Ever dreamed of going to watch a stage of the Tour de France in person? Ever wanted to see just how much the pros really suffer?
Going to watch your first Grand Tour stage is a big moment for any road cycling fan. There’s nothing in the sport quite like the iconic three-week stage races around France, Italy and Spain when it comes to heritage, history and legend – and they’re also your best chance to see today’s top riders duking it out against each other.
We’re lucky as cycling fans that we’re able to just turn up at the world’s biggest races, with no need for a ticket or an assigned place to watch from, and everybody should take advantage of cycling’s accessibility at least once.
To make sure you get the most out of your first experience, whether you’re watching the Tour, the Giro or the Vuelta, we’ve put together some helpful tips and observations – from keeping yourself fed on the mountain, to what to do with the deluge of promotional freebies that accompany any big race.