Trans French Alps

Trans French Alps

A magnificent journey across the French Alps, from Morzine to the legendary Alpe d'Huez

You’ve seen the pros do battle on the most famous climbs of the Tour de France. This is your opportunity to conquer the very same climbs as you ride this magnificent route across the French Alps.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

June 9th 2024

From

USD $4,795

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No

Rental Bike

USD $550

Ride Program

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Overview

Conquer the Col du Galibier, the Col de la Madeleine, the Col de Telegraphe, the Col de Joux Plane, the Col de la Colombiere, and of course the legendary 21 switchbacks to Alpe d’Huez.

We’ve designed a magnificent route that will introduce you to the majesty and wonder of road cycling’s most celebrated terrain.

In addition to the famous climbs mentioned above, you’ll also conquer the newest paved road in the Alps, the massive Col de la Loze, which is now rated the most challenging climb in the French Alps and first featured in the Tour de France in 2020.

Prepare for a week of awe-inspiring cycling in the French Alps!


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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 Carlina
03 Over Les Aravis and Les Saisies to Brides-les-Bains Mercure Brides-les-Bains
04 Col de la Loze Mercure Brides-les-Bains
05 Col de la Madeleine & Les Lacets de Montvernier Hotel Coeur de Maurienne
06 Col de Telegraphe and Col du Galibier Hotel Le Monêtier
07 Alpe d'Huez! Hotel Pic Blanc
08 Au Revoir!
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Itinerary Detail

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

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Over Les Aravis and Les Saisies to Brides-les-Bains

Your ride today from La Clusaz to La Lechere is one of the most beautiful rides in the Alps. First up is the Col des Aravis, where the ringing of cowbells from the surrounding fields of dairy cows will take your mind off the task at hand. Enjoy the fun descent to Flumet, a typically quaint French Alpine town, before starting your next climb to the Cat 1. Col des Saisies. The small town of Les Saisies at the summit is always a great place for a coffee stop before the descent to Albertville.

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!

Day 4

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Col de la Loze

Highlight of today’s ride is without a doubt the newest paved pass in the French Alps, the Col de la Loze. The road was paved especially for Stage 17 of the 2020 Tour de France where Colombian rider Miguel Ángel López (aka supermanlopez) won the stage. With a length of 21.5km (13.4 miles), an average grade of 7.3% and a maximum grade of 24%, the Col de la Loze is now the toughest climb in the French Alps. How could we not include it in a Trans-Alps trip!

Tip: A bottom gear of at least 34×32 is an absolute MUST for the steep sections of the Col de la Loze!

Day 5

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Col de la Madeleine & Les Lacets de Montvernier

The legendary Col de la Madeleine, made famous by numerous classic Tour de France stages, is the main climb on the agenda today. First included in the Tour de France in 1969, the Madeleine has sinced featured 25 times, with Richard Carapaz being the first rider over the summit in the 2020 race.

After the long descent of the Madeleine, we’ve included a magnificent “surprise” climb: the Lacets de Montvernier (the shoelaces of Montvernier). The Lacets is an incredible climb with 18 switchbacks crammed into just 3km (2 miles)!

Tip: take the time to enjoy the Lacets de Montvernier. Stop at some of the final switchbacks for some incredible views and photo ops looking back down the climb.

Day 6

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Col de Telegraphe and Col du Galibier

Perhaps the all-time classic ride in the French Alps over the Col de Telegraphe and the Col du Galibier. At 2642m (8700ft), the Galibier is the highest point of the trip and one of the most grandiose climbs in Europe. The Telegraphe starts at the 13km (8 miles) mark, in the town of St Michel de Maurienne, and with the exception of a short 5km (3 miles) descent into Valloire, you’ll be climbing for the next 35km (22 miles)!

Tip: 1km before the summit of the Col du Galibier, be careful to take the left turn towards the “Col du Galibier” (do not continue straight through the tunnel – you’ll miss the summit of this legendary climb!)

Day 7

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Alpe d'Huez!

Your ride across the best of the French Alps concludes today with the most famous climb of all: the 21 switchbacks to Alpe d’Huez. Each of the 21 bends is dedicated to a pro rider, see how many you can memorise on the way up!

Tip: don’t get too disheartened by the start of the climb: the first 3km (2 miles) are the steepest. After that the grade eases a little. And don’t forget to use each switchback to get a bit of rest: the road is mostly flat around each bend.

Day 8

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Au Revoir!

Unfortunately, your journey across the French Alps has come to an end.

Our private shuttle will drop you off at Geneva International Airport.

Map & Profile

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6.7% HC
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5.9% 3
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5.6% 2
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7.7% HC
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6.6% HC
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6.8% HC
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No major climbs today

Climbs

Day 01
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Day 03
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Day 07

Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
1 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%
2 Col des Saisies (from Flumet) 03 68 5.6%
HC Col de la Loze (from Brides les Bains – via Meribel) 04 155 7.7%
HC Col de la Madeleine (from La Lechere) 05 134 6.6%
2 Lacets de Monvernier (from Pontamafrey) 05 85 10.6%
1 Col du Telegraphe (from St Michel de Maurienne) 06 94 7.3%
HC Col du Galibier (from Valloire) 06 112 6.8%
1 Col de Lautaret (from Le Monêtier-les-Bains) 07 35 4%
HC Alpe d’Huez (from Bourg d’Oisans Roundabout) 07 117 7.7%
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2024
Jun 9 - 16
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Petit Dru

    Hotel Carlina

    Mercure Brides-les-Bains

    Hotel Coeur de Maurienne

    Hotel Le Monêtier

    Hotel Pic Blanc


    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on the first day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Geneva Airport
    • Drop-off at Geneva 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
    • Sit-down lunch on the first day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Geneva Airport
    • Drop-off at Geneva 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

    Pick-up/Drop-off Info

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Time

    Geneva Airport

    9:00am

    OR

    Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport

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    9:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Geneva Airport

    10:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Specialized Aethos Expert

    Frame

    Aethos FACT 10r Carbon

    Groupset

    Di2 Shimano Ultegra

    Weight

    699g (size 56)

    Wheels

    Roval C38

    Chainrings

    52/36T

    Cassette

    11-36t (12-speed)

    Sizes

    49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61

    USD $550

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    Trans French Alps

    A magnificent route that will introduce you to the majesty and wonder of road cycling’s most celebrated terrain