All 40 Lifer places will be released for sale on Wednesday 19th July 2017.
To sign up, you pay a non-refundable deposit of £400.
We know that the 2018 route will start in the Vendee region and finish in Paris. We won’t know what will happen in between until October (when ASO release the route) but we know the route will be fun, inspiring and gruelling in equal measure.
Please note that the first £400 payment is non-refundable. Make sure you have travel insurance before you book!
(There are two more payments in January and March. All but the deposit is fully refundable until 31st March 2018. After 1st April 2018, higher cancellation fees apply. See Ts&Cs).
For those taking on a Tour Taster, you have two choices:
- Buy a guaranteed TT deposit and in October, transfer it to the Tour Taster of your choice.
- Wait for the route and Tour Tasters to be released (end Oct) and sign up from November 8th (but note that your 1st choice TT may already be sold out).
3 days cycling, 4 nights on tour, £600 to take part, £1200 fundraising target
We always try to provide a long weekend of tough cycling for the time-poor, pain-needy cyclist who’d like to go one better than the Etape du Tour and make the most of a trip to France. Return to the UK after the weekend and watch the pros make or break their tour on the famous, and not so famous, climbs of the Alps or Pyrenees.
2 days cycling, 3 nights on tour, £450 to take part, £800 fundraising target
If you’re relatively new to cycling, hate hills, or want to support a friend who’s cycling for longer but can’t commit to too much training, this is for you! But it’s not an easy way out: you will still cycle the same route as the Pros, with all the undulations and challenges of the real Tour. The challenge is great – the rewards are greater.
7 days cycling, 8 nights on tour, £1200 to take part, £1200 fundraising target
We’re usually able to put together a mountain-week Tour Taster, including the biggest tour stages and finishing with the glory ride in to Paris. This is how to see the tour through the eyes of the pros, challenge yourself to multiple days of cycling and realise what is possible when you have the support and camaraderie of your fellow TDF cyclists.
10 days cycling, 1 rest day, 12 nights on tour, £1800 to take part, £1500 fundraising target
Either the first half or the second half depending on logistics and route, we try to offer a semi lifer place each year. This gives you a chance to see what the Tour de France is made of. You’ll get mountains, transition stages, maybe a time trial or a rest day – and an insight into the beauty and excitement of the lesser known areas of France as well as the famous bits.
4 days cycling, 5 nights on tour, £750 to take part, £1200 fundraising target
A Tour Taster designed mostly around beauty, scenery, sunshine and discovery – often leading into a glory-climb on your last day. In 2014 this was the stunning Jura mountains and ended with a climb up the Planche des Belles Filles – but in other years it has been low mountains or ‘undulating’ stages, leading to stories of endurance to tell your friends about when you’re back at work the following week.
21 days cycling, 2 rest days, 24 nights on tour, £3600 to take part, £3000 fundraising target
The whole 3 weeks including 21 days on a bike, two rest days and whatever else the Tour de France route designers throw at us. You don’t have to worry about any of the logistics – you just enjoy the ride. For more info, please email email@example.com.
As mentioned above, these are just examples of the variety we offer. For more research, you can have a look at the 2016 Tour Tasters or sit tight and wait to see what fantastic news the Tour de France organisers have for us on the 18th October…
More practical information is available under ‘Event Info/How it works‘.