2006 TOUR DE FRANCE TOUR 2- Pyrenees Stages
10-15 July 2005
|BE RIGHT IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE
ACTION TO SEE 3
STAGES IN THE
"-we had such a great time with y'all -never forget -"
|You'll be in a perfect location to savor 3 decisive stages
in the Pyrenees and ride some of the Tour's famous cols
INCLUDES: 6 Days, 5 Nights, 4 Dinners, 1 or more picnic lunches (TBD)
DIFFICULTY- Intermediate To Difficult (But Choice is Yours)
NUMBER OF VIEWING DAYS, TOUR de FRANCE: 3
NUMBER OF CYCLING DAYS: 5
- View three stages in the Pyrenees, including the stage which exits the
- Climb famous Tour ascents like La Mongie and the Col du Tourmalet.
- Stay in world-famous Lourdes for 5 nights. No hotel transfers!
- Small group atmosphere- maximum of 14 in group
- Great French cuisine and wine
- Possibility to visit Lourdes shrines
- Free bike rental (or bring your own bike)
Here’s the program:
Day 1- The group will meet at the train
station in Pau. We’ll shuttle to our home
in Lourdes and settle in. You can spread
out and get comfortable since there will
be no hotel transfers on this tour! We’ll
then have a bike fitting and a short
orientation ride. Before our first group
dinner tonight we’ll toast to a great
upcoming week with a complimentary
Day 2- Today the riders are to our west
riding the flatlands from Bordeaux to Dax,
but fearless TEAM BV will be in the
mountains, tackling the famous climbs
of La Mongie and the Col du Tourmalet.
You’ll get to see first hand what it’s like
to ascend an HC (hors categorie, or in
English, out of category) climb. After our
initiation to these famous Pyrenees
ascents, we’re back to our hotel. There should be some time before another
group dinner to explore the town, and those so inclined can even visit the world
renown Lourdes shrines.
Day 3- Today we’ll view the Tour for the first time, and we’ll find an excellent spot
near one of the cols where you can try a Cat. 1 or HC climb if you like. Then you
can find yourself a good switchback from which to see the riders ascending on
the route to the day’s finish in Pau. After the riders pass it’s back to our hotel in
Lourdes. Again you can explore this famous town a bit, and you’ll be on your own
to scout out a restaurant that looks appealing. We’ll of course offer suggestions
if you wish.
Day 4- Today will be a critical and possibly decisive stage, and we’ll once again
be in a position for excellent riding and Tour viewing. The Tour heads into Spain
today, so after the riders pass our location we’ll head to a local café to watch the
finish on TV while enjoying some well-earned adult beverages.
Day 5- The Tour leaves the Pyrenees today and heads for a sprint finish in
Carcassonne. There are still a few cols to climb beforehand, however, and we’ll
be there to witness some of the final Pyrenees action. We’ll once again have
time to find one of our favorite local establishments and watch today’s stage
finish on TV. Those who saw George Hincapie win his stage last summer will
remember the place and the great atmosphere. It may be the local French
people cheering at the end of today, however, as a French riders always extend
themselves to win on Bastille Day, July 14, the French equivalent to our July 4.
Day 6- Our Tour de France Pyrenees adventure comes to an end after
breakfast, and the group will be shuttled to the train station in Pau. Before
leaving Pau, we might suggest a visit on your own to the castle of Henri IV, who
ruled the southern part of today’s France, then call the Navarre, from Pau. Henri
IV later united the country and ruled from Paris. His grandson became know as
the Sun King, Louis XIV.
|We know you’ll forever retain the great memories of this Tour de France adventure, and
CALL 1-877-362-0045 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"We really enjoyed the time spent getting to know the three of you, and we thank-you
for all the hard work you did before, during, and after our vacation to make it all
happen. A quote from Patty when walking back to the van after watching George win
the Pla d'Adet stage at the bar: 'This is the coolest thing we have ever done!' "
DEPOSIT: $400 per person- due upon booking
PRICES: $2,895 per person Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement- $500)
- Accommodations in high-end 3 star hotel
- All breakfasts and most dinners as indicated on specific tour itineraries, including superb
French dining. One or more picnic lunches (where and when is TBD)
- Bike rental
- Entrance fees to historical attractions visited, time permitting.
- Support vehicle which sweeps the daily routes, provides snacks, picks up daily purchases,
offers a lift to the weary.
- All transfers from rendezvous point to final drop-off.
- All gratuities for hotels and included meals.
- Knowledgeable, bilingual, American guides who know France like the backs of their hands.
- Welcome cocktail on first night
- Intimate small group atmosphere
- Lunches, except one or more picnic lunches (TBD)
- Alcoholic beverages at meals
- Flights from North America to Europe and return.
- Train tickets to and from rendezvous locations.
- Travel and other personal insurance (available as an option)