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Trans-Alps Challenge

 
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THE TOP 50 COLS
... you have to ride:


Duration
8 days / 7 nights

2016 Trip dates
June 4 › June 11
August 20 › August 27

Start location
Geneva Airport

Ending location
Marseille Airport

Rental Bikes Available
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Price per person (USD)
$3,895 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $600

Non-rider price
20% Discount (double occupancy)

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Our Trans-Alps Challenge offers you the opportunity to ride one of the most challenging routes in Europe - across the French Alps from north to south.

And of course, we have to stick to Thomson Bike Tours tradition and follow one of the most challenging routes across the Alps!

NEW Itinerary in 2016 - Mont Ventoux!

We've made a few changes to our itinerary - Mont Ventoux is now the highlight of the last day (not 1 side - but both sides of the Provencal Giant).

Also included is the dramatic Col de Sarenne - the back-side of Alpe d'Huez.

Day 4 has been re-designed to feature a spectacular route over Les Lacets de Montvernier (a huge success at the 2015 Tour de France), the Col du Chaussy, the Col du Glandon and the Col du Mollard.

We're always looking to improve our routes and we hope you enjoy the latest evolution of this classic trip!

Trip Highlights

  • Climb the famous 21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez!
  • Conquer the mythical Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence!
  • Conquer the Col du Galibier, one of the legendary climbs of the Tour de France!
  • Impressive list of must-ride climbs including Madeleine, Glandon, Colombiere, Telegraphe, Sarenne, Joux Plane, Saisies, Aravis. Click here for the full list of climbs.
  • Over 65,000ft of climbing in 7 days!
  • As always, the top support in the industry!

Trip Profile


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The Rides

Day Itinerary
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
1

Morzine › Col de la Joux Verte › Morzine

17 miles
28km
2,838 ft
865m
2

Morzine › Col de Joux-Plane Col de la Colombiere › La Clusaz

50 miles
80km
7,615 ft
2,321m
3

La Clusaz › Col des Aravis Col des Saisies Col de la Madeleine › St Jean de Maurienne

88 miles
142km
12,628 ft
3,849m
4

St Jean de Maurienne › Lacets de Montvernier Col du Chaussy Col du Glandon Col de la Croix de Fer Col du Mollard › St Jean de Maurienne

61 miles
98km
10,584 ft
3,226m
5

St Jean de Maurienne › Col du TelegrapheCol du GalibierAlpe d'Huez

68 miles
109km
12,779 ft
3,895m
6

Alpe d'Huez › Col de Sarenne › Alpe d'Huez

32 miles
51km
5,846 ft
1,782m
7

Seguret › Mont Ventoux (from Bedoin) Mont Ventoux (from Malaucene) › Seguret

81 miles
131km
12,740 ft
3,883m
TOTAL:
397 miles
639km
65,030 ft
19,821m


The Climbs

In just 1 week climb many of the legendary cols in the Alps! Here is the list of climbs included in our itinerary (sorted by Difficulty Index):

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
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Difficulty
Index
Mont Ventoux (from Malaucene)
5,036 ft
7.2%
13.2 miles
1317
Mont Ventoux (from Bedoin)
5,322 ft
7.1%
14.1 miles
1314
Col de la Madeleine
5,062 ft
6.3%
15.3 miles
1204
Col du Glandon
4,829 ft
6.9%
13.2 miles
1146
Col de Sarenne
3,514 ft
5.5%
12.1 miles
1002
Col du Galibier
4,085 ft
6.9%
11.2 miles
926
Alpe d'Huez
3,579 ft
7.7%
8.8 miles
913
Col de la Colombiere
3,635 ft
6.8%
10.1 miles
864
Col du Chaussy
3,383 ft
7.4%
8.7 miles
813
Col de Telegraphe
2,808 ft
7.3%
7.3 miles
635
Col de la Joux Verte
2,874 ft
5.8%
9.4 miles
585
Col des Saisies
2,451 ft
5.1%
9.2 miles
573
Col de Joux Plane
2,333 ft
6.5%
6.8 miles
464
Col des Aravis
2,841 ft
4.6%
11.8 miles
462
Col du Mollard
1,322 ft
6.8%
3.7 miles
312
Lacets de Montvernier
909 ft
8.5%
2 miles
N/A
N/A


Top Support in the Industry

Throughout the trip you can relax and enjoy the rides knowing that you have the best Support Team in the industry right behind you all the way!

1 Support Van and 1 experienced TBT ride leader for every 10 guests. And the highest staff to guest ratio....1 staff member per 3 to 4 guests!

What's Included

  • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Lunch on Day 1 and Day 6
  • Pick-up at Geneva Airport
  • Drop-off at Marseille Airport
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Support vehicles
  • Thomson Bike Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities

Bike Rental

The Bianchi Infinito CV is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.