In 2010, Trek Travel has taken this degree of service even further and is offering participants the chance to ride electrically-assisted bikes! These will give you an additional 350W of power so that when you make it to the top of the Izoard, you will feel just like Fausto Coppi did. Except, of course, he didn't use a motor scooter. With a baguette on the rack.
I don't want to sound like too much of a curmudgeon, but doesn't this dilute the meaning of the whole project? I have to admit I was always a bit annoyed by the motorcyclists who were posing for photos in front of col signs on the famous climbs in the Alps, making us wait to take our own pictures, since, basically, all they had to do was twist a throttle to get to the top. Nothing has given me a greater sense of accomplishment than getting to the top of a legendary climb under my own power, just like Jacques, and Eddy and Bernard and Miguel and Mario did. Well, maybe not Mario, who, when the road went up, usually went to the beach instead. But I bet he didn't use an electrically-assisted bike there either.
photo by the estimable Will, Creative Commons