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Camping near the T de Fr

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by campagman, 13 Jun 2008.

  1. campagman

    campagman Über Member

    Location:
    at home
    I am looking at going down to the Pyranees on the Bike Bus in July. I have only just realised that the Tour de France will be down there too, the same week. This gives me a great chance to catch some of the big race which could be good but I have nothing planned or booked and was hoping to just turn up at campsites ad hoc. I am now thinking that with the Tour being there at the same time the area will be very busy and campsites may be busy/full. What do you people think, do you have any experience of this?
     
  2. jags

    jags Über Member

    you have no chance sorry
     
  3. bianchi1

    bianchi1 Veteran

    Location:
    malverns
    You might get lucky in the Pyranees, but i would not count on it. Was in the alps a few years ago during the tour and ended up cycling 60 miles after 5 in the evening looking for somewhere to sleep with no luck. Ended up sleeping in a bus stop.
     
  4. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    The TdF has the biggest live audience in the world by a very large margin - several million man-days IIRC - so you may just be able to book a campsite 20 miles or so from the route if you do it right now. You are too late to get anywhere close.
     
  5. campagman

    campagman Über Member

    Location:
    at home
    I got put off the idea by the first two replies so am now looking at going a week earlier and getting off the bus at Orange and then back on at Bordeaux. I should just miss the Tour then.