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.
The staff all worked very hard and I enjoyed myself more than I thought. Thank you!
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.
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 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!
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!
I was disappointed to be reflecting most days on the lack of attention to detail, safety and support I had become accustomed to from Thomson. This certainly took the gloss of what is generally a great experience. While there are a number of great Thomson staff, I felt the attempt to extend the experience to a group of 70 riders meant we ended up with a larger group of inexperienced staff that did not have the same experience and care factor. When issues were mentioned during the trip I received generally unhelpful or defensive responses. Many of these issues impacted directly on safety including riding on closed roads, group members being left behind, lack of briefing on dangers of particular routes, etc.
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.
2018 TRIP DETAILS
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.
The Alpe d’Huez, Galibier and the first-ever gravel section on the Col de Glieres all feature in our exciting program.
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: 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)