Tour de France KOM Challenge – Alps & Mont Ventoux

Tour de France KOM Challenge – Alps & Mont Ventoux

Experience the Alps & Mont Ventoux stages with the Premier Offical Tour Operator

LIVE race-viewing in the Alps and Mont Ventoux. Challenging rides including Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux. No one does the Tour like Thomson!

Overview

Details

Next Departure

July 2nd 2021

Price

USD $6,495

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

Yes ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Performance Ride Program

Total Distance

Total Elevation

Daily Av. Distance

Daily Av. Elevation

Overview

A Thomson trip to the Tour de France is a unique blend of LIVE race-viewing and challenging riding.

On the Thomson KOM Alps trip, you’ll witness the best of the race action on Mont Ventoux and the Stage 9 Summit Finish in Tignes, live on the mountain-side from our Private Hospitality Marquee. Mingle with the pro riders and Tour celebrities with our privileged VIP access to the Departure Village in Albertville, and cherish the unique experience of riding across the Finish Line ahead of the peloton in Nimes.

You’ll also have a challenging ride program. You’ll conquer numerous famous climbs including Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Le Galibier, La Croix de Fer and Glandon. No one rides like Thomson!

With Thomson you’re also guaranteed the best support in the business. Our support teams are the envy of the mountain!

Book with Confidence Commitment

Because of the uncertainty at present due to Covid-19, we are offering a greater level of flexibility. Our Book with Confidence commitment is designed to give you peace of mind by providing a full refund for cancellations received before March 31.


3 fully supported daily rides!

Yes, that’s correct! Each day you’ll have the choice of 3 different fully supported rides – from 20km to 130km (12 miles to 80 miles). No matter your fitness level, our extensive ride program has you covered. Perfect for couples who love to ride but have different fitness levels.

 

Check out our Sport, Performance and Extreme ride programs!

Ride Comparisons

Sport Sport
Performance Performance
Extreme Extreme
Total Distance
Total Distance
Total Elevation
Total Elevation
Daily Average Distance
Daily Average Distance
Daily Average Elevation
Daily Average Elevation

star star star star star
I have been on other tours(early 2000s) that followed the tdf and yours is by far much better. Overall organization, attentiveness to your clients, choice ...

Dan Eaton, USA — 2019

star star star star star
Apart from the attention to detail - the ride briefings, the support vans, everything - one of the things that made me feel extremely safe ...

Andrea Tongco, Singapore — 2019

star star star star star
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 ...

Larry Goodreau, USA — 2018

See more reviews
Cycling helmet, sunglasses and shoes illustration

Performance  Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Bienvenue en France! Hotel Les Grandes Rousses
01 Bienvenue en France! Hotel Les Grandes Rousses
01 Bienvenue en France! Hotel Les Grandes Rousses
02 21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez Hotel Les Grandes Rousses
02 21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez Hotel Les Grandes Rousses
02 21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez Hotel Les Grandes Rousses
03 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Col du Pré Hotel Les Grandes Rousses
03 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Col du Pré Hotel Les Grandes Rousses
03 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Col du Pré Hotel Les Grandes Rousses
04 The iconic Col de la Croix de Fer Hotel Les Grandes Rousses
04 Croix de Fer, Telegraphe and Galibier! Hotel Les Grandes Rousses
04 Pas de la Confession Hotel Les Grandes Rousses
05 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village in Albertville Moulin de Vernegues
05 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village in Albertville Moulin de Vernegues
05 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village in Albertville Moulin de Vernegues
06 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on Mont Ventoux Moulin de Vernegues
06 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on Mont Ventoux Moulin de Vernegues
06 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on Mont Ventoux Moulin de Vernegues
07 Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & VIP Finish-Line Tribune in Nimes Moulin de Vernegues
07 Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & VIP Finish-Line Tribune in Nimes Moulin de Vernegues
07 Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & VIP Finish-Line Tribune in Nimes Moulin de Vernegues
08 Au revoir!
08 Au revoir!
08 Au revoir!
Itinerary View Itinerary View
Map View Map View
Performance Performance Itinerary
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08

Itinerary Detail

Day 1

Distance

Elevation


Bienvenue en France!

Your trip starts at Lyon St Exupery Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in Alpe d’Huez. Before lunch we’ll have a brief Orientation Meeting followed by the bike-build, where our mechanics will be on hand if you need help preparing your bike.

You’ll kick off your week in the Alps with a couple of short climbs high above Alpe d’Huez. Leaving the hotel you’ll take the Route de Lacs which climbs over the Col du Poutran to an elevation of over 2100m. Next on the 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.

Day 2

Distance

Elevation


21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez

Today is your opportunity to test yourself on the most famous of all climbs – the 21 switchbacks that lead to Alpe d’Huez!

The ride starts with a long descent and after 28km you’ll reach the town of Bourg d’Oisans, the start ot the climb to Alpe d’Huez. This time round you’ll only climb the first 3km of the climb 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, you’ll ride back down the valley to Bourg d’Oisans.This time you’ll climb all of the iconic 21 switchbacks to Alpe d’Huez.

