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The Route 2022

The Full 2022 Tour Route has not yet been announced (you’ll have to wait until October 2021 for that) but … we do know that Denmark is hosting the Grand Depart!

So how much do we know?

Originally scheduled for the 2021 Grand Depart, Denmark have to wait another year due to re-scheduling and date clashes, but they’ve held onto it for 2022 and we’re excited!

  • We already know the details of the first 3 stages and we’re really excited about The Tour’s first Danish Grand Depart –  Copenhagen & rural Denmark in the sunshine.
  • Imagine our feed stops full of Danish pastries and Ian’s fresh coffee*… and maybe some open sandwiches for lunch?
  • Denmark has some amazing countryside and coastlines and we have two full stages to explore… small cobbled towns, vast landscapes, spectacular bridges, wide open space and a population with a passion for cycling.
  • … And then, what will come next? Perhaps a foray around the historic North of France? Or will we visit the vinyards of Alsace, the hills of the Vosges, the Brittany coast, Loire Valley or maybe even Provence? So many options, so much excitement.
  • And then to the mountains! It’s been a while since we’ve been to Ventoux or Alpe d’Huez so we very much hope to have the fun of at least one or maybe even both of those bucket list climbs during the 2021 Tour.

* Ian is one of our support crew – he does a mean line in freshly brewed coffee (or tea) on the roadside. He rightly holds a special place in every rider’s heart.

Full stage descriptions and profiles (where possible) below

Route Map

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The 2022 map will be posted here in October 2021 when A.S.O. formally announce the full route.

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As we get closer to the route release in October 2021 we will post route rumours here, so stay tuned for the latest tantalising gossip & hearsay.

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Stage Maps and route profiles are released by A.S.O. in early June, just 1 month ahead of the tour.

We will post all profiles here as and when they become available. Here’s what we know so far …

A leisurely start to our adventure, this short stage takes in some of the sights and scenery of what is arguably the world’s foremost cycling city. For the pros this will be a fast inner-city time trial, on closed roads with no obstacles – for us it’ll be a chance to warm our legs up, and enjoy the rare experience of an urban environment where the cyclist is king. We’ll join the 40,000 Danes who cross the Queen Louise Bridge every day (it’s the world’s busiest cycle path), we’ll admire Eriksen’s Little Mermaid statue, and we’ll roll past Tivoli Gardens: the world’s second oldest amusement park.

With no route profile to speak of, it’s unlikely we’ll even need to change gear on today’s stage, and there’ll be plenty of time to recover from our paltry exertions and seek out some of Copenhagen’s famous pastries as fuel for the days ahead .

Today’s stage is all about wind – as plotted by Tour Director Christian Prudhomme, who has described the three prologue stages as “a compendium of bicycle racing on flat terrain.” We’ll set off from ancient Roskilde, and visit the Viking capital of Lejre (home of world champ Mads Pedersen) before turning back to the coast for a couple of hours’ riding through quiet seaside towns, and alongside the fjords of Inderbredning, Holbæk and Lammefjord. Then we’ll tackle three of Denmark’s steepest hills in quick succession, though their respective gradients (5.8%, 4.7%, 5.6%) shouldn’t give us too much trouble – as many Danish cyclists will tell you, “the headwinds are our mountains.”

For now we have sidewinds to contend with, along an open stretch of coastline between Kalundborg and Korsør, where low-lying farmland offers expansive views (but little shelter!), and we’ll give thanks for the quiet country roads and smooth tarmac. Unlike the Tour, we won’t be allowed to cycle over the 18km Storebælt Bridge between Zealand and Funen, which may be a relief to some, as the pros are predicted to face a strong head-sidewind here. Le Loop will lay on transport to get all bikes and riders safely across, and we’ll finish the stage in the old Danish capital of Nyborg.  

This is a flat stage by Tour standards, but still offers more climbing than you might have been expecting in Denmark. The first couple of hours take us through Vejle’s hilly hinterland to Jelling, and past the ancient runic stone known as ‘Denmark’s birth certificate’. From there’s it’s south through lush green countryside to Kolding, where we’ll admire the town’s imposing 13th-century castle, and briefly skirt the coast (and pause for ice cream?) before warming our legs up via the steady (though uncategorised) hill between Binderup and Grønninghoved.

There’s a short categorised climb out of Hejlsminde, and cobbled streets to look forward to as we pass through the UNESCO heritage site of Christiansfeld, famous for beautifully preserved 18th century architecture and cyclist-friendly honey cakes!

The approach to Aabenraa takes us up onto the Knivsbjerg ridge, and through the ancient berry-filled woodland of Jørgensgård, as we move into the rolling Danish-German borderlands – famous internationally for having been drawn according to a public vote. The iconic Dybbøl windmill welcomes us to Sønderborg, and we’ll enjoy a flat loop of the picturesque town to finish.

Today will be a transfer day that we assume will take us to France to continue the Tour route.

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Time for our lap of honour and the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Paris! But before we live out our maillot jaune fantasies on the sacred cobblestones of the Champs Élysées (one lap only for us – one is enough!), we’ll enjoy a relatively gentle roll in from the suburbs. The Arc de Triomphe will greet us as we cross the sacred cobbles of the Champs-Elysées.  We’ll have a few hours to savour the highs and lows of our achievements, and look forward to celebrating that evening.

Tour Practicalities:
Start: Tba
Finish: Paris hotel and Seine river cruise party included for all cyclists (tickets and hotel packages available for friends and family).

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