Published by Lyn on 3 May 2015
Shean is planning a do-it-yourself ride to watch the Tour de France. He is looking for riding partners. Here are his plans.
This may be a bit left field.
Putting together an very late itinerary to follow the 2015 Tour de France, free riding across France, Belgium and bits of the Netherland and may be GR or CH. Average daily riding is 120km (rain or sunshine). May be one or two big 160-180km rides and 10-20km cols during the watching the Tour stages. Slow, easy and enjoy summer riding, many coffee croissant stops. Plan to watch 11 of the 21 stages, including famous Alpe d’Huez stage with 1m other spectators. Riding with Smartphone GPS, no one should get lost. Limited luggage, except a camelback striped or under seat bag to carry wet weather and winter clothing for the Alps and a pair of shorts and T-shirt. Daily washing of kit. Budget €50-100 for food, accommodation and Belgium beer per day. Other option could be three weeks and head home via train to Paris for fly out. If you know anyone who may be interested join this ride, please forward my details. I have not been able to find any active online sites to hock up likeminded riders!!:(
Me: last trip 2013. FreeRiding TdR since 2008 – faith, word of mouth, couch-surfing and low budget accommodation. Many reciprocate and come and stay New Zealand. This year's ride should be epic – max 4 riders including myself.
Will hit you up for some accommodation leads shortly also. (LYN: Shean: see here for a list of bike-friendly places on this year's TdF route).
Need to get on a plane to meet in Netherlands for stage 1 July 4.
If you want to get in touch with Shean, drop me a line at email@example.com and I'll forward you his details. Lyn @ FWF. If you're not quite up to a DIY adventure, see our page for organised tours that coincide with the Tour de France.