So the GF and I are booked in for 4 weeks in France next July, to holiday and to see the tour (and to ride L’etape, luckily I got one of the last tickets for Acte 1 up Alp d’huez). We are thinking of hiring a car and driving to random hotels (although pretty staying around the alps).
Just wondering if anyone here as any tour de france experience they would care to share in relation to the best way to see a stage / follow the tour / expected costs?
Also, if anyone has ever ridden l’etape before or specifically has ridden Alp d’huez I would appreciate any tips(especially on training and what to expect etc). I will be riding it on my roadie which will have on it compact cranks and probably 29t on the rear.
I realise that this is pretty early given it is 7 odd months away, but due to the mass amounts of people that are going to be there it is pretty important to start booking / looking into stuff now (so I am told).
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