THE EVENT EXPLAINED

The Tour de Force is your chance to cycle some (or all) of the Tour de France route, one week before the professionals.

We take the three week Tour de France route and divide it into a variety of packages which we call Tour Tasters, with cyclists coming and going as we keep riding from Dusseldorf to Paris (21 stages: 24th June – 16th July 2017). Cyclists who ride all three weeks are called Lifers.

We’ll have 9 different Tour Tasters, so you can choose anything from a 2 day flat(ish) option to a longer, more hilly challenge or even a full week or 10 days including taking on some iconic Tour de France mountains.

Whichever option you choose, the event is extremely friendly and inclusive (no cut off times) so no matter what your speed, you’ll be able to enjoy everything that’s wonderful about cycling in France, riding the very same roads that your heroes will ride one week later.

You’ll be supported by the best team you could find (of organisers, mechanics, doctors, physios): All you have to do is turn up and ride!


IT’S FOR CHARITY…

All our riders meet a minimum fundraising target (For Tour Tasters from £800 to £1500, For Lifers £2,500) with all funds going to the William Wates Memorial Trust, helping to support the UK’s most disadvantaged young people to keep away from a life of crime and violence.


HOW IT WORKS

The event is fully supported and your Tour Taster cost (£140 per night) includes:

  • Accommodation (Mostly twin share. Single supplements are available to buy in January)
  • All food (3 meals and the best feedstops you’ve ever seen)
  • Fully signed route, the stuff of legend
  • Mechanical, medical and moral support
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Coach transfers to the next stage start when the stages aren’t contiguous

The only things that you’ll need to pay for in addition to this are:

  • Travel to and from France (but we’ll give you advice on the best travel routes)
  • Bike Transport (£30 each way if you want us to drive your bike there and back)
  • Evening massage (£10 per massage if you’d like one)
  • Beer/wine/dinner drinks!

Our lead cyclist gives an evening briefing about the next day’s route and then we set up all the support you need (signed route, feed stops every 40km, mechanics and physios on hand for problems) so that you’re free to cycle at your own pace.

Whether you come alone or with friends, you’ll find other cyclists of every speed. The challenge is to cycle multiple stages and to take on the same kilometres as the pros: the atmosphere is extremely supportive and encouraging, with as much heroics and congratulations for the cyclists finishing at 8pm as for those who finish at 4.

 


ALL GOOD. HOW DO I JOIN YOU?

Have a look at our Tour Tasters for 2017. You’ll find information in the descriptions on dates, stages, fundraising targets and more. And if you have any questions or would like to hold a place for up to a week, give Sarah a ring or send an email: sarah@tourdeforce.org.uk, 0131 3000796, ext 1.

See you on tour!