Ride the Tour de France route a week ahead of the Pros

With the Tour de Force challenge

Tour de Force

Looking for a challenge to start training for over the winter months? Do you dream of riding part, or the entire Tour de France route? Join the BikeRadar Training Tour de Force group and take part in this great challenge!


The Tour de Force challenges individuals and corporate teams to cycle part, or all, of the route of the Tour de France, cycling one week ahead of the Pros. Riders raise funds for the William Wates Memorial Trust a grants giving charity which supports disadvantaged young people.

If you think this is the kind of challenge for you, make sure you check out the BikeRadar Training Tour de Force group where you can chat to other members taking part in the challenge and share training tips. Also if you need some training structure take a look at our professional training plans that will help boost your fitness and stamina in 8 weeks!

Tour de Force details

On 22nd June 2013, the riders will gather in Corsica. They stay one week ahead of the professionals, finishing 3500km and 21 stages later on the Champs Elyssees in Paris. There are roughly 30 spaces for ‘Lifers,’ those riders who want to ride the entire Tour de France route and around 170 for cyclists taking part in the ‘Tour Taster.’ These are packages of between one and ten day and stages range from time trial stages to 30km climbs.

Riders are professionally supported throughout with a fully signed route, luggage transfers, medical and physio support, mechanical support, accommodation and all food and drink along the route.

The routes and tour taster stages will be announced on the Tour de Force site, 1 November 2012 with sales going live 7 November 2012.


To get a taster what the challenge will be like check out the video below.

Tour de force 2012