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Yeah they are going to reseal the Col de Sarenne .... up Alpe D'huez and continue over the Sarenne and drop back down and back up D'huez.
One of my fav rides of all time is up D'huez and over Sarenne then up Galibier... but the road surface on Sarenne is pretty bad... not any more .
I went down the Sareene last year, pretty dodgy. But resealed it will be awesome, steep and technical. The kind of desent for Nibbles to go away on and Frandy to fudge their dacks.
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Yeah the descent down to the Lac du Chambon is pretty damn hairy, but it is a long drag back to the bottom of Alpe D'huez at the bottom... will make a pretty interesting stage. I wonder where they will come from before they hit Alpe D'Huez the first time.
Hoping to get to nearly every stage again next year... getting to Corse is the number one goal though ... the riding over there looks amazing... and as the TDF never spends any time near the coast it will make a good change to go swimming after a big ride .
Sounds like it will suit Froome to a tee...
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Now that the stages have been announced the wife and I are staying in France from 16th to 22nd. We are wanting to catch the final stage and the Alpe de Huez stage on the 18/7.. Obviously all areas in that vicinity are going to be booked solid, so we were thinking of staying in Grenoble and either riding to the climb on the early morning of the tour or driving to Le Bourg-d' Oisans, parking at the foot of the climb at 4am and then doing the climb with a hired bike. What do those that have followed the TdF think????
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I'm surprised at the stage they have chosen for next years etape. The area around Annecy will be awesome don't get me wrong but it is a short stage for the etape. Of course this does now mean I will have some chance of actually finishing it when I'm over there next year. 3 weeks of cycling in France - oh how I've dreamed about this!
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Given there are now 7 years with no winner, wouldn't that make this the 93rd TdF
are you fit?... The ride from Grenoble to bourg-d'oisans isn't difficult ( pretty sure I will be doing it that day )... It's about 50ks to base of alpe d'huez, getting out of grenoble is possible on cycle paths and then the road up the valley is ok for bikes, there will be a tonne of traffic but also a few 1000 bikes going the same way. Better than getting up super early...
Thanks TLL... The two of us are bike fit and shouldn't have a problem completing the Grenoble -> Alpe d'heuz -> Grenoble ride... If there will be other cyclists heading that way then I would feel a little safer (I am a little apprehensive about riding on a road in a different country though). Only problem now would be finding a place that would hire a road bike in advance and not one of those city bikes
Well the wife and I will definitely be staying in Grenoble. Was lucky enough to find some places with vaccancies in and around Alpe d'huez so after requesting more information, I received two quotes for a couple of nights in Alpe d'Huez and the cheapest of the two was 900 pounds!!!!! Don't get me wrong it would be nice to stay there and be able to wake up and go for a ride or go straight to the finish line but I don't think it's worth anywhere near that... Would be able to get away with a couple of nights in Grenoble plus bike hire and all meals for less than that!!!
Currently looking into this as well. Funny how the places I saw a few months ago for 300Euro a week have skyrocketed since the TDF route was announced. Still I can't blame them for cashing in.
TLL where would you recommend staying whilst the tour is in the Pyreness. We are planning to stay in Lourdes for a few days prior to them arriving there which should see us tackle the Tourmalet etc, but where to after that?
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Bella, I have only stayed in Lourdes as it is the only place with a lot of hotels for when the tour comes through. Lourdes has the 2nd biggest number of hotels in France, only Paris has more.
Personally I think it is a horrible place... But worth the experience I suppose. But the riding is stunning .
I know some others here have stayed in smaller places in the Pyrenees.
But when the tour goes over the Tourmalet Lourdes is the easiest... The loop up over the Tourmalet is 100 km from Lourdes and is a very nice ( a bit hard ) ride.
stay here, lovely place, fantastic location and great food
better get in early though:
Cycle touring my way to Grenoble so will be around as well, only booked 2 nights in Grenoble but can camp wherever I can find as well, would be happy to connect with some Aussie.
One thing I was wondering about, what is the best way to get from Grenoble to Huez without the bike, does public transport go close by? Any shuttle services running on the day? Going to do some researching anyhow.
As chance would have it we're holidaying in France in early July. My better half has suggested we might catch a spot of TdF and has given me the following options;
day 4 Nice team time trial
day 5 Cagnes-sur-Mer / Marseille
day 6 Aix-en-Provence / Montpellier
day 7 Montpellier / Albi
Montpellier looks good to me from the little analysis I've found; flat with a sprint finish on day 6, heading into hills day 7. I have no idea at all of the practicalities of seeing anything interesting though, any thoughts??
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With out a doubt... NICE TTT!. You get to see so much more at a TT as you can wander around the buses when they are warming up, Nice is a loop so they will come back to the same area so a chance to see the teams more than once. Of course for those that aren't going to Corse this will be the first day the tour is on the main land, add that to being in a city and the south of France... it is going to be freaking busy!.
Pretty old message... as far as I know there isn't much public transport between Grenoble and Bourg D'Oisan ... many people will ride from Grenoble.
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EDIT: Or do the more sensible thing and join the existing one:
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Or you could just join the league that has already been created at 2013 TdF Fantasy League BNA
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