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Tackle Le Tour de France with the Tour de Force 2015

by Nick Gregory

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Ever dreamt of riding the Tour de France? Well, now you can! The 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 Tour de Force costs from just £125 a day, including everything from a fully signed route, support from medics, physios and massage therapists, mechanics (including spare parts and spare bikes), luggage transfers and rider transfers between stages 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 feed stops during the day, evey 40km or so.) Phil Deeker, of Rapha Cent Cols fame, is the lead cyclist, and the organisers pride themselves on running the best supported and friendliest event out there. 

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Riders can choose from one of 10 Tour Tasters of between 2 and 21 days. Choose between the flatlands of the North West, the Classics and cobbles of Belgium, the cols of the Pyrenees or Alps and much, much more. 

The 2015 Tour de Force will start on 27 June 2015 in Utrecht, one week ahead of the Tour de France. The route will follow all 21 stages of the 2015 Tour staying, 7 days ahead of the professionals and finishing on 19 July on the Champs Elysees in Paris. 

Be part of the incredible camaraderie created on tour and fundraise for the William Wates Memorial Trust who support charities that help disadvantaged young people to stay away from a life of crime and violence and to realise their own potential. So far, the event has raised a whopping £1.25 million for the Trust. 

The organisers of the Tour de Force have recently confirmed the exciting announcement of their new kit collaboration with Morvélo for 2015. Morvélo, a team of designers with a passion for cycling, produce top-quality, technical kit that is also beautifully designed. They've created a bespoke line of kit for the 2015 event in consultation with previous Tour de Forcers to make sure the styling is just right. 

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Sales for the 2015 Tour de Force opened a week ago and have already almost sold out! Just 25 places remain in total, and only five on the 'Lifer' tour - the full 21 stage option. 

Other options include TT4 - taking in the historic cycling heartland of the mountainous Pyrenees, home to legendary climbs such as the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Solour, Hautacam, Peyresourde and Aspin. There is also the option to enter as a team of 7+ riders. TTs 1 and 2 - in the north - particularly lend themselves to teams of mixed ability given the flattish terrain and unique challenge of the cobbles! For team entry click HERE

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 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)  

For more information visit www.tourdeforce.org.uk