Day 3

Distance

Elevation


LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Col du Pré

The Queen Stage in the Alps will no doubt shake up the standings in the overall classification. You’ll witness the race on the most spectacular and most challenging of today’s climbs, the 13km climb to the Col du Pre.

From the hotel we’ll have a short van transfer to Albertville where you’ll start the ride to the Col du Pre. You’ll join the TDF race route in Villard-sur-Doron and ride ahead of the peloton through Beaufort and up the Col du Pre. Our Logistics Team will have set up our Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee close to the summit of the Col. Enjoy the buzzing Tour de France atmosphere from the comfort of our Hospitality Marquee. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as you wait for the peloton to approach.

Map & Profile

Climb Distance Elevation Av. Grade Category
toggle arrow Chalet du Lac Besson
from Alpe d’Huez
6.1% 3
Profile
Map
Gradient (%)
0
0-6
6-8
8-10
10-12
12-15
>15
toggle arrow Col de Sarenne
from Alpe d’Huez
4.2% 3
Profile
Map
Gradient (%)
0
0-6
6-8
8-10
10-12
12-15
>15
Climb Distance Elevation Av. Grade Category
toggle arrow Alpe d’Huez
from Bourg d’Oisans Roundabout
7.7% HC
Profile
Map
Gradient (%)
0
0-6
6-8
8-10
10-12
12-15
>15
toggle arrow Balcon d’Aunis
from Bourg d’Oisans Roundabout
6.9% 2
Profile
Map
Gradient (%)
0
0-6
6-8
8-10
10-12
12-15
>15
Climb Distance Elevation Av. Grade Category
toggle arrow Col de la Forclaz de Quiege
from Ugine
8.3% 2
Profile
Map
Gradient (%)
0
0-6
6-8
8-10
10-12
12-15
>15
toggle arrow Col du Pre
from Beaufort
7.9% HC
Profile
Map
Gradient (%)
0
0-6
6-8
8-10
10-12
12-15
>15

Climbs

Stage 7

Vierzon > Le Creusot


The following day of a “sprint-course”, the Tour will vary the pleasures offering its longest stage for 21 years. But length doesn’t mean languor: all along another cultural journey (Bourges, Nevers, Bibracte, Autun…), the Morvan will offer 3,000 m of elevation to the menu and a spicy finish up the demanding Signal d’Uchon on the course of the Tour for the very first time.

Stage 8

Oyonnax > Le Grand-Bornand


After 2009 and 2018, the finish at Le Grand-Bornand will once again be conditioned by the Romme – Colombière climbing sequence. But this time it’ll be preceded by the climb up to Mont-Saxonnex (5,7 km at 8,3%) first ascent towards the Plateau de Solaison, and will therefore offer a triple climb on a distance of over 20 kms at close to 9%. Of course it’ll be a day for the best climbers!

Stage 9

Cluses > Tignes


We had promised that we would rapidly return to Tignes to erase the frustration of the missed rendez-vous of 2019. The Tour will respect its word by going up the Col du Pré for the second time and of course the majestic Cormet de Roselend before heading up the long final ascent that sneaks up under the dam all the way to the Val Claret.

Stage

Rest Day (Tignes)


Stage 10

Albertville > Valence


At the footstep of the Savoie resorts, the quality of its infrastructures and its welcoming atmosphere makes Albertville the perfect host city. But this time, the doorway to the Alps will not send the riders towards the summits. By heading to the valleys of Isère and of the Rhone, the course is clearly made for an explanation between the sprinters.

Stage 11

Sorgues > Malaucène


Five years after a windy visit, the Tour returns to the Giant of Provence that has become a Regional Natural Parc, for a double climb (including the almost unprecedented one going through Sault) and a finish at the bottom. A fine way to salute the initiative of the Conseil départemental of Vaucluse that refurnished the summit road for cyclists.

Stage 12

St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Nîmes


After a journey along the magical Gorges de l’Ardèche that will for the first time be entirely visited by the Tour, this stage should end with a bunched sprint in Nîmes, like in 2019 with a similar finish. One will however have to be extra careful: the wind could be a key factor on wide open roads and echelons could occur.

