I'm considering the 2017 Sarrebourg 2 Day Tour as the first official FSR triathlon tour. I started testing the format with a three-day tour with my brother in July 2014. We rode mountains, gravel and bike paths. We stopped for wild swims and tried to race and run.
Importantly, we found the limits of fully-loaded triathlon touring. The distances that shouldn't be exceeded if you want to keep your sanity while getting fit and chilling out. Once you get to camp there's always the possibility to ride and explore more.
With two children and the arrival of a third at the end of 2014 I had little time to think about the concept. However, I continued to ride potential routes, uncover wild swimming venues, test campsites and experience races tour-able from Strasbourg.
I've gone back and forth on tour formats. Sticking points were daily riding distances and whether to design strictly tarmac or mixed terrain routes. However, I knew I needed to include daily lake swimming, trail running, nearly traffic-free riding, camping and a race.
There’s also plenty of people out there thinking up ways of making triathlon complicated, expensive and even more competitive. With FSR Triathlon Tours I want to offer something that is cheap, simple and somewhat of an adventure. The way that triathlon used to be.
This year I’ve penciled in just one short tour to the Sarrebourg Triathlon. The plan for 2018 is to offer several weekend tours and a 4 Day Tour into Franche Comté. A free service to those who want to come or be inspired to roll out from home for their own tour.
The tour includes 290 km of cycling over two days, one night of camping at Celles-sur-Plaine and a taste of small-town French triathlon culture at the Sarrebourg Olympic Distance Triathlon. The tour is built around some of the best bike paths in the region.
We're meeting at 08:00 at Cafe Con Leche, 4 Rue Kuhn, Strasbourg.on Saturday 24th June. We'll be back in Strasbourg late on Sunday. There should be a few local athletes and anybody reading this is welcome to come.