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Ride L'Etape du Tour 2014 - Pau to Hautacam with Sports Tours International

Etape du Tour 2014
Ride L'Etape, watch Le Tour (Coach)

Pau to Hautacam 145km

Sunday 20th July

This 10 day Etape du Tour and Tour de France travel package is for those who would like to benefit from the unique opportunity where you can ride the very stage of the 2014 Tour de France that you can see the Pros tackle only a few days later.

This trip is a coach trip from the UK with various pick up points at locations throughout the country.
We have another option which has you flying in and out of Toulouse airport. Flights have to be booked by you. For this trip, please click here.

You can choose to join us in Paris if you prefer and meet us at the Mercure Porte Versailles to join us for the rest of the trip.
Please indicate this at time of booking.

After riding the 2014 Etape du Tour we will stay on in the Pyrenees and watch 3 fantastic stages of the 2014 Tour de France including the stage you rode from Pau to Hautacam.

We spend 2 nights in Paris at the hotel Mercure Porte Versailles on arrival and departure and 7 nights at the Hotel Rosiers which is great for accessing the start in Pau the Pyrenean stages of the 2014 Tour de France.

L'Etape du Tour 2014 - Pau to Hautacam
The Etape du Tour 2014 will take place in the Pyrenees on Sunday 20th July 2014. Replicating stage 18 of the 2014 Tour de France which will take place on the 24th of July.

The Etape du Tour will start from the Pyrenean gateway city of Pau and it is a classic Pyrenean mountain stage, taking in several climbs before the final climb up to the ski village of Hautacam. At 145km it is an attractive proposition for both the experienced cyclo sportive rider and the Etape du Tour novice.

2014 Tour de France
The final and decisive high mountain stages of the 2014 Tour de France will take place in the Pyrenees and on this tour you will see 3 of the most important mountain stages of the race.

You´ll see the longest stage (237km) to Bagneres de Luchon that takes in the difficult Port de Bales, plus two short and explosive mountain stages that finish at the ski stations of Pla d’Adet and Hautacam.

For those with bikes you will have the opportunity to ride the famous climbs that feature on the 2014 Route du Tour, Port de Bales, Val Louron Azet, Pla d’Adet, Col du Tourmalet, Hautacam, along with other Pyrenean climbs like the Aspin & Aubisque.

Typical Itinerary:

Thursday 17th July:
We will make collections in the UK from:

  • Leeds Queens Hotel (City Square)
  • Manchester Victoria Train Station
  • Knutsford Services (M6 Southbound)
  • Keele Services (M6)
  • Junction 7 M6
  • Birmingham International Train Station (N.E.C.)
  • Watford Gap Services (M1 Southbound)
  • London Redbridge Tube Station
  • Dover Eastern Docks (Ferry Terminal)

Additionally, Please contact us if you require to be picked up at a service station on the motorways used.

We will take the 15.40hrs sailing from Dover to Calais, and travel direct to Paris, where we spend 1 night at the 4* Hotel Mercure Porte Versailles.

Friday 18th July:
After breakfast we will continue our journey down to Lourdes. Depending on traffice we expect to get there mid-afternoon.

This evening we will assist you with building your bikes and we will brief you on tomorrow's programme during the evening meal.

Saturday 19th July:
After breakfast, you can ride to the EXPO and registration area in Pau where you will be able to register for the 2014 Etape du Tour. This is a 40km ride. In Pau there is a secure bike park to leave your bike. If you don't want to ride or you just want to ride one way, you can also take the coach either way.

PLEASE NOTE, AT ETAPE REGISTRATION, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT A DOCTOR'S NOTE STATING THERE ARE NO KNOWN MEDICAL REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT COMPETE. PLEASE VISIT OUR MEDICAL CERTIFICATION PAGE (HERE) FOR MORE INFORMATION. THIS IS LEGAL REQUIREMENT AND FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL MEAN YOU NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE ETAPE.

This is the night before you ride the Etape so we will ahve a carbohydrate rich evening meal and an early night.

Sunday 20th July - L'Etape du Tour 2014 - Pau to Hautacam
This morning we will take the coach nice and early to get to the start of the 2014 Etape du Tour in Pau.

We anticipate a 07:00/08:00 start for the Etape, so we have organised an early breakfast so you can get to the start early to ensure everyone is lined up in the right pens for the start. The organisers allocate pens according to likely finish time and historic Etape performance, therefore faster riders start nearer the front and the slower riders at the back. Please note, we have no influence over your starting pen.

The Etape du Tour is a closed road sportive, but you must be wary of other cyclists, especially if they are going faster than you or if you have stopped. There will be water stops en-route and mechanical assistance provided by MAVIC. Along the route, there are certain times that you must have passed certain spots, otherwise you may be swept up by the broom wagon.

Please note that we have been notified by the race organisers that all riders have to descend back down to Lourdes once they have finished. Back in Lourdes there will be a hot meal and finisher's medals available (exact location to be confirmed).

At the finish we will be on hand to see you in and hand you your day bags. We suggest that you put some warm clothing in this for the descent back to Lourdes which is about 15km.

