Tour de France 2016 – Official route

Today in Paris the route for the 2016 Tour de France was officially announced and will once again see a stage finish on Bastille day on the famous Mont Ventoux.

The race which starts in Normandy on the 2nd of July, will also see multiple stages in the shadows on Mont Blanc in the northern French Alps, as well as stages in Andorra, Switzerland and a time trial to the newly opened UNESCO world heritage site of Le Caverne du Pont d’Arc. However, possibly the signature stage once again takes place on the 14th July (Bastille day) from Montpellier and finishes on Mont Ventoux in norther Provence.

The 21 stages

2 July: 1st stage Mont-Saint-Michel – Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, 188 km
3 July: 2nd stage Saint-Lô – Cherbourg-Octeville, 182 km
4 July: 3rd stage Granville – Angers, 222 km
5 July: 4th stage Saumur – Limoges, 232 km
6 juillet: 5th stage Limoges – Le Lioran, 216 km
7 July: 6th stage Arpajon-sur-Cère – Montauban, 187 km
8 July: 7th stage L’Isle-Jourdain – Lac de Payolle, 162 km
9 July: 8th stage Pau – Bagnères-de-Luchon, 183 km
10 July: 9th stage Vielha Val d’Aran (Espagne) – Andorre Arcalis, 184 km
11 July: Rest day Andorre
12 July: 10th stage Escaldes-Engordany (Andorre) – Revel, 198 km
13 July: 11th stage Carcassonne – Montpellier, 164 km
14 July: 12th stage Montpellier – Mont Ventoux, 185 km
15 July: 13th stage Bourg-Saint-Andéol – La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc, 37 km (individual time trial)
16 July: 14th stage Montélimar – Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux, 208 km
17 July: 15th stage Bourg-en-Bresse – Culoz, 159 km
18 July: 16th stage Moirans-en-Montagne – Berne (Suisse), 206 km
19 July: Rest day Berne
20 July: 17th stage Berne – Finhaut-Emosson (Suisse), 184 km
21 July: 18th stage Sallanches – Megève, 17 km (Individual time trial)
22 July: 19th stage Albertville – Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, 146 km
23 July: 20th stage Megève – Morzine, 146 km
24 July: 21st stage Chantilly – Paris Champs-Elysées, 113 km

Today on Instagram, #Chrisfroome has reminded everyone that “I won the stage in yellow in 2013 and 2015 on Bastille Day” and referring to this years Mont Ventoux stage being on the same day, suggested that it is “Good Omen”.

PORTES DU SOLEIL – MTB AND THE PASSPORTES DU SOLEIL

 

Register for Passportes du Soleil

During the summer months, this region linked by 24 lifts covering 12 mountain villages makes up the largest connected mountain bike area in the world.  With over 650km of marked trails, 10 specific downhill track and 4 expertly desi

gned bike parks, there is something to challenge every level of mountain bike rider.The area is most famous for the 80km Enduro mountain bike event called the Passportes du Soleil, which in 2013 saw 6500 competitors take part. The route uses 15 of the 24 lifts, passes through both France and Switzerland, and has 6000 meters of descending and thanks to the use of lifts, just 1000 meters of climbing. It is designed to take riders to all corners of the massive area and showcase the variety of terrain and trails that the area has to offer. Locals line the route and provide support and a number of food stations many of which offering a selection of local produce. The event is open to riders of all different levels with a number of optional sections to make the course more or less challenging.

In 2014 Les Gets will be the host village and the event will take place on the 27,28 and 29th June. Fingers crossed for better weather condition than in 2013.

Registration for the 2014 event is open from Wednesday 12th February from 9am. Further details can be found on www.passportesdusoleil.com.

Thanks to the high numbers of competitors, it is essential to sign up for the event and book you accommodation early. At www.Bikelodging.com we have a number of bike friendly properties available in the ports du Soleil area. Send us an email and we will help find you the perfect MTB holiday accommodation.