So THIS is how they do it! Our Discover France crew was parked in the perfect spot to watch the Tour de France riders on what is probably the toughest day of this year’s race. The 200k stage goes from Bagneres de Luchon to Pau, over 2 category one climbs and 2 HC climbs (so steep they category!).. By the way, several of our Discover France tours are staying in La Mongie, a town about 4k from the top of the Tourmalet, so when we ride from the hotel, it’s up up up to get home.
These photos are from Col du Soulor, a big climb on the way up to the Col d’Aubisque. The riders have already conquered the Tourmalet, and both Aubisque and Tourmalet are the HC Climbs. This is what we call VIP access! In one of the photos, you can spot a familiar Discover France jersey right behind Radio Shack Rider 21… and I know you know who THAT is.
This was also a day for our VIP Pyrenees group to ride across the finish line in Pau and get photos on the podium after winning the stage. And, technically, they are on the podium before the riders finished, so they are there first. That’s a great story to take home, with pictures to prove it.
Today, Wednesday, depending on where you are when you read this, is a rest day for the riders, but that doesn’t mean they’re not on their bikes. Because we know which hotels the teams stay in, we can make up our riding routes to go close by, in hopes of seeing some of our favorite riders. Cross your fingers for us!