The fête du Tour

The fête du Tour

On your bike for the Fête du Tour!

On Saturday 31st May 2014, towns along the Tour de France route will host a range of events to celebrate the Fête du Tour, which this year coincides with the Fête du Vélo. Roughly a month before the 101st edition of the Tour de France begins, the champions will hand over the roads of France (and England!) to seasoned amateurs and complete beginners, those who get on their bikes regularly and those who do so rarely, those who are regular enthusiasts and those who just want to give it a shot.

To whet the appetites of all bike lovers, events and bike rides will be organised in all the towns featuring on the 2014 Tour de France route. The most courageous can try some stages of the Tour in their entirety. For others, shorter distances are available, ranging between ten and fifty kilometres. These are non-competitive events and no rankings will be compiled. The first and foremost aim is enjoyment and fun!

Below you will find a list of the events organised near you.

Huddersfield (Yorkshire)

Brian Robinson, the first British cyclist to win a Tour de France stage back in 1958, will join cyclists from far and wide to take part in the “Real Community Tour” in Huddersfield. Bicycles will be available for participants and they will be rewarded with lots of goodies.

Brighouse (Yorkshire)

In order to celebrate the Tour de France in Yorkshire, a local bakery is turning its hand to French baking. Visitors will be able to taste croissants, pains au chocolat, French baguettes, and organic Yorkshire bread, as well as preparing and cooking these great French classics themselves.

Wilsden (Yorkshire)

On 31st May, the village hall in Wilsden will hold a Beer Festival on the theme of “Cycling in Yorkshire” with beers from three different areas. Cyclists are invited to cycle to Wilsden and quench their thirst with a pint. Non-alcoholic drinks are also available.

London

Around a month before the arrival of Cavendish and his team mates at the Olympic Park, London will host a number of free events for all the family. A bike fair, a BMX demonstration and an exhibition of historical photos of the Tour de France will be on show. In addition, the police will hold training sessions on road safety for cyclists. Transport For London is inviting everyone involved in British cycling, as well as Vélo-gogo and the Fondation Marie Curie, to join the party.

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

Programme yet to be announced.

Lille Métropole

10am on Sunday 1st June marks the start of a bike ride covering the last eight kilometres of the 4th stage of the Tour (Le Touquet-Paris-Plage - Lille Métropole) which will take place on Tuesday 8th July. Music is on the agenda, with refreshments offered to all participants before they jump on the bikes decorated with the Tour de France colours (free balloons will be distributed). After crossing what will be the official finish line on 8th July, kids and adults will be able to take part in numerous events in the square at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, which will conclude with a prize-giving and awarding of certificates to all participants. The day will continue with the Association Droit aux Vélos (ADAV) which is organising a picnic, bike rides and an afternoon of fun at the Parc du Héron in Villeneuve d'Ascq.

Register now on lillemetropole.fr/fetedutour!

Ypres

Ypres is preparing to welcome the Tour de France. As the only Belgian town on the 2014 Tour, it is inviting all amateur Belgian cyclists to the Fête du Tour to take part in this event. And because Ypres is close to the French border, our Flemish friends in France are particularly welcome. Information on bike rides suitable for all the family will be available at the Tour stand at the Grand Place. There are four circuits available: the Yellow route (a gentle bike ride), the Green route (a flat circuit), the Spotty route (a hilly bike ride) and the White route (a bike ride for all the family). After the Fête du Tour, these four circuits will continue to be available until the end of the summer. And because the Tour de France route is also dedicated to commemorating the First World War, the cycle routes will cross through fields of poppies, symbols of the tragedy of the Great War.

Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Programme yet to be announced.

Arras

Programme yet to be announced.

Reims

As part of its initiative to promote cycling, the town of Reims will adopt cycling as its theme from the school spring break until 10th July 2014, including a travelling exhibition from 31st May to 10th July. This will be conducted as a partnership between the town of Reims, USEP Reims and the Department of Education, on the theme of “The Tour de France, the bike, and the town of Reims”. Panels will be exhibited in different public buildings in Reims before being brought together on 10th July for an exhibition at the Maison de la Vie Associative in Reims.

