Le Tour - One Day Ahead 2015

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Following 2015’s hugely successful inaugural event, we are looking for 2016’s 20 cyclists, ready to take on arguably the greatest challenge in sport. Whilst we await the announcement of the full route, you can be sure that it will be as demanding as ever and test your ability to the maximum.

The goal of Le Tour – One Day Ahead is simple; to give you the nearest experience you can get to being part of a pro-team. Full rolling road closures, team bus, service vehicles, motorcycle outriders, dedicated mechanics and full medical, nutritional and sports-physio support as well as the cheers and support of the spectators already lining the course in anticipation of the pros.

As a finale we'll stay two nights at a beautiful 5-star hotel in Paris to celebrate the achievement, recover from the previous 21 days and also to watch the pros arrive the day after. A truly once in a lifetime, bucket list event, that only 20 cyclists can take part in. Please go to the Testimonial page to see images from the 2015 event as well as testimonials from some of the people who took part.

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With a combination of some short punchy climbs early on, the cobbles of the Seraing to Cambrai stage, the brutal 18 hairpin ascent of the Lacets de Montvernier and a classic climax on Alpe d'Huez, the 2015 Tour de France route will challenge all that take part.

The stages:

  • 9 flat stages
  • 1 hilly stage
  • 9 mountain stages including 4 summit finishes (Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson et Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc)
  • 2 individual time trial stages
  • 2 rest days

Featuring the cobbles of Searaing-Cambrai and a summit finish on the infamous Alpe d'Huez.

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Everything you need to know about what you can expect from these inspirational 23 days and what we expect from you.

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Each rider will receive:

Full participation in Le Tour – One Day Ahead, including:

  • Completing the exact Tour de France 2016 route*
  • Cycling with rolling road closures, supported by professional outriders
  • Travel from London to the start and Paris to London, plus all transfers between stages
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the ride period, plus energy snacks and drinks as neededAll meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the ride period, plus energy snacks and drinks as needed
  • Single room hotel accommodation throughout the event
  • Crew support during the ride period, including: mechanics, physiotherapists, nutritionists, paramedic/li>
  • Branded cycling and off-bike kit (bib shorts, jerseys, jackets) (laundered throughout the ride)
  • VIP celebratory dinner at end of event
  • Training plan and loan of the latest Watt Bike
  • Additional support may be made available at a later date as a result of commercial partners.
  • Additional support may be made available at a later date as a result of commercial partners.

* Certain small elements of the route may be subject to change due to limitations of access the day before

Each rider will commit to:

  • Paying £50,000 for the right to participate, to be paid in installments as follows:
  • £10,000 deposit upon committing (refundable initially)
  • £10,000 second payment by 18th December 2015 (£20k now non refundable)
  • £15,000 by 11th March 2016
  • Final £15,000 by 17th June 2016
  • Undertaking an initial fitness check by Wattbike to establish level of fitness to participate
  • Undertaking training programme provided by Wattbike to ensure capable of completing the ride
  • Providing own roadworthy bike, helmet and other personal cycling equipment (Depending on sponsors secured it is possible we will provide equipment)
  • Participating in PR and media activity to promote the ride
  • Release signed permitting photos and video to be used
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An event like Le Tour One Day Ahead requires total commitment, focus, effort and is a considerable physical challenge – it was by some margin the hardest thing I have ever done. An event like this leaves indelible memories, incredible landscapes, terrain, laughs and tears of which there are many but for me the overriding memory was the care and support I received from my many supporters at home and the crew who seemed to enjoy being part of this incredible event as much as the riders.

Stephen Jones, Brewin Dolphin

The most memorable event I have ever had the good fortune to experience. Meticulously organised and with a support crew for whom nothing was too much trouble. That a group of amateur riders who had never ridden together successfully completed every stage of the Tour de France, one day ahead of the professional peloton, is credit to the professionalism, energy and dogged determination of Dan Solley and his illustrious team.

James Maltin, Rathbones

The experience this year was so different to 05. With rolling road closures and moto outriders leading the way we were confident we were always on the right road from start to finish unlike 05 as well as feeling like pro’s shooting through junctions and not stopping for red lights. The support we had gave you the experience any professional would have during a grand tour. Masseurs, medic, support crew, you became a part of a bigger team. A team that delivered an experience of a lifetime.

Geoff Thomas, Edge

I have been a life long fan of the Tour de France, as a keen cyclist every July I watch in admiration and awe as 198 riders at the peak of their fitness take on the challenging route. However, 2015 was a little different, I didn’t get to see much of the race, because I was riding the whole 3400km route “One day Ahead" as part of an organised collective of like minded riders captained by Geoff Thomas. A wannabe pro as a youngster it allowed me and the group the opportunity to ride fully supported under rolling road closures and experience the thrill of being part of a pro team. Fully supported with mechanics, physios and a doctor, Le tour one day ahead was an incredible life changing experience that in a heartbeat I would love to do again.

Hayden Groves, Baxter Storey

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