Tour De France advice

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  1. Coolbeanz

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    We are off to France for 2 weeks at the beginning of July and plan on watching 2 stages of the Tour while we are there. Have any Funsters been that could give us some pointers. Do we need to get parked up 2 days ahead or will be be able to arrive and park up on the verge the evening before? We are unsure how busy it will be and how quickly the good spots get taken. Any advice from any one who has been would be greatly appreciated. :BigGrin:
     
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    You will definitely need to be at least 2 days in advance for popular spots like huez.. You may find a parking place/aire near less well known spots with space.. And you can walj/cycle to the route
     
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    also take a book with you :Eeek:
     
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    Two days at least in advance is good - my system is to get to the first stage I want to see two days before. Then after all the support traffic and other traffic have cleared the area head at full speed to a stage two days away, watch out for the Germans & Dutch as they are nutters when driving their vans between stages. The best spots for me are near the hair pin bends in the mountains. I am off to the Pyrenees to see two stages in the first week of July so look out for the stickers! Take plenty of supplies if going into the mountains as the best spots are usually remote, or park at the Ski stations and walk or cycle the last few kilometres up the hill. Even if you dont drink it take extra red wine as I find whoever camps near you will want to have a party :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Sounds good, at the moment we are thinking of seeing stages 7 and 9 so we will look out for Funster stickers. I bought my flagpole at the Peterborough show and my daughter in law gave me a Union Jack flag to fly. I should have bought a Funster flag too! This is our first Tour De France so really looking forward to it and will definitely follow your advice on the wine!! :thumb:
     
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    Look out for Leltel they do many stages of the tour. You can't miss them especially if Lesley is wearing her Union Jack Onesie.

    Sonja
     
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    In the more remote stages or remote parts of any stage you can arrive later than 2 days before although Camping Cars will adorn most of the easy to park areas.

    Mountain stages are nice (accent) as it takes some time for them to pass and there's usually a break away from the peloton.

    Get your side burns out as well as your stickers:Laughing:
     
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    I've just had a quick look at the route. If you can get to stage 4 the team time. you should be able to walk amongst the team buses before the race and see the cyclists warming up.its always a great atmosphere and its only a short 25km time trial.

    Sonja
     
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    A couple of years ago we stayed at an aire at Mareuil Sur Ay, and then biked to Epernay to watch the tour de france, about 20 mins bike ride, it was great atmosphere
     
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    Hi Coolbeanz8

    We will be in the Marseillan Plage area in middle to late June and hope to follow on to see the Montpellier to Albi stage somewhere. I have looked for a more informative route 7 itinery, therebye being able to pick a spot to watch. At the moment I cannot find any.

    This will be our first tour also, we might cross paths......who knows :Smile:

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    I ordered the official Tour De France guide which should arrive any day so if there are more detailed routes I will let you know, hopefully see you over there :thumb:
     
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    As others have said, with mountain stages you will need to get there a couple of days before.
    We have followed the Tour for the last few years and have had no trouble getting a parking spot on a grass verge the night before a stage.
    As Sonja says....look out for the TuTu. We are following stages 10 through to 18/19 this year...four flagpoles, bunting, masses of flags (including funster one) to go out each night :Eek!:
    Try and get near to feed stations if you want to try and get bottles.

    Enjoy :BigGrin:
     
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    well Bradley has pulled out of the tour......sulking perhaps just you cant lead the team? Come on Chris win it on your own this year without having to wait for him:RollEyes:
     
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    Will be going to the Annecy stages on 19th/20th July.

    Decided to park up and follow the riders on my Chopper, they've got no chance !
     
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    And a funsters flag for us poor sods who have to watch on the TV !!:cry::cry::cry:

    What happened to the Devil ? did he appear last year ???:Cool::Cool::Cool:
     
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    well the Tour magazine finally arrived but there are no clearer maps than what is already available on the website so hard to say where would be a good place to watch. :Sad:
     
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    Yes he was there, maybe I will bump in to him and I can get a photo with him!! How funny. I might take my son's Dangermouse outfit so you can all spot me easily!! :BigGrin:
     
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    This was us last Friday on Col de la Croix Fry on stage 19. We arrived on the hill 12'oclock and parked around the corner, then walked up to the route itself at around 2pm, the caravanne arrived at 3:30pm and then the first riders around 4:30 or so. It absolutely lashed it down just before the riders arrived so we had a rather wet afternoon although we did have dry clothes back in the van.

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