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The Tour de France peloton from the air.

11/09/2017, CANYON The Ultimate Experience

How to Watch a Bike Race

No stadium. No tickets. No restricted access. Professional cycling uses the ever-changing landscape as its arena with doors open for all to watch. So what is the best way to take it all in? Soaking up the atmosphere at the roadside as the tension builds? From the heart of the convoy where the chaos of professional cycling is at its most raw and real? Or high above it all in the air, looking down on a multi-coloured train of riders, cars and motorbikes as it negotiates the terrain below?

This year, we set out to give one lucky cycling fan the ultimate experience at a bike race. Stage 15 of the 2017 Tour de France was the day, a stage that saw the peloton tackle a gruelling parcours across the stunning and remote Massif Central mountains of southern France. From the roadside, the convoy, and from the skies, the winner, 23-year-old Tommy Vogels of the Netherlands, was able to experience the spectacle of the world’s biggest bike race like never before. 

Check out the gallery below to share Tommy’s experience.