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Score the ultimate job: report from the Tour de France for CyclingTips

It's a tough life here at CyclingTips. We are constantly having to cover bike races all over the globe and review the latest bikes and gear. There is the constant dilemma between photographing a beautiful Bikes of the Bunch build or heading away to produce an incredible Roadtripping piece. It's a tough job, and that's why we need your help.




For years I've been going to France and have enjoyed bringing you back content that shows the TdF from a fan's perspective. Of course I'm still a fan and I don't want us to stop producing this kind of content, but as CyclingTips continues to evolve I have other responsibilities that don't allow me to fluff around the Alps and Pyrenees on my bike for a month anymore!

Therefore, I've given up my two spots on this year's Bikestyle Tours trip and I'm offering them to two people who can go to France in my place and see the Tour de France with wide eyes and bring a view of the race from a fan's perspective. I've had the good fortune to do this a few times before, and now it's your turn for "The Ultimate Job".

Starting today we are searching for two new 'employees' to help us cover the Tour de France. We are looking for you to report back from a fan's perspective, and to make us all a little jealous. How it is covered, and what you can bring to the table is up to you, but more on the submission process in a moment. We'll also be kitting you both out with everything you will need to do the job.

You and a mate will need to make your own way to France to be there between July 15 and July 28, but once there we have the following perks of the job waiting for you both.

What you get

For 14 days you will follow the 2014 Tour de France through the Alps and Pyrenees, to its conclusion on the cobbled Champs Elysees in Paris. On this trip you’ll get to see no less than eight stages of the Tour, with Bikestyle selecting the best stages and places for you to see the race to make sure you have the best locations to report back from.

You wouldn't be a CyclingTips employee if we didn't include some fabulous cycling. You will both challenge yourself on iconic climbs and spend relaxing days soft-pedalling along quiet country roads visiting France’s most beautiful villages. This trip will include the penultimate stage, the individual time trial from Bergerac, which could be the most important stage of the Tour, as it was in 2011 for Cadel Evans.




14-day Tour de France trip

A two-week Bikestyle Tours cycling holiday including meals and accommodation for two people.
  • Duration: 14 days (13 nights)
  • Dates:Tuesday July 15 to Monday July 28 2014
  • Start: Lyon
  • Finish: Paris
  • Accommodation: 13 nights in three- and four-star hotels
Bikestyle 2

Two Thule Large Rolling Duffle Bags and two Thule Duffle Day Packs

  Thule softgoods

Following the Tour around the French countryside means living out of a suitcase. Not only will Thule provide you both with a Large Rolling Duffle Bag, they'll also throw in a day pack. It will safely hold a change of clothes, camera, a couple of French beers, your choice of national flag, and any other essential 'reporting' items.

For more information on the range of Thule luggage, click here.

Two Shimano CM-1000 Sports Cameras

Shimano CM-1000

As you will be reporting back from Le Tour you will need something to capture all the action with. Shimano's latest offering – the CM-1000 Sports Camera – fits the bill perfectly. Smaller than a deck of cards it is compact enough to easily carry around in your pocket, and with a handy bike mount you will be able to shoot both HD video (including in wide-angle) and hi-res photos.

For more information about the Shimano Sports Camera, click here.

Two Giro Aeon Helmets

Giro Atmos

The crew at Avanti Plus will be setting you up in style and comfort. As they put it: the Aeon is a lighter helmet, a cooler helmet, a better helmet. Starting with a full roster of the helmet's best features, Avanti optimised every component in the Aeon including the shape of the helmet itself, reducing weight by 28% compared with its predecessor.

Click here for more information about the Giro Aeon Helmets.

Two pairs of Giro Empire ACC road shoes

Giro Empire

The Giro Empire is one of the cleanest looking pairs of shoes in the market. As Avanti Plus put it: The Empire ACC continues to redefine high-performance cycling shoes. A classic laced closure offers unrivalled fit adjustment and complements the new, highly breathable Evofiber microfiber upper for superb fit and comfort.

A revamped Easton EC90 ACC full carbon sole offers all the stiffness needed for everything from Grand Tours to gran fondos, with ultra-low 6.5mm stack height for a direct connection to the pedals.

Click here for more information about the Giro Empire shoes.

Two pairs of Bolle 6th Sense Sunglasses

Bolle

Long hours spent in the European sun necessitate a set of sunglasses featuring both style and functionality. Bolle will provide both in spades by kitting you out in a pair of their 6th Sense sunglasses, as worn by the riders of Orica-GreenEdge.

At racing speeds, visual clarity and a stable fit are critical. Those two factors provided the key performance objectives for the all-new Bolle 6th Sense.

Click here for more information about the Bolle 6th Sense sunglasses.

Two pairs of Giro Monaco Gloves

Giro Monaco

Avanti Plus are also planning on keeping your hands out of harm's way with a couple of pairs of their highly-regarded Monaco gloves.

Designed for high-performance and high-mileage riders, the Monaco’s three-piece palm and breathable construction is combined with Technogel padding for exceptional pressure distribution, ventilation, and fit.

For more information about the Giro Monaco gloves, click here.

Ok, I want 'The Ultimate Job' with CyclingTips. How do I apply?

We want you to convince us that you're the right team for the job. Tell us your ideas about how you plan on reporting to our readers back home and making them insanely jealous, and why we should pick you. Be sure to demonstrate that you're able to produce awesome content (video, photography, text, Etch-A-Sketch ... whatever medium you wish).

We are taking submissions from around the globe (yes, anyone in the world is eligible), and interest in the role will be huge, so make sure you capture our attention straight away. Be creative!

To enter, you must first sign up to our weekly newsletter (if you haven't already). Then choose one of two entry methods:

  1. Send us up to 250 words and a couple of photos that help illustrate how you'll cover the Tour for us.
  2. Record and upload a video of less than 90 seconds showing us how you'll cover the race.

Either way, your entry should be sent to editor@cyclingtips.com.au with the subject line "Tour de France competition". If you're submitting video, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and send us a link.

The 'job' will be given to the team that a) has provided the most creative submission about how the Tour will be covered from a fan's perspective, and b) leaves us feeling confident that the job will get done. We will contact a shortlist of finalists for a brief conversation to gauge this.

Entries will be open until 11.59pm on Friday May 30, 2014 (AEST). Once the competition closes we'll go through all the submissions and select our newest temporary 'employees'. We'll report back with our placements (and share some of our favourite applications) on Monday 2 June, 2014.

For the full terms and conditions click here, but most importantly please take note of these key points:

  • Keep your submissions concise (less than 250 words plus one or two photos, or a 90-second video)
  • We are hiring YOU and your assistant based on your submission. That means no transfer (or selling!) of prizes
  • We will make you work (not very hard), so we want to hear how you can report back from a fan's perspective. Remember, there's lots more to the Tour de France than a bike race!
  • You'll need to use your own camera/video/computer equipment (except for the Shimano Sport Cam) so everything you commit to will need to be possible with what you have
  • The trip does not include flights, you will need to make your own way to Lyon, France and back home again from Paris
  • You and your assistant will need to be available and on the tour between July 15 and July 28, 2014 and the content you commit to will need to be submitted during those dates. You are more than welcome to tack on a few extra days after work at your own expense!

Get creative and have fun!