Angus Campbell con Getting close to the Tour de France in a motorhome (English Edition)Do you have a bucket list?
A bucket list gives you a purpose in life, something you know you want to do, or, it can be a place you want to visit. It gives you goals to reach for, an achievement to get out of your life as life is all about making memories and your bucket list certainly will give you plenty of them. They will be memories you will hold onto forever, and give you great stories to tell other people. A day spectating at the Tour de France really should be on your bucket list and if it isn’t, by the end of this book, hopefully it will be!
To see the Tour de France in person is on the bucket list of many people, and, if that’s your ambition, but you’re not sure how to go about it then this is the book for you! Not only does the book outline the adventure we had on the five back to back stages we saw, it also explains in detail how to plan your trip before setting off to ensure that you not only see the Tour live, but that you’ll have an easier time planning your trip with your motorhome or campervan.
The Tour de France is the pinnacle of professional cycling. It’s the third most watched sporting event in the world behind the FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympic Games. Every summer, cycling fans worldwide are glued to the TV, discussing who’s in contention for each stage or the overall race, and who they think will attack in the mountains and who will have earned the yellow jersey in Paris on the final day.
The summer of 2018 spoilt sports fans with the World Cup in Russia kicking off the sporting calendar of events but with Wimbledon, Test Match Cricket, the Open Golf and other events vying for our attention, it was a great year for those of us who like watching live sport, or on TV.
That said, the sporting event I, and my long suffering wife, The Navigator, were most looking forward to was the 2018 Tour de France and we set off to France to see the action in five stages over a distance of four hundred and fifteen miles. The route varies every year and this year it passed through Brittany and Normandy for a week, making it accessible for a quick hop over the channel.
Although we are seeing the Tour in its infancy from stage five to stage nine out of twenty one, as a day’s entertainment and a sporting occasion, it was amazing to see the world’s finest cyclists giving their all.
Apart from the fairly hectic schedule of seeing the five back to back stages in five days we were in the fortunate position to be able to top and tail the Tour with a holiday on either side, after all, we are travelling just over a thousand miles from Argyll on the west coast of Scotland to near Saint Goazec in western Brittany to see our first stage.
As well as a detailed description of our journey from home to home there are other informative chapters including..
- Random Tour de France facts.
- 40 of the best cycling quotations.
- What's so special about the Tour de France?
- By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail
- How did we choose our locations?
- A typical day at the Tour de France.
- The caravan
- Top tips for seeing the Tour de France with a motorhome or campervan.
The book is illustrated with 44 colour photographs and links to the video we took on each of the five stages and is a perfect introduction to the spectating experience and the planning and preparation you will need to make in order to enjoy a stress free time at any future Tour de France.