Friday, May 20, 2005

Going to see Lance

I’ve bought tickets, and have a preliminary itinerary.

I’m flying into Heathrow on July 11th. Then I’m jumping over to London Luton for a flight to Grenoble France with several friends from Seattle who work in Edinburgh. We stay the night in Grenoble and begin following the Tour on stage 10 from Grenoble to Courchevel. We’ll camp in Briancon for a couple of nights, and then camp on the Mediterranean near Montpellier for a few nights. We then fly out from Nimes back to Luton and I return from Heathrow.

Lots of things to be excited about, but I’m hoping to see the finish in Courchevel (though coordination might make that hard) and the summit of the Col du Galibier (stage 11) where I’m hoping to take a rental bike from Briancon in reverse up to the top of the climb (about 40k and 1500m vertical).

We don’t have almost anything planned out beyond that (e.g. what to do when not watching the race, eating, etc.) but that’s part of what makes it exciting. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Thanks Shiree for letting me do this! I’m very much looking forward to it.


  1. awesome!!! take lots of pics :( dang..
    did you catch any tour de shenandoah ;) the downtown crit was good...

  2. I'm definitely going to take a lot of pictures! Watch for a crazy American with a flag unfurled cheering on Discovery Channel ;)
    Nah, I didn't catch Tour de Shenandoah, and I really regret that. I did follow it in the paper though. Small town story... The front-page of the DNR on the day after the crit. had a photo with an elderly friend (90 something) spectating from her front-porch. Would've been a great place to watch.