21 Stages. 3448km
The ultimate sporting challenge, one week ahead of the pros!
Cycle the entire 2020 Tour de France route from Nice to Paris. Sporting challenges don’t come any bigger or better than this. You will tackle the punchy Grand Depart, the stunning Provencal stages, the Pyrenees, the flat coastal drama, the middle mountains, the even bigger mountains, the time trial and the finale into Paris. Surviving this gruelling challenge will give you a real insight into the life of a pro-rider. The sense of achievement from completing the Grand Loop challenge cannot be underestimated.
Arrival day. Friday 19th June. Nice.
Arrival at Nice hotel by 5pm under own arrangements (the hotel has a free shuttle from the airport)
Cycling stages 1 – 21 from 20th June – 12th July.
For individual stage information, see the full list of descriptions here.
Departure day. Monday 13th July. Paris.
Depart from Paris hotel under own arrangements.
Due end Jan
Due end Mar
|Fundraising Target||80% Fundraising|
due end April
Emily, Lead Cyclist:
“This is the ultimate opportunity – grab it with both hands. I’d advise you to embrace this challenge in every possible way: the more you put into both the training and the fundraising, the more you will get out of the Tour experience”
Sarah, Event Organiser:
“The Grand Loop is 90% type 1 fun and 10% type 2 fun. If you anticipate the tough days, they won’t be nearly as tough. Life on Tour is an amazing bubble – all that we ask of you is to be supportive and inclusive to all cyclists, no matter which Loop or what speed”
Col, Alumni Cyclist:
“It’s difficult to describe how much fun I had for the three weeks I rode the Grand Loop. Do it!”
Le Loop is known for its camaraderie and inclusiveness and we strongly believe that there’s a Loop for everyone. We have no cut off times and cyclists will always be supported as far as safety and daylight hours allow. However, there is a speed and a level of training required for some of the longer Loops and the Grand Loop because we have limited space in our support vehicles and this event is not designed for cyclists who cannot complete full stages.
We need to be clear about how tough the Tour can be in order to help you pick the right challenge…
The Grand Loop…
You should be able to complete 200km stages with 2500m of climbing in under 10hrs (including stops). Assuming a total of 90 mins stopping, this equates to an average cycling speed of 23.5 km/h (14 m/h) or faster, day after day over relatively hilly terrain.
On a mountain stage of 180km with 4500m of climbing, we expect Grand Loopers to take between 8 and 12 hours, including stops. Assuming a total of 90 mins stopping, this equates to an average cycling speed of 17km/h (10.5 m/h) or faster.
If in any doubt, please get in touch to discuss. Or consider joining us for a shorter Loop with a view to completing the Grand Loop once you have tested yourself over 3 to 5 stages.
Whilst we have back up vehicles for injured or exhausted cyclists, this is intended as just that: a back-up plan should something go wrong. If there is a reason why you cannot complete one or two stages (injury, illness, one-off extreme fatigue), we will of course help you and offer you space in a support vehicle. But if you are not able to cycle full stages without medical or equivalent reason, we will have to ask you to take public transport or find alternative arrangements to travel between stage starts and finishes.
Included in all Loops
- Accommodation (Mostly twin share. Single supplements are available to buy in January)
- Food (3 meals and the best feedstops you’ve ever seen)
- Fully signed route, the stuff of legend
- Mechanical, medical and moral support
- Luggage Transfers
- Coach transfers to the next stage start where applicable
Not included in all Loops
- Travel to and from France (but we’ll give you advice on the best travel routes)
- Bike Transport (£30 each way if you want us to drive your bike there and back)
- Evening massage (£10 per massage)
- Beer/wine/dinner drinks!