Ferries are selling out fast (overnight Portsmouth - St Malo on Friday 1 July is already full) and hotels are likely to be impossible so plan is -
Friday 1 July - 2245 ferry Portsmouth to Caen, arrive 0645
Saturday 2 July - 125kms ride to Cherbourg, catching the Tour somewhere near the finish of stage 1 at Utah Beach, then 2015 Fast Ferry back to Portsmouth from Cherbourg, arrives 2215, home by midnight. there are no trains to Portsmouth so likely to be sharing cars
Obviously a bit more expensive that the traditional Dover Calais option, but no need for a hotel so all in for less than £100
please note - there is NO ONBOARD ACCOMMODATION so you will have to sleep on the floor or a reclining seat !!!
currently there's about 10 of us are interested - myself, Martin, Kim, Jo, Duncan, Omar (on a single speed), Sally, Milt, my mate Will (who came to majorca) and my workmate Craig (who's scottish, but otherwise quite a decent guy)
let me know if you are interested and I will aim to book soon
Dave L - firstname.lastname@example.org