This bucket list experience literally fell into my lap with no pre-thought at all. I just so happened to be lucky enough to have booked my week away in Paris on the same dates that the Tour De France was finishing on the Champs-Elysees.
The best part of all was that we did not even realise this was the case until the day before the end of the Tour when it was mentioned in passing by our tour guide for the Eiffel Tower. The next day we headed down to the Champs-Elysees to see what was going on and roughly when were the cyclists going to arrive.
After being told multiple different times, we concluded that we had plenty of time to head off and come back a few hours later.
When we arrived back on the afternoon the whole of the Champs-Elysees had gotten a lot busier so we decided to stand by the railings as the women cyclists were just starting to come round.
Long story short….We stood in the freezing cold rain for 3 hours in shorts with a broken umbrella to watch the much anticipated cyclists arrive!
It was a long 3 hours but it was such an amazing experience that it was all worth it to see hundreds of cyclists arrive and do eight laps of the Champs-Elysees.
Unfortunately due to the imminent danger of frost bite or a hectic cold setting in we only managed to watch 4 circuits before concluding it was best to head off, luckily it was only a quick walk back to the hotel and we watched the end of the race on the TV. Which if I am honest was better as we could watch the action at the finish line as we were nowhere near it on the street.
There is still so much to see…