TOUR DE FRANCE 2022
18-25 July, 6 days of riding
EXPERIENCE THE WORLD'S BIGGEST RACE
Undoubtedly, this is the ultimate Tour de France experience. Watch the race from the roadside on multiple days, drink in the incredible atmosphere, and combine it with guided, supported rides on the same roads as the pros race.
The route for 2022 is again a Pyrenean feast, with three stages within riding distance of our location, including the two crucial summit finishes of stages 17 and 18, the latter on Hautacam which meets our back garden! We will ride out together, stopping for lunch on the way, watch the race, and either ride back or jump in the car. Stage details are below.
On the other riding days we will ride famous climbs and stage routes from this and previous Tours de France. You will be fully supported on the road, so all you need to carry is one bottle and your next homemade energy bar. Everything else you need will be in the follow car. The routes each day will have easier and harder options, depending on how your legs feel. The routes include Cols d’Aubisque and Soulor, Hautacam, Luz Ardiden, Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet and more!
Stage 17: St-Gaudens - Peyragudes
20 July 2022
This relatively short stage packs in the climbing - 3,300m - and is sure to be explosive. It features the Col d'Aspin, Hourquette d'Ancizan, Col d'Azet and Col de Peyresourde/Peyragudes all in quick succession. It's a spectacular route and certain to have a big impact on the race, especially with another tough stage the next day.
We will drive out to Arreau prompt in the morning, then ride up the pretty gorge to Loudenville, up the Col de Peyresourde, and then up to Peyragudes to watch the pros do battle on the brutally steep finish. You can enjoy the race in comfort as we will carry spare jackets, snacks, drinks, bike locks and soft shoes. After the race has passed, we'll descend back to the cars and drive home for a fabulous dinner.
Stage 18: Lourdes - Hautacam
21 July 2022
After eight years, Hautacam is back in the Tour de France route. This small ski station has provided great racing and drama in its previous appearances and always has a big say in the final wearer of the yellow jersey. That will be especially true this year, as it has the honour of being the final mountain and summit finish of the race.
By the time the riders reach Hautacam's notoriously irregular gradients they will have climbed the 16km Col d'Aubisque and 10km Col de Spandelles, so the time gaps at the line will be significant. Hautacam is right next to our house, so we'll ride in the morning and then head up the climb to get a great position to watch the race. We can guarantee a sensational atmosphere and big crowds for this one!
Stage 19: Castelnau-Magnoac - Cahors
22 July 2022
This is our chance to see the riders sign on, line up and roll out, having driven to the start. This flat stage provides a rare opportunity for the sprinters, one of just six in this Tour. Their teams won't let that chance go to waste, with only the Champs-Élysées to follow, so this day's breakaway will be doomed from the start. The GC contenders, meanwhile, should get a relatively easy day sat in the wheels and trying to recover for the crucial time trial the next day.
While the race heads north, we'll ride south, back to the house via a route tailored for the level of our guests - foothills, one mountain or two. Our recommendation will be to climb the Col d'Aspin from Arreau, just as the race will have done two days previous, and then either go over or around the Col du Tourmalet.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR
Airport transfer from Lourdes, Pau or Toulouse
Six days of guided riding
Support vehicle with food, drink, spare clothing, tools and spare wheels
Accommodation, sharing a twin room
Breakfast, with lots of options
Homemade ride snacks and drinks
Homemade post-ride snacks and drinks
Evening meal, three-courses, table wine
Use of secure garage, tools, track pump, cleaning kit
Laundry, as needed
Use of foam rollers and yoga mats
Option to rent a bike and/or Garmin
And we have loads of spare gear you can borrow if you forget something
Please contact us with any questions you may have.
Note: This is an unofficial spectating experience at the Tour de France. No official partnership is implied (see letour.fr for official events).