Try the Thrombo Coach Tour de France tour guide

Pedalling at up to 55km/h. For 21 days. For over 3,329km.


Yes, we’re talking about the Tour de France, which sets off this month, and is, without doubt, one of the toughest sporting events in the world.


And while the Thrombo Coach is obviously very dedicated to making #Time2Move and helping to reduce your risk of developing a blood clot, even we are not crazy enough to attempt that!


We are, however, still excited to mark such a momentous occasion.


So, let us introduce our special Time2Move Tour de France Tour Guide, giving those of you watching the event in person an overview of some of the best monuments along the course, which aren’t just great to visit, but great ways for you to make #Time2Move too.


And for those of you watching the event on TV, we’ll be giving you easy tips on making some cycling-inspired #Time2Move from the comfort of your sofa.


Go on. Try it out, and make #Time2Move around the beautiful sights of France! Bon voyage!


Day 7: Chartres

France is full of beautiful cathedrals, but not all are as special as Chartres cathedral, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We’re also mightily impressed by the fact it has two enormous, contrasting spires – one of 105 metres, and one of 113 metres – and the fact you can climb them - all 298 steps of it! Don’t worry, the view at the top will be worth it!


At-home exercise: Climb the stairs! (You may not have 298, but even a few steps is enough to get blood flowing after you’ve been sitting down).


Day 10: Annecy

Annecy is home to a big beautiful lake, which means there are big beautiful walks around it! Some are obviously more difficult than others, but there are plenty of shorter ones, perfect for a gentle stretch of the legs. Remember, helping reduce your DVT risk doesn’t need vigorous exercise, as long as you’re moving, that’s all that counts!


At-home exercise: Go to the kitchen to get a glass of water!


Day 11: Albertville

Back in 1992, Albertville was home to the winter Olympics, and nowadays you can visit the old park, complete with the luge speed-track – which is 1,710 meters, and around 2250 steps!


At home exercise: Stand up and do 10 lu(n)ges!


Day 13: Valence

How about a walk with a twist? Or, many twists, in fact. Nearby Valence, is the Labyrinthes Hauterives, famous for its mazes! In theory, they range from 1.5km to 3.5km long, but of course, that depends on how many right or wrong turns you take!


At-home exercise: Stand up and turn in a circle for 10 seconds!


Day 16: Carcassonne

One of the country’s oldest towns, Carcassonne is famous for the 3km of fortified walls that surround it – and yes, you’ve guessed it, you can make Time2Move by walking round these sunny walls!


At-home exercise: Take a turn of the living room!


Day 21: Paris

The final stage of the Tour De France is in Paris, the perfect spot for a bit of sightseeing (and a bit of moving!). The iconic Eiffel Tower reaches up to a tall 674 steps to the top! If you ever get to go, try taking a walk up, instead of waiting for the lift; then when you’re done with that view, walk the 1.9km of the famous Champs-Élysées, and get a view of the Tour De France finish line!


At-home exercise: Stand up and cheer all those exhausted cyclists!

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