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Tour de France in Alpe dHuez

Mon March 09, 2015

Stay with us this summer in Alpe d’Huez and experience the electric atmosphere that surrounds these 200 elite athletes pushing themselves to the limit…

The famous, demanding hairpin climbs in the Alps have played a great part in the Tour de France over the years. With the mountains bringing a great spectacle and fantastic views, it is no wonder why Alpe d’Huez is part of the route for 2015.

The dates of the Tour de France are out. It will be heading to Alpe d’Huez on Saturday the 25th July for the penultimate stage which is in effect when the result is decided as by tradition the riders do not compete on the final stage.

Get inspired by some of these brilliant Tour de France facts:

  • The race was first organized in 1903 to increase paper sales for the magazine L'Auto. 
  • The race alternates between clockwise and anticlockwise circuits of France 
  • 250 different cyclists have worn the Yellow Jersey 
  • Raymond Poulidor has claimed the podium more times than anyone else (finished 8 times in the top 3), despite never having worn the Yellow Jersey 
  • The average cyclist will burn around 4,000 and 5,000 calories during each stage of the Tour. That’s 123,900 calories for the entire race, the equivalent of eating 252 McDonald’s double cheeseburgers. 
  • Over the course of a Tour de France route, cyclists will sweat enough to flush a toilet 39 times. 
  • Over 12 million spectators line the route each year, making it the largest sporting event in the world. 
  • In 1919, there were only 10 finishers, the least of all time. 
  • The winner of the 1947 Tour de France Jean Robic was known for taking water bottles filled with lead at the top of climbs to descend faster. 
  • The fastest average speed of a Tour de France was 25.7 miles per hour (mph), set in 2005. In 1919, the average speed was just 14.9 mph.

Join us in Alpe d’Huez and experience this infamous sporting event

Come and stay in one of five chalets for 1 week from Sunday 19th ending on Sunday 26th July on a half board basis at £999pp.

Our chalets are situated in the perfect location around a distinctive cobbled courtyard, surrounded by mountains at an altitude of 2000m. The finish line of the penultimate stage is literally meters from our front door. Our chalets all have hi-tech entertainment, snappy chic en-suite bathrooms.... and every bedroom has a balcony. Of course, if you are cycling yourself whilst in Alpe d’Huez, you can use the hot tub and sauna to help with those aches and pains of the long uphill climbs.

If you are a passionate cyclist or just inspired by the professionals, this week in Alpe d’Huez is guaranteed to be one you’ll never forget.

Call us now on 0844 557 3119 to get booked.

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