Tourists and fans are allowed to travel to parts of these races and stand on the side of the road, climb or finish and watch the race in progress.
The larger races, such as the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana normally have large groups of followers who use their own or rent large traveling vans. You’ll see them parked long in advance along side the road for days before the riders pass through.
Many fix themselves to the sides of long, winding alpine roads at pitches that would make the normal American very nervous. Getting drunk and dressing in outrageous clown costumes and wigs, or wearing almost nothing at all except g-strings and body paint, is a common occurrence among the fans.
At CI we would rather follow the race as journalists, but hundreds of thousands of fans yearly follow the 21 stage Tour de France in this way.
|UCI WorldTour Calendar – 2013|
|22 Jan-27 Jan 2013||Santos Tour Down Under||Australia||Results|
|03 Mar-10 Mar 2013||Paris – Nice||France||Results|
|06 Mar-12 Mar 2013||Tirreno – Adriatico||Italy||Results|
|17 Mar 2013||Milano – Sanremo||Italy||Results|
|18 Mar-24 Mar 2013||Volta Ciclista a Catalunya||Spain||Results|
|22 Mar 2013||E3 Harelbeke||Belgium||Results|
|24 Mar 2013||Gent – Wevelgem||Belgium||Results|
|31 Mar 2013||Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres||Belgium||Results|
|01 Apr-06 Apr 2013||Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco||Spain||Results|
|07 Apr 2013||Paris – Roubaix||France||Results|
|14 Apr 2013||Amstel Gold Race||Netherlands|
|17 Apr 2013||La Flèche Wallonne||Belgium|
|21 Apr 2013||Liège – Bastogne – Liège||Belgium|
|23 Apr-28 Apr 2013||Tour de Romandie||Switzerland|
|04 May-26 May 2013||Giro d’Italia||Italy|
|02 Jun-09 Jun 2013||Critérium du Dauphiné||France|
|08 Jun-16 Jun 2013||Tour de Suisse||Switzerland|
|29 Jun-21 Jul 2013||Tour de France||France|
|27 Jul-03 Aug 2013||Tour de Pologne||Poland|
|27 Jul 2013||Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian||Spain|
|12 Aug-18 Aug 2013||Eneco Tour||Belgium|
|24 Aug-15 Sep 2013||Vuelta a España||Spain|
|25 Aug 2013||Vattenfall Cyclassics||Germany|
|01 Sep 2013||GP Ouest France – Plouay||France|
|13 Sep 2013||Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec||Canada|
|15 Sep 2013||Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal||Canada|
|06 Oct 2013||Il Lombardia||Italy|
|11 Oct-15 Oct 2013||Tour of Beijing||China|