Are you Eddy Merckx enough to ride the 1972 Tour de France? Grand Velo Tours is offering the ultimate bucket-list bike ride

British company invites you to channel your inner Cannibal and ride the whole of the best Tour route in history

Eddy Merckx in the yellow jersey
(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

If you thought L’Etape du Tour gave you a little taste of what it’s like to ride the world’s biggest bike race, here’s something that serves up a humongous great casserole of it.

Grand Velo Tours is offering not just one mountain stage out of next year's route but the entire route of the 1972 Tour. Why 1972? That year’s race was considered perfect in every way with its neat, precise loop of France taking in every iconic climb and won by the great Eddy Merckx

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.