For 5 years now, Amaury Sport Organization has created the ProAm on the Tour. Each edition of the Tour de France includes 2 ProAm, a first at the end of the first week of the Tour, and a second in the 3rd week. ProAm Tour participants have the opportunity to ride on 2 stages of the Tour in the same conditions as the riders of the pack. The ProAm take place before the professional race.
The first ProAm of this Tour 2018, took place during the stage 6 between Brest to Mûr de Bretagne. The second took place on the occasion of the last mountain stage of the Tour de France, a much more difficult route since the start was given to Sainte-Marie-de-Campan in the heart of the Pyrenees for a final in Laruns end of the 19th stage. 23 guests, including our founder Geoffroy Lequatre, former champions such as Franck Schleck, team managers such as Alexandre Vinokourov Team Astana manager, Dimension Data Team Manager, International Olympic Committee President, sponsors, and partners had the opportunity to participate in this fantastic stage in the Pyrenees, and thus live a professional cyclist experience. They had at their disposal, mechanics, provisions areas, and for the occasion the roads were closed. It was a privileged moment for the guests who lived this day in a festive atmosphere and shared convivial moments around a common passion that is cycling.
On the program of the day, a difficult stage for our guests who had to compete on the slopes of the Tourmalet and its 17km one of the most famous passes of the Pyrenees with its summit at over 2000m altitude, the climb of Soulor and finally the terrible climb of the Col d’Aubisque for a stage of 110Km and 3000m ascending elevation.
The passage on the line at the end of this very demanding stage, was a special moment for the riders who took the time to take a photo session on the podium of the arrival in the skin of the professional cyclists, for an unforgettable memory.
After the stage the participants had access to the technical areas to go to shower, rest, congregate to follow the stage of professional riders in the VIP areas dedicated to Tour de France guests and partners.
In sum, a day of sport, sharing, and conviviality inside the biggest race in the world, the Tour de France.