25 Guest Reviews
Guest Reviews for this trip
Thomson Bike Tours is a VIP bicycle experience. First class from the beginning of my planning, to the end of the trip. They take care of every detail. Everything is carefully planned and executed per plan. No worries. Just show up and ride. This was my best sporting experience ever. Lots of challenging rides, wonderful food, and fantastic ride guides. A definite bucket list trip.
This has been on the top of my bucket list for many years, and I am so glad I chose Thomson Bike Tours. The logistical support of moving a group of more than 60 riders all around the French Alps is daunting enough, and they did it without missing a beat. Support while we were riding was top notch: each small group of riders had a support van and at least one support person pedalling with us. They took care of every detail from pick up at the airport to drop off a week later. Getting access to watch the racers on Alpe d’Huez, and to visit the departure village only added to the great experience of riding these beautiful mountains.
I was very impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the quality of the trip. Thanks for everything.
Had a wonderful time, met some great people, made new friends. The cycling was massive, more than I expected but felt a great deal of satisfaction at the end.
Excellent routes and outstanding staff. I can’t wait for my next trip
Amazing experience, it was well worth the money! The whole Thomson Bike Tours crew was really nice and on top of things! I am definitely looking forward to my next trip!
We never worked so hard to get ready for a vacation! But our training paid off and we were able to ride some of the iconic climbs of the Alps and see some key Stages of the Tour de France. We loved every minute and have amazing memories from our trip. Thank you??
Awesome, The entire trip was well planned and executed. Most importantly the people from Thompson were fantastic to spend time with. I really enjoyed everyone I interacted with during all parts of the trip, wether riding or support, everyone was full of energy, positive, and worked hard to make it a great trip. I wouldn’t even think of another tour group in the future.
Just a great experience with a well oiled team. Highly recommend to anyone thinking of getting a taste of the Alps.
The Thomson crew is top notch. The ride leaders have in depth knowledge of the climbs and are able to give even the average rider tips to make even the most difficult ride comfortable. They know when to challenge you to work harder to reach the top, when to offer encouragement, and they know when you have had enough and let you know it is no shame to accept a ride to the top.
Thomson Bike Tours gave me one of the best weeks I have ever had on the bike. It is a combination of route and scenery, service and staff, and people you get to ride with along the way—It really is a top notch tour with great rides, staff, service, clients and scenery. It will challenge you, but the rewards and the conversation after with your tour group will make each day an adventure.
The staff all worked very hard and I enjoyed myself more than I thought. Thank you!
Absolutely brilliant. Meticulous organisation and planning. Staff were extremely professional, supportive and encouraging. There was plenty of ride options for people of different speeds and abilities over various distances, so a rider of any ability could enjoy the cycling without the pressure of slowing down other riders. I will definitely be back and will be recommending Thomson to all my cycling friends.
The trip exceeded my expectations. I never thought I would connect this well with a random group of riders, but I left with new friends and was grateful to get to share this experience with them. The Thomson tour guides were amazing and helped motivate me on difficult climbs and make the trip even more special. The rides were challenging and the views were distracting and far more beautiful than I had imagined. I look forward to my next adventure with Thomson!
The Tour de France - Alps trip was a breath of fresh air! What stood out for me was being able to test my limits and find new friends on every switchback! Each night at the group dinner we would talk about our challenges and triumphs with the riders in our group. All of the riders supported each other and the camaraderie was amazing. Work and daily life was left behind just for a moment and the joy of cycling in a such a beautiful place with fantastic supportive staff became the days “to do” list! The only thing better is waking up and being able to do it all again. Thank you Thomson for a trip of a life time!
Fab time! Might be good to recommend to folks to arrive a few days early to the tour to accommodate to jet lag, I’m glad that we flew in 2 days beforehand.
The trip was a dream fulfilled. Each ride was well planned and supported. I always felt that my capabilities were understood and catered to.
Appreciated that Peter was clear on the risks of descending (including death) before the serious accident on Thursday. Only other negative was that Kate Veronneau was not a ride leader!
Truly a great cycling experience and a big reason why is the that the Thomson Team were outstanding. Thank You!
Great experience. Challenging cycling in the beautiful Alps. Well organized, dedicated staff with a passion for cycling. Great access to the Tour.
Amazing trip ! The staff is incredible and agenda was so much fun . My expectations were high and Thomson bike tours exceeded all expectations !
The riding and TDF experience were great. The leaders and support as well as routes chosen were perfect! The hotel food was disappointing. The accommodations were fair.
The experience for more than I had hoped for. The rides were epic and exhilarating. Support was right on spot for drinks, snacks, encouragement, etc.
An amazing experience, excellent support,great company, beyond what I expected
The trip was fantastic! Peter, the organizers, ride leaders and mechanics were all well beyond my best expectations, not to mention that they were a pleasure to spend time with and get to know. This was a great experience, both for the riding (and it was tough), the beauty, and the access to the TDF.
Our Alps KOM Challenge provides the perfect mix of LIVE race-viewing plus challenging and rewarding rides on the legendary routes and climbs in the Alps.
Alpe d’Huez, the Col du Galibier, the Col de L’Iseran and the Col de la Croix de Fer all feature in our exciting program.
