13 Guest Reviews
Guest Reviews for this trip
A trip I tell my friends to put on their bucket list. Excellent routes and it was so good to do all the famous climbs. A very professional crew. Great TdF viewing opportunities. I’m still buzzing.
In 30 plus years of cycling on numerous mountain roads, these were the hardest climbs and best cornering descents I have ever ridden.
The trip was amazing the riding was tough but excellent, the support, organisation, access to the tour de france and mateship was second to none!! Absolutely recommend to anyone that whats to experience a once in a lifetime event.
Peter is a logistical genius with never-ending sense of calm and a quick wit. He should be in charge of the Tour De France overall. Ride leaders provided expertise, but encouraged independence and strength. They Are all awesome. How did you find these wonderful people. We will ride again with Thomson. In fact, we will be looking for a job with Thomson soon. Need Ride Leaders? How about the Tour or California?
The entire Thomson team is exceptional. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to ride challenging terrain and view the TDF. The ride leaders are exceptional. They consistently provide support and are true professionals. Peter’s daily briefings were very detailed and informative. It allows the rider to solely focus on enjoying their ride and to happily suffer in the mountains! I will definitely be back! Mike D
I would highly recommend anyone who is considering doing a cycling trip to book with Thompson Bike Tours, Their contacts, planning, support and experience is second to none. Catering for all levels of riding ability (best to do the pre-training as it will make the trip all the more enjoyable, If you think you have been putting in the work, Go and find more hills to climb before you embark on the trip) Extremely professional outfit the, accommodation and bike hire is first class. My next cycling trip in Europe will most definitely be with Thompson Bike Tours
Nice job to everyone; overall a great experience!
The trip was excellent and money very well spent. Peter runs a great tour and is very enjoyable to be around. The staff were all wonderful and you can easily tell they love what they’re doing. I would go on another Thomson trip in a heartbeat and will recommend Thomson Bike Tours to all my cycling friends.
Simply outstanding! Thomson created the Alpine riding experience I had been looking for - challenging courses with unpararreled support. The guide-to-rider ratio was spot-on! The guides (specifically Juan, Emily, Saul, and Mark) were a joy to ride with. The accommodations and food were never lacking. The easy accessibly to and visibility of Peter Thomson made it clear that he is very interested in his customers satisfaction. Already planning my next Thomson adventure - I can’t wait!
Having Peter Thomson there, the owner, was truly a testimony to how much he cares about his clients and the service he provides to the cycling community that want to experience some of the most spectacular riding on this planet. Thanks to the all the staff members that kept our bikes in top shape and the ride leaders that really knew how to keep our groups together and make sure this was, again, a truly memorable experience. See you all soon. Mike and Shelly ps. when I retire in 5 years, I’d be more than happy to join your team, even to drive a van or wrench on the bikes.
This was my second tour with the Thomson team. It did not disappoint. The KOM TdF trip put us in prime viewing locations with amazing mountain top viewing opportunities. The crew always is attentive, helpful and always encourages us on some of the most challenging days. I will definitely be back! Peter and Tony make a logistically crazy couple of weeks seem easy.
Im sure you will not use this as a testimonial The group I hung out with on the trip, Aussies and a couple of Americans were memorable…funny and crazy. We were a tight little group at times. We all rode at different speeds but we pulled together at mealtime. We complained about the food, the accommodation and the long van rides but we enjoyed each other and loved to joke around with the guides…especially Juan and Tony. Tony was the best driver ever!!! I will remember lots of great moments especially on Mt. Ventoux and Alpe Duez and of course Col de joux plane in the rain…my favourite climb of all!!! I know you guys try as hard as you can to make your trips match the expectations of your clients and I appreciate the logistics and effort required. Hopefully you can utlize some of my comments in a positive way to enhance your TDF tour. I hope I have provided some useful info. For any of my cycling friends who want a vertical experience, I will point them in your direction.
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2018 TRIP DETAILS
Our Mont Ventoux & 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.
Our exciting program starts with Mont Ventoux, then continues on to the Alps and features Alpe d’Huez, Galibier and the first-ever gravel section on the climb to the Col de Glieres.
