Breakaway Adventures Offers “Tour de France for Wimps” Cycling Tour

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. — Americans can follow in the footsteps of their very own Floyd Landis, who won the Tour de France July 23, on a cycling tour from Breakaway Adventures, www.breakaway-adventures.com. The “Tour de France for Wimps” tour lets cyclists pedal the same streets of France as the “peloton,” minus the breakneck speed, crashes and sore muscles.

On the nine-day, eight-night Tour de France for Wimps tour, available through Sept. 23 from $1759 to $1855/person, guests can tour the Alsace region of France, where the race took place, at a slightly more relaxed pace. While cyclists on the tour may not total the Tour de France racers’ average 115 miles a day, they will have traveled an admirable 86 miles over the course of the tour.

Sites along the tour of the region, known for its vineyards and wineries, include Colmar, the Venice of Alsace; Turckheim, whose medieval cobbled streets are still patrolled by a night watchman; and Andlau, whose Romanesque church sits in a sea of vines. Several of the tour’s hotels offer Michelin-starred restaurants, and the chef at Rouffach was even a former cook at the French presidential palace.

A fully-supported independent tour, guests travel at their own pace without a guide, but with a local staff member always on call to assist with bike issues, deliver wine and move luggage from place to place. Travelers meet at the beginning of the tour for a debriefing and question and answer session where they receive a detailed itinerary with maps and visual pointers to guide them.

“We decided to offer the Tour de France for Wimps tour to give those who dream of wearing the yellow jersey a chance to follow in the footsteps of these amazing athletes,” says Carol Keskitalo, co-owner of Breakaway Adventures. “While they may not be able to enjoy Landis’ champagne-soaked championship celebration, they can feel a sense of accomplishment at the end the of tour — and see plenty of fantastic sites on their way there.”

Breakaway Adventures is a tour company that offers relaxed overseas getaways where guests can walk, cycle, trek or barge through the back roads of 30 countries, including Italy, France, Greece and Great Britain. Specializing in self-guided and fully-supported independent tours, the company provides the highest level of service to its customers, managing all the details so they can focus on the adventure at hand. For more information about the company, detailed itineraries or to book a tour, visit
www.breakaway-adventures.com or call 1-800-567-6286.
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Editor’s Note: High-resolution photos of cyclists available upon request.