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Tackle This Year's Tour de France Route with the Tour de Force 2014

by Nick Gregory

Ever dreamt of riding the Tour de France route? Wondered if it's even possible to take on such an epic challenge? The Tour de Force offers you the opportunity to find out. Follow in the footsteps of your heroes by riding not just one stage, but multiple stages and even the entire route of the Tour de France 2014.

Tour de Force offers a fully supported event that follows the same route as the pros, just one week ahead of the actual Tour. The route is fully signed and supported with medics, physios, massage therapists and mechanics (including spare parts and spare bikes) so that even if your bike and body are letting you down, they'll do everything possible to keep you cycling.

Bike transport is offered to get your bike to and from France safely, saving you the hassle of flying with it. Luggage and rider transfers between stages are also provided where needed. Hotels are all included in the cost as well as all food (3 course evening meal and breakfast in the hotel, and at least 4 fantastic feed stops during the day - every 40km or so). Phil Deeker of Rapha/Cents Col Challenge fame leads the events, and the team pride themselves on running the best supported and friendliest event out there.

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Tour Tasters

Choose from one of ten Tour Tasters of between two and ten days (all places to ride the entire 2014 route have sold out). Choose between Yorkshire, the mountains, the cobbles and more. Be part of the incredible camaraderie created on tour and fundraise for the William Wates Memorial Trust, who support charities helping disadvantaged young people stay away from a life of crime and violence, and to realise their own potential. By signing up to take part in the Tour de Force, you commit to a fundraising minimum (details can be found here). 

Fundraising

Support and resources are provided for your fundraising effort. Will's family all take part in the Tour each year, whether it be a time trial stage for his Dad, or one of his four brothers cycling multiple stages. The WWMT is a very personal, family-run Trust, and that close family feel extends onto the Tour itself. For the majority of riders, the support and involvement of the Trustees on Tour is a significant factor in their empathy for, and appreciation of, the Trust's work.

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What the riders say

Here's what previous Tour de Force riders have to say:

"Amazing! I can't tell people enough how well organised and run it was. It was one of the best and hardest things I've ever done and left me with some brilliant memories. I still can't get over how hard working yet friendly, warm, funny, interesting and engaging the staff were." 

(John, London, 2013 Cyclist)

"The thing that struck me the most was the 'tone' that you set for the event ... you brilliantly managed to allow the testosterone-fuelled experts feel fulfilled as well as keeping the intermediate cyclists fully included and feeling special. Brilliant!" 

(Simon, Aberdeen, 2013 Cyclist

"The fact that I was able to raise much more than my £1500 fund raising target is a testament to the quite extraordinary reason that the WWMT exists: principally that as a family, you chose such a way to remember Will and create a legacy that will far outlive the sad and wasteful circumstances of his passing. It was a privilege to be able to contribute towards furthering the goals of the WWMT." 

(Chris Winstanley, North West, 2012 Cyclist

Join the Tour de Force today, and make 2014 a year to remember.