Trans-Alps

Trans-Alps

From Morzine to Mont Ventoux, ride one of the most ambitious routes across the French Alps

Test yourself on the battleground of the world’s greatest race. Ride one of the most challenging routes in the French Alps, from Morzine to Mont Ventoux! Includes the most famous climb of the Tour de France: Alpe d’Huez.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

June 5th 2021

Price

USD $3,995

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Ride Program

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Overview

Alpe d’Huez, La Madeleine, Galibier, Mont Ventoux, Glandon, Joux Plane, Colombiere – these are just a few of the iconic Tour de France climbs that you’ll conquer on this magnificent ride across the French Alps.

We’ve prepared an epic, awe-inspiring challenge that will test your limits and introduce you to the majesty and wonder of road cycling’s most celebrated terrain.

You’ll conquer the ‘Giant of Provence’ – Mont Ventoux – with the option to climb it not once, but twice on the same day! You’ll be thrilled by the dramatic Col de Sarenne, the back-road to Alpe d’Huez, and a classic loop over the Lacets de Montvernier, the Col du Glandon and the Col de la Croix de Fer.

You can’t fit more Alps into one week!


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Amazing trip!!! Awesome ride leaders and staff, beautiful climbs, fabulous support -- couldn't have asked for a better way to experience some of cycling's most ...

Walter Tsui, USA — 2016

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Well organized, supportive Thomson team with excellent routes of challenging daily rides. This was my first Thomson tour but will not be my last!

Neil Crofts, Canada — 2019

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Had a fabulous week with Thomson Tours. This is my first Thomson tour and can't recommend it highly enough. Great routes, planning and fantastically caring ...

Sean Fuller, Australia — 2019

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Bienvenue en France Hotel Petit Dru
02 The Joux Plane and the Col de la Colombiere Hotel St Alban
03 From Les Aravis to the Col de la Madeleine Hotel Saint Georges
04 Lacets de Montvernier, le Glandon and la Croix de Fer Hotel Saint Georges
05 Col du Galibier and the 21 switchbacks to Alpe d'Huez Hotel Pic Blanc
06 The back-road into Alpe d'Huez - the Col de Sarenne Domaine de Cabasse
07 The Giant of Provence - Mont Ventoux Domaine de Cabasse
08 Au Revoir!
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Day 1

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Bienvenue en France

Your trip starts at Geneva Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in the beautiful Alpine resort of Morzine.

After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up you’ll head out for your first ride in the French Alps. Our warm-up ride takes you over the Col de la Joux Verte with its stunning views of the snow covered peaks around Mont Blanc.

Day 2

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The Joux Plane and the Col de la Colombiere

Two legendary Alpine climbs on the agenda today, the Category 1 Col de Joux Plane and the Hors-Categorie Col de la Colombiere. From the hotel in Morzine the road soon starts heading upwards as you start the climb to the Joux Plane. Enjoy the stunning views from the top of the Joux Plane before heading down the valley to Cluses and the start of our final climb, the Col de la Colombiere.

Tip: remember to keep something in the legs for the last 3km of the Colombiere, they’re a challenge!

Day 3

Distance

Elevation


From Les Aravis to the Col de la Madeleine

Your ride today from La Clusaz to St Jean de Maurienne is one of the most beautiful rides in the Alps. First up is the Col des Aravis where you’ll be accompanied up the climb by the ringing of cowbells. The Col des Saisies is next followed by one of the most legendary climbs of the Tour de France, the 26km (16 miles) Hors-Categorie Col de la Madeleine.

Tip: on a clear day, the views of Mont Blanc from the summit of the Aravis are some of the best in the Alps. Take a few minutes to get some photos!

Map & Profile

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6.7% HC
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5.9% 3
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Climbs

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Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
HC Col de la Joux Verte (from Montriond) 01 82 6.5%
1 Col de Joux Plane (From Morzine) 02 84 7.3%
HC Col de la Colombiere (from Scionzier) 02 104 6.7%
3 Col des Aravis (from La Clusaz) 03 49 5.9%
1 Col des Saisies (from Flumet) 03 68 5.6%
HC Col de la Madeleine (from La Lechere) 03 134 6.6%
2 Lacets de Monvernier (from Pontamafrey) 04 85 10.6%
1 Col du Chaussy (from Montvernier) 04 100 8.2%
HC Col du Glandon (from St Etienne de Cuines) 04 135 7.3%
4 Col de la Croix de Fer (from Col du Glandon) 04 31 5.7%
3 Col du Mollard (from Belleville) 04 53 6.6%
1 Col du Telegraphe (from St Michel de Maurienne) 05 94 7.3%
HC Col du Galibier (from Valloire) 05 112 6.8%
HC Alpe d’Huez (from Bourg d’Oisans Roundabout) 05 117 7.7%
HC Col de Sarenne (from Mizoen) 06 100 7.4%
HC Mont Ventoux (from Bedoin) 07 145 7.3%
HC Mont Ventoux (from Malaucene) 07 145 7.4%
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Dates & Prices

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Jun 5 - Jun 12
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Petit Dru

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    Hotel St Alban

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    Hotel Saint Georges

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    Hotel Pic Blanc

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    Domaine de Cabasse

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
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    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 2 sit-down lunches (Day 1 & Day 6)
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
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    • Pick-up at Geneva 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.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the rides arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 2 sit-down lunches (Day 1 & Day 6)
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Geneva 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.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the rides arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    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

    Geneva Airport

    8:30am

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    Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport

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    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

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    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes


    Trans-Alps

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