Road Cycling in the French Swiss and Italian Alps
Three countries in one week - an epic centre based tour cycling the cols of the French Alps, Switzerland and Italy
We'll ride the Alps of France, Italy and Switzerland, 3 Countries, one week, from our Chamonix Mont-Blanc base
Ability level - first time Alpine cyclists to seasoned king of the mountains. The route is tailored to the mean ability of your group
To maximise your cycling holiday in the Mont Blanc region we have devised a week long stay in the heart of the French Alps, allowing one day off the bike to discover the Alpine Mecca of Chamonix.
Your cycling holiday starts at Geneva airport and in an hour by our inclusive airport transfer you'll arrive at your accommodation in the heart of the French Alps, the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley.
We'll be exploring the Mont Blanc region in France, Switzerland and Italy taking in some well known classic climbs and our own lesser known, but equally as stunning and challenging local favourites. Usually tailored to cllimb climbing around 2000M to 3500M each day, but tailored to your group goals and encouraged by our support and motivation!
There is flexibility in route choice depending on group dynamics, weather and road conditions. Contact Mike for more information.
Return private airport transfers from Geneva Airport in our fully licensed and insured vehicles
Usually a 7 night stay - can be shortened or lengthened with accommodation tailored to your group needs and catering desires - usually extensive cyclists breakfast, daily packed lunch/road side picnic (on an odd day we will stop at a cafe or bakery), evening meal
One night is free to sample a local restaurant
Constant vehicle road support with experienced cycling host (Pro-bike mechanic support subject to availability at time of booking)
Client to host ratio normally 4:1 or lower
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The trip is tailored to your group needs from the routing, accommodation and catering hence the pricing will vary from group to group - please contact Mike by email or call France +33 680 926408 (call/facetime/whattsap)
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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 1980 World Championship circuit) Cotes des Megeve, join 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 - drop out of Chamonix Valley and rejoin TdF Stage 20 route at Cluses. Climb HC Cols Ramaz and Joux Plaine. 100KM loop 2500M climbing. Options to extend ride/climbing.
Tuesday - Bella Italia! Short transfer through Mont Blanc tunnel. Ride the Colle San Carlos (Giro D'Talia TT) to warm up. 10kms at 10%!! Descend into the si resort of La Thuile before ascending the Petit St Bernard Pass. Descend and finish in the ski resort of Courmayeur. 80KM, 200M+ ascent.
Wednesday - Day Off to explore Chamonix or optional self-guided ride. Staff night off - dinner in Chamonix (at your expense)
Thursday - 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. 120KM 3200M ascent.
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.