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    Loop Examples

    The Loops

    Choose to ride the whole tour (Grand Loop) or from 2-10 stages (a Loop).

    Our Loop options will be announced by 23rd October. In the mean time, see below for Loop examples and how to guarantee your place.

    Loop Examples

    We work with each year’s Tour de France route, which enables us to offer you Loops along the following lines …

    Long weekend in the mountains (Alps or Pyrenees)

    3 days cycling, 4 nights on tour, £640 to take part, £1200 fundraising target

    We always try to pick out a long weekend from the route: tough cycling for the time-poor, pain-needy cyclist who’d like to go one better than the Etape du Tour and make the most of a trip to France. Return to the UK after the weekend and watch the pros make or break their tour on the famous, and not so famous, climbs of the Alps or Pyrenees.

    Short, flat (ish), and sweet (usually Brittany, Normandy, the Loire or the East)

    2 days cycling, 3 nights on tour, £480 to take part, £800 fundraising target

    If you’re relatively new to cycling, hate hills, or want to support a friend who’s cycling for longer but can’t commit to too much training, this is for you! But it’s not an easy way out: you will still cycle the same route as the Pros, with all the undulations and challenges of the real Tour. The challenge is great – the rewards are greater.

    The epic week (Alps or Pyrenees)

    7 days cycling, 8 nights on tour, £1280 to take part, £1200 fundraising target

    We’re usually able to extract a mountain-week Loop option from the route, including the biggest tour stages and finishing with the glory ride in to Paris. This is how to see the tour through the eyes of the pros, challenge yourself to multiple days of cycling and realise what is possible when you have the support and camaraderie of your fellow Loop cyclists.

    Semi Loop (First half or second half)

    10 days cycling, 1 rest day, 12 nights on tour, £1920 to take part, £1500 fundraising target

    Either the first half or the second half depending on logistics and route. This gives you a chance to see what the Tour de France is made of. You’ll get mountains, transition stages, maybe a time trial or a rest day – and an insight into the beauty and excitement of the lesser known areas of France as well as the famous bits.

    Quite game – but not that game! (Somewhere sunny and beautiful)

    4 days cycling, 5 nights on tour, £800 to take part, £1200 fundraising target

    A Loop designed mostly around beauty, scenery, sunshine and discovery – often leading into a glory-climb on your last day. It might be the stunning Jura mountains, ending with a climb up the Planche des Belles Filles – but in other years it could be low mountains or ‘undulating’ stages, leading to stories of endurance to tell your friends about when you’re back at work the following week.

    The Challenge

    29th June – 21st July 2019
    (All Loops will fall within these dates)

    Ride from 2 to 10 stages of the Tour de France route! You have two choices:

    1. Grab one of the 60 guaranteed Loop places, on sale from Thurs 26th July. Then in October, choose your choice when the route is known and our Loop Options are published. We will guarantee availability.

    2. Wait for the route and Loop Options to be released on 23rd October and sign up from October 30th (but note that your 1st choice Loop may already be sold out).

    To sign up, you pay a non-refundable deposit of £200

    The Route

    We know that the 2019 route will start in Brussels and finish in Paris. We won’t know what will happen in between until October (when ASO – the Tour de France organisers, release the route) but we know the route will be fun, inspiring and gruelling in equal measure.

    The Challenge

    29th June – 21st July 2019

    21 days cycling, 2 rest days, celebration party in Paris, 24 nights on tour.

    Approx £4000 to take part (+/- £100 depending on hotel and travel supplements), £3000 fundraising target.

    Cycle the whole Tour de France!

    The ultimate cycling challenge – all 21 stages (2 rest days) and 3,500km bring you in a ‘big loop’ around France to reach Paris. This is the closest you’ll ever get to experiencing what it feels like to be a pro cyclist on the Tour de France

    2018 Grand Loop places sold out in 3 hours so if you’d like to join us in 2019, we suggest you’re ready to sign up on Thursday 26th July when places will go on sale at 9am.

    To sign up, you pay a non-refundable deposit of £400

    The Route

    We know that the 2019 route will start in Brussels and finish in Paris. We won’t know what will happen in between until October (when ASO – the Tour de France organisers, release the route) but we know the route will be fun, inspiring and gruelling in equal measure.

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