Join us for an awe-inspiring, week-long adventure across the Alps that will test your limits and introduce you to the majesty and wonder of cycling’s most celebrated terrain.
This trip price is based on a minimum of 8 riders.
Bienvenue en France
Our trip starts at Lyon St Exupery Airport (NH Hotel) where our staff will meet you. We’ll transfer to our hotel in the beautiful Alpine resort of Morzine.
After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up we’ll head out for our first ride in the French Alps. Our ride takes us over the Col de la Joux Verte with its stunning views of the snow covered peaks around Mont Blanc.
Joux Plane, Colombiere & Croix Fry
Today’s ride gives us our first real taste of Alpine climbs. From our hotel in Morzine the road heads upwards towards the famous Col de Joux Plane. Enjoy the spectacular views from the top of the Joux Plane before heading down the valley to Cluses.
Our next climb of is the Hors-Categorie Col de la Colombiere. Our final climb is the Col de la Croix Fry where a certain Floyd Landis destroyed the Tour de France peloton in 2004.
Our ride from La Clusaz to St Jean de Maurienne is one of the most beautiful rides in the Alps. We start with the Col des Aravis where we’ll be met at the top by the ringing of cowbells from the many herds of cows that graze on these slopes. On a clear day enjoy the spectacular views of Mont Blanc to the south.
Next up is the Col des Saisies followed by one of the all-time Tour de France favourites, the 26km Hors-Categorie Col de la Madeleine. The 25km descent from the Madeleine is one of the best in the Alps - ENJOY!
Today’s ride features a classic loop around the mountains of La Maurienne. First up is the incredible route up the Lacets de Montvernier followed by the climb to the Col du Chaussy. Both of these climbs featured in the 2015 Tour de France and were a huge success.
From the bottom of the Chaussy we tackle another Tour de France favourite, the Col du Glandon. From the Glandon, we have a short ascent to the Col de la Croix de Fer before tackling the final climb of the day to the Col du Mollard.
Galibier and Alpe d'Huez…
Our first climb today is the massive Col du Galibier. Almost 35 km in length and with a total elevation gain of over 1900 m, the Galibier is one of the most challenging climbs in Europe.
The climb starts in St Michel de Maurienne and after 12 km tops out at the Col de Telegraphe. A short descent into Valloire and then we’re climbing again as we attack the final 18 km to the Galibier summit at almost 2800 m.
From the Galibier we have a 45km descent to Bourg d’Oisans where the first of the famous 21 switchbacks signals the start of the climb to Alpe d’Huez!
Col de Sarenne
A short ride this morning, but one of the most spectacular routes in the French Alps. We start the morning by descending Alpe d’Huez before taking the single track road that runs along the ridge from La Garde to Le Freney.
From Le Freney we take the long way round, up to the Chambon Reservoir where we take a sharp left turn that signals the start of the climb to the Col de Sarenne. The Sarenne takes us back up to Alpe d’Huez but via a wild and spectacular single-track road that featured in the 2013 Tour de France.
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Lyon Saint Exupery airport,