PARIS, June 15, 2013 (AFP) – Fans will have the opportunity to commemorate
the 100th edition of the Tour de France this weekend by taking to the course
of cycling’s most famous stage race, two weeks ahead of the Grand Depart.
The Tour will celebrate the milestone on Saturday with a host of events
organised throughout most of France as part of the “Fete du Tour”.
The celebrations are scheduled to take place in all cities through which
the race, which gets underway in Corsica on June 29, will pass with numerous
activities and rides, ranging from the length of an entire stage to shorter
formats of 10 to 50km, planned by tour organizers.
Even the 242.5km ride Givors to Mont Ventoux, which will serve as the
Tour’s 15th stage, will be open for cycling enthusiasts to tackle, although it
will be staggered over two days, allowing for lesser riders to tackle the
race’s longest stage.
Fans will also be able to meet and greet legends such as Bernaud Hinault, a
five-time Tour winner and the last French champion (1985), and two-time victor
Bernard Thevenet, who notably put an end to Belgian great Eddy Merckx’s Tour
The festivities won’t strictly be limited to road cyclist fans either with
events also designed for other disciplines such as BMX and mountain biking
with vintage bike exhibitions and specially-designed circuits for children on
the programme as well.