Please note that we will not be able to get transport up to the finish in Hautacam as we have been notified by the race organiser's that there is not enough space for minibuses, buses or any other vehicles.

Once you have descended we will take you to the Hotel Rosiers in Lourdes.

Tonight we will have the evening meal at the hotel in Lourdes.

Monday 21st July:
Like the riders of the Tour who will rest in Carcassonne today, today is a rest day for you to recover from yesterday's effort. If you want to go for a short spin, you can but the day is free for you to do what you want around Lourdes.

Tuesday 22nd July:
The 2014 Tour de France enters the Pyrenees with the longest stage of the whole tour, a massive 237km mountain stage between Carcassonne and Bagneres de Luchon. Enroute the riders will have to face the climbs of the Portet d’Aspet & Col de Arres before tackling the difficult Port de Bales and the tricky descent to the finish in Bagneres de Luchon.

After an early breakfast we leave Lourdes and travel to the village of Mauleon-Barousse, which is at the base of the Port de Bales. On our arrival in Mauleon-Barousse those with bikes will have the opportunity to ride the climb of the Port de Bales in advance of the riders and see the stage here, whilst those without bikes will be able to walk onto the lower slopes of the climb.

After seeing the stage, we regroup at the bus and travel back to Lourdes.

Wednesday 23rd July:
After yesterday’s mamouth 237km stage, the 2nd Pyrenean mountain stage is a short and explosive stage that takes in no less than 4 Pyrenean cols in a 125km stage between Saint Gaudens & the Ski station of Pla d’Adet. In fact there is 40km of climbing in the last 100km of the stage, a classic Pyrenean mountain stage that takes in the cols of Portillon, Peyresourde, Val Louron-Azet and Pla d’Adet.

It's an absolute classic Pyrenean mountain stage, that is not to be missed.

The stage will celebrate and honour the 40th anniversary of French cycling hero Raymond Poulidor's stage victory at Pla d’Adet. It will also honour the 40th anniversary of the finish line speaker Daniel Mangeas, who will retire in 2014 as official Tour de France speaker, and whose first finish line commentaries were at Pla d’Adet in 1974.

After breakfast we leave Lourdes and travel to the town of Saint Lary Soulon, at the base of the climb to Pla d’Adet, where those with bikes will have the opportunity to ride the final two climbs of the day, Col du Val Louron-Azet and Pla d’Adet, or just Pla d’Adet. The stronger cyclists and more adventurous can ride from the hotel in Lourdes to Pla d’Adet via the Col d’Aspin (80km) and return to Lourdes on the bus after the stage.

Those without bikes will be taken to Saint Lary Soulon (base of the climb to Pla d’Adet) from where they can visit this charming Pyrenean town in the morning and then watch the stage in the afternoon. Alternatively they may want to spend the day in Lourdes and visit the town.

Thursday 24th July:
You rode it on Sunday now you can see the Pros do it!

The final Pyrenean stage of the Tour de France finishes at the ski station of Hautacam, very close to our base in Lourdes. It starts from Pau and once again is a short and explosive stage that takes in the iconic Col du Tourmalet prior to the difficult final climb to Hautacam. The stage is pretty much a copy of the 2008 stage from Pau to Hautacam.

Our location in Lourdes could not be better for accessing the stage, as we are located only 15km from the base of the Hautacam climb. Those with bikes can ride from the hotel to either Hautacam or the Col du Tourmalet to see the stage and back to the hotel afterwards. There may also be the opportunity to ride the Col du Soulor / Col d’Aubisque prior, or for the stronger and more adventurous there is the opportunity to ride the last 110km of the stage taking in the iconic Col du Tourmalet & Hautacam, but you’ll have to leave early.

Those without bikes will be taken the short distance from Lourdes to the base of the Hautacam climb, from where they will be able to walk onto the lower slopes to see the stage. After seeing the stage we re-group at the bus and return to our base in Lourdes.

Friday 25th July:
As the 2014 Tour de France leaves the Pyrenees with the stage from Maubourguet Val d'Adour to Bergerac, it is time for us to go home.

After breakfast we leave Lourdes and resume the return journey to Paris.

Saturday 26th July:
After breakfast we will head over to Calais and we will drop off at the various UK points.

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PRICES:
£1159 per person based on two people sharing a twin room.
Single supplement of £339 per person per room.

Included in your basic travel package are:

  • Executive coach transport from the UK to the Pyrenees
  • Bike transport in on the bike trailer with the coach
  • 2 nights at the hotel Mercure Porte Versailles in Paris on bed and breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation at the Hotel Rosiers in Lourdes on half board basis
  • Bike storage at the hotels
  • Services of the experienced Sports Tours International team
  • Day bag service on Etape day
  • Daily riding options whilst following the Tour
  • Daily transport to and from the stage viewing locations
  • A comprehensive itinerary
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey
  • Additional feed stations en-route (Etape)
  • Our Etape training newsletter

Not included (not exhaustive):

  • Any meals and drinks not noted above
  • Any extras at your accommodation
  • Etape Entry fee. Available as a pre-bookable extra - £170
  • Travel Insurance - highly recommended

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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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