Tour de France 2023 - what’s your plans ? (1 Viewer)

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Anyone already planned their TDF 23 activities ?

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I’m looking at the 21st or 22nd July as I reckon this will be pretty interesting by then😁
 
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17th with a finish on the Grand Colombier will also be a good one, late in the campaign and could be a decider !

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I would love to be at one of the stages. When John (Gadget John and John and Mandy) was abroad earlier in the year he used his electric bike to ride up a very winding road. At the top he could see the road snaking up the side of the mountain below him. I want to have that view on a stage of the Tour.
 
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I would love to be at one of the stages. When John (Gadget John and John and Mandy) was abroad earlier in the year he used his electric bike to ride up a very winding road. At the top he could see the road snaking up the side of the mountain below him. I want to have that view on a stage of the Tour.
I'm not particularly interested in the cycling but dip into the televised bits for the fabulous scenery, some of which is familiar and nostalgic of past motorhoming and motorcycling trips. (y)
 
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I would love to be at one of the stages. When John (Gadget John and John and Mandy) was abroad earlier in the year he used his electric bike to ride up a very winding road. At the top he could see the road snaking up the side of the mountain below him. I want to have that view on a stage of the Tour.

Then 17th July is the perfect day for that, the Grand Colombier is exactly that !!!! But it will be packed.
 

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I am so excited. A keen cyclist, always on my wishlist. So booked nearly 4 weeks holiday and following the tour from beginning in BilBao to end in Paris. Will be in a motor home and watching every 3rd or 4th stage and throw in some cycling as well. Will be first time in Motor Home. Any hints and tips from experienced followers, please let me know.

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I am so excited. A keen cyclist, always on my wishlist. So booked nearly 4 weeks holiday and following the tour from beginning in BilBao to end in Paris. Will be in a motor home and watching every 3rd or 4th stage and throw in some cycling as well. Will be first time in Motor Home. Any hints and tips from experienced followers, please let me know.
You need to get there early for mountain stages, by early it really depends on the stage, so Grand Colombier as a mountain top finish would be minimum of 2 days.
When parking on the mountain make sure all your wheels are off the tarmac, 1 or 2 gendarmes might let it go but the 3rd one wont.
We always have an exit strategy using different roads when possible.
My memories of the Grand Colombier is that it has very limited parking in comparison to other mountains, so would be tempted to get into Seyssel, Chanaz, Conjux or Serrieres and cycle up (as you appear to be a cyclist)
Get water and emptying whilst travelling, get a MHF flag to fly from your MH.

I would also do a search for "Plan D'Eau" on google maps.
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These are either swimming lakes or fishing lakes and you would need to zoom into each one in satelite format to see which it is. You should be looking for the swimming lakes as there is shed loads of parking. Parking alongside rivers at laybys will also be premium the day before le tour passes and should ensure more than "every 3 or 4 days"
Enjoy, I think we might be going to Austria/Germany during the tour this year but anyone up near Annemasse make sure you have enough time to see Sixt fer a cheval but my photos dont do it justice
https://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/showcase/sixt-fer-a-cheval.317/
 
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Hint No1: get there much earlier than you think…..
 
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Grand Colombier is always closed to vehicles for the TDF. You can walk or bike up but not drive as it’s too narrow.

Nice is to ride it in the AM before the race itself, it’s a wonderful climb and very rewarding.
 
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I’m looking at the 21st or 22nd July as I reckon this will be pretty interesting by then😁
Give me a shout and I’ll throw you my bidon 😉

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Looks like it will be stage 6 for us on Thursday of next week. Plan to do the stage the day before and try to see if we can squeeze into a spot the night before the stage. Should be a decent day even if early in the Tour, it’ll sort out the men from the boys, maybe one for little Tom💪 go Pidders !!!
 
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Campsite booked for the previous 2 days in Lourdes, had to find a reason to be in the area😉
 
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Will watch the caravan/circus and start in Tarbes (stage 6) col Aspin & Tourmalet will be manic as usual. But great spots to watch. Have done it a few times but it's an early start and long day!!
Tarbes is only 10 mins from home!!
Rest will be on TV...
 
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I’m looking at the 21st or 22nd July as I reckon this will be pretty interesting by then😁
Yes, I have decided NOT to take part this year as my Raleigh Chopper has a flat rear tyre.
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Saw Ridgeway on the hairpins, looked like you had a great spot. Chapeau!

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