“…riding in France during the Tour you are afforded a respect and recognition from almost everyone. The traffic gives way and locals encourage you from the road side. “Allez, allez!” has been the soundtrack to each ride we’ve done. That you’re engaged in a pursuit, at whatever level, that forms such an important part of the culture means you’re heroic just in that. You’re part of a proud tradition and one that’s palpable wherever you go, because it’s in France.” Well said, Matt and Stefano in their final blogpost for CyclingTips.com.au.
We finished up our fantastic Tour de France trip with Bikestyles Tours by watching the final stage of the race down the Champs-Élysées from the Espace Triomphe, a VIP tent front-row experience. It was a perfect indulgent end to a challenging and rewarding two weeks of cycling.