RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO DO TOO MUCH

Halfway up Alpe d'Huez

Halfway up Alpe d’Huez. Credit: TDFTips

Planning your cycling vacation is no easy feat, particularly if it is the first time you’ve attempted a trip like this. When planning your trip there is always the temptation to try and do too much. As avid cycling fans, you probably want to watch every stage of the Tour. But getting yourself to 21 stages over three weeks is a major logistical challenge and would most likely take the joy out of watching the race.

The distances between stages are long, especially if you’re in a motorhome (camper van). Getting between stages can take anywhere between two and five hours. You then have to find a viewing spot which is made even more difficult by the fact that authorities close the course to vehicles roughly four hours before the caravan arrives.

Obernai in the Alsace region, known for producing great white wines.It is recommended that you book a wine tour as cellar doors are not always open to the public. Alternatively, many wine makers have shops in the local town where they sell their produce.

Obernai in the Alsace region, known for producing great white wines. It is recommended that you book a wine tour as cellar doors are not always open to the public. Alternatively, many wine makers have shops in the local town where they sell their produce. Credit: TDFTips

We recommend taking your time and not trying to do and see too much. Consider trading an itinerary that puts you at the finish of every stage and instead spend an extra night or two in places. It’s a good opportunity to jump on your bike and ride some of the famous cols. Or eat and drink with the locals at some out-of-the-way spots.

We found that our most enjoyable days following the tour were the ones where we weren’t too exhausted by hours of driving.

Far better to enjoy the place you are than worry about the place you haven’t yet got to.

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