The Circle City Bicycles blog contains info on bicycles, cycling events, pro racing, bicycle touring, and just about anything else cycling related. Since our bike shop is located in Indianapolis, we focus on biking in the Midwest, but cycling fans anywhere in the world should find this blog interesting. We try to post daily Monday through Friday, but we occasionally miss a day. Each Friday we try to have an interesting bicycle related photo.
If you want to combine bicycle touring with watching pro cycling, there are tour operators who offer packages for major races like the Tour de France. One such company is Discover France Adventures. Before each stage begins, you can ride parts of the course, including famous climbs like Mont Ventoux or Alpe d'Huez. That should help you understand just how tough the Tour de France really is. After you cross the finish line, you can have your picture taken while standing on the podium. You'll have to bring along your own yellow jersey.
Here's a short (one minute, ten seconds) video that shows folks enjoying the ride: