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July 17, 2013
If you’ve never been to the Tour de France, it really should be on your bucket list. But in order to fully enjoy the experience, it’s important to manage your expectations and bear a few things in mind.
Following my first Tour de France was a disaster but now that I know what I know, it’s become one of the highlights of my year. Here are my top 10 things you need to know before heading over to the Tour:
It’s also worth noting that the first half of the Tour gives you much better access to the riders and race than the latter half. It’s often not as picturesque as the later mountain stages, but it’s not nearly as crowded.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to deal with the crowds on a mountain-top finish, head to the penultimate climb. The crowds will be smaller and you’ll still get to see the action. That said, it’s the crowd and the atmosphere that make the race so exciting so if you can be at a summit finish, it’s worth the trouble.
So that’s my list, but what about you? Have you followed the Tour de France before? If you have, what other tips would you add to this list?