine varietals. However, Lyon held its fame for having the highest density of Michelin-star restaurants anywhere in the world, among other things. It is a modern town, multicultural still with many traditional influences that are celebrated through the old town. It is a popular university town, attracting many young people also.
Our staff will assist you to assemble your bike, or present you with your perfectly fitted hire bike before we head out for a shake-down ride in the afternoon. This evening, we can catch the finish of the stage on television and come together for our welcome dinner. Our opening dinner is a perfect setting for guests to meet their fellow travelers, and have any questions answered about their trip following the Tour de France.
- Collect from Saint-Exupery airport at 10 am
- Shack-down ride
- Welcome Dinner (including wine)
Our ride will follow some of the dedicated cycling infrastructures through Lyon that you will find impressive. We’ll also take you to the Guggenheim-esque building that marks the confluence of the rivers, up to the observatory where stages of the Tour de France have been won. And we will return via the old town. Our ride is aimed toward being scenic, and safe, giving you a chance to stretch your legs and check that your bike is in working order.
Burgundy Wine and Beaujolais
This morning we will travel the short distance north along the Soane River. Ultimately, we will arrive in the popular wine area of Burgundy — where the famous varietals of Chablis, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir originate. Enjoying the southeastern slopes of the Soane River, the climate is idyllic for delicious wine. We will be joined today by one of our guides who runs a winery in Beaujolais producing a limited selection of vintages each year, typically using Gamay grapes. There are very strict rules under the governing bodies for how the vintages are grown and prepared. This guarantees that each vintage is reflective of the area, its climate, and the grape variety.
- Ride along the Soane River
- Ride through the vineyards where Chablis, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir originate
We will ride this afternoon through the wineries and understand why the world continues to have a deep fascination for the Burgundy region. We will ride along the quiet country roads with varied terrain. There isn’t anything too difficult on our route today, as it is mostly about the scenery and reflecting on the fact we are riding our bikes through France. Today is your opportunity to live the experience rather than swooning over the television broadcasts with helicopter shots of wineries, perched villages, chateaux, and architecture of the roman and renaissance periods.
Beaujolais Stage Finish
Our day has arrived when we get to see the 2023 Tour de France live. We will ride this morning and arrive at the stage finish town of Belleville-en-Beaujolais. The terrain for the race today will be taxing on riders, as there is a little reprieve. For those that have made the breakaway, staying there will be tiresome. As the stage nears its conclusion it passes through the vineyards of Beaujolais where some more challenging climbing confronts. The uphill finish should produce an excellent contest for a whittled-down group of riders. It should be an exciting stage finish to be a part of.
- Stage 12 finish
- Ride through Beaujolais
Our ride today takes us to the stage finish. We will explore a few more roads through the vineyards of Beaujolais, including the final challenging climb that confronts riders. Our shorter, or easier option follows the Soane river taking you directly to Belleville-en-Beaujolais.
Mountain Finish to Grand Colombier
We’ll see another stage finish today. This time, however, it will be a mountain stage finish to Grand Colombier. The Grand Colombier has been used many times before for the Tour de France, it has several short switchbacks at the bottom of the climb before it climbs up beyond the tree line. It is not officially in the Alps, but from the top of the climb, you have a stunning view of Mont-Blanc.
After breakfast, we’ll travel to Culoz, at the base of the climb, and ride from there. You can ride up as far as you wish and watch the race before returning back to our transport. After seeing the race, we will travel to our next hotel, on the shores of Lake Annecy. Annecy is also one of our favourite destinations in France. The pristine waters are classified as Europe’s cleanest lake, and Annecy itself is often referred to as the “French Venice”. Waters from the lake flow into the Rhone River, and the old town takes advantage of the cool waters on hot summer days. Whereas the waters were once used solely for industrial purposes.
- Ride the final climb of stage 13
- Spend the night in Annecy
We ride the final climb of today’s summit finish. It can be surreal to ride the climb along with the many supporters, who on foot and bike climb to an advantage spot for watching the professionals’ race later in the day. Enjoy the entire atmosphere, as it builds through the day, and enjoy the many nationalities making the pilgrimage to support their favourite riders.
Lake Annecy and Queen Stage
Today’s stage is the Queen stage of the 2023 Tour de France. There are 5 category climbs, with the two final climbs being the toughest. Lance Armstrong was recorded having said that “it was his toughest day on a bike, ever” when asked about Col de Joux Plane. There are many climbs through France that have a consistent gradient, where riders can settle into a tempo, or rhythm and build their effort toward the summit. It is typically how you ride a climb fastest. However, Joux Plane has an inconsistent gradient, one that breaks the tempo, requiring concentration and perseverance. It will be a classic Tour de France stage today.
We will travel to the final climb of today’s stage, giving you an opportunity to ride it yourself. We have an easier, and more touristic ride option available for others before watching the race come through. We will return to Annecy this evening, where you can walk through the old town to a nice restaurant of your choice.
