The Tour de France is like no other event in the world. From the millions of fans that endure all weather conditions to catch a brief glimpse of their favorite riders to the massive caravan that travels the race route daily, the Tour has a distinct flair of its own that must be experienced firsthand. We wanted to allow this Tour experience and give a behind the scenes with Team Dimension Data to one fortunate contest winner and guest. Josef and Maria Frick were the lucky winners and were greeted at the first rest day of the Tour in Andorra where they met the team and staff of the winningest team in the 2016 TdF.
On day one of their visit Josef and Maria met the team, were kitted out in official Dimension Data team kit, and accompanied the riders on their rest day ride in Andorra. Bikes were shod with SES 4.5 clinchers and they rode around Andorra before scouting the first climb on the following day’s stage with Serge Pauwels, Edvald Boasson Hagen, and Steve Cummings. Following their ride they had a chance to chat with the fastest man in the Tour, Mark Cavendish, and his trusted lead out man, Bernie Eisel, who like our contest winners hails from Austria. Later that evening we joined the team for dinner and enjoyed some great insight into the team and the Tour with team owner Douglas Ryder and the two directors Rolf Aldag and Roger Hammond. Doug graciously shared his story of building up the team over the years and becoming the first African team in the Tour de France.
The next day we started off with a visit to the stage start and VIP village where visitors can find takeaways, food, and even haircuts and a shave. After watching the commercial caravan depart, Josef and Maria rode in one of the team cars and had a front row seat to the tactics being played out. Team Dimension Data had Edvald and Steve in the break and the excitement of the team was palatable over the race radio as we rushed towards Revel and the finish. Parking in the finish area, we boarded the team bus to watch the race action before going to the finish to catch the final where Edvald finishing 3rd in the sprint.