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2018 Tour de France – Chris Froome to race. Tour de Adelaide – Tour de Melbourne Social Rides

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2018 Tour de France The Excitement Builds
Save The Dates: Tour de Melbourne – Tour de Adelaide Social Rides

The excitement is building each day as the 2018 Tour de France start is fast approaching, this year’s tour is shaping up to be one of the best and closest Tour de France fields we’ve seen assembled in many years.

We are all pretty excited here at Ride International Tours, all of the established overall contenders have had a particularly varied preparation for this year’s Tour. We’ve not seen many of the contenders actually race against each other yet at the lead-up races to get an indication of their form, many of the up and coming contenders have shown fabulous form enroute to Saturday’s start. It’s going to be very interesting to see all the riders come together for the first time this season and battle over the vastly varied terrain of this years three week route.

The other good news just in – Chris Froome has been cleared by the UCI and WADA to race. The ASO / Tour de France has followed suit and will allow Chris to take to the start on Saturday. Bravo – Allez Chris

Tour de France

Stage 9 will finish in Roubaix after 15 sectors and 22km of cobbles. It’s going to shake this tour up before the race even gets to the Alps.

Fancy a ride? Save the dates for Tour de Melbourne – Tour de Adelaide Social rides:
To honour the vastly varied terrain the 2019 Tour de France riders will face, we’ve teamed up with Rapha to host a series of social rides in Melbourne and Adelaide, Australia.

Tour de Melbourne Rides:

Ride #1 Saturday 7th July.  proposed route here:
Coffee: 7am Depart: 7.30am Meet: Rapha, 32 Guilford Lane, Melbourne. Who: Everyone welcomesuitable for all levels. What: 65km/400m climbing.
Celebrate the opening stage with a Tour de Melbourne ride that pays homage to coastal stages of the first week of the Tour de France. 65km/400m suitable for all levels. Coffee and debrief after.

Ride #2 Saturday 14th July.
Coffee: 7am Depart: 7.30am Meet: Rapha, 32 Guilford Lane, Melbourne. Who: Everyone welcomesuitable for all levels. What: 60km/400m
Stage 9 of the Tour de France will finish in Roubaix after 15 sectors/22km of cobbles. Today we pay homage to this Spring Classics inspired parcours, we’ll ride some bluestone pave sectors (fair weather only) complete with velodrome finally, our route is suitable for everyone to enjoy. Coffee and debrief after.

Ride #3 Sunday 22th July.
Coffee: 7am Depart: 7.30am Meet: Rapha, 32 Guilford Lane, Melbourne. Who: Everyone welcomesuitable for all levels. What: 80km/1300m
Homage to the TdFrance transfer stages through the Massif Central.  A classic Tour de Melbourne route for the allrounders. Suitable for all inc GC climbers.
Rides led by: Pat Fitzpatrick and the Rapha Melbourne Team.

Tour de Adelaide Rides:

Ride #1 Sunday 7th July.
Coffee: 7.30am Depart: 8am Meet: Bici Espresso, 259 Hutt St, AdelaideWho: Everyone welcomesuitable for all levels. What: 55km/200m. Celebrate the opening stages of the Tour de France with a Tour de Adelaide ride that pays homage to coastal stages of the first week. 55km/200m suitable for all levels. Coffee and debrief after.

Ride #2 Sunday 22nd  (New Date) July. Coffee: 7.30am Depart: 8am Meet: Bici Espresso, 259 Hutt StWho:Everyone welcomesuitable for all levels. What: 60km/800m hills ride. Homage to the Pyrenees and Paris finish stage, A classic Tour de Adelaide route for the allrounders. Suitable for all, inc GC climbers. 60km/800m
Rides led by:  ex pro rider, Steve Cunningham and Rapha Adelaide Team.

Set a goal to be in France next July, build your form towards our 2019 Tour de France 14 Day trip. Our Advance Bookings are open, you’ll ride many of the roads and climbs you’ll see in this years tour. Click here for more details

Ciao Pat, Grace, Steve and the Team
#ComeRideWithUs

Ritchie Porte and Chris Froome

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Tour de France route jeopardised after massive floods – landslides in the Pyrenees, South of France.

News just in and the videos below show the extent of the damage to the region and roads the Tour de France will use in late July 2018. The landslide on the Col d’Aubisque was caused by the deluge in the region which has also resulted in major flooding, bridges, towns have been reported washed away.

The sections of road affected are the final mountain climbs of this years 200km “Queens stage19” of the Tour de France. The region is no stranger to this type of damage as the heavy rains and snowmelt combine. 2013, the backside of the Col du Tourmalet road wash completely destroyed from a flash flood. Initial reports are suggesting the western side of the Col du Tourmalet and Lourdes may again have copped the brunt of the damage in these recent heavy rains and floods.

We’ll keep you posted as more information comes in from the Pyrenees in the south of France.

Col d’Aubisque

 

This second Video from France3 show the  extent of the damage to Lourdes, the first images of the Lourdes Cathedral, grotto etc (It’s 17min long no need to watch all ;-))

We hope all our friends in the region are safe and well.

2019 Tour de France Trip details click here:

More soon.
Ciao Pat, Grace and the Team

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2020 Tour de France – Grand Depart Nice, France.

 

The Tour de France has announced Nice, on France’s Cote d’Azur will be the host of the 2020 Grand Depart for the Tour de France, following on from Brussels as the 2019 host.  The announcement was made by the tour director, Christian Prudhomme at the completion of the yesterdays Paris – Nice race.

Nice last hosted a Tour de France Grand Depart back in 1981, Bernard Hinault won his third of five Tour de France titles that year. The Tour last visited Nice during the 100th edition of the race in 2013, Simon Gerrans wore the yellow jersey in Nice in 2013, after the newly formed Orica Greenedge team won the Team Time Trial on the Promenade des Anglais. The 2020 Grand Depart will make it seven years between visits to Nice on the beautiful French Riveria.

Our 2020 grand depart, Tour de France bike tour will take in the best the villages, food, wine and riding the Cote d’Azur has to offer. We’ll explore the cycling paradise of Corsica, then arrive on the Riveria to ride the beautiful roads – climbs surrounding Nice, Monico, San Remo, and Saint Tropez. We’ll be in Nice with plenty of time to soak up the excitement of the teams arriving for the Tour de France’s grand depart.

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