TOUR DE FRANCE 2014
The Northern France Stages with VIP Access
7th to 11th July 2014
Sports Tours International are the UK's official and exclusive VIP Tour Operator of the 2014 Tour de France.
Because of this we are very pleased to be in the position that we can offer some fantastic Tour de France VIP experiences to our customers. Our VIP Tours cater for riders and non-riders alike and we guarantee you a once in a lifetime experience.
Our experienced staff members are on hand to guide you every step or pedal stroke along the way whilst you can enjoy the every best of what the 2014 Tour de France has to offer.
Live the dream...
The stages in the Northern Alps will focus on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. We offer you the opportunity to 'Live the Dream' and ride the final 70km of the cobbled stage from Ypres to Arenberg featuring all the cobbled sections of the stage. Ride on closed roads with spectators cheering you on and go under the finish line like a pro before having your photo taken on the official race stage podium.
VIP Start Village access...
One of the best experiences for getting an insight behind the scenes of the biggest show on earth. Wear your VIP access badge and mill around the official Tour de France start village with celebrities, journalists and of course the riders and their entourage.
Tuesday 8 July: Izoard bus Le Touquet to Lille stage
Monday 7 July: Arrive Lille by Eurostar
Arrive by Eurostar and you will meet your staff at the station. Transfer to the hotel. We can give assistance with assembly of the bikes if needed. Welcome drinks, meeting and briefing before dinner.
There is the possibility to take the minibus and drive to a point on the course to ride the final part of the stage today.
Those who prefer not to ride will be driven to a point on the course before driving to the finish in Lille to enjoy the experience of the stage course of the Tour de France lined with lots of spectators. The finish today will be in the Villeneuve d’Ascq area of Lille. Once at the finish in Lille, we will go to the exclusive VIP Izoard hospitality area located about very close to the final stretch of the course with a view of the finish.
Everyone will be served with drinks and snacks and there is a big screen to watch the LIVE action as it unfolds. After watching the finish, you will celebrate the victory with Champagne. After this we will only have a very short way to go to the hotel in Lille city centre so we will be arriving well in time for the evening meal.
Wednesday 9 July: Arenberg official finish on Ypres to Arenberg stage
Today’s stage takes in some of the cobbled sections of the famed ‘Hell of the North’, the Paris-Roubaix. We will take you to the cobbled section of Gruson from where you will ride the final cobbled sections all the way to the finish at the famous Trouee d’Arenberg with its cobbles the size of melons.
Those with bikes can go out straight from the hotel and ride the 16km to the ‘secteur pave’ of Gruson before tackling all of the 9 cobbled sections of Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France which amounts to the final 70km of the ride so a total ride of 86km.....
Lille to Gruson – 16km
SP3 Gruson to Carrefour de l’Arbre** 1.1km long
SP8 Ennevelin to Pont-Thibaut*** 1.4km long
SP10 Mons-en-Pévèle*** 1km long
SP11 Bersée*** 1.4km long
SP12 Orchies to Beuvry-la-Foret 1.4km long
SP14 Sars-et-Rosières to Tilloy*** 2.4km long
SP 15 Brillon to Warlaing*** 1.4km long
SP16 Wandignies to Hornaing**** 3.7km long
SP17 Hélesmes to Wallers** 1.6km long
Finish at the Trouee d’Arenberg
Sports Tours International vehicles with official VIP Tour Operator logos will be there to assist you along the route. For the last few kilometres an official Tour de France vehicle will escort us over the final stretch. You will then finish under the official finish line only a few hours before the actual riders.
Non-riders will be driven in one of our minibuses with official accreditation and also enjoy the excitement of the stage finish and photos on top of the official stage podium.
At the finish our minibus with gazebo will be there for you to change into a tracksuit and put some comfortable shoes on. Your bikes will go securely on top of the minibus. We will then wait for the arrival of the riders. We will be directly overlooking the finish line to see how the pros stack up as we will have special access to the "Bulle Mangeas".
Thursday 10 July: Start village in Arras on the Arras to Reims stage
Daniel Mangeas is the French commentator for the Tour de France ("La voix du Tour"). He will be celebrating his 40th Tour de France... and his last one! Once we have seen the stage finish and the ceremony it will be time to get back to the hotel in Lille.
After breakfast our minibus will take you the 50km to the start of the next stage which will take place in Arras. You will have passes which give you VIP access to the activities surrounding the stage start. We expect the "start village" to open around 10:30am. Please check out of the hotel before we set off so straighta fter breakfast. We will transport your luggage for you today to Arras.
On arrival we will be greeted by someone from the Tour de France organisation who will show us around the area and give you an insight into the inner workings of the Tour. This area is off limits to the general public and there are various things to look at and there will be some entertainment as well.
The highlight of this is the fact that the VIP accreditation also gives you access to the riders' start area so you can mingle with the racers and team directors and other people close to the inner world of cycling. Many people really enjoy the start village access due to the fact that you get very close to actual riders and you get a good insight into the inner workings of the Tour de France.
After our 'start village' experience, we will take you to Lille train station for your departure by Eurostar.
£1279 per person, based on two people sharing a double room or twin room
Single supplement for the sole occupancy of one of these rooms is £199 per person
What's not Included:
- VIP Izoard finish line hospitality in Lille on 8 July
- VIP Tour de France course access with official finish on the Ypres to Arenberg stage on 9 July
- VIP start village access in Arras on 10 July
- Maximum 8 people with 2 members of Sports Tours staff, driver and bike guide
- 3 nights at the Hotel Ibis Lille centre Gares
- 3 breakfasts and evening meals
- 3 Lunches on 8, 9 and 10 July
- A Sports Tours Int Cycling jersey
- Daily Minibus transport
- Bike storage at the hotel
- Airport transfers
- Various pre-mapped riding options with GPX files and maps
- Your travel to Lille
- Any other meals and drinks to what is included above
- Travel insurance (Very important)
Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.
Where we do not offer our own bike hire fleet, we can introduce you to a number of local bike hire companies who may be able to provide you with a bike for the duration of your trip with us.
Please note, Sports Tours International cannot accept any liability for any booking you make with a third party supplier.
For 2014 we have teamed up with Veloce Bike Rental, one of Lonely Planet's "Top 5 of all Things to Do in Europe", to offer you bike hire in Italy. Veloce offers a range of bike categories to suit every need, from the top end road bikes through to E-Bikes and hybrids. Not only does this make it easier for you to take part in some of the worlds best Gran Fondos and sightseeing trips (eg: the Giro d'Italia), but it gives you a great opportunity to bring along your husbands, wives and children, who can hire a bike and discover the towns and countryside of Italy, while you are off competing.
Click on Veloce Bike Rental, to be directed to their website to discover the options available to you for your trip, quoting 'Sports Tours International' to let them know that you are on one of our trips.
HOW TO BOOK:
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