Can you get decent and walking distance to race start/expo (priority in that order!) without breaking the bank.
e.g. in Vichy, the IBIS was 3km from race start and cost about £60quid a night. They did a decent breakfast and the rooms were big enough to put your bike in.
Expo is next door to the start/finish. There's the youth hostel within a five minute walk where a bunch of us stayed in 2009. Early morning breakfast (nothing too flash as I remember) and the bar stays open all night if your sherpas/spectators fancy a night on the lash before the event.
We did the Crowne Plaza which wasn't too bad once you've split it between two. It's a good tram ride away though and we took a taxi race morning. The big bonus was they had a huge garage specifically for the bikes, locked away secure. You could build the bikes in there and even ride them round (it was a decent sized car park!) and then security would lock up when you were done. Excellent service
This year I stoped at the camp site which is in a great location, on the bike course about 1k from the start finish and about the same from Heartbreak hill
Thanks everyone. good info
We stayed at the Hotel Ascot which is more expensive but opposite the train station (yet quiet) and about 10 minute walk from race start/finish. It's also close to the centre so various restaurants to choose from plus a MacDonalds opposite!
We booked this via trivago.com as it was much cheaper than going through the hotel directly. It came in around £100.00 per night.
This year I stayed at Fischer Fritz campsite, which was great, I think it may have been same one as WildWill mentions above.
My parents stayed at Hotel Ascot, a bit pricey, but Zurich is very expensive , so not too bad for there and nice and central.
The buses and trams are great for getting around
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