Stage


Experience the Alps & Mont Ventoux stages with the Premier Offical Tour Operator

Tour de France

Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
3 Col de Sarenne (from Alpe d’Huez) 01 31 4.2%
3 Chalet du Lac Besson (from Alpe d’Huez) 01 43 6.1%
3 Col de Sarenne (from Alpe d’Huez) 01 31 4.2%
HC Alpe d’Huez (from Allemont) 01 98 6.1%
HC Alpe d’Huez (from Bourg d’Oisans Roundabout) 02 117 7.7%
HC Alpe d’Huez (from Bourg d’Oisans Roundabout) 02 117 7.7%
2 Balcon d’Aunis (from Bourg d’Oisans Roundabout) 02 71 6.9%
HC Alpe d’Huez (from Bourg d’Oisans Roundabout) 02 117 7.7%
1 Balcon d’Aunis (from La Grave) 02 54 7.1%
2 Mont de Lans (from D1091 Junction) 02 65 7.7%
HC Col de Sarenne (from Mizoen) 02 100 7.4%
HC Col du Pre (from Beaufort) 03 108 7.9%
2 Col de la Forclaz de Quiege (from Ugine) 03 72 8.3%
HC Col du Pre (from Beaufort) 03 108 7.9%
2 Col de la Forclaz de Quiege (from Queige) 03 57 7.7%
1 Col des Saisies (from Flumet) 03 68 5.6%
HC Col du Pre (from Beaufort) 03 108 7.9%
HC Alpe d’Huez (from Allemont) 04 98 6.1%
HC Col de la Croix de Fer (from Le Verney) 04 118 6.2%
HC Alpe d’Huez (from Allemont) 04 98 6.1%
HC Col de la Croix de Fer (from Le Verney) 04 118 6.2%
2 Lacets de Monvernier (from Pontamafrey) 04 85 10.6%
1 Col du Telegraphe (from St Michel de Maurienne) 04 94 7.3%
HC Col du Galibier (from Valloire) 04 112 6.8%
HC Mont Ventoux (from Bedoin) 06 145 7.3%
HC Mont Ventoux (from Bedoin) 06 145 7.3%
HC Mont Ventoux (from Bedoin) 06 145 7.3%
4 Montée du Pont St Nicolas (from River Gardon) 07 19 3.3%
4 Les Baux (from Maussane) 07 22 3.8%
4 Frigolet (from St Martin) 07 16 3.3%
4 Montée du Pont St Nicolas (from River Gardon) 07 19 3.3%
4 Col de Meyrol (from Eyguieres) 07 15 2.5%
4 Les Baux (from Maussane) 07 22 3.8%
4 Frigolet (from St Martin) 07 16 3.3%
4 Montée du Pont St Nicolas (from River Gardon) 07 19 3.3%
Show moreShow less

Dates & Prices Illustration

Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2021
July 2 - July 9
Taking Bookings
Places Available
USD $6,495
USD $950
n/a
Book this trip
Close

Waiting List


Sign up to the waiting list for this departure, to be notified if a space becomes available. Please fill out the information below:



    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Les Grandes Rousses

    View website arrow

    Moulin de Vernegues

    View website arrow


    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Tour de France Viewing arrow
    • TDF Stage 9: access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the penultinate climb to the Col du Pre
    • TDF Stage 10: access to the VIP Departure Village in Albertville
    • TDF Stage 11: access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on Mont Ventoux
    • TDF Stage 12: VIP ride across the Finish Line, Podium photo op, and access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Nimes
    • Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 4 sit-down lunches (Day 1, 3, 6 and 7)
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Lyon St Exupery Airport
    • Drop-off at Marseille Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Overall Staff to Guest ratio: 1 to 3
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Merchandising arrow
    • Tour de France Gift Bag
    • Tour de France Roadbook – the Holy Grail - given only to teams, media & Official Tour Operators
    • Special Discount card for Official Tour de France stores
    • Thomson Bike Tours cycling jersey
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Tour de France Viewing arrow
    • TDF Stage 9: access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the penultinate climb to the Col du Pre
    • TDF Stage 10: access to the VIP Departure Village in Albertville
    • TDF Stage 11: access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on Mont Ventoux
    • TDF Stage 12: VIP ride across the Finish Line, Podium photo op, and access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Nimes
    • Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 4 sit-down lunches (Day 1, 3, 6 and 7)
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Lyon St Exupery Airport
    • Drop-off at Marseille Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Overall Staff to Guest ratio: 1 to 3
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Merchandising arrow
    • Tour de France Gift Bag
    • Tour de France Roadbook – the Holy Grail - given only to teams, media & Official Tour Operators
    • Special Discount card for Official Tour de France stores
    • Thomson Bike Tours cycling jersey
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    Lyon St Exupery Airport

    8:30am

    OR

    Hotel NH Lyon Airport

    View website arrow

    8:30am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    Marseille Airport

    9:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Made by hand in Italy, the Basso Bikes Diamante is exactly what a fine, authentic, Italian road bike should be. The classic lines, flawless geometry and rounded tube shapes offer performance and ultimate versatility.

    Frame

    Basso Diamante

    Groupset

    Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 (Electronic Shifting)

    Weight

    8kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Microtech MR38 Disc Carbon Clincher

    Chainrings

    50x34

    Cassette

    11-32

    Sizes

    45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

    View Full Details
    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes

    See Videos

    VIP Departure Village Experience

    See the teams and riders at the Departure village and watch them cross the line at the Arrival village.

    Unforgettable Riding Experience

    Our trips are built around the Tour, giving you the chance to ride the year’s best climbs plus famous Cols from previous editions.

    Vantage Points

    Enjoy the wild Tour de France scene from the comfort of our marquees with food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage keeping you entertained as we wait for the peloton to approach.

    VIP Access

    When we say VIP access we mean it, with our Premium Status you can honestly say you have been part of the Tour.


    Tour de France KOM Challenge – Alps & Mont Ventoux

    The Tour de France in the Alps with the Premier Official Tour Operator.


    Similar trips