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Helping you create a cycling trip of a lifetime on the top road cycling climbs in the French Alps

The cycling cols of the French Alps - climbing by bike is no mean feat. I can help plan, motivate and support you and your group before your visit to the French Alps and also give you some inspiration for your alpine cycling challenge.

Many groups cycling the cols of the French Alps wish the flexibility of planning their own itinerary and accommodation however recognise that its no mean feat to plan their trip to the cycling cols of the French Alps without help from a local specialist.

 

From itinerary planning, to discussing the severity of a specific Col, to airport transfers and hotel recomendations - I can help.

Drop me a line with an outline plan and I will come back to you with an overview of how I can help and an idea of my fees. I offer this service chargeable as an hourly rate - its a flexible service and we can quote a day rate, or a fee for a specific job.

I'm available to talk through your requirements and we can schedule a free 15 minute chat. You can reach me on France (whatsapp) +33680926408 or email  mike@breathebike.com

About me and my cycling palmares

I started cycling in 1986 and was a member of the Warrington Road Club and the Manx Viking Wheelers during my cycling career V1.0.

Fast forward to 2000 and I was living in the Isle of Man when I started riding again, initially mountain biking and completed the Isle of Man End to End mountain bike event twice.

2007 we moved to France I switched back to road cycling and so began Version 2.0 of my cycling career.

During my time in France I have :-

 

  • finished the Marmotte Granfondo on 4 occasions ranging from 7 hrs 25 mins to 8 hrs 32 mins

  • 6 rides in the Etape du Tour. 

  • Multiple road races and local granfondo/sportive events which contrary to popular belief are very much a race here in France! I've won my age group a couple of times in local events.

  • I hold a French racing license being a member of VC Mont Blanc.

I'm not a natural climber however in a typical year I'll ascend over 100,000M in total and I'm equally happy in the mountains as I am doing a lap of Lake Annecy or Lake Geneva.

With my Wife Jude we've hosted groups for the Tour de France, Tour du Mont Blanc, Geneva Nice, Marmotte Granfondo and Etape du Tour and many Alpine Cycling weeks for private individuals and bespoke groups. We previously owned and ran a luxury catered chalet business 'hands on' in the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley.

I hold a French transport license hence I am fully legal to transport passengers in France and I have a French Carte de Sejour (Brexit Withdrawal Agreement card) that means I am authorised to work and live in France post Brexit with no additional visa requirements. I also hold a First Aid Qualification.