Alpe D'Huez & Mont Blanc Region Cols of the Tour de France
Everyone should ride Alpe D'Huez at least once - Join a scheduled week or tailor your dates for a customised trip
27th August to 3rd September 2016
Alpe D'Huez...THE mythical climb of the Tour de France.
Your cycling holiday starts at Geneva airport and in an hour with our inclusive airport transfer you'll arrive at our stylish Chalet in Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley in the heart of the French Alps.
We'll be exploring the Tour de France Cols of the Aravis, Colombiere, Croix Fry, Joux Plane, Morzine Avoriaz. We'll nip into Italy and ride the Giro D'Italia time trial climb Col San Carlo, and the Petit St Bernard.
We will take on the Telegraph and the Galibier before hitting the slopes of the cycling mecca of Alpe D'Huez. After a night at Alpe D'Huez we'll head back towards Chamonix over the Glandon.
We'll be climbing around 2000M to 3500M over approx 100KM each day encouraged by our support and motivation! Don't worry about the distance, focus on the climbing - please read our article on this topic.
There is some flexibility in route choice depending on group dynamics, weather and road conditions. If you would like to discuss your visit to the French Alps further please contact Mike Click here for more information.
Our tour provides one day off the bike (if you wish!) to discover the Alpine Mecca of Chamonix.
- Return transfers from Geneva Airport
- 6 nights at Chalet Annabelle in a double or twin room with private facilities. 1 night at a hotel in the Alpe D'Huez region
- Cyclists breakfast
- Apres bike cakes and carbs (usually a pasta salad)
- Amazing evening meals on 6 nights with Chalet wine selection. One night in the Alpe D'huez area is free to sample a local restaurant
- Hot Tub
- Vehicle support
- Pro-bike mechanic (subject to availability)
- Experienced cycling host
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GBP£995 / €1450
If you would like further information on your cycling trip to the Alps or have some questions please contact Mike by email or call France +33 680 926408 or UK 0161 408 5600
This outline of the week is subject to change based on ability, weather and road conditions. The routes can also be tailored for bespoke groups. We have many repeat clients and we are keen to showcase new Cols and roads.
Saturday - arrive Geneva international airport for inclusive airport transfer to Chamonix Mont-Blanc (approx one hour). Build bikes or hire bikes delivered (options available). Welcome dinner, safety briefing and week over view
Sunday - ride out of the Chamonix Valley and ascend the Cote du Domancy (TdF and 19070 World Championship circuit) Cotes des Megeve, join 2016 TdF Stage 20 route at Megeve, ascend the TdF regulars of the Col de Aravis and Col de la Colombiere. Valley ride back to Chamonix, those that wish can ride back to Chalet or jump in the broom waggon. 130km loop, 2500M ascent approx.
Monday - Transfer to the Maurienne Valley. Climb Col de la Telegraphe, Galibier and onto Alpe D'Huez. 80KMs, 3800M ascent
Tuesday - After a short warm up we are onto the 20km HC Col du Glandon and the technical descent back into the Maurienne Valley, and then onto the HC Col de la Madeleine and a flat cool down to Albertville before a short transfer back to Chamonix
Wednesday - Day Off to explore Chamonix or optional self-guided ride. Staff night off - dinner in Chamonix (at your expense)
Thursday - drop out of Chamonix Valley and rejoin 2016 TdF Stage 20 route at Cluses. Climb HC Cols Ramaz and Joux Plaine. 100KM loop 2500M climbing. Options to extend ride/climbing.
Friday - Ride from Chamonix in the opposite direction over the Col des Montets and through the Swiss border before ascending the Col de la Forclax and descend to the Roman garison town of Martigny. Then its the climb back up the other side of the Forclaz and onto the brutal climb of Emosson Dam, the final 2 climbs of Tdf Stage 16 2016. 100km 4200M ascent (some options)
Saturday - Airport transfers to Geneva for flights leaving mid-day onwards.