Tour de France
How it all started....
In the early 20th century it would have been unimaginable for anyone to complete a nearly 2,5 thousand-km-long cycling race across the country. But Géo Lefèvre, a journalist of L’Auto magazine in that time, was highly inspired with this idea. His editor, Henri Desgrange, believed in his thoughts and supported him in the idea of the Tour de France. On the 1st of July 1903, 60 pioneers set out on their bicycles from Montgeron. After 6 stages (Nantes - Paris - 471 km), only 21 cyclists, led by Maurice Garin, arrived at the end of this first epic.
Having caught the attention of the French population and their admiration, le Tour soon won over the sporting public and the roadside crowds grew. The French people took to their hearts this unusual event which placed their towns, their countryside and even their mountains in the spotlight.
Get your holidays planned and don't miss out on watching Le Tour live this summer! A spectaculare sports event in the beautiful surroundings of Pau.
Running from Sunday March 5th to 12th 2017, the 75th Paris-Nice will be made up of 8 stages and will cover a total distance of 1,233.5 kilometres..
The city stages
- Mont Brouilly
- Quincié-en-Beaujolais Les Villages du Mont Brouilly
- Col de la Couillole
For more information and to keep up to date with this years event go to: LE TOUR
Biarritz airport – 1h 30min.
Bordeaux airport – 2h
Bayonne train station – 1h 20 min.
Dax train station – 1h 20 min.
San Sebastian airport – 1h 45 min.