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.