- Stay on Lake Annecy
- Ride Col de Joux Plane
Our main ride today is the climb of the Col de Joux Plane. It is part of the Portes des Soleil itinerary, close to the Swiss border. The climb is just under 12 km in length, with an average gradient of between 8% and 9%, it is one of the toughest climbs of the Tour de France. Even though it may not appear that on paper. For a shorter ride option, we have a scenic ride on a gentle slope to the Cirque de Fer de Cheval. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where as many as 200 waterfalls appear after the snow melts bringing the ecosystems to life and welcoming spring. Even at the height of summer, waterfalls continue to flow and are popular for hikers to explore. We will also go through a Plus-Beaux village, a village that is officially recognised as being the most beautiful in France.
Ride the Time Trial Course
After having breakfast this morning, we will head our way up the valley toward the finish of today’s stage. In a few days, the race will ride a mountain time trial. We will use today to ride the time trial course for ourselves before catching up with today’s stage near its end.
After watching today’s stage on one of the final climbs we will travel further up the valley to the base of Mont-Blanc, in Chamonix
- Ride Stage 16 Mountain TT route
- Stay in Chamonix
Our ride today follows stage 16 of the 2023 Tour de France, the mountain time trial. It is a course that is not purely for the climbers, as they will also need to be strong at the individual time-trial discipline. Once we finish the course, we will join onto today’s stage route and enjoy lunch before watching the race come through this afternoon.
Visit Mont Blanc
It is the final rest day of the 2023 Tour de France. Riders will be enjoying some extra rest, but still head out on a ride today of about 90 or 100km, as their engines will need to be firing tomorrow for the individual time trial.
We’ll take the opportunity to play tourist. We have two options from which you can choose today. For the pedestrian-paced itinerary, start early and catch the gondola to Aiguille du Midi, which is situated just below the peak of Mont Blanc. There is no better view of Mont Blanc than at Aiguille du Midi. No better view of the French Alps for that matter. If vertical heights don’t petrify you, stand in the glass room at the summit, and you are suspended high above the Alps for an unparalleled view.
- Gondola to Aiguille du Midi
- Ride into Switzerland
Our less-than-pedestrian option today allows you to ride into Switzerland for one of the greatest climbs in the area. You may not be fooled as our ride summits at a point that feels like the production set of James Bond 007. The Tour de France finished a stage here in 2016.
We cross into Switzerland before turning up the climb to Finhaut-Emosson dam. The hydroelectric scheme has a 180m-high wall that barricades 227 GL.
Individual Mountain Time Trial
Time trials are one of our most favourite stages at the Tour de France. We’ll have had a chance to ride the course earlier, and today it is the Pro’s turn on the mountain time trial for Stage 16 of the 2023 Tour de France. The course offers gains for the strong trim trialist, but it also offers terrain for the mountain climbers to challenge — Who wins today? It will be difficult to choose. Irrespective of the winner, the exciting race situation for the final week will be established on today’s stage.
We will ride down to the time trial this morning and take a short ride over some of the nearby climbs, or something flatter for an easier option. Then we will freshen up and watch the race. With riders setting off at 1-minute intervals, and later 2-minute intervals for those within striking distance of the race leader.
- Stage 16 of the 2023 Tour de France
One of the advantages of our accommodation today is being at the top of the valley. This means our ride this morning has gravity on our side. A pleasuring ride with thanks to the gradient profile, you will arrive at today’s time stage feeling like a contender for today’s stage. It will surprise you with the velocity with which riders climb today’s course.
Stage Start in the French Alps
We will travel to the stage start today, giving you lots of time to enjoy the start village in St Gervais-Mont Blanc. Riders are embarking on the toughest stages in the Alps today before they start their journey north toward Paris tomorrow. It will be one of the slowest stages today with 4 categorised climbs. There will be some nervous energy at the start village.
Once the race heads out, we will follow them out and ride the first climb of the stage before traveling on to our next hotel. For the final 3 nights, we will stay on Alpe d’Huez, arguably the most famous of all Tour de France climbs. From our family-run hotel, we will be able to enjoy some of the most famous Tour de France climbs in the French Alps before setting off to Paris.
- Ride Col de Saisies
- Start village in St Gervais-Mont Blanc
Our climb today is Col de Saisies, which is 13 km in length and has an average gradient of about 5%. It is a gentle climb and a long descent where we will meet up with our transport. For those wanting a shorter ride option today, we will stick to the valley roads, thereby avoiding the climb.
We don’t have any time pressures, and lots to do while we are staying on Alpe d’Huez. We will pick off some of the great climbs, visit some beautiful villages, and do some obligatory shopping. This is a summer mecca for cycling. Millions of cyclists are estimated to ride the Alpe each Summer. Several people have completed Everesting on Alpe d’Huez (the equivalent of 9 ascents), and unverified 11 attempts have been completed in 24 hours. These are impressive statistics.
Without comparison, Marco Pantani still holds the fastest ascent of Alpe, with a time of around 37 minutes. He was observed applying his brakes on the corners of the ascent as he was going so fast… The only records that we’ll have in sight today are personal milestones, be it your first attempt, or trying to better a previous time, or just taking as many photos as possible. The 21 switchbacks are always an adventure.
