The renowned Tour de France will kick-off on the 2nd July 2016 from Mont-St Michel before concluding on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on the 24th July. Stage six will take riders down the rolling hillsides of South-West France, before their hilly ascent to the Lac de Payolle in the Pyrénées Mountains at the end of stage 7. It is during stage six that the Tour de France will pass nearby La Durantie, through the Garrigue forest situated in the Tarn department before arriving in the town of Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne).
The cyclists will ride through the Midi-Pyrénées during five different stages, a full list can be seen below:
- 7th July 2016: 6th stage, Arpajon sur Cère – Montauban (187 km)
- 8th July 2016: 7th stage, L’Isle Jourdain – Lac de Payolle (162 km)
- 9th July 2016: 8th stage, Pau – Bagnères de Luchon (183 km)
- 10th July 2016: 9th stage, Vielha Val d’Aran – Andorra Arcalis (184 km)
- 12th July 2016: 10th stage, Andorra Escaldes Engordany – Revel (198 km)
The Tour de France is the third most popular sporting event in the world, after the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup, attracting a worldwide television audience of 3.5 billion people per year. Chris Froome ranked number 32 in the world and Geraint Thomas ranked 36 in the world are two of the 29 Britons in the Team Sky (GB) line-up this year.
With the Tour de France beginning this July, The Tarn is set to become a popular destination for lycra-loving Britons seeking new cycling spots to explore. The area’s diverse and dramatic landscape lends itself perfectly to being discovered by bike, with endless cycling routes right on the doorstep of La Durantie.
Popular routes include the expansive Gaillac wine region or the “Circuit des Crêtes”, a 65km cycling route passing through some of The Tarn’s hidden treasures including the famous bastide village of Cordes-sur-Ciel built on a rocky outcrop overlooking vineyards and rolling hills. More adventurous routes include cycling through the Monts de Lacaune, a verdurous forest in the heart of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Park home to the Lake of Laouzas, a natural swimming lake perfect for cooling- off after a day of cycling in hot summer temperatures.
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