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It’s a tough life here at CyclingTips. If we’re not away covering bike races all over the globe or reviewing the latest bikes and gear, we’re out taking photos of beautiful Bikes of the Bunch builds or capturing another Roadtripping adventure. It’s a tough job, and that’s why we need your help.
For years we’ve been going to the Tour de France and capturing the race from a fan’s perspective. But as much as this content is fun for us to produce, the reality is that the best way to cover a race from a fan’s perspective is to get new fans to capture it with fresh eyes.
This is where you come in. We are offering two places on this year’s Exodus Travels Tour de France trip, to go and cover the Tour de France from a fan’s wide-eyed perspective. We like to call it ‘The Ultimate Job’.
Our search for the newest CyclingTips ’employees’ begins today. We are looking for two people to report back from the race, to make us all a little jealous. How you cover it and what you can bring to the table is up to you, but more on that in a moment.
You and a mate will need to make your own way to France to be there between July 19 and July 26, but once there we have the following perks of the job waiting for you both.
What you get
Thanks to Exodus Travels, our two winners will get to follow the 2015 Tour de France for eight days, from Seyne to the Modane and Galibier. On this trip you’ll get to see a bunch of racing, but you’ll still have plenty of time to stretch your legs with some fantastic rides along the way. After all you wouldn’t be a CyclingTips employee if you didn’t get to do some fabulous cycling!
Eight-day Tour de France trip
The eight-day Exodus Travels cycling holiday includes breakfast, accommodation, transport during the trip, and insurance for two people and is valued at AUD $4,940 for each spot.
- Duration: 8 days
- Dates: Sunday July 19 to Sunday July 26, 2015
- Start: Seyne
- Finish: Modane
- Accommodation: 7 nights
Here’s what else you get as part of the prize:
You’ll be doing plenty of riding on this trip, so you’ll need some kit, shoes, and a helmet to get you through. We’ve lined up a great range of gear for you and your mate, including a POC Octal Helmet, POC AVIP jersey and knicks, a pair of Shimano’s SH-R321 Road Shoes, a Thule Pack ‘n’ Pedal Commuter Backpack, a CyclingTips T-shirt, and a set of our new CyclingTips x Scott Sports ITD ProTec kit (shown above is the Scott team kit).
Ok, I want ‘The Ultimate Job’ with CyclingTips. How do I apply?
We want you to convince us that you and a mate are the right team for the job. Tell us how you plan on covering the race for our readers back home and making them insanely jealous. Be sure to demonstrate that you’re able to produce awesome content (video, photography, text, Etch-A-Sketch … whatever medium you wish, but remember we need to be able to share your entry online!)
We are taking submissions from around the globe (yes, anyone in the world is eligible), and interest in the role will be huge, so make sure you capture our attention straight away. Be creative!
To enter, you must first sign up to our weekly newsletter (if you haven’t already) and then choose one of two entry methods:
- Send us up to 250 words and a couple of photos that help illustrate how you’ll cover the Tour for us.
- Record and upload a video of less than 90 seconds showing us how you’ll cover the race.
See below for the video last year’s winners used as their entry, and click here to see the content they produced for us from France:
All entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Tour de France competition”. If you’re submitting video, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and send us a link in your entry email.
The ‘job’ will be given to the team that a) has provided the most creative submission about how they will cover the Tour from a fan’s perspective, and b) leaves us feeling confident that the job will get done. We will contact a shortlist of finalists for a brief conversation to gauge this.
Entries will be open until 11.59pm on Sunday May 31, 2015 (AEST). Once the competition closes we’ll go through all the submissions and select our newest ’employees’. We’ll report back with our placements (and share some of our favourite applications) on Thursday June 4, 2015.
For the full terms and conditions click here, but most importantly please take note of these key points:
- Keep your submissions concise (less than 250 words plus one or two photos, or a 90-second video)
- Keep in mind that the TdF can be a difficult environment to work in (horrible Wi-Fi, crap coffee, etc.) so don’t commit to making a cinematic feature film every single day. Keep it realistic.
- We we want to hear how you can report back from a fan’s perspective
- You’ll need to use your own camera/video/computer equipment so everything you commit to will need to be possible with what you have
- The trip does not include flights — you will need to make your own way to France and back home again
- You and your assistant will need to be available and on the tour between July 19 and July 26, 2015 and the content you commit to will need to be submitted during those dates. (But why not tack on an extra week or two before or after the trip to make the most of your time in France?!)
Now go and get creative and have fun!