The First Annual L'Avant Tour: A One-Day Alpine Cycling Event for All…

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For only 5 euros you have the chance to experience a piece of cycling history as you cycle the same roads that the pros race in the Tour de France! From Albertvílle to St-Jean-de-Mauríenne, you'll cycle the last 80 kilometers of the first big alpine stage featured in the Tour. This non-competitive event takes place one day before the actual professional stage. Registration is available to anyone that wishes to join.

2010 marks the first of many years for the one-day cycle touring event in the French Alps called l'Avant Tour. This cycling event will occur on July 12th and will take cyclists from Albertvílle to St-Jean-de-Mauríenne. The concept is simple. Any cyclist over the age of 15 is welcome to register for this non-competitive cycling event and will ride the last 80 kilometers of the first big alpine stage of the 2010 Tour de France (Stage 9- June 13, 2010). That's right- you now have the opportunity to go cycling on the very same roads that the pros will race the next day!

Each year in July, the Tour de France has brought both old and new cycling enthusiasts together to witness, hands-down, the most physically challenging sporting event in the world. Thousands of people from around the world travel throughout France to line the streets and watch their favorite athletes, however, the Alps mountain stages unquestionably draw the largest and most devoted crowds. For over a century, the beauty of the alps landscape and the raw, physical battle between man, mountain and machine have provided a captivating combination all to enjoy. It is for this reason that the organizers of the l'Avant Tour have decided to create an event that will allow all physically capable cycling enthusiasts to take their passion for cycling and the Tour de France to a more interactive level... to actually be able to cycle one of the same routes in the Alps as the pros.

Entry cost to sign up for the event before the 5th of July is only 5 euros and the cost for sign-up on race day will be 8 euros. The l'Avant Tour is a non-competitive cycling event in the Alps, meaning it is not timed, there are no assigned handlebar numbers, and a finishing order is not established. The start of the race will be between 7 and 9 am on July 12th, 2010 in the town hall courtyard of Albertvílle. Cyclists will cover a total of 87 kilometers and will ascend the classic Col de la Madeleine (1,993 meters) before reaching the tour's destination city of St-Jean-de-Mauríenne. After the race, cyclists will enjoy a pasta party, Tour de France souvenir, and a drawing of large prizes including a one-week holiday at Saint-Francois-Longchamp and tickets to the VIP tribute at the finish of the 9th Tour de France stage.

If you have planned to view the 2010 Tour de France in person, we highly suggest you register for the l'Avant Tour event. Cyclomundo (http://www.cyclomundo.com), a cycle touring company based in the French Alps, will be organizing tour packages for the 2011 l'Avant Tour which will include accommodations, transportation and entry to the event and bike rentals (if needed). So, if you haven't made plans to experience the 2010 Tour de France this summer, keep in mind you'll be able to book a cycling tour package to participate in part of the first mountain stage of next year's tour!

For more information and to download the 2010 l'Avant Tour entry form, please visit: http://mairie.albertville.com/InfoliveDocuments/sport/avant_tour_web.pdf
(If you would prefer an entry form in English, please contact Cyclomundo)

Information regarding 2011 l'Avant Tour packages will soon be available at: http://www.cyclomundo.com/

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