Epernay

On Saturday 31st May, discover bike touring around the Communauté de Communes d'Epernay Pays de Champagne (CCEPC). After a group departure at 9.30am at the Parc de l'Hôtel de Ville (on the famous Avenue de Champagne), the route will follow the itinerary which the Tour de France riders will take on 11th July. At Chouilly, various circuits over 20, 36 and 42 kilometres will be suggested throughout the Communauté de Communes. These routes will take cyclists through the Côteaux Champenois around the outskirts of Epernay, famous for its prestigious champagne vineyards. These fairly flat circuits are a perfect introduction to the Champagne countryside for bike touring, both for beginners and the more experienced cyclist. Focus on the route while your children are looked after and entertained with free events in the gardens of the Hôtel de Ville. Come and join in, it's free!

Nancy

“Everyone in yellow!” the Fête du Tour in Greater Nancy

A few weeks before the Tour de France passes through Nancy, which hosts the finish line of the 7th stage on Friday 11th July and departure of the 8th stage in Tomblaine the next day, the Communauté Urbaine du Grand Nancy is organising “La Fête du Tour”, two days of festivities dedicated to cycling and highlights from the Tour's history. After the traditional Fête du Vélo through the streets of the town on Saturday 31st May, a big free bike tour will be organised by Grand Nancy, the Maison du Vélo du Grand Nancy, and the ASPTT Nancy Cyclotourisme on Sunday 1st June. With three circuits to choose from, covering 30, 60 or 100 kilometres, there is something for everyone and for all abilities. On the occasion of the centenary commemorations for the First World War, these routes give you the opportunity to cycle through landscapes brimming with history, the theatre for the Battle of Grand Couronné in September 1914. The circuit will finish with a big picnic at the Parc de la Pépinière in Nancy, with a wide range of entertainment planned. And to make sure these festivities are THE place to be before the Tour, everyone is asked to come dressed in yellow, and in to adopt a “retro” attitude!

Find out more on www.grand-nancy.org

Tomblaine

As part of the Fête du Tour et du Vélo, Tomblaine is getting ready to welcome the Tour de France to the town on Saturday 12th July.

Shopkeepers and residents of Tomblaine will try to outdo one another in a competition to find the best decorated shops and houses on the theme of cycling and in the colours of the Tour. The “Pédalez pour Tomblaine” initiative will also be launched on the morning of Saturday 31st May, with the installation of a home-trainer in the town hall. The objective is to get residents to pedal the 161 kilometres of the 8th stage of the Tour. Every two weeks, participants will have the chance to be selected and awarded a prize at the town hall, following a lucky draw.

Gérardmer

La Perle des Vosges is a stage of the Tour de France this year. To celebrate and prepare for this prominent event, the town, in partnership with the Tourist Office, is organising the Fête du Tour on Saturday 31st May. At Mauselaine, mountain bike events will take place from 2pm. Two 13km and 26km routes, an introductory mountain bike circuit for children and demonstrations of electric bicycles are on the agenda. Pop group “Beautiful Garage” will close the event with a concert at 4.30. Several prizes are also up for grabs for those who have taken part in the event organised in the Tourist Office, Place des Déportés, from 31st May to 11th July. This consists of pedalling (on an exercise bike) the total number of kilometres which the riders will cover in the Tour. Those who have taken part, and filled in a participation form, can win (among other things), tickets for seats at the finish line on 12th July.

Mulhouse

In light of the Mulhouse stage of the Tour de France on Sunday 13th and Monday 14th July, the “Fête du Tour”, incorporating the annual event entitled “Faites du Sport”, will allow families to follow the first part of the route that the Tour professionals will take on 14th July. The start of this cycle tour, which consists of a 25 km loop, is set for 10am on Sunday 1st June, at the Illberg square. The circuit, which is open to all, passes through various communes of the city (Illzach, Kingersheim, Wittenheim, and Ruelisheim where there will be a refreshment stop), before returning to Mulhouse. At the same time, various stands and entertainment (BMX, hand bikes, trial biking, etc.) connected with cycling will take place on the square.

Participants can register on the day or in advance at the La Concorde Mulhouse cycle club: cclaconcordemulhouse@estvideo.fr / + 33 (0) 3 89 60 45 33.

La Planche des Belles Filles

On Saturday 31st May, get a preview of the two ascents which will feature in the 10th stage of the Tour de France in Haute-Saône! The Conseil Général de la Haute-Saône, in partnership with the departmental committees of the Fédération Française de Cyclisme (FFC) and the Fédération Française de Cyclotourism (FFCT) are offering road bike and mountain bike rides:

Road routes: 28km starting at Servance, climbing the Col des Chevrères (914 metres high) and the Planche des Belles Filles, or 9km starting from Plancher-les-Mines, for those who don't want to attempt the final climb.

