THE ESSENTIAL HINTS AND TIPS FOR THE WEEKEND!
If you have prepared all winter to be on top form on 21st July between Albertville and Val Thorens, then the start is rapidly approaching and you will soon be able to take to the roads of Savoie to try and achieve the best time or simply cross the finish line.
However the Étape du Tour de France is not only a day of racing, which is why we have drawn up a list of essential hints and tips to best enjoy your day:
- Come and collect your race number and welcome bag full of gifts from the Village.
- Collect your gel bag which you can use to store your litter and avoid spoiling the magnificent landscape of the Étape du Tour de France (otherwise, this is what will happen to you here).
- Find your name on the wall of names and take a selfie.
- (Re)discover the Tour de France in the experience zone and try your luck at the quiz.
- Eat at the Village whilst watching the Tour de France on the big screen.
- Step into the shoes of a genuine Tour de France rider in full climbing mode, encouraged by a crowd of supporters.
- Enjoy the jazz concert organised by the town of Albertville on Saturday from 18.00 to 20.00 or listen to the Captain Stambolov band in the Village during the afternoon.
- Try out the experience of the Yellow Jersey wearer on the podium on the Champs Elysées.
- Try and jump as high as Didi el Diablo and take a selfie with him.
- Come and watch the presentation of the Étape du Tour de France by Frank Schleck and Nicolas Roux.
- Come to the French Cycling Federation stand and meet the road captains who will help you to cross the finish line.
- Get information from the information desk about spectator zones so that your supporters can come to encourage you on the road-side on 21st July (do not forget to check the road closures here).
- Ask your family and friends to create a sign to encourage you at the Fans Corner of the Village.
- Make sure you sleep well to be on top form when your alarm rings at 5 am on Sunday.
- Come and recharge your batteries at the breakfast zone in the Village before going to your start zone.
- Enjoy the excitement as you pass under the starting arch with 16,000 other enthusiasts.
- Taste the Beaufort cheese at the refreshment point of the same name.
- Admire the view of the Roselend lake from the first climb of the day.
- Climb the Côte de Longefoy before the professionals climb it for the first time in the history of the Tour de France.
- Grit your teeth to climb the Col du Tra following the climb up the Côte de Longefoy.
- Be careful on the tricky Notre-Dame-du-Pré descent and its sequence of more than twenty bends.
- Fill your water bottle in Bourg-Saint-Maurice and give a kiss and a hug to your children, wife, husband or cousins who will be cheering you on.
- Replenish your strength in Moutiers before tackling the last and hardest difficulty of the day: the climb up to Val Thorens.
- Give your muscles a severe test in the thinning air to climb even higher.
- Draw on your mental strength to conquer this seemingly endless ascent.
- Give a last kick as you approach the finish line.
- Cross the finish line to the acclaim of a crowd going crazy.
- Wear your finisher’s medal with pride around your neck.
- Meet you with your wife, husband, children, cousins or friends to celebrate your achievement together.
- Collect your belongings from the left luggage service.
- Leave your bicycle in the secure bike park and go and enjoy the pasta-party.
- Enjoy the taste of your finisher’s beer at the finish line!