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Tour de France King of the Mountains

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Duration
7 days / 6 nights

2013 Trip dates
July 15 › 21

Start location
Lyon St Exupery Airport

Ending location
Lyon St Exupery Airport

Accommodations
4 nights in Deux Alpes (***)
2 nights in La Clusaz (***)

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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Performance Alps Trip

2014 Advance Reservations Now OPEN

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Full details of our 2014 trip
will be available late October.

What is an advance reservation?
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And don't forget to reserve your Bianchi Rental Bike (limited supply)


Challenging but not quite as daunting as our "Extreme" trips, our Performance trips are designed for avid club riders looking to witness the key Tour de France mountain stages and complete their experience by riding a number of the legendary climbs of the Tour de France.

Join us on our Alps Performance trip for LIVE viewing of the final 3 mountain stages of the 2013 Tour de France - including the first-ever double ascension of Alpe d'Huez!

You'll also ride the final climbs of each stage just hours before the TDF peloton and in addition, there's a full program of daily rides including Tour favorites like the Col de la Croix de Fer and the "new" Col de Sarenne (although we've been riding the Sarenne for 10 years...). Get ready to live the dream in the French Alps...

Trip Highlights

  • Watch all 3 stages in the Alps (including Alpe d'Huez!).
  • Ride parts of the TDF routes just hours before the peloton.
  • Climb Alpe d'Huez!
  • Climb the Col de la Croix de Fer - one of the legendary Tour de France climbs!
  • Spectacular ride over the Col de Sarenne - first-ever inclusion in the Tour de France
  • Beautiful final day ride through Annecy and up to Semnoz to witness the final climb of the 100th Tour de France

Witness these 3 key stages "LIVE"...

  • Stage 18 - LIVE Viewing of the FINISH in ALPE D'HUEZ
  • Stage 19 - LIVE Viewing of the final climb - Col de la CROIX FRY
  • Stage 20 - LIVE Viewing of the last climb of the 2013 Tour de France - Annecy-Semnoz

Our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas

With Thomson Bike Tours enjoy your afternoon on the mountain-side 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
  • LIVE Satellite TV race coverage in English
  • Catered lunch and refrigerator stocked with cold drinks

Enjoy the race from the comfort of our Race-Viewing Hospitality Area.

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

The RIDES

Day
Schedule
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
Day 1
MON Jul 15

RIDE: Les Deux Alpes › Barrage de Chambon › Les Deux Alpes (via Le Pontell)

26 km
(16 miles)
830 m
(2,720 ft)
Day 2
TUE Jul 16

RIDE: Les Deux Alpes › Col de la Croix de FerLes Deux Alpes (via Le Pontell)

118 km
(73 miles)
2,815 m
(9,235 ft)
Day 3
WED Jul 17

RIDE: Les Deux Alpes › Alpe d'Huez Col de Sarenne Les Deux Alpes (via Chambon)

68 km
(42 miles)
2,160 m
(7,090 ft)
Day 4
THU Jul 18
RIDE: Les Deux Alpes › Alpe d'Huez

LIVE TDF RACE VIEWING
Stage 18 - Alpe d'Huez

RIDE: Alpe d'Huez › Les Deux Alpes

75 km
(46 miles)

2,320 m
(7,610 ft)
Day 5
FRI Jul 19
Morning Transfer to our hotel in La Clusaz
RIDE: La Clusaz › Col de L'Epine Col de Croix Fry

LIVE TDF RACE VIEWING
Stage 19 - Col de La Croix Fry

RIDE: Col de la Croix Fry › La Clusaz
75 km
(46 miles)
1,600 m
(5,250 ft)
Day 6
SAT Jul 20
RIDE: La Clusaz › Annecy › Quintal › Annecy-Semnoz

LIVE TDF RACE VIEWING
Stage 20 - Annecy-Semnoz

RIDE: Annecy-Semnoz › Annecy
81 km
(50 miles)
1,420 m
(4,700 ft)
Day 7
SUN Jul 21

End of our trip and final transfer to Lyon St Exupery Airport

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


Climb these Famous Cols

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

Climb
Elev.
Gain
Av.
Grade
Length
Profile
Difficulty
Index
Col de Sarenne (via Alpe d'Huez)
4,206 ft
6.0%
13.0 miles
155
Col de la Croix de Fer
4,239 ft
4.7%
17.1 miles
144
Alpe d'Huez
3,579 ft
7.7%
8.8 miles
125
Annecy-Semnoz
3,025 ft
8.2%
6.8 miles
116
Les Deux Alpes (via Le Pontell)
2,369 ft
6.5%
6.8 miles
91
Col de la Croix Fry
2,762 ft
6.6%
7.9 miles
91
Les Deux Alpes (from Chambon)
1,995 ft
6.2%
6.1 miles
77
Col de Leschaux
1,447 ft
3.7%
7.4 miles
34
Col de L'Epine
1,608 ft
7.6%
3.8 miles
N/A
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...
  • 3 ride groups of approximately 10 riders in each group - allows us to group riders of similar ability into the same ride-group allowing for a better ride experience with 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 hotels)
  • Free access to our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas on stages 19 & 20
  • All breakfasts
  • All but 1 dinner
  • 2 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.