MAMIL heaven, Tour de France 2016

MAMIL heaven, Tour de France 2016

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!



  1. Phoebe | Lou Messugo
    August 10, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    The TDF has been through my town twice recently and both times were great fun; even the waiting….then the caravan, then blink and you miss them, but an iconic French sporting event which needs to be experienced at least once. #AllAboutFrance
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    • Tooting Mama
      August 11, 2016 / 11:19 am

      The TDF is an amazing experience. Two years ago we saw the time trials in Bergerac, that was great a real up close and personal experience with those Elite riders. We’ll be around for next year’s TDF, no doubt a certain MAMIL is counting down the days!

  2. August 5, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Sounds like a great day! We were lucky enough to watch a stage of the Tour de France in 2013. I loved watching the ‘caravan’ go past ahead of the riders (and my kids loved all the freebies!). It was great to witness such an iconic sporting event first hand but watching the cyclists as they headed for the finish line must be very special.

    • Tooting Mama
      August 5, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      It was a brilliant day. We caught the Tour two years ago in Bergerac watching time trials which is really great if you want more than just a glimpse of the cyclists. We’ll be back next year!

  3. August 4, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    The year we caught the Tour we chose a small town in central France – closer to our home at the time, but without the stress of the crowds and congestion. Plus, the trucks preceeding the cyclists are half the fun! However, I can imagine the anticipation of the crowd lends a whole different feel to the event, and maybe someday we’ll have another opportunity to catch tdf! #AllAboutFrance

    • Tooting Mama
      August 5, 2016 / 6:43 pm

      Wow that must have been really great, it’s brilliant watching the lead up. It was great to be in Paris with the crowds and the atmosphere. I do hope you get to catch the Tour again.

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