Who Else Wants to View 4 Stages Live and Be Right in the
Thick of the Action in the Pyrenees?
Introducing BEAUX VOYAGES Pyrenees Tour 2010
Call 1-877-362-0045 for questions/bookings
From the desk of Walt Ballenberger, founder Beaux Voyages, Inc
Fellow Cycling Fanatic,
The 2010 tour is set up such that the most decisive stages will be
in the Pyrenees in France in July.
And we’ve managed to book hotels that have us right in the middle
of the action. You’ll never experience better riding and race
viewing. Here’s what is on tap:
We’ll collect the group at the train station in Toulouse at 2:45pm
when the train from Paris arrives (we’ll help you purchase train
tickets if needed). From there it’s about an hour drive to your home
for the next two nights, a quaint two star hotel in Foix which
overlooks the enchanting medieval castle, the Chateau de Foix.
You’ll get the cobwebs out with a short bike ride in Foix to make
sure your bike is tuned up and ready to go for the big race uphill
finish in Ax 3 Domaines tomorrow. But before then it’s a great
French dinner where you’ll get a chance to meet others in the group.
You’ll have several options today. We’re not far from the finish of
today’s stage and we’ll shuttle over near Ax 3 Domaines to get into
position. Time and energy permitting, you can attack the back side
of the monstrous HC (out-of-category) climb, the Port de Pailhères
that the riders will be climbing later in the day. You might decide to
descend a bit on the opposite side and watch the riders go over
the top of that mountain. Option 2 is to descend the Port de
Pailhères and head back to Ax 3 Domaines for the finish. As
stated, this is an uphill finish today, and the riders will be fried after
climbing the HC Port de Pailhères. Climb as far as you want on
the finishing slope and grab a good viewing spot to see the best
riders in the world up front and personal gutting it out to the finish.
After the action is over you’ll head back to Foix for another great
French dinner, and you can exchange stories of the day’s
experience with the others. You already have a lot of thrills to
recount to your friends and family back home, and we’ve just
Today you’ll have a different
set of viewing experiences
compared to the uphill finish
of yesterday. Today you’ll be
at the race start in Pamiers.
Race starts are really
interesting, but they’re not
easy to get to with all the
roads into the starting towns
being closed by the
gendarmes. Our solution is to
get there on our bikes. So we’
ll get as close to the start as
possible, park our vehicles
and cycle in.
It’s interesting to watch the
riders descend from the team
busses, where they just finished their daily strategy meeting before
getting onto their bikes before the day’s starting procession. You
might even get an autograph or two if you work it right. The riders
will all come together and have a slow procession through the start
town, in this case Pamiers, and then they’ll stop briefly at the
starting line. When the clack of the pistol is heard, it’s off for
another 187 km of tough racing. You’ll bike back to our vehicles,
and we’ll start our drive to our next and final hotel in Barèges. The
drive is almost 3 hours, but we should arrive in time to watch the
end of today’s stage on TV in a local bistro where adult beverages
are not unheard of. And you’ll top it all off with another great group
dinner. Your repertoire of race stories is growing.
Our quaint hotel in Barèges is a lovely two star abode, but it’s main
attraction this week is its location- it is located right on the slopes
of this year’s most decisive climb, the Col du Tourmalet. In fact the
race will cross the Tourmalet twice in the next few days. We’re on
the downhill slopes for today’s ultimate race to Pau, so the
challenge today is to get yourself over the top and grab a good
spot to watch the riders climb over the Tourmalet from the other
side. After that we’ll head back to the hotel and watch the race
finish on TV once again.
Today is the second of two rest days for the riders, but for you there’
s riding to do. In fact you’re going to see in person what the riders
had in front of them after the Tourmalet yesterday. Yes, you’ll tackle
the famous Col d’Aubisque today. First we’ll head toward the
mighty Col de Soulor, the precursor to the Col d’Aubisque from this
direction. After summiting on the Col de Soulor, a significant feat
already, the road flattens out for a few kilometers until you reach the
final slopes of the HC (out-of-category) Col d’Aubisque. You’ve
now surmounted all the most legendary mountains in the Pyrenees,
and you’ve earned another great dinner back at our hotel. You’ve
seen a lot already, but tomorrow’s uphill finish on the Tourmalet
may be the most decisive of the entire race this year. The race
officials planned it that way in any case!
