Hey everyone, My wife and I have rented a motorcycle from July 1st- July 20th with the intent of following many of the stages of the Tour de France. Basically, we will be in Nice for TTT, and then follow stages all the way to the Pyrenees. We would abandon race for a week to see family in Spain, but return for the Alps. We are really excited.... but don't have any specific knowledge on how to really follow the Tour.
We would like to see some of the flatland stages somewhere near mid route, and then chase peleton down via the side roads, and catch a later segment. In these stages, how can we find specific routes that we can plan on for hotel purposes? I've looked at website, it just doesn't show exact routes.
Secondly, we would like to see Alp d Huez (suprised?). My plan was to get there the night before the race, and camp somewhere up the mountain. I kinda figured it would be easier with a motorcycle as far as parking goes. I have heard it may not be possible to get up mountain unless you go up one week early....that won't happen.
Anyone think that is possible to go up night before?
Lastly, any really awesome small villages in Alpes that we MUST SEE?
Thanks in advance