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The Trans-Alps Challenge

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


Duration
8 days / 7 nights

2014 Trip dates
August 17 › August 24

Start location
Geneva Airport

Ending location
Turin Airport

Accommodations
mix of 4-star, 3-star hotels

Rental Bikes Available
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Price per person
$3,895 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $800

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: from Lake Geneva to Italy's Piemonte Region - and in just 7 days!

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

We've lined up an impressive route including most of the legendary climbs in the Alps. Galibier, Telegraphe, Alpe d'Huez, Izoard, Madeleine, Agnello, Joux Plane, Colombiere... just a few of the famous climbs waiting to be conquered on this magnificent ride across the highest peaks in Europe.

Join our expert guides in the Alps for the ride of your life - you'll return home a different rider!

Trip Profile

 

Trip Highlights

  • Climb the famous 21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez!
  • Conquer the legendary Col du Galibier, one of the Grand Tour legends!
  • Ride into Italy over the mighty Colle del' Agnello. At 2744m this is one of the highest cols in Europe. Enjoy one of the longest descents into Piemonte (over 50km from the summit of the Agnello!)
  • The Col d'Izoard is one of the most scenic climbs (and descents) in Europe.
  • Over 50,000ft of climbing in 7 days!
  • As always the top support in the industry!

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 Sag Van and 1 experienced TBT ride leader for every 10 clients. And the highest staff to client ratio....1 staff member per 4 clients!

 

Your daily rides at a glance

Day Itinerary
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
1

Warm-up ride around Chatel

20 miles
2,625 ft
2

Chatel › Col du Corbier Col de Joux-Plane Col de la Colombiere › La Clusaz

73 miles
8,625 ft
3

La Clusaz › Col des Aravis Col des Saisies Cormet de Roselend › Bourg St Maurice

58 miles
8,000 ft
4

Bourg St Maurice › Col de la Madeleine › St Jean de Maurienne

70 miles
9,525 ft
5

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

68 miles
11,500 ft
6

Alpe d'Huez › Col du Lautaret Col d'Izoard › Guillestre

81 miles
9,050 ft
7

Guillestre › Colle del' Agnello › Saluzzo (Italy)

69 miles
6,600 ft
TOTAL:
439 miles
55,925 ft
DAILY AVERAGE:
63 miles
7,989 ft

 


What's Included

  • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Lunch on the first day
  • Pick-up at Geneva Airport
  • Drop-off at Turin 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
  • Lunches (except lunch on the first day which is included)

Climb these Famous Cols

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

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Col de la Madeleine
5,062 ft
6.3%
15.3 miles
152
Colle del' Agnello
5,213 ft
4.1%
26.1 miles
146
Alpe d'Huez
3,579 ft
7.7%
8.8 miles
125
Col du Galibier
4,085 ft
6.9%
11.2 miles
122
Col de la Colombiere
3,635 ft
6.8%
10.1 miles
118
Cormet de Roselend
4,026 ft
6.0%
12.6 miles
119
Col d'Izoard
3,743 ft
5.7%
12.4 miles
108
Col du Lautaret
4,304 ft
3.8%
21.2 miles
94
Col de Telegraphe
2,808 ft
7.3%
7.3 miles
93
Col des Saisies
2,451 ft
5.0%
9.2 miles
82
Col de Joux Plane
2,333 ft
6.5%
6.8 miles
72
Col des Aravis
2,841 ft
4.6%
11.8 miles
68
Col du Corbier
1,335 ft
7.1%
3.5 miles
62

 

Bike Rental

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

 

The Thomson Bike Tours Difference

Your trip to Europe may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you deserve the best! Performance cyclists now rate Thomson Bike Tours as the premiere provider of performance trips to Europe. Here are a few details that set us aside from the rest:

LESS VAN - MORE BIKE: NO Van Transfers between your hotels and the start/finish of the bike rides. Each day we ride from and to the hotel. Our local knowledge, extensive planning and vast experience mean that you spend less time in a van and more time on the bike!

Best-in-class Support & ride leaders: another key to our success! Sag van and ride leader for every 10 riders.

Highest Staff to Customer Ratio: 1 staff member per 4 customers!

THE THOMSON RIDES: over the years we've also gained a reputation for providing the best (and most challenging!) rides. 25 years experience riding in the Alps counts!