Yesterday was a rest day for the riders, and they’ll have needed it
by the end of today. Today’s stage starts in Pau and ends with an
uphill finish on the Tourmalet. So your job will be to get the best
possible viewing spot up on the Tourmalet to see the riders gut it
out one last time in trying for the podium. This stage, the last in the
big mountains this year, will no doubt determine who will finish on
the podium in Paris in just a few days. Tomorrow the riders head
for the flatlands of Bordeaux, and we also make our way
homeward. But before we do it’s a final group dinner, and you can
celebrate a week that can be described with an overused but
perfectly appropriate word… AWESOME!
Day 7- Today we pack bags and head off to catch the 11:44am
train in Pau on the way to Paris (again, if you like we’ll help with
getting train reservations).
You’ll have had the most memorable experience
possible in the Pyrenees. Hopefully you’ve packed up some
souvenirs for your office or den.
SO THAT ‘S AN INCREDIBLE WEEK IN THE
PYRENEES, BUT THERE’S MORE!
WE HAVE SOME GREAT BONUSES AS WELL!
- MEET PERSONALLY WITH FRANKIE ANDREU
ABOVE- Cycling personality Frankie Andreu,
member of the Versus Channel Race Commentary
BELOW- Frankie racing in France along with
Lance Armstrong and USPS team.
As every cycling fan knows, Frankie is a
nine-time tour finisher in France, a long-
time teammate and stalwart for Lance
Armstrong during many of his great wins,
and an commentator for the Versus
channel on TV each year during the big
In addition to the above list of
accomplishments, Frankie is a great
guy, and he’ll have amazing insight for
you on the 2010 race in particular, and
pro cycling in general. He knows it all
and will answer all your individual
questions. So start thinking today about
what you’d like to ask a cycling pro at the
tour if you had an hour with him.
We’ve had Frankie meet with our groups
in past years, and it is always a
highlight. We are pleased he’s on our
team again this year.
- YOU'LL CLIMB THE MOST
LEGENDARY COLS IN CYCLING-
the ones you’ve heard about for years,
including Col du Tourmalet,
Col d'Aubisque, Port de Pailhères,
de Soulor and more.
- TO GET YOU IN THE PROPER
MOOD, we’ll send each guest a free
copy of “The Tour”, a novel about the
race which really captures the spirit and
allure of the event. It’s a great read.
- IN CASE YOU'LL NEED A LITTLE HELP WITH TRAINING
before coming on our tour, we’ll send you a free copy of the well-
known book: "The Cyclist's Training Bible".
- YOU'LL HAVE 4 LIVE RACE VIEWINGS IN THE PYRENEES.
- YOU'LL STAY AT CHARMING 2 STAR FRENCH HOTELS AND
INNS, and you can expect excellent French dining. Breakfasts are
also included, and although lunches are not included in the price, we
sometimes offer a big fresh baguette sandwich for hungry riders
along the road.
- WE OFFER THE BEST VALUE PACKAGE of any tour going to
the big race in France in July. Go ahead and check it out (you
probably already have). We are quite frankly a small company, and
we plan to stay that way. We have always held to our original idea
that we would lead our tours ourselves, and we won’t rely on outsiders
just looking for something fun to do in the summer. In other words
people who don’t care about our tours as much as we do. As a result
of being small our overhead is very low… and we pass those
savings along to you. Dollar for dollar your best value is with
Sure, you can pay another thousand dollars, or two or three or even
$4,000.00 and more. That might even buy you a little fancier hotel
room (or maybe not), but you might as well be flushing that money
down the you-know-what. It won’t buy you a better experience.
AND FOR THE 2010 RACE WE HAVE A GREAT EARLY BIRD
Put a FULLY REFUNDABLE* $1,000 deposit down to reserve
your slot BEFORE THE END OF 2009 AND GET A 10%
That’s a savings of hundreds, and it will more than pay for bringing
your bike (see below). We’re making this special offer because it’s
to our advantage to have as many firm bookings lined up as early as
SO THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. Call 1-877-362-0045 TOLL FREE
and book your slot RIGHT AWAY to take advantage of all we’re
offering and the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ON TOP OF THAT.
Imagine the stories you’ll have for your friends and family after that
And you have our PERSONAL GUARANTEE that you’ll have the best
possible experience. Look, we’ve done this before and we have a
reputation to uphold. We know what we’re doing and we can’t afford
for people to be disappointed.
So, if all this sounds great, THERE IS A WORD OF CAUTION- In
order to be nimble and better serve our guests, we’ve found through
experience that it’s best to have small groups at the big race in
France. That way we can get people to the right spots at the right
time to really experience the magic.
SO WE ONLY HAVE SLOTS FOR 12 PEOPLE ON EACH TOUR-
Once we reach that number we won’t be in a position to book anyone
else. (Empty hotel rooms will be ancient history by then in any case).
