If you’re in Paris for the end of the Tour de France, even if you’re not a cycling fan, the arrival on the Champs Elysées is a French sporting tradition that is not to be missed. This incredible race takes place over 3 weeks each summer and has done since 1903 (except for during the two world wars). It criss-crosses the country, taking in some spectacular scenery along the way, including incredible, gruelling mountain stages in both the Alps and the Pyrenées, and the route is lined with over 12 million spectators each year.
It’s a mythical and magnificent race, and it ends on the Champs Elysées. It’s the perfect place to watch it, they lap 8 times up and down the avenue and around the Arc de Triomphe, so you have plenty of chances to spot the yellow jersey. This year I was lucky enough to get invited to watch it from the terrace on the top of the Arc de Triomphe, and as a big fan of the Tour it was a huge treat.
Even if you’re not in Paris, if you happen to be in France in July, check the website and see if it’s coming to a place near you.