The Tour de France is the third most-watched sports event in the world, after the Olympic Games and the World Cup. Even for those who aren’t sports fans, the Tour is a spectacle that is unmatched anywhere in the world. From the publicity caravan that tosses out souvenirs, to the passionate fans, it is no wonder this race has stood the test of time for 105 years.
Join us in Trie-sur-Baïse on 26 July 2018 as we make our debut as a host of the Tour de France and open our arms to the teams, to you, and to the world.
Here’s our guide to experiencing the departure of stage 18 of the Tour de France from Trie. If any of your questions aren’t answered here, just get in touch with us on our Facebook page and we’ll try to help.
When should I arrive?
The final schedule hasn’t been released yet, but official entertainment is kicking off at 10:30 in the Place de la Mairie (the central square). The riders will depart at 13:50, although they’ll be arriving well in advance.
There will be rolling road closures the entire route from Trie to the finish in Pau, so that’s another reason to arrive early. Parking will be plentiful (and free) on the outskirts of Trie however parking within the town limits will be limited. For visitors with limited mobility, we will have information about designated parking closer to the date.
What will the weather be like?
We aren’t psychics, but we are in the south of France, so we can tell you that it will probably be beautifully sunny and very warm
What should I wear?
We suggest practical shoes that are comfortable and a hat to protect you from the sun. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be averse to you wearing something outlandish.
Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, however if you forget it, you can pop into the pharmacy to buy some.
Where can I find a place to stay?
There is a hotel in Trie as well as many gîtes, chambres d’hôtes, chalets and camp grounds in the area. You can find information about them from the CCPTM (Communauté de Communes – Pays de Trie et du Magnoac).
Where can I eat in Trie-sur-Baïse?
The following restaurants are ready to serve you:
Place de la Mairie (in the centre of town)
Tel: 05 62 35 59 26
Au Petit Creux
34 place de la mairie (in the centre of town)
Tel: 05 67 45 58 88
Café Restaurant de la Paix
Rue des Monts de Bigorre (next to the covered halle)
Tel: 05 62 35 61 11
Route de Tarbes (near the Intermarché)
65220 Lalanne Trie
Tel: 05 62 35 45 17
For dinner, there is also:
Ferme Auberge du Lac
41 Route de Castelnau
65220 Puydarrieux (a few minutes from Trie)
Tel: 05 62 35 54 92
The day of the Tour, local clubs and associations will be selling sandwiches and snacks. If you get a sandwich, we suggest you try a local speciality called ventrèche, an uncured and flavourful bacon. It’s delicious! Although the sausage is also great, so you can’t lose.
Where do I park?
Parking in and around Trie will be clearly signposted. More details, including a map, to come.
Is there anything else I should know?
Just a few tips to make it a great day for everyone, including the riders:
- If you must bring your dog, it must be on a lead and under control at all times.
- Don’t use flares, smoke bombs or anything else that can impair the riders’ vision or inhibit their breathing.
- Once the caravan and the race get going, please make sure your children are well clear of the roadway.
- Give the riders plenty of space to manoeuvre.