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... formerly ‘Tour de Force’

    The Loops

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

    Your options are explained below. When the official route is released in October, we will finalise our ‘Loops’ but you
    can secure a guaranteed Loop place today by paying a deposit. Read on to learn more.

    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, £600 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, £450 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, £1200 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, £1800 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, £750 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

    30th June – 22nd July 2018
    (All Loops will fall within these dates)

    Ride from 2 to 10 stages of the Tour de France route!

    For those taking on a Semi or Petit Loop, you have two choices:

    1. Grab one of the 60 guaranteed Semi or Petit Loop places. Then in October, choose the Loop of your choice when the route is known and our Loop Options are published.

    2. Wait for the route and Loop Options to be released (end Oct) and sign up from November 8th (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 2018 route will start in the Vendee region 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

    30th June – 22nd July 2018

    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 and we now have a waiting list. If you’d like to add your name to the list, please email sarah@rideleloop.org

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

    The Route

    We know that the 2018 route will start in the Vendee region 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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