Tour de France Race-Viewing Details
Stage 18: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Valloire
Stage 18: VIP ride across the Finish Line and Podium photos in Valloire
Stage 19: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee (Col de L’Iseran)
Stage 20: Access to the VIP Departure Village in Albertville
Top 7 reasons to choose Thomson
1. TDF Official Premium Tour Operator - one of only 2 operators awarded “Premium” status
2. VIP access to the 3 key stages in the Alps
3. Access to our Private Hospitality Marquee on the Col de L’Iseran
4. Extensive Ride Program: choose from 3 fully supported rides. Only with Thomson!
5. Luxury Hotels: a 15th C. château & the #1 hotel in Alpe d’Huez
6. KOMs galore: Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Iseran, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Sarenne and more…
7. Our support teams are the envy of the mountain. The best support guaranteed!
THREE fully supported ride levels!
3 fully supported rides each day - from 20km to 130km - ensure you’ll find the ride that matches your personal fitness level. Check out our Sport, Performance and Extreme ride programs.
(during the trip, you may choose a different ride level each day - you don’t have to stick with the same ride level for the entire trip)
Total Distance: 202km / 125miles
Total Elevation: 6,597m / 21,644ft
Longest Ride: 44km / 27miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 1,487m / 4,879ft
Total Distance: 430km / 267miles
Total Elevation: 13,131m / 43,081ft
Longest Ride: 100km / 62miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 3,108m / 10,197ft
Total Distance: 588km / 365miles
Total Elevation: 18,022m / 59,127ft
Longest Ride: 133km / 83miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 4,128m / 13,543ft
Bienvenue en France!
Our staff will meet you at Lyon St Exupery Airport. From the airport we have a short transfer to our hotel in Alpe d’Huez. After checking into the hotel we’ll have our Orientation Meeting followed by lunch, then our mechanics will be on hand to help you get the bikes ready for the first ride.
We’ll kick off our week in the Alps with a couple of short climbs high above Alpe d’Huez. Leaving the hotel we’ll take the Route de Lacs which climbs over the Col du Poutran to an elevation of over 2100m. Next on our itinerary is the short climb to the Col de Sarenne before heading back to the hotel in Alpe d’Huez. Pray for clear skies today as both of these climbs offer incredible views of the surrounding Grandes Rousses Massif mountain range.
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
Today is your opportunity to test yourself on the most famous of all climbs - the 21 switchbacks that lead to Alpe d’Huez!
Our hotel is located at the top of this famous mountain so we’ll start the day with the descent through Vilard Reculas to Allemond. From Allemond it’s a short ride to Bourg d’Oisans and the start of the climb to Alpe d’Huez. This time round we’ll only climb the first 3km before turning off in La Garde onto one of the most spectacular roads in the Alps: the panoramic road to Le Freney.
From Le Freney, we’ll head back down the valley to Bourg d’Oisans.This time we’ll climb all of the iconic 21 switchbacks to Alpe d’Huez. Enjoy!
Col de la Croix de Fer
Our most challenging ride of the week with 2 major climbs to conquer: the legendary Col de la Croix de Fer and the Pas de la Confession climb through Vilard-Reculas and up to Alpe d’Huez.
We’ll start the ride with the 14km descent from Alpe d’Huez to Bourg d’Oisans followed by 8km of flat valley roads before we reach Rochetaillée. The Croix de Fer lies 31km up the road at an average grade of almost 6% so be careful to pace yourself on this challenging cimb. We’ll turn around at the summit and head back down to Allemond where we start the beautiful climb to Pas de la Confession, the back-way into Alpe d’Huez.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 18
Official Ride across the Finish Line, Photo Shoot on the Podium & VIP access to the Stage Finish
A unique opportunity today to ride your bike across the Official Finish Line just a few hours before the peloton - followed by a photo shoot on the Official Podium. We’ll round off an amazing Tour de France day by witnessing the Race Finish from the VIP Finish Line Tribune.
The Tour de France enters the Alps today with a huge stage that will take the peloton over the Col du Galibier before the finish in Valloire. From our hotel we’ll ride over the Col du Lautaret and the Col du Galibier to Valloire where our Tour de France hosts will meet us for a thrilling VIP afternoon at the Race Finish.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 19
Private Viewing on the climb to the Col d’Iseran
The second of 3 big Alpine stages sees the riders head over the highest point of the race (and the highest paved pass in the Alps): the 2770m Col de L’Iseran! Of course we couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to witness the peloton on this classic climb. Our Logistics Team will have set up our Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the side of the mountain, a few km from the summit of the Col de L’Iseran.
From the hotel we’ll have a short van transfer to Modane where we’ll jump on the bikes and start the ride to the Iseran. After 24km we reach the town of Lanslebourg which signals the start of the 30km climb to the Col de L’Iseran. The route will be lined by thousands of passionate Tour fans waiting for the peloton to come through in a few hours. Enjoy the wild Tour de France scene from the comfort of our Hospitality Marquee. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as we wait for the peloton to approach.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 20
VIP access to the Stage Start in Albertville
Our last day in the Alps and you have a couple of options to choose from:
Option 1: head over to Albertville for access to the VIP Departure Village area at the Start of the Stage. The Departure Village is a great place to meet the riders and get some great photos, autographs etc. The TDF peloton will head out around lunchtime and afterwards we’ll head back to the Hotel where our staff will have set up our TV’s so we can watch the end of the Final Mountain Stage and celebrate with a few drinks before dinner.
Option 2: join our ride leaders for a stunning ride through the Massif des Bauges Natural Park. We have 2 classic climbs on the agenda: Mont Revard and the Col des Pres. After the ride we’ll meet the rest of the group in the Hotel Bar to watch the end of the Final Mountain Stage and celebrate with a few drinks before dinner.
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Lyon St Exupery Airport, arriving at 9:00am.