Le Grand Depart!

by CyclingTips

I’m outta here! This will be my last post for a few days as I make my way over to Europe. My fingers crossed that everything doesn’t go pear-shaped and I’m not stuck in an airport for the next week waiting for the Chilean volcanic ash to dissipate.


I can’t tell you how excited I am to be going to the Tour again.  Last year was one of the highlights of my life and the next few weeks will be tremendous. BMC have graciously loaned me this bike (SLX01) which is sitting in Switzerland right now waiting for me. This makes life so much easier for me not having to bring a bike, so thank you BMC once again for helping me out.

Part 1: I’m sorry, but I’m going to bore you to death with my infidel mountain bike activities while frolicking around Switzerland at the Pass’portes du Soleil. Please feel free to sit this one out, but this, this and this is what you’ll be missing. I’ll be staying in Champéry with a number of friends including Pat and Grace. BMC have also lined up these TrailFox MTB’s for us. Again, making life so much easier on us!

Part 2: Pyrenees climbing camp with TopBike Tours. I’ll be joining Dave Olle’s group and tackling the Pyrenean stages 14, 15, 16 & 17 from the 2010 Tour de France. This will be a complete 180 degree turn from the 6000m of descending per day that I’ll have done the week before!

Part 3: Chasing Stages 6-12 of the Tour de France around, riding, taking photos and eating good food with TopBike Tours.

Part 4: Chasing the rest of the TdF around all the way back to Paris while bumming rides of people, couch surfing, and eating cheap baguettes and scraps of food. Hopefully a better option comes along. There will be no L’Etape du Tour(s) for me this year as both of them will be difficult to get to from where I’ll be.

Part 5: Off to London to visit my good friends and colleagues at Rapha and explore the local roads. Every Wednesday morning the whole Rapha office goes out for a ride together, and I’m gonna turn up the heat  ;-)


For those of you who are lucking enough to be going to France as well, Tim from TdFTips.com has some excellent prepaid mobile data plan information that you should check out. There’s lots of other good stuff in there too that I relied on last year. I highly recommend his eBook “The Ultimate Guide To Cycling In France“.

RIDE’s “Official Tour de France Guide” is an essential resource whether you’re sticking around Australia or heading over to France. It’s jam packed with information about each stage as well as maps. I can’t say enough good things about what RIDE does every year with this.

I’ll resume posts on Monday of next week. Until then, take care and ride safe. Au revoir!

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