TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages

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TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages

Postby larscjoh » 28 Jan 2019, 7:35pm

Hi

We are going to Alps to watch stage 16-20, (this is our first time).

When is to mountain-passes closing for traffic(motorhome) and cyclists on stage days?
Like Col du Galibier, Val Thorens, Col de l'Iseran, La Sentinelle?
Do we have to come the afternoon before?

Why isn't stage 17s profil offical yet?


-Lars

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Re: TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages

Postby avalonian » 28 Jan 2019, 7:41pm

I would suggest the day before, especially if you are in a camper van, the mountain stages get full very quickly.

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Re: TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages

Postby andrew_s » 10 Feb 2019, 10:23pm

In general you should work on the basis that a pass will be closed to motor traffic on the day of the race, until after the race has passed through.
Cycle traffic is generally fairly free until maybe an hour before the publicity caravan is due through.
There's always some uncertainty, as what the police accept will depend on how many people are there - eg if the police take the view that all the parking spaces are taken, it is possible that a road gets closed sooner, or if roadside numbers are such that you can't just stop & park your bike, cycling may get stopped sooner.

Detailed timings for the caravan and a fast/medium/slow race will be available before the race, but usually aren't published until a couple of weeks beforehand (i.e. used to be in the Cycling Weekly race issue, but not in anything else available in the UK). If all else fails, look in l'Equipe on the previous day.o
At this stage, it's normal that only the highlights have been published (i.e. stage towns and major cols). The lack of any info for stage 17 means that they aren't going over the Ventoux, nothing more.

Parking a camper van, or car & tent, will depend on how popular the location is. People may park for the Alpe d'Huez two weeks beforehand to bag a good spot, but if the col is fairly early in the stage the previous day may well be OK. The size of the required parking space will doubtless also have a bearing. Bear in mind that if you are not properly off the road, the police may shift you the previous evening, by which time there may not be any alternative location.

Glancing at next year's route, I'd expect the following to be popular enough to require some thought, the Galibier above the Lautaret, top part of the Iseran, Tignes, top 7 km or so of Val Thorens.
Tignes and Val Thorens are sizeable ski resorts, so parking there and riding down to do the spectating may be an option. This would limit picnic provender to what you can carry on the bike, and would also mean you couldn't leave until several hours after the race finished.

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Re: TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages

Postby brynpoeth » 11 Feb 2019, 6:11am

TDC the tragedy of drive-cycling rears its ugly head again
Much better to stay home and watch the race on tivi
Cycling-of course, but it is far better on a Gillott
We love safety cameras & STOP signs

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Re: TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages

Postby TrevA » 16 Feb 2019, 8:32pm

brynpoeth wrote:TDC the tragedy of drive-cycling rears its ugly head again
Much better to stay home and watch the race on tivi


No. Much better to follow by bike. We incorporated watching the Tour into a 2 week cycletour of the Alps. Managed to watch 4 mountain stages and the highlight was jumping in behind the broom wagon after watching the race up the Colombiere climb and being cheered all the way to the top by the spectators.

No doubt you will complain about the Tragedy of Fly Cycling as we flew to Geneva and didn’t cycle all the way from home.

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Re: TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages

Postby brynpoeth » 16 Feb 2019, 11:14pm

TrevA wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:TDC the tragedy of drive-cycling rears its ugly head again
Much better to stay home and watch the race on tivi


No. Much better to follow by bike
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Plus One
Even better to go by train to cycle :wink:
Cycling-of course, but it is far better on a Gillott
We love safety cameras & STOP signs