So much so, in fact, that this time last year Shib (our CEO) announced that in 2014 he was going to head to Paris for the final stage. Fast forward twelve months, and we've moved the office over to Paris for the week in order to make this happen. Airbnb sorted us out with a great apartment in the 7th, complete with discordant jazz clarinet coming from the neighbouring flat.
On the morning before the final we took to the Vélib' (the original city bike share) and cycled much of the final lap - including the full length of the Champs Elysee (up and down) and a circuit around the Arc de Triomphe.
Since we had to do a fair bit of research to work out where to watch, I thought I'd share our experience...
First thing is when to arrive. The timetable for the stage (available online) is pretty accurate, and the first 'event' is the arrival of the 'caravan' - basically a bunch of honking, hooting, carnival floats that precede the peloton by a couple of hours. We figured we should get to our spot at about the same time they did (so anticipating a two hour wait for the action). This is about right - we found a spot on the river, within the lap (so we got to see the peloton eight times), and the crowds were pretty thin at this time.
|Barely-there crowds a hour before the action|
And then we waited. And I fell asleep. And then it all kicked off.
We had a fantastic view - I've posted some of my pics on Flickr, and Shib has some spectacular roadside action shots - we had about £4k worth of camera equipment between us, and of course the best shots came from an iPhone.
|The Yellow Jersey on his way to victory|
Altogether it's a great experience - definitely to be repeated.