Finally the day arrived, Sunday 24 July, when 22 teams of elite cyclists roared through Paris for the last leg of the 2016 Tour de France.
And we were at the road side, in the Bois de Boulogne, then raced to the Champs de Elysee, squeezing through the crowds to watch three of the eight final laps through central Paris.
The pack or peloton whizzed by in a blur, blink and you really did miss them.
The tour is the highlight of any cycling fan’s sporting calendar. I have a hunch that one of our summer holidays will be spent in the Alps as King of the Mountains attempts one of the Tour’s mountain stages.
That’s fine by me, I’m happy for a bit of hiking, maybe even a bit of cycling, but I had better be located close to an alpine spa!
Was it good for kids?
- Our kids are older and could get into the event, and they know that daddy is a little crazy about bikes
- The handy Tour de France app, gave us the ETA of the cycling pack which helped time our arrival to watch the cyclists as they approached Paris
- The Bois de Boulogne was an excellent vantage point and was not very busy at all. There’s also the excellent Jardin de Acclimatation if you have little ones
- The Champs de Elysee was more crowded, but less than expected as most Parisians have left for their grande vacance
- It was hot, take lots and lots of water!