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Düsseldorf-Paris

From the Kö to the Champs-Elysées – 1/07-7/07/2017

To celebrate the start of the 2017 Tour de France in Düsseldorf we would like to invite you to an extra-special cycling week. First of all we enjoy the start of the Tour de France close-up from the vicinity of our hotel in Düsseldorf city centre. We shall, of course, do some short local rides on those days.

Then you and 60 link-minded cyclists will set off on your own Tour de France. From the Kö to the Champs-Elysées. In four stages we go from Düsseldorf, through Holland's Heuvelland, Belgium's Ardennes, and the Champagne to Paris, where our hotel is at the Arc de Triomphe itself. On the way we pass through Spring Classics territory, conquering climbs like the Cauberg and the Côte de Stockeu. The stuff of cycling dreams!

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


Impressions


The Guides

Tom – The Sous Chef

quäldich-Guide Tom Bender

After interludes in South Baden and Savoy, Swabian Tom is now based in the border area near Aachen. But from the Savoy Alps he's taken away a passion for real mountains and genuine tartiflette. In 2016 he became Holiday Manager at Epic Climbs and he's the mastermind behind our 2017 programme!

Jan – The Boss

quäldich-Guide Jan Sahner

Founder and CEO of Epic Climbs and, as such, on a very special mission - with his inimitable style he motivates his flock to perform great deeds in the saddle. Sometimes does great things in the evening programme, too!

Tobias – King of the Ramps

quäldich-Guide Tobias Schneider

On the ramps and hills of Franconia, Tobsi holds the impressive form that usually ensures that you only see his tail lights, even in the fast group. Nonetheless, with his Fraconian good nature and empathy, he never leaves anyone behind if he sees they're fading.

Paul – The Pilot

quäldich-Guide Paul Velten

A friendly, cheerful Dortmunder and a huge believer in the dolce vita. Totally devoted to looking after his flock and, once on the road, it's diesel to the top and jet fuel to the bottom.

René – The GPS Guy

quäldich-Guide Rene Blind

René has been a fixture on the Tour of Germany for years. According to his application, he speaks fluent German, English, French and Cologne dialect. Masters his Garmin better than almost anyone.

Marcel – The Artist of the Slopes

quäldich-Guide Marcel F.

Marcel is Senior Editor at Epic Climbs and an artist on ascents, so you'll usually find him on the steep dirt trails of his native Hohenlohe or South Limburg in the Netherlands. He knows his way around the Ardennes like nobody.

Sille – Sport Support

quäldich-Guide Sille Stefaniak

Our Sille loves following the group in the broom wagon, in first or second gear. She dishes out excellent sympathy to everyone that approaches her and her vehicle suffering from exhaustion or a crash. Her lunchtime buffets are legendary, and her sports massages save the day for many. Founder, boss and the good fairy of Sille's Sport Support.

Erich – The Gunslinger

quäldich-Guide

Erich did his greatest service for Epic Climbs back in 1980, when he began creating our fastest guide.
Famous as a top luggage driver on the Tour of Germany, and never slow to offer a strong opinion.


Getting there

Our hotel is in Düsseldorf city centre, so we'll have our finger right on the Tour's pulse.

There is a car park nearby (costs approx. 5 Euro per day).

Coach transport back from Paris to our original hotel in Düsseldorf is included.

From the south via Frankfurt - Cologne on the German A3, then the A46 to the Düsseldorf-Zentrum exit.

From the north via Arnhem or Dortmund on the German A3, then the A52 to the end of the motorway, then on towards Düsseldorf Zentrum.

From the west via Aachen on the A52 and B7 to Düsseldorf Zentrum.

From Düsseldorf Airport take the S-Bahn to the city centre.

Cologne-Bonn Airport could be another option.

Düsseldorf's main railway station is served by both long-distance and regional trains, and is just minutes away from our hotel.


The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 1/07-7/07/2017

  • Friday, 30th June 2017
    All those who have booked the opening night travel to Düsseldorf.
  • Saturday, 1st July 2017
    Travel to Düsseldorf. Meet at the hotel, time to be advised. As a group we watch the opening time trial in the Tour de France in Düsseldorf. Depending on the tour schedule, we might do a little ride locally. Evening meal in the restaurant.
  • Sunday, 2nd July 2017
    Start of the first stage of the Tour de France. We shall probably position ourselves at the mountain sprint point in the Bergisches Land. In the afternoon we might do another little ride locally. Evening meal in the restaurant.
  • Monday, 3rd July 2017
    Our own Grand Départ. First stage Düsseldorf - Spa.
  • Tuesday, 4th July 2017
    Second stage Spa - Bouillon
  • Wednesday, 5th July 2017
    Third stage Bouillon - Reims
  • Thursday, 6th July 2017
    Fourth stage Reims - Paris. Arrive at the Champs-Elysées. Group meal at the Eiffel Tower.
  • Friday, 7th July 2017
    Coach and bike trailer back from Paris to Düsseldorf.

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