The hugely popular annual multiple stage bicycle race that criss-crosses primarily in France, occasionally making passes through nearby countries, the Tour de France is one of the most exciting and sporting events in the world. The race was first organized in 1903 to increase paper sales for the magazine L'Auto and is currently run by the Amaury Sport Organisation. The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1903 except for when it was stopped for the two World Wars (1915-1919; 1940-1947).
The event is regarded as a national celebration in France.
The event is regarded as a national celebration in France. Town and cities take pride in being chosen as a host venue for the same. The meteoric rise of the event to be known as the greatest race on Earth is a sheer testament to endurance, passion, drive and commitment. Athletes ride an average of 100km for duration of three weeks in some of the most physically challenging terrain.
Every year hundreds and thousands of spectators line up the streets of every village, hamlet and roadside to be part of the colour, smell, noise and atmosphere.
The atmosphere at the tournament is nothing less than electric. Every year hundreds and thousands of spectators line up the streets of every village, hamlet and roadside to be part of the colour, smell, noise and atmosphere.There are publicity caravan, of various brands from all over France, advertising their wares and also giving free gifts.
Many of the spectators enjoy great time trying to grab the freebie chocolates, key rights, and race caps from the moving vehicles. In fact, a survey found that 39% of spectators come to see the publicity parade rather than the actual riders.
Here are a few things to be considered if you intend on witnessing this grand occasion:
The most important thing you will need for this tour is forex, i.e., conversion of INR to Euro as paying in rupees while at France will not at all be a good option. You will need finance to resolve various issues, be it accommodation or food or anything else.
Find yourself the tour map and choose where you would like to see the race from, contact your travel agent and also search the best forex service in India.
Being hugely popular not justin France but also across the world translates into lakhs of people making an exodus to the venue of the tournament. Finding accommodation is therefore not an easy endeavour. The minute the tour route is announced, the rush to book accommodation, cycling holidays following the tour, car hire etc starts. So make sure you make arrangements as early as possible. Find yourself the tour map and choose where you would like to see the race from, contact your travel agent and also search the best forex service in India.
Many roads are closed for the public so as to make them available for the race. Once you have decided from where you would like to see the Tour, check prior to arriving – or with the local tourist office as soon as you arrive – to see which roads are going to be closed and when. You also need to find out what time the stage will be approximately coming through at the place you hope to see it. If you are following a particular stage on bike, it will be advisable to ride the route a day before to familiarise yourself with how long it will actually take so that you don’t miss the race going through.
What to take with you
Along with your Euros, it will be wise to carry some packed lunch with you as the French people are very strict on when they serve food.
Bear in mind that it will be summer in France and there will be lakhs of screaming fans. The temperature is going to be high and would get higher as you go further south. It is therefore advisable to bring as much water as possible with youIt will be wise to carry some packed lunch with you as the French people are very strict on when they serve food – generally 12-2pm. and It may be difficult to find anything outside those hours, particularly if you are in a rural village. You should also bring sun cream, hat, camera, video camera, mobile phone and if you are going by bike some form of identification, even if it’s a hand written note of your name and contact telephone number, needed in case of any accident.