Mountain biking: a 25km route starting at La Planche des Belles Filles and looping through the stunning environment of the upper Rahin valley.

For non-cyclists and families, several activities are offered at La Planche des Belles Filles, including “Rollerbe”, tubing and a bike handling workshop.

Find out more on www.stationdelaplanche.fr – Événements VELO 2014

Besançon

Programme yet to be announced.

Oyonnax

On Saturday 31st May, the town of Oyonnax and the Communauté de Communes Haut Bugey is organising the Fête du Tour, in partnership with local cycling organisations: USO Cyclisme, Haut Bugey VTT, Trispiridon, Véloyo, Entente Cycliste du Haut Bugey, Entente Cycliste Arbent Marchon, Ambition Cyclisme Fémin’ain and La Forestière.

Free bike-themed entertainment (obstacle courses, free tests of electrical bicycles, trial demonstrations) will take place from 2pm to 7pm, at the Robert Sautin nautical centre car park, where the finish line of the 11th stage of the Tour de France between Besançon and Oyonnax will be on Wednesday 16th July. For only €2, aquabike fun is also on offer inside the nautical centre.

Come and join in the fun ... bring your bike!

Bourg-en-Bresse

Programme yet to be announced.

Saint-Étienne

On Saturday 31st May, St Etienne will preview a few stages of the Tour de France, which will pass through the region in July.

The Parc François Mitterrand will play host to bikes of all shapes and sizes: customised, sports, dismantled ... and everyone can join in! Entertainment is planned throughout the afternoon.

Three bike rides are also organised:

Just like the professionals, cycle along the circuit of the 12th stage of the Tour de France, and the start of the 13th stage, by registering for one of two challenging cycling events (152km and 90km).

If you are feeling a little less athletic, choose the 10km urban bike ride, with a free visit to emblematic sites in Saint-Etienne (Zénith, Cité du Design, Stade Geoffroy Guichard, etc.).

More info on www.lacyrildessel.fr.

Tallard - Risoul / Hautes-Alpes

Programme yet to be announced.

Carcassonne

To mark the Fête du Tour et du Vélo, a cycling tour of the town will be open to all Carcassonne residents. From 2pm, the bike ride (supervised by the local police) will start by pedalling through the town's boulevards before leading, for more experienced riders, onto bike circuits organised by the C.T.C, C.V.C, AUD’2 V, ATAC and VTT Palaja clubs. In addition to these two 15km and 38km bike rides, there are nine mountain bike routes. The event will close at 5pm with celebratory refreshments being served to all the day's participants. While the bike rides are taking place, the Club de Triathlon de Carcassonne will organise bike handling workshops under the careful eye of its state qualified monitor. The Comité Départemental de la Prévention Routière (Departmental Road Safety Committee) will also hold workshops around road safety and bicycles.

Bagnères-de-Luchon

Luchon's past is intricately linked to the Tour de France, and this year it is organising, for the first time, entertainment for the Fête du Tour. The GSC Blagnac Vélo Sport 31 club is hosting a 3.2km bike tour around Luchon, which will retrace the history of the town (two start times: 11.30am and 3.30pm). Mountain bike fans can head off with two monitors for a 6km tour around Luchon (four start times: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm). A wide range of entertainment will be organised on the square in front of the thermal baths. Games will be set up to provide an introduction to mountain biking, cycling in general, and Segways. At lunchtime, an aperitif and barbecue will be available around the bandstand. Free snacks will also be distributed to all participants at 5pm.

Saint-Lary-Soulan

As part of the Fête du Tour, the Conseil Général des Hautes Pyrénées will showcase the Saint-Gaudens-Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet stage. It will organise a recce of the route by a group of fifty athletes, led by Olympic snowboarding medallist Paul Henri De La Rue, from the Saint-Lary Soulain club. After the cyclists have passed the Raymond Poulidor plaque, whose victory at the Pla d'Adet stage 40 years ago will be celebrated on Wednesday 23rd July, the riders will cross the finish line of the 17th stage of the 2014 Tour. From 6pm, pre-war vehicles from the Rallye des Stations Thermales, which will also have left from Saint Gaudens, will arrive in the village of Saint-Lary, before being exhibited alongside bicycles from the era in the gardens of the thermal baths. Several Pyrennees-themed events will take place here, including traditional songs, local produce, etc.

Pau

“On your bike” in Pau on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 2014.