Tour de France Race-Viewing Details
Stage 10: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee (Col de Glieres)
Stage 12: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Alpe d’Huez
Stage 12: Official VIP Ride Across the Finish Line in Alpe d’Huez
Stage 13: Access to the VIP Departure Village at the Stage Start in Bourg d’Oisans
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 start and finish of the key stages in the Alps
3. Access to our Private Hospitality Marquee on the gravel section of the Col de Glieres
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: Ventoux, Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, 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 25km to 180km - 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: 303km / 188miles
Total Elevation: 10,595m / 34,760ft
Longest Ride: 55km / 34miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 2,156m / 7,073ft
Total Distance: 550km / 342miles
Total Elevation: 16,095m / 52,805ft
Longest Ride: 116km / 72miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 2912m / 9,553ft
Total Distance: 889km / 552miles
Total Elevation: 25,138m / 82,473ft
Longest Ride: 182km / 113miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 4,546m / 14914ft
Bienvenue en France!
Our staff will meet you at Marseille Airport. From the airport we have a short transfer to our hotel in Provence. After checking in to 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.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 8:30am - either at Marseille Airport or at the Hotel Pullman Marseille Provence Aéroport
Climb the iconic “Giant of Provence”, one of the most mythical mountains in cycling history. We’ll climb “Le Geant” from the Bedoin side, made famous by so many Tour de France stages. 21.5km total ascent with the last 6.5km across a barren, wind-blown landscape that looks like the surface of the moon.
Into the Alps
After a morning transfer to our 15th Century Chateau Hotel close to Chambery, we’ll enjoy lunch in the outside patio and meet the rest of our ride companions for our week in the Alps. After lunch at the hotel, it’s time to get the bikes out for our afternoon ride.
Our first challenge in the Alps comes after 17km with the climb of the Cat 2, Col du Marocaz. With an average grade of 8% over 7km, the Marocaz sets the tone for the week ahead!
The climb to Semnoz was the climax of the 100th edition of the Tour de France back in 2013. On that day Nairo Quintana won the stage but overall victory had already been sealed by Chris Froome.
Semnoz is the highlight of our ride today but to get there we’ll have to climb over the Col des Pres. From the summit enjoy the quiet roads through the Massif des Bauges Natural Park which lead to Viuz-le Chiesaz and the start of the climb to Semnoz. This is our biggest day but the spectacular views of the Alps & Lake Annecy make it well worth the effort.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 10
Private Viewing on the Col de Glieres
The Tour de France enters the Alps today for the first of 3 key mountain stages. Our teams will have set up our Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the gravel section of the Col de Glieres for a unique race-viewing experience.
After a short transfer to Albertville, we’ll climb the Col de L’Epine then join the race route on the Col de la Croix Fry. Expect to be cheered on by thousands of passionate Tour fans as we climb the Croix Fry. From the summit we descend to Entremont where we start the climb to the Col de Glieres.
When you reach our Hospitality Marquee you’ll have earned your race day afternoon! Enjoy the wild Tour de France scene from the comfort of our tents. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as we wait for the peloton to approach.
We’ll begin the day with a short transfer to La Chambre where we’ll start our ride. First up is the incredible climb up the Lacets de Montvernier switchbacks - a huge success in the 2015 Tour de France and included in Stage 12 of this years Tour. A short ride along the valley takes us to the start of the Col du Telegraphe followed by the climb to the famous Galibier.
At 2645m (8678ft), the Galibier is the highest point of our trip and is one of the most spectacular and majestic climbs in Europe. Enjoy!
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 12
ALPE D’HUEZ: Official Ride across the Finish Line & VIP access to the Stage Finish
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 Allemont. From Allemont, we’ll enjoy the short climb to Vaujany then the descent to Bourg d’Oisans and the start of the climb to the iconic and infinitely rewarding Alpe d’Huez.
The Tour de France actually finishes on top of Alpe d’Huez today, so we’ll watch the stage finish from the luxury of the Official VIP tribune, directly on the Finish Line, plus we will have the amazing opportunity to ride our bikes across the official finish line and have our photo taken on the race podium.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 13
VIP access to the Stage Start in Bourg d’Oisans
An intensive Tour day today with a VIP visit to the Departure Village. The “village” offers fantastic opportunities to get up-close to the riders, the Tour celebrities and get a first-hand view of the inner workings of the Tour de France. This is the place to get these all-important souvenirs, gifts, autographs and pictures with the riders.
After the start of the race, we’ll head out on the bikes for our final ride. We have a truly stunning ride in store with the climb up the Col de Sarenne - the lesser-known “back door” to Alpe d’Huez. On the way to the Sarenne we’ll climb up the equally impressive ridge that leads to Mont de Lans.
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Lyon St Exupery Airport, arriving at approximately 9:30am.