- 21 switchbacks of Alpe d’Huez
- Stay on Alpe d'Huez
Ride the 21 switchbacks of Alpe d’Huez. Each numbered corner is marked by a sign, with previous winners of the stage to Alpe d’Huez recognised. Break the climb into 3-sections, and ride a steady tempo, it is a very achievable climb and more rewarding than the effort it takes.
Three Cols for the day – French Alps Tourist
There are multiple options available today. We have a few riding options, and we also have a scenic tourist itinerary should you wish. Our rides will set off in the morning, with two possible finish locations. You can finish in Bourg d’Oisans, for some lunch and some shopping. Our transport will return you to our accommodation during the afternoon.
If you choose to stay around Alpe d’Huez today, you also have the scenic option to take the gondola to Pic du Midi, above Alpe d’Huez. Situated at over 3,000m in elevation there are stunning views across the French Alpes, and it is possible to see Mont Blanc also.
Being a flatter stage of the Tour de France today, you will be able to catch the final hour of the race at a local bar and enjoy a personal day in the French Alps.
- Ride Col du Glandon
- Ride Col de la Croix de Fer
If you’re seeking a long ride, including another famous climb, we suggest the ride to Col de la Croix de Fer with a brief stopover at Col du Glandon. Of course, we have the option to return up Alpe d’Huez, making it a 3-climb day.
There is a lovely loop around Alpe d’Huez, that includes a visit to a lake, the Alti-port, and the top of Col du Sarenne. The benefit of this ride is that it is completely at altitude so it will stay cool on a hot summer day. It is possible to extend this ride and return along the stunning balcony road that enters the main climb to Alpe d’Huez from about one-third of the way up. The views are spectacular, and the road is extremely quiet.
TGV to Paris and Farewell Dinner
We will set off from our hotel this morning, bound for a fast TGV trip to Paris. We will transport your heavy luggage and bicycles to Paris for you so that you can relax on the train and enjoy some rest. Take your GPS cycle computer with you and measure our speeds on the train.
You’ll arrive well ahead of your luggage. So on arrival, you can explore the local village close to our hotel. There are some lovely boutique shops and lovely bars and restaurants. Paris is one of the greatest locations to sit at a café and discuss the trivial matters of the world and people watch. Of course, there is a stage on television this afternoon also.
This evening we will go to a fine-dining restaurant together and enjoy a 3-course meal, with drinks. We will celebrate our travels together, our achievements, our funny moments, and the great company that we share seeing the biggest stages of the 2023 Tour de France.
- TGV Fast train to Paris
- Farewell dinner in Paris
Today is the finale in Paris for the 2023 Tour de France. The race is much a parade and celebration of the jersey winners and the team that holds the yellow jersey will do some photography during the stage, as well as have a glass of champagne on route. But as the riders arrive on the Champs Elysees, normally lead out by the team with the yellow jersey, the intensity lifts and all teams work for their sprinters. This is because a victory on the Champs-Elysees for any rider is one of the highest achievements in the sport.
This morning we will ride before breakfast through the sites of Paris. Before the city awakes, it is often known for its slow starts, especially on a Sunday morning in July. The perfect opportunity to ride along the roads of Paris and visit the most significant monuments.
This afternoon, staff will assist you to the Champs-Elysees for watching the final stage. It Is incredible to witness to speed with which the riders travel along the cobbled surface of the Champs-Elysees. See the attacks, the strung-out peloton close the gaps, and ultimately the final sprint before the presentations. After the presentations, you can find a nearby Paris restaurant for dinner.
- Ride through Paris - see Champs Elysees, Arc du Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower.
- See final stage of the 2023 Tour de France
Our ride this morning leaves from our hotel and rides along the Left Bank of the Seine passing the many significant locations of Paris. Our ride plan includes Pont Neuf, Notre-Dame, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees, Arc du Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower. There are lots of opportunities for photos, and the cruisy ride is a wonderful way to finish our trip to the 2023 Tour de France. After our ride, we will return to our hotel for a big breakfast, with a broad selection of buffet options.
Farewell from 2023 Tour de France
Sadly, our trip to the 2023 Tour de France has come to an end this morning. Our staff will bid you farewell from our hotel this morning. You may like to stay on at our hotel for a few days exploring the city of lights. Furthermore, some of our guests transfer to an apartment at another hotel today. If you are departing today, the hotel concierge will be able to assist you with transfers to the airport to connect with your flight.
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Grand Tours for 27 years
2023 will proudly be our 27th year of organising trips to the Grand tours, making us among the most experienced tour operators at Le Tour.
If you’ve ever stayed up late watching le Tour de France on TV and swooning over the imagery, we’ll help you make your dream come true by bringing you there live and letting you cycle the famous roads yourself!
- 20+ years of experience running Tour de France trips
- Different trips and itineraries to suit your holiday preferences
- Accommodations in 3 & 4 star hotels
- Luxury transportation throughout your holiday
See the race at various stages including the start, finish, epic climbs, and routes in small French villages. Go beyond the typical tourist areas of France and celebrate Le Tour in a friendly French town.
However you want to experience the Tour de France, we have a trip for you.
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