So I went to the tour this year and am addicted. I want to go back next year but have learnt a big to do it all a little better. Also to get fitter to ride the famous Cols. might just need to fit a compact crank first. The route rumors are already pretty strong so I'm planning now. Is anyone interested in going? Three week trip all up.
I was also there for 1 week during TdF in the French Alps. I hope to be there again next year. I will probably do the same basic itinerary, stay at a B&B called Velo Vercors, ride out to the tour a few days and also do some more iconic Cols.