Have you ever dreamt of riding the iconic climbs of the Tour de France or the Giro d’Italia? Make it a reality on one of our fully-supported KOM Challenge tours to the Alps, Pyrenees or Dolomites.
With an average distance of 45 miles (75km) per day, our KOM Challenge tours are specifically designed for Performance cyclists wishing to fulfil their dreams and cross off those famous, bucket-list climbs!
The French Alps is cycling’s most celebrated terrain and our KOM trip features the very best of this famous region. Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Croix de Fer, Colombiere - just a few of the iconic Tour de France climbs that you’ll conquer on the KOM Alps Challenge.
Live the dream, join the best support team in the industry for a week of legendary rides in the French Alps.
Welcome to the Alps
Our trip starts at Lyon St Exupery Airport where our staff will be there to welcome you. We’ll transfer to our hotel in the beautiful Alpine resort of La Clusaz.
After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up we’ll head out for our first ride in the French Alps. Our ride takes us to the Col des Glieres, with it’s short gravel section close to the summit, and which will feature for the first time ever in the 2018 Tour de France.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 8:30am - either at Lyon St Exupery Airport or at the Hotel NH Lyon Airport.
Col des Aravis & Croix Fry
Today’s ride features one of the most beautiful and scenic rides in the Alps and is a huge favorite with our CEO, Peter Thomson. Leaving the hotel we start climbing the Col des Aravis. Soon we’ll be surrounded by the sound of cow-bells and, if its a clear day, you’ll see some stunning views of Mont Blanc as as we approach the summit. Enjoy the twisty descent that leads to the pretty Alpine village of Flumet.
Next up is the short Col de L’Epine which featured in the 2013 Tour de France when Frenchman Pierre Roland was first over the top. Our last climb of the day is a beauty - the Col de la Croix Fry. If you’ve followed the Tour for a number of years you may remember in 2004 when Floyd Landis, working for Lance Armstrong, blew the race apart and only 4 other riders could follow him (Armstrong, Ullrich, Kloden & Basso). This all happened on the Col de la Croix Fry! Your turn to set the pace on this spectacular climb.
Col de la Colombiere
Another classic Alpine ride and the scene of so many past Tour de France battles. From the hotel we head north towards Entremont. Enjoy the first 28km as they’re either downhill or flat!
After 28km we start our first climb of the day, the relatively short Mont Saxonnex. Not really well-known by foreign riders, this is a very popular climb with the locals who enjoy the traffic-free road and the shade provided by the forests on either side of the road. At the 40km mark we arrive in Scionzier and this is where the fun really starts. Lying 17km up the road is the summit of the Hors-Categorie Col de la Colombiere. The Colombiere features in one of the queen stages of the 2018 Tour de France and will also feature in the Etape du Tour. It’s a beautiful climb but save your legs for the last 3km which get gradually steeper as the summit approaches. From the top it’s downhill all the way to Le Grand Bornand then a short climb back up to our hotel in La Clusaz.
Our Queen Stage - featuring the mighty Col du Galibier!
From the hotel we’ll have a short transfer over to St Michel de Maurienne. We’ll jump on the bikes in St Michel and it’s not long before we start the climb to the Col de Telegraphe. From the Telegraphe enjoy the short break with the descent into Valloire.
The serious stuff starts in Valloire with the 18km climb to the Col du Galibier. At 2600m the Galibier is the highest point of our trip and definitely the most dramatic and grandiose. Enjoy the views of the surrounding glaciers before the long drop down to Mizoen.
We’re heading towards Alpe d’Huez but today we’ll climb up the back-side (we’ll save the Alpe d’Huez climb for tomorrow!). The back-side is actually a stunning climb called the Col de Sarenne which rises to 2000m on a dramatic single-track road. From the summit it’s “mostly” downhill to our hotel in Alpe d’Huez.
The big one today - Alpe d’Huez!
The most famous climb in road cycling is our objective today. We’ll start by descending the Alpe almost to the bottom. We’ll turn off in La Garde and head out along one of the most scenic and dramatic ridge roads in the Alps. The ridge eventually leads to Le Freney where we take a right and head back towards Bourg d’Oisans and the bottom of the Alpe d’Huez.
If you’ve never climbed Alpe d’Huez before, you’ll feel the excitement as we approach this legendary road. The climb itself starts just outside Bourg d’Oisans. The first 3km are the toughest so hang in there for this first steep section. Count the famous 21 switchbacks as you ride by - it starts with switchback 21 and works down to switchback 1 just before the town of Alpe d’Huez. 37 minutes, 30 seconds is the fastest time up the climb, held by ...who? How close can you get to 37 minutes?
Col de la Croix de Fer
We finish the trip with another classic climb - the Col de la Croix de Fer (Iron Cross).
Leaving our hotel in Alpe d’Huez we’ll follow another dramatic single-track road that leads along another ridge to the west of Alpe d’Huez. We’ll ride through the quaint mountain village of Villard-Reculas where we start the long descent to Allemond.
The climb to La Croix de Fer starts in Allemond and the summit of this massive climb is 25km up the road so pace yourself and prepare for a long climb. Fortunately the scenery is absolutely stunning and will take your mind of the task at hand. The summit is marked by the famous Iron Cross.
The long descent takes us to Allemond then on to Bourg d’Oisans where we’ll stop for a welcome refreshment and to toast a fantastic week of cycling in the French Alps!
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Lyon St Exupery Airport, arriving at approximately 9:30am.