Attention all the racing bike enthusiasts; gear up for the race that has come a long way from the time riders used to share cigarettes in the peloton before the big climbs. No other bike race has a million people by the side of the road. The Tour de France is set to kick off in July, and all eyes are on this year’s post-Lance race, the exciting 93rd Tour. The tour goes clockwise around France, starting and ending in Paris. This is what every professional cyclist aspires to; the arrival of the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees! Viewing some of the stages in person, especially the alpine climbs, is a passion for some people who enjoy the party atmosphere that surrounds the spectacle. You can watch the first “prologue” stage and the finish in Paris quite easily. To view the finish of the Tour de France at the Place de la Concorde, the Hotel de Crillon is the place to be. Historically, the very swank Crillon Hotel gets all the celebrity cyclists and some of the post event parties. Overlooking the finish line in the heart of Paris, the legendary Crillon is a unique historical monument offering an exceptional five-star hotel experience in the City of Light.
The best views, of course, are from the posh Presidential Suites, and for this momentous occasion, the Hotel de Crillon has created an exclusive package.“Tour de France 2006″ includes two nights accommodation (Saturday July 22 and Sunday July 23), afternoon tea served in one of the grand Presidential Suites while watching the race on giant screen televisions, American buffet breakfast and access to the Fitness Center. The package rate is from $1550 (EUR 1,210) for a Superior Room, subject to availability, inclusive of taxes and service. Other room categories are also available.