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Last Post 02/20/2020 07:18 PM by Michael Carbajal. 4 Replies.
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jookey

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02/19/2020 11:16 AM
I'm heading to Northern France JUN/JUL for a friend's daughter's wedding.  Wife wants to make a large vacation around it.  I was bummed that the tour was starting in the south.  So she said "Let's go early, I want to check out Nice". Ironically as we booked rooms last night it coincides with the first three stages of the tour.  I just need to find out where to be and what time to see something good for action.  Lots of climbing on the first two stages on a circuit.  Should be interesting.  I just have to work in some sailing during those days to appease her.
As we work our way north she said she wants to check out the lavender fields around Mt. Ventoux.  Can I work in a climbing day up the mythical mountain while she looks at flowers?  Hmmmmmmm.
At the very least it gives me a goal to lose my winter weight and get back into climbing shape.

Orange Crush

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02/19/2020 06:51 PM
You can get up and back down in just a couple hours and still look at the lavender.

A full day allows ascents on two sides with some time to spare.

The Nice area is very nice. Will be a good trip.
eurochien

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02/20/2020 12:55 PM
Be aware of the potential traffic mess around the Tour in the Nice area in summer. The region (I'm from Cannes, 20 miles west of Nice) triples in population. Riding your bike, especially along the coast, might be a little sketchy.
Orange Crush

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02/20/2020 02:48 PM
Watching the tour still ranks as one of my most disappointing life experiences ever.

Wanted to watch on the Madeleine somewhere in 80s. We arrived late and didn't get up hill (walking) very far. Hours of commercial caravan. Then the peloton came by, woosh, and they were gone again.

Flanders with double passage on circuit and one passage of women, plus beer and big screen was far superior.
jookey

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02/20/2020 07:18 PM
Not planning on riding near the coast. 2 week trip covering most of the country. Really only want to do ventoux. I figure watching the tour in nice will be similar to my Atlanta Olympic experience. I was at an outdoor cafe with TVs and they’d go by once an hour on the circuit. I could venture to one of the climbs, but it won’t be like an alpine stage.
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