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Sports Tours International are the only international tour operator who have official partnerships with; the 3 Grand Tours of Cycling, the 6 Marathon Majors, and the 5 Monuments of Cycling.
We provide an unrivalled selection of travel options, meaning sports fans, as well as the travelling amateur runner or cyclist, have access to a whole host of amazing events throughout the year. We have been operating tours to the Tour de France for over twenty years. Our team of drivers, bike mechanics, bike guides and tour hosts have unique knowledge and expertise of this incredible event. Our partnership with Le Tour allows us to include exclusive VIP access into all our tours. So, both cyclists and spectators, our customers are sure to have the most authentic and unforgettable experience.
Imagine riding your bike on the roads that you have watched on TV for years. Watch the riders on iconic mountains that have shaped the history of cycling like La Planche des Belles Filles, the Tourmalet, the Mont Ventoux the Col du Galibier, Col de La Madeleine, Col d’Iseran. You may even bump into cycling legends, active or retired, as we work our way around France. You can enjoy our prime viewing locations at the stage starts and finishes.
We welcome all nationalities and provide a daily itinerary for both cyclists and non riding cycling fans. Our tours include the option to rent a bike, so you don’t have to take your chances with the airlines. From a weekend to see the Grand Depart in Brussels to a longer tour following the Grande Boucle as it weaves its way through the Alps and the Pyrenees to a couple of nights in Paris with hospitality tickets on the Champs Elysees, we have it covered.
A tour with us includes exclusive Tour de France elements namely VIP access to the Official Start Village (Village Depart) or hospitality at a stage finish with ‘Izoard’ finishline hospitality or a ‘Relais Etape’ ride experience. Have a look at the video here
Please find below a description of all of the VIP access elements included in a tour to the 2021 Tour de France with Sports Tours International.
The 2021 Tour de France entourage and organisation travel around with the riders. The team buses park within an enclosed and restricted area. An expo type village is created at the start of each one of the stages. It’s usually here that everyone who is linked in any way to the Tour de France like TV, sponsors and celebrities from the cycling world will appear. Also local companies will be keen to show off their wares. Your VIP passes will give you access to the village and the rider’s paddock to see the riders warming up.
If you’re into collecting autographs, this is the best place for you. On arrival you will be greeted by someone from the Tour de France organisation who will show you around the area and give you an insight into the inner workings of the Tour. This area is strictly off limits to the general public so only spectators with VIP passes gain access to view the shops,exhibitions and there entertainment. The start village access is very popular due to the fact that you get very close to the actual riders and you gain a great insight into the inner workings of the Tour de France.
The Tour de France sets up a limited number of areas located on course within the final segment of the stage. These have names like Izoard and Galibier. We offer access with our travel packages to enjoy this exclusive Izoard VIP hospitality access. Access to these areas is usually reserved and by invitation only. You will see famous ex-cyclists, sponsors and team guests. Typically these areas are within 200 meters or so of the finish line. There is also a spectator friendly elevated viewing area. 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.
The ‘Relais Etape’ is an area on the course of a Tour de France stage which takes the form of a small village in a prime position along the route, just a few kilometers from the finish line. We will accommodate a ride to this area for those who are cycling and spectators will be taken directly to the ‘Relais Etape’ to enjoy the day. This inspiring package mirrors the excitement of the race. What your Tour day includes:
To see what your day includes please have a look here: Relais Etape video
You will ride the final section on closed roads of a stage of the Tour de France on the same day, just hours ahead of the Pro Peloton. Once you’ve finished under the same finish as the Pro, you will stand on the podium to have your photo taken. You will then get a seat on the Grandstand and you will see the finish of the day’s stage.
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