A Day to Relax — Sort of The last Sunday of the Tour always brings us to Paris, where the final yellow jersey will be awarded. Respecting protocol, the peloton will relax a bit today, enjoying the ceremonial cruise onto the Champs-Elysées. With the podium positions established after Saturday’s race, Chris Froome will indulge in a celebratory glass of Champagne with his Sky team members, … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016 — Stage 21: The Peloton Reaches Paris
Saturday, July 23: Megève to Morzine Another day, another awful Alpine stage, or so say the riders. After almost three weeks of battling against Mother Nature, sketchy road conditions, and each other, the peloton has one more challenge to survive before the ceremonial cruise into Paris on Sunday. This one is a beast! On the surface it appears to be a typical mountain stage (i.e., … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage 20 — Drama in the Alps!
Only three days to go until glorious Paris! And from where things stand before Friday’s race to Mont Blanc, it looks like Chris Froome is destined to repeat as Tour champion. But the battle for the other podium places will be hotly contested, with Richie Porte moving quickly up the ranks. While no one seems likely to challenge Froome for the yellow jersey, second and … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage Nineteen, Albertville to Saint-Gervais/Mont Blanc
Sallanches to Megève Thursday’s Race Profile Yes, we just had a time trial in Stage Thirteen. But this one is a MOUNTAIN time trial! Usually a TT course is flat; the challenge comes in riding alone and maintaining your fastest pace without any support. Harder than it sounds, I assure you. But Tour organizers have thrown a nasty twist into the race this year. Look … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage Eighteen (Turkey-Leg Time Trial)
Stage Seventeen, Berne to Finhaut-Emosson No surprise, given the stage profile map, that we find ourselves in Switzerland again today. The peloton will climb steadily, right out of the gate, conquering two Category 3 ascents, followed by a sprint. It is then that the true torture begins: a Category 1 climb up the Col de la Forclaz at 4,600 feet, followed by a perilous … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage Seventeen – Swiss Wine Scavenger Hunt
Monday, July 18th: Moirans-en-Montagne to Berne A Day for Spartacus Tour organizers always like to spread around the glory of cycling’s biggest race. Over the years that has led to the Grand Départ (Stage One) taking place in Yorkshire, England, or in the Netherlands (Utrecht.) And every year the peloton ventures over the border with Spain to play in the craggy peaks of the Pyrénées. … Continue reading A Day for Spartacus: Tour de France by the Glass 2016, Stage Sixteen
Wine As we verge upon the Alps, always a highlight in the Tour, we have an opportunity to visit some lesser-known wine regions and taste different styles of wines than we typically do. Today’s stage puts us squarely within the Vins du Bugey appellation, in the southern Jura Mountains due west of Savoie, which received its AOC approval back in 2009. While official status was … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016 – Stage Fifteen, Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz: Chickens, Bikes, and Wine