2004 le Tour de France: Pyrenees
Tour Dates: July 16 - 26, 2004 (updated: 10/21/2004)
Land only Tour Includes: $2,975 per person
- 11 days / 10 nights
- 8 nights 3 star pension with breakfast and dinner.
- 2 nights in Paris 3 star hotel with buffet breakfast.
- Transfers from the meeting place and from end of cycling tour to Paris hotel.
- Experienced Guides fluent in English and French (one cycling, one courier, one van driver, one coach driver)
- Travel materials and route maps
- Detailed tour descriptions
- Luggage transport (including bike transport cases) and cycling sag van on difficult stages.
- Cycle catering before, during and after all stages with energy bars, sport drinks, fruit, sweets, juice and water while cycling.
Not Included: rental bike or personal bike shipping ($150 per bike), training programs, lunch and dinners in Paris (we want you to experience the wonderful variety of restaurants and cafes Persian style), all beverages and gratuities, ground or airport transfers ($25 per person must be booked in advance), plus other personal items and/or other travel needs not listed above.
Join CBC Executive Director Chuck Ayers on a magical tour of the French Pyrenees as part of the second tour group this summer! The 2004 tour route has been announced and we are working fast and hard to lock in our final details on the Pyrenees stages. The dates at this time are July 16th - 26th.
The tour will feature 5-6 days bicycle touring, plus one day viewing of an exciting mountain stage in the Pyrenees; you'll then meet up with the CBC Alps tour group for a memorable weekend in Paris to catch Lance Armstrong and the final stage live!
Space is limited to the first twenty-eight; a $500 deposit now will hold your space! Estimated costs for Cascade members will only be $2,975 (land only), which includes 6 days of cycling with breakfast, dinner and catered sandwiches for lunch along with snacks and drinks, 3 star pensions and hotels for all 10 nights!
This tour offers many different opportunities to truly experience France with the locals in just 12 days! You will meet our local guides in Toulouse, France. Then you will cycle near the route visiting many villages that will host or have previously hosted the tour. By popular demand all accommodations include small pensions or locally known hotels some were made famous by the original tour cyclist 100 years ago! You will have an opportunity to participate in many fun events including the chance to win a "Yellow Jersey" from the local tour operator guide. The last few days will give you time to catch your breathe in Paris, but only for a moment, while viewing the end of the 2004 tour. All year round but especially in July, Paris offers a variety of events, sights and activities to enjoy!
The 2004 le Tour de France: Pyrenees Bicycle Tour will follow the “Tour” through the beautiful Pyrenees Mountain region, and culminates in an unforgettable weekend in Paris to catch the final day of the Tour.
The new Cascade-Affiliated Tours Program is produced by StarkTours, Inc. and hosted by a Cascade Ride Representative. The emphasis is on the appreciation & immersion in the local areas we visit. You will meet and travel with locals; camp in some of the most beautiful and scenic European campgrounds; as well as view stages of the le Tour de France race, and finishing with the final day in Paris.
Breakfast and dinner will be provided on most days: beer, wine & cheese will always be close at hand at the end of the days ride. As a CBC Member you will get 10% off any StarkTours that you book!
For each registered rider, StarkTours will donate $50 to the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation. If this trip is as successful as planned, look for more trips to be added in the future, including a 2005 Giro d’Italia and more.
The trip will be co-hosted by Cascade Bicycle Club Representative and Executive Director, Chuck Ayers. Once in France, we have the services of a wonderful local tour guide company each day, plus all our gear will be sagged with full support vans.
Let’s face it, the French are known world wide not only for their fabulous wine, food and countryside, but also for their wonderful language. In conjunction with this trip join Peter Verbrugge in taking a special “le Tour de France” 8-week French for traveler’s class at Sand Point, close to the Cascade Bike Club offices! North Seattle Community College’s Continuing Education program will be offering a class this spring just for us. Contact Peter directly for details on the French program at email@example.com
E-Tour de France Newsletter
Would you like to receive training ride info, language class news, possible custom Jersey options and other updates from the club ride representative? Please email Peter (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up for the E-Tour de France Newsletter. It will be mailed to you about once a month; Please let us know which trip you have registered for, the Pyrenees or Alps.
Worried you might not be in good shape to tackle the hills? Join Cascade Ride Leaders this spring in the Cascade Training series. We’ll be leading rides every weekend geared to getting YOU ready for next summer’s big CBC rides. Visit the Activities Calendar for more information and ride listings.
le Tour de France: Pyrenees suggested itinerary: TBA
Some dates and locations may change in order to meet the official tour route. As with all travel and tour companies price is subject to change until the tour route has been announced and payment has been received in full.
6 days of rides out of 7 days.
Distance and route difficulty:
TBA. Sag wagons will be available for those not wanting to ride the real steep sections.
One local guide rider and one CBC group leader and van supports with option for riders, luggage and bike transport per 30 riders.
By popular demand, we upgraded the whole group, added more meals (half board, most lunches, awesome snacks, etc) plus an additional night in Paris (most individuals wanted another day in Paris after the Tour de France ends for sightseeing) for only an additional $200 total on the package.
Breakfast and dinner daily along with catering for lunch with sandwiches, fruit, cakes, juices and water on all stage but rest day, while on the Bicycle Tour, 1 welcome dinner. For all other meals you are free to explore & enjoy the incredible cuisine of France to suit your own budget.
Prefer BYOB! Bikes and cases will travel with you as extra luggage (price not included if over regular dimensions and weight as per airline regulations). All cases will be transported via our travel coach.
$2,975 per person. Total payment is due by March 25, 2004. Deposits of $500 are now being taken now to insure your space. StarkTours has the right to cancel this trip if the minimum number of participants (20) is not met by Jan 15th, 2004. Please contact email@example.com for full information on the deposit policy.
Tour or Mountain bike, training programs, meals not listed, all beverages and gratuities, local transfers, plus other personal items and/or other travel needs not listed on final tour details, bike shipping, and tipping, passport, airport transfers from Paris. Suggested budget of additional travel costs $50 per day for food, sightseeing, shopping and fun!
Buy it in case you have an injury or have to cancel; StarkTours can help with this.
Please call or email StarkTours, firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 820-8880 to reserve your spot or get further information on any part of this event. Get your name in right away if you are interested in this fun event!