20 July 2013

Paris here we come!

Party in Paris

Suddenly there is a lightness, a collective exhale. We made it through 22 days. The reward - a grand evening in Paris, tomorrow. Yippee! I think we can all sense the change in mood as the Tour wraps up and 170 riders will get to first race, then parade, through the streets of Paris. Can you imagine the parties in the city of Paris tomorrow night?!

Sunset on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.  Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Time for more wheelies over the cobbles!

Today in the 2013 Tour de France, Peter Sagan secured his green jersey for certain and celebrated with a wheelie. Fulfilling his pledge to pop a wheelie on every HC climb of the Tour. Done.
Peter Sagan thrills the crowds as his teammates bring the green jersey up the final climb of the 2013 Tour de France. Photo credit itv4.
The original - Robbie Mc Ewen, circa 2004, in the green jersey on Alpe d'Huez.

Peter Sagan's hands-free wheelie on Alpe d'Huez at the 2013 Tour de France.

See you in Paris!

Or at least I will be there in spirit. Europeans will have to stay up late to watch the celebration (we know they will take the opportunity to party), Americans will have to get back from their Sunday morning bike rides a little early, and Australians will definitely loose sleep over the finish in Paris (pre wee hours of the morning for them).

According to Steve at Steephill.TV, we can expect the start and finish times in Paris for the final stage of the Tour de France tomorrow to be (central Europe and mountain daylight times):

Stage 21 start time: Sunday 17:45 CET (9:45:00 AM MDT); Weather for Versailles, France
Earliest live video: 17:45 CET (9:45:00 AM MDT); Live/delayed coverage options
Approximate finish: 21:45 CET (1:45:00 PM MDT); Weather for Paris, France

100th race

La Rondonnée du Tour 

This year for the 100th race of the Tour de France there will be a large parade in Paris to celebrate, there is also a special photographic exhibit and plenty of parties planned and a planned citizen bike ride. To be there on the Champs Élysées will be fantastic. The 100th Tour de France only happens once. Or maybe twice.

Announcement on the official letour.com website: "... the public will be invited to join in the show by taking part in a gran fondo on the final circuit used by the riders several hours later. Thousands of fans, clad in yellow jerseys, are expected to celebrate the Tour and act as forerunners while enjoying a great ride in the streets of Paris."
Route map of 2013 La Rondonnee du Tour in Paris for Tour de France

2013: To participate in this year's ride event and cycle along Les Champs-Elysées, Avenue de Rivoli, Place de l’Etoile, visit or register at: La Rondonnée du Tour


Please also read: Tour Travel - Tour de France after Stage 20 and Stage 21 Race Day Planning.

The day in Paris - Sunday,  21 Juillet
14h30 La Rondonnée du Tour départ et arrivée avenue Foch – Paris 16e
17:45 CET, Stage Start gardens of Château de Versailles
18h01 Caravan enters Avenue des Champs-Élysées 
19h51 Entrée sur le circuit final on Champs-Élysées
21h35 Tour de France complete
Podium Presentation
Team procession - 1 victory lap  sorry, not performed this year 
Celebration for the 100th Tour de France (like watching the closing ceremony of the Olympics)

Paris Landmarks - recognizing Paris from above, a photo collection:

Related posts about Paris by Pedal Dancer®: 
The Missing Years 100th, about the race preceding and following the war years. 
Riding La Randonnee du Centenaire in 2003
I'm in Paris (tips for viewing the final stage)
Ah Paris!
Final Stage Tour de France - 2010
Guess Where? #1
Guess Where? #4
Guess Where? #5
Guess Where? #7
Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®

Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®

Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®

Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®

All of my posts from the 2013 Tour de France are listed at the top of this page: 2013 TOUR DE FRANCE