So if you want to take a chance and wait, that’s fine, but if you’re
really serious about cycling, serious about seeing Lance Armstrong
go for it with his new Radio Shack team, perhaps for the last time,
serious about having the greatest and most memorable cycling
experience anyone could possibly have in his or her lifetime, then
CALL TOLL FREE 877-362-0045 AND BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW.
You’re probably saying to yourself “Sounds great- but what kind of
bike will I be riding”?
There are several options:
If you are a serious cyclist and have a really good bike, bringing that
would be your first option. Sure, it’s a pain to haul a bike around in a
big travel case, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most
people. You’ll get the most out of it if you have your own bike. We’ll
help you with info about how to get your bike to France.
There are some extra costs on planes and maybe trains, but it’s not
If toting your bike around just isn’t in the cards, we can provide a bike
for you for 175 euros ($225US) for the duration of the tour. We’ll get
the highest level rental road bike available, but remember that very
high-end bikes are not usually used as rentals. It will be a very good
bike, however, but if you’re used to a great bike, it will probably be a
step down, to be honest.
So give a second thought to bringing your own bike. We want
everyone to be happy with their bikes, and this is the best way to
assure that you are.
Look, if you’ve been thinking for years that “Someday I’d like to go to
France and see the big race in person”, maybe you should poke
yourself and get serious this year.
Think about it- how many more times will Lance Armstrong have a
real legitimate shot to win? After the race in 2010 he’ll be almost 40.
There are one or two guys at that age still left in the peleton, but there
aren’t many and they’re not serious contenders.
The perfect time to do this is NOW. Lance has a new American team
working for him to win. Last year he didn’t have his full customary
training schedule when he decided to make a comeback, and he had
been out of competition for 3 years. He even got injured on top of
that which slowed him down considerably in prime training time. And
there was a lot of other distracting controversy on his team. Yet he
still managed a podium finish.
This year it’s different. He has his own team and will have the
training. If you want to be a part of this, give yourself an early
Christmas or birthday present (or two). Call 1-877-362-0045 and
RESERVE YOUR SLOT NOW.
And Here's Another (Unfortunate) Consideration:
Have you noticed what has happened to the US dollar in the past few
years? It has dropped like a rock, and many experts predict more of
the same. So if you're putting your once-in-a-lifetime tour trip off until
next year or beyond IT WILL COST YOU MORE. Another reason to
stop delaying and book this magical dream trip NOW.
YOU KNOW YOU WILL NEVER REGRET IT.
OK, SOUNDS GREAT, BUT HOW MUCH DOES ALL THIS COST?
If you've read this far you're probably aware of the cost of taking a trip
to see the biggest cycling event in the world is pretty high. We invite
you to compare our prices with others in the industry.
YOUR PRICE FOR THIS FABULOUS ALPS TOUR
EXPERIENCE IS $3,695 PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
($500 single supplement- we'll try to let you room with another guest
on the tour if desired and if possible to avoid the single supplement).
- Accommodations in 2 and 3 star hotels.
- All breakfasts and dinners as indicated on specific tour itineraries,
excellent French dining.
- 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.
- Group meeting with Versus TV commentator, 9-time TdF finisher
and many-time Lance Armstrong teamate Frankie Andreu. Ask him
any question about pro cycling in general and/or the 2010 race.
- Knowledgeable, bilingual, American guides who know how to offer
a great tour experience.
- Intimate small group atmosphere- Maximum 12 people.
- Cycling nutrition bars and snacks, etc.
- View stage finishes on TV when we are not viewing in person.
- Bonuses as described above.
- Lunches and beverages at all meals
- Flights from North America to Europe and return.
- Train tickets to and from rendezvous locations.
- Bike rental. Bike rental is $225 for the week. Bringing your own
bike is encouraged.
- Travel and other personal insurance (available as an option).
Insurance, including medical insurance, is the responibility of each
- Orders from supplemental menus
Here's What To Do Next:
Call 877-362-0045 and book your space today! Only 12 spots
available on each tour!
2010 France Pro Cycling - 2010 Alps Tour - Beaux Voyages
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*Deposit is fully refundable until end of March 2010. Standard cancellation policies
Beaux Voyages, Inc. reserves the right to change hotels to another of equal level
depending on availability. Beaux Voyages, Inc. reserves the right to cancel this tour if a
sufficient number of people do not book. If for some unforeseen reason Mr. Andreu
cannot meet with one or both of our groups, guests will be receive commensorate