Visit Two of the Biggest Summer Sporting Events with a French Motorhome Holiday
In addition to the cultural, food and wine events held every year, France hosts a number of popular sporting events across the season. Millions of spectators travel to the country in order to witness their favourite sports men or women take the trophy.
Many of the hotels become fully booked long before the event itself, with price hikes at this popular time. A motorhome is a flexible and inexpensive answer to finding accommodation before the competition, and you can head off to discover the rest of the south of France before going home.
Here are just a couple of the big events that you can attend with a motorhome booking from Happy Camper.
Tour de France 2018
What: The Tour De France is a multi-stage cycling race held in France every summer. There are twelve stages over around three weeks.
Details: The 2018 competition starts in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île on the 7th of July. The race concludes in Paris on the 29th of July.
This year, stages ten to twenty cover many of the southern regions of France.
After recovering in Annecy from their flight south, the competitors will spend their next few days cycling the mountains between Le Grand Bornard and the ski resort of Alpe d’Heuz. The route then moves inland, passing through Mende and Carcassone, before heading upwards to experience the coastal views of Saint-Lary-Soulan and Pau.
Riders will have an opportunity to encounter the miracles of Lourdes before a short ride between Saint-Pee-Sur-Nevelle and Espelette, before flying north for the final stretch of the route between Houilles and the Champ-Elysees in Paris.
Grand Prix France 2018
What: A series of Formula One motor racing contests that form part of an international world series.
Details: Between Friday 22nd and Sunday 24th of June formula One comes to Circuit Paul Ricard in Var, Southern France.
Practice and qualifying drives take place on the Friday and Saturday, with the race itself held on the Sunday.
Named after the famous industrialist who built it, the circuit Paul Ricard held its first Formula One Grand Prix in 1971.
Thought to have originated in France in 1894, the Grand Prix started as a road race with drivers racing from town to town. Held on the open road there were frequent accidents, inuring both drivers and spectators. This eventually evolved into a more organised form of racing on circuits and Formula One was born.