As a prelude to the Tour de France, which passes through Pau on 24th July, bike lovers will get together on 31st May and 1st June to celebrate the Fête du Tour et du Vélo. A number of events will be organised in the town: bike tours, rides and races, a vintage bicycle parade, mountain bike demonstrations, etc.

On Your Bike! - an event for all ages, for cyclists on their own or with children.

The complete programme can be found on www.pau.fr

Hautacam

Numerous events will take place at the Domaine du Hautacam from 10am on Saturday 31st May. An introduction to all-terrain scooters and mountainboards by More Mountainboard, bike rental by O2 Cycle, demonstrations and an introduction to electric mountain bikes, demonstrations of trial and downhill cycling by Pyrenissime Vélo Sport, and a presentation of old mountain bikes by VTT ô Pyrénéen will be the highlights of this Tour de France themed day. Bike rides, open to all, will also be organised by the Lourdes VTT club. From 1pm, cyclists can climb from Argelès-Gazost up the Hautacam on electrically-assisted bikes.

Exceptionally, the chair lifts will be open to bikes at the Hautacam leisure centre, giving the public the opportunity to take part in other activities: Mountain Luge, walks etc.

More information on www.hautacam.com or on + 33 (0) 5 62 97 10 16.

Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour

Programme yet to be announced.

Bergerac

Programme yet to be announced.

Périgueux

On Saturday 31st May, the town of Périgueux will join in the Fête du Tour celebrations to mark the 101st Tour de France, which will go through Périgueux, and cycling in general. From 10.30am, a bike ride will take place from Bergerac, which will cover the entire time trial stage that the professionals will complete on 26th July 2014. Two options are available for amateurs: a 24km route with a rural picnic at Villamblard, or the full route, with refreshments at Périgueux.

Information and registrations on www.letourabergerac.fr

From 2pm to 6pm, things step up a gear. On the Place Bugeaud, the town centre of Périgueux will provide an introduction to cycling in all its forms, with a host of free entertainment, organised in partnership with local associations. Cycling, rollerskating, skateboarding and hand biking will all feature.

All information and the programme are available on the website www.letouraperigueux.fr

Évry

The “Rando Vélo” in Essonne: a preview of the 2014 Tour de France

On Sunday 1st June, every cyclist’s dream will become a reality in Évry. To mark the Fête du Vélo, the town of Évry, the Évry Centre Essonne and the Conseil Général de l’Essonne are organising a public bike ride, the “Rando Vélo”, open to all, along the route of the last stage of the 2014 Tour. The objective of this bike ride is to enable everyone from the area to try out the start of the official route which cyclists in the Tour de France will take on the last day. It all kicks off at 10am at the Place des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen in Evry, the location for the “ceremonial start” of the last stage. Just like the professionals, the cyclists on 1st June will “parade” through the first kilometres of the route, pedalling up the Champs-Élysées d’Évry (a nod and a wink to the official finish line) then through the Champtier du Coq and Des Pyramides quarters. They then continue to Courcouronnes and the old racecourse at Ris-Orangis, where the future Rugby Stadium is planned for 2017. To register, simply call + 33 (0) 1 60 91 93 60 or send an email to randovelo@cg91.fr

Média Pitchounes, à Toulouse

As part of its “Le Tour au Pied des Tours” project, the Média Pitchounes organisation will join in the Fête du Tour on Saturday 31st May, around the Bagatelle quarter in Toulouse. Several partners will take part this year, to share the enthusiasm for the Tour de France with an underprivileged urban area. This year, in order to mark the commemoration of the First World War, the Place du Marché in Bagatelle will recreate the style of the war-time period, with fun events around cycling (introduction to mountain biking, BMX, mono-cycle, hand bike, etc. and bike themed events for 6-17 year olds), recreating 14 of the 15 stages of the 1914 Tour de France. A start village will also be organised, with information stands and games for all the family. The Centre Culturel de Bagatelle will perform “Poilu's Park”, marking the 15th stage of the 1914 Tour, featuring children dressed up and playing the various characters of the time (Jean Jaurès, Henri Desgranges, Philippe Thys, etc.). This village, which will recreate a market from the turn of the century, will also screen films dedicated to the Tour de France and sport in 1914-1918, as well as a radio set, ballroom dancing, music from the time and an exhibition of headlines from the period. The race jerseys will also be awarded here on the podium, with goodies for all children who have taken part in the 15 stages of the Tour de France 1914!

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