Divide the route between the three of us Rouleur staff writers and head across the channel to cover the entire 2015 Tour de France. It seemed such a simple proposition. The nuts and bolts of logistics were an entirely different matter.
Poring over the race route and trying to work out a workable itinerary was proving to be rather complicated. Why I plumped for the opening stages of the north, rather than the rugged beauty of the Pyrenees or the fabulous Tour history of the Alps, God knows, but it turned out to be fascinating in several unexpected ways.