Le Tour De France 2015

Le Tour de France was well underway in France come early July. Luckily for me, on the fourth day of the race, the finish point was no other than the town of Cambrai, a small northern city where one of my colleagues happens to live! Even better, her husband works for Le Mairie (the Town Hall) and therefore we were able to score a private viewing room in a building on the racing street, as well as VIP access to the after party, which included drinking very expensive champagne and 18-year-old whisky, as well as nibbling on exquisite French desserts among some very important people.

IMG_9325Before the race


About an hour or so before the riders come through, Le Tour de France is full of sponsorships and advertisements whom take the streets first!





And then… here come the riders!








I’m really glad I got to see Le Tour de France during my time in France. Have you ever seen it live?



13 thoughts on “Le Tour De France 2015

    1. thanks for the link!

      Great article by the way! I agree with all of those things!

      I also think that as locals we should search local discounts, store cards, etc! 🙂

  1. You had a great spot! They came by very close to where I used to work in Tours a couple of years ago, but I couldn’t go. I’m not a fan, but as you say, it would be nice to see once.

  2. I’m not a huge fan of cycling. Unless you are at the start or in the finish, you only see athletes for few seconds. Not my cup of tea. When I was in Paris for the final lap of the Tour the France few years ago, I rather went for a day trip to the French countryside than queuing at the Champs Elysees to see the race.

    1. Yeah, it’s not something I’ll go out of my way to do/see again unless I’m in Paris for the finish! But still, something cool and cultural all the same

  3. I’ve only seen it on TV and honestly I just can’t get on board. It seems so dull to me! I’m a terrible sports fan. But it looks more fun in person! I didn’t know about all those sponsors/advertisers – those chicken trucks are hilarious. Looks like you had a pretty good view!

    1. Ha I’m with you there! I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to see it, but as it was so close and we had a place to stand it was cool !! I didn’t know about the sponsors either! X

  4. I actually saw the Tour de France live – in Leeds, England. Last year, the opening stage was held in West Yorkshire’s largest city and it was amazing to see the whole city in the streets.

  5. It passed through Lille last year and right by where I was working. I got some free candy from the promotional vans, but there dangerous! They literally hurl the stuff. When they were throwing bottles of water, I hid behind other people. Then the riders came through. 5 seconds later, it was over. lol

    1. I think France needs to take some lessons from the Americans when I comes to parades! I watched from atop so I was a bit away from all the action! You’re right though, it’s like a roller coaster ride- all the wait for a minute of thrill!

      1. Well, this isn’t quite a parade (though I totally agree for when they do parades). This was just for the sponsors to do the marketing thing 🙂

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