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Duration
7 days / 6 nights

2014 Trip dates
July 14 › 20

Start location
Lyon St Exupery Airport

Ending location
Lyon St Exupery Airport

Accommodations
6 nights in Albertville (***)

Rental Bikes Available
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Price per person
$4,895 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $950

Non-riders
Open to non-riders
(same price)


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Alps Stages

Hugely popular with avid riders, our King of the Mountains trips provide the perfect mix of LIVE race-viewing and challenging rides over the toughest climbs of the Tour de France.

Join us in the Alps for LIVE viewing of the 2 Alpine stages. We'll take the high road through the French Alps, tackling legendary climbs such as the Col de la Madeleine, Alpe d'Huez and the Col de la Croix de Fer. There's no better way to experience the majesty of the Tour de France.

Trip Highlights

      • Witness all the action in the Alps, LIVE on the mountainside:
                • Stage 13 - Chamrousse Summit Finish
                • Stage 14 - Col d'Izoard
      • Ride key segments of the Tour de France route just hours before the peloton.
      • Climb Alpe d'Huez, Col de la Madeleine and the Col de la Croix de Fer – 3 of the most legendary Tour de France climbs!

New for 2014

      • NO Hotel Changes! Stay in just 1 hotel in Albertville! No more tiring hotel changes - we've booked the most central and bike-friendly hotel in the Alps.
      • Choose your ride every day! We will offer a fully supported Extreme and Performance ride each day of the trip. The Extreme will test even the most hardcore cyclist and the Performance, while still challenging, is slightly less daunting. See the full ride program below.
      • New for Non-Riding Partners - share accommodations with your partner - but join in the daily cultural and VIP race-viewing opportunities on our Spectator trip.

Our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas

Enjoy your afternoon on the mountainside in the comfort and safety of our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas:

      • Prime viewing spots - our teams are in place several days before the race ensuring that we secure strategically placed viewing locations close to the summits of the climbs
      • Large marquis tents
      • Catered lunch and refrigerator stocked with cold drinks
      • LIVE Satellite TV race coverage in English: This is a Thomson specialty. No other Tour operator has pulled off this feat on the mountain!

Click here for more pictures of our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas

The Rides

Day
EXTREME PERFORMANCE
Ride Details Stats Ride Details
Stats
1

Col du Pré

45 miles
5299 ft

Col du Tamie

29 miles
1883 ft
2

Col du Telegraphe › Col du Galibier Alpe d'Huez › Col de la Croix de Fer

107 mls
16109 ft

Alpe d'Huez › Col de la Croix de Fer

61 miles
8770 ft
3

Col de la Madeleine

72 miles
7822 ft

Col de la Madeleine

72 miles
7822 ft
4
Col du Tamie › Col de la Forclaz › Col de la Croix-Fry › Col des Aravis › Col des Saisies
86 miles
10361 ft
Col de L'Epine › Col de la Croix-Fry › Col des Aravis › Col de la Forclaz
69 miles
7904 ft
5
LIVE TDF Viewing
Chamrousse Finish
93 miles
8661 ft
LIVE TDF Viewing
Chamrousse Finish
38 miles
5869 ft
6
LIVE TDF Viewing
Col d'Izoard
45 miles
5417 ft
LIVE TDF Viewing
Col d'Izoard
24 miles
3648 ft
  TOTAL: 448 miles › 53,668 feet
TOTAL: 294 miles › 35,896 feet

* Please note that rides before and after TDF race-viewings are subject to change due to road closure schedules.


The Climbs

In just 1 week climb many of the legendary cols in the Alps! Here's the complete list of cols included in both our ride programs, sorted by difficulty index:

Climb
Elev.
Gain
Av.
Grade
Length
Profile
Difficulty
Index
EXT
PERF
Col de la Madeleine
4,987 ft
7.7%
12.3 miles
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1295
Col de la Croix de Fer
4,239 ft
4.7%
17.1 miles
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1100
Col du Galibier (from Valloire)
4,085 ft
6.9%
11.2 miles
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926
 
Alpe d'Huez
3,579 ft
7.7%
8.8 miles
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913
Chamrousse
4,052 ft
6.5%
11.8 miles
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893
Col de Pre
3,159 ft
7.9%
7.6 miles
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839
 
Col de L'Izoard
3,743 ft
5.7%
12.4 miles
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803
Col de la Forclaz
2,149 ft
8.0%
5.1 miles
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672
 
Col du Telegraphe
2,808 ft
7.3%
7.3 miles
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635
 
Col de la Croix-Fry
2,762 ft
6.6%
7.9 miles
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616
Col des Saisies
2,451 ft
5.0%
9.2 miles
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533
 
Col du Tamie (from Albertville)
1,870 ft
4.9%
7.3 miles
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502
 
Col des Aravis
2,841 ft
4.6%
11.7 miles
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462
Col de L'Echelle
1,562 ft
5.4%
5.5 miles
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289
 
Col du Tamie (from Faverges)
1,286 ft
3.9%
6.3 miles
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180
 
Col de la Forclaz (from Ugine)
1,411 ft
8.0%
3.3 miles
N/A
N/A
 
Col de L'Epine
1,591 ft
7.1%
4.2 miles
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N/A
 

 

The Top Support

Quite simply, we provide the best support in the industry - guaranteed!

      • As VIP Official Tour Operator we have the constant support and assistance of the Tour de France organizers - this opens many otherwise closed doors...
      • Staff to client ratio of 1:4
      • The best staff in the industry - check out our testimonial page...!!!
      • Small Ride-groups - we split the overall group into ride-groups of approximately 10 riders. This allows us to have riders of similar ability within the same ride-group and provides a far superior cycling experience with full support but less waiting
      • 1 TBT experienced ride leader and 1 SAG van per ride-group
      • Experienced Mechanic
      • Top-of-the-line rental bikes

What's Included

      • 7 days / 6 nights fully accompanied trip
      • All accommodations (3-star hotel)
      • Free access to our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas on stages 13 & 14
      • All breakfasts
      • All dinners
      • 3 lunches
      • Pick-up at Lyon St Exupery Airport
      • Drop-off at Lyon St Exupery Airport
      • All ground transportation
      • All luggage transfer
      • Services of our expert guides
      • Experienced mechanic
      • 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 Sempre Pro is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.