Reader Pieter S sent me this fascinating site at reve.cc— the real Tour de France, with 15-25 riders, shortly before the actual Tour. Full support, the real deal on the rides, etc.
I’d love to do it, but I think it would be hard to handle 18+ centuries even when in peak shape, and even with the Everest Challenge under my belt! Recovery in middle age is not the same as in one’s 30's!
The reve.cc Tour de France presents an amazing opportunity for anyone in suitable condition and inclined to take a bite of cycling’s dream rides.