• Tour de France Cols cycling Challenge
  • Tour de France Cols cycling Challenge
  • Tour de France Cols cycling Challenge
  • Ride Tour de France Cols
  • Tour de France Cols cycling Challenge

Tour de France Cols Cycling Challenge

Retracing the 2016 Tour de France; A week (or short-break) in the Alps focusing on the climbs featured in the 2016 Tour de France and riding your own 'Etape du Tour' , the full Stage 20 from Megeve to Morzine

 

Designed for strong riders, the Tour de France Cols Challenge is available as a bespoke trip with flexible dates. Please email to disuss your Group dates/length of stay

 

Ability level - strong riders able to comfortably climb approx. 3000M per day

The 2016 Tour de France focused heavily on the Mont Blanc region of the French Alps. In recognition we have created a week in the Alps to challenge you on many of the Cols visited in the race.

 

Our week culminates in a 'feel like a pro' experience riding the route of Stage 20 from Megeve to Morzine.

 

What's included....

 

  • Return transfers from Geneva Airport
  • 7 nights at Chalet Annabelle in a double or twin room with private facilities
  • Extensive cyclists breakfast
  • Apres bike cakes and/or carbs (usually a pasta salad) on return to the Chalet
  • Home cooked evening meal on 6 nights with Chalet wine selection. One night is free to sample a local restaurant
  • Hot Tub
  • Full Vehicle support on every ride with experienced cycling host (pro-bike mechanic confirmed at time of booking subject to availability)

This tour if offered on a bespoke basis with flexible dates. Recomended group size 8, Client to staff ratio 4:1

 

Am I fit enough? What gearing should we use?  We have written a series of articles that may help you in planning your cycling trip in the French Alps and these can be accessed by clicking here

 

Rider Feedback - click here

 

 

The price....

 

€1450 (approx. US$1700 / GBP 1300)



 

If you have any questions please drop Mike an email  click here  or call  France +33 450 585672  UK  0161 408 5600

 



You will ride this stage

Outline Schedule

With the road grafitti still in evidence, coupled with the Tour's traditional fresh tarmac, here's our outline schedule for the week (remember we have full van support each day just in case you are pedaling squares);-

 

  • Saturday Arrive Geneva International Airport for our short inclusive private transfer to Chamonix Mont-Blanc. Build bikes. Hire bikes can be booked prior to arrival. Opportunity for a short shake down ride before dinner. Week briefing and safety overview.
  • Sunday Ride from our Chamonix base down into the Sallanches Valley and ride the route of Stage 18 time trial from Sallanches to Megeve in full and compare your time with the pros. Descending back to the Valley floor we then take on the final climb of Stage 19 to St Gervais Bettex. Ride back to Chamonix or jump in broom wagon. 100kms. 3000M ascent.
  • Monday Ride from Chamonix heading to Switzerland over the Col des Montets and through the Swiss border before ascending the Col de la Forclaz 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. 108km 4000M ascent (some options)
  • Tuesday Descend from Chamonix Valley and take an alernative route to Megeve and onto the Col des Saisies, descending into Beaufort before ascending the Col de Bisanne (TdF 2016 stage 19), and back through Saisies village. 150KM 3900M ascent.
  • Wednesday day off to explore Chamonix. Dinner this evening in Chamonix town at a restaurant of your choice.
  • Thursday Our Queens stage riding the entire route of TdF Stage 20. 146km, over 4 mountain passes, the Aravis, Colombiere and then the HC Ramaz and Joux Plane and the breathtaking descent into Morzine 140kms, 4000M ascent. Van transfer back to Chamonix
  • Friday A more relaxing day as our finale! Drop down into the Sallanches valley and climb the Col des Arraches for the obligatory cake stop and then descend back through Cluses and a final blast up the steep Col de Romme both used in the 2009 Tour de France. 123km 2900M ascent
  • Saturday Private Transfers to Geneva Airport for flights leaving lunchtime onwards



You will ride the final 2 climbs , Col de la Forclaz and Emosson Dam

You will ride the final 2 climbs , Col de la Forclaz and Emosson Dam

Through the week you will ride Montee des Bisanne, Col des Saisies, Cote des Amerands and St Gervais Bettex

Through the week you will ride Montee des Bisanne, Col des Saisies, Cote des Amerands and St Gervais Bettex

Stage 18 Time Trial - test ourselves against the Pros

Stage 18 Time Trial - test ourselves against the Pros

Our Queens stage - you will ride it all!

Our Queens stage - you will ride it all!

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