Grand Tour du Sud

Alpine Cadence : Supported rides for cyclists in the Alps

Grand Tour du Sud 29th June - 8th July    2019

Our longest and highest tour. An epic circuit of the southern Alps taking in the highest passes in the Alps on a 1000km journey. 8 days of mountains, gorges, lakes and sea that will see us climb over 22000m. Grand Tour du Sud has become our most well known trip over the years and for good reason! A fantastic, unique and memorable challenge that takes us from the high Alps to the sea and back again.

The schedule

Saturday June 29
Pick up from Geneva airport (aim to arrive between 1100 and 1500). Minibus to our base near Bourg St Maurice. Plenty of time to build up bikes, dinner and briefing.

Sunday June 30
Bellentre to Valloire - 127km - 3250m climbing. Col de la Madeleine is our first big challenge of the trip followed by the Col du Telegraph.

Monday July 1
Valloire to Jausiers - 125km - 2700m climbing. Straight into the action as we scale the Col du Galibier in the morning followed by a magnifecent descent to Briancon. Great valley riding follows before we tackle the Col de Vars.

Tuesday July 2
Jausiers to Cote d'Azur - 155km - 3200m climbing. The Cimes de Bonette, the highest paved road in the alps at 2802m, will keep us busy in the morning. After a superb, long descent we'll make our way to the coast but not without more challenges on the way.

Wednesday July 3
Cote d'Azur - Cote d'Azur - 2 nights near the coast means a flexible day. Join your guides for some fantastic riding including a visit to the beachfront for a dip in the Med followed by the Col d'Eze. Although technically a 'rest' day we'll still manage 75km and 1400m of climbing if you decide to join us!

Thursday July 4
Cote d'Azur to Colmar - 130km - 3200m climbing. We head north deep into the Alps again taking in beautiful climbs like the Col de Couillole and the Col des Champs.

Friday July 5
Colmar to Guillestre - 124km - 2200m climbing. The Col d'Allos is our first challeng of the day, followed by a spectactular cliff hugging descent to Barcelonnette. Some fast valley riding takes us past the beautiful Lac du Serre Poncon.

Saturday July 6
Guillestre - Susa (Italy) - 120km - 2200m climbing. The magnificent Col d'Izoard is our morning challenge followed by a long descent to Briancon. Then we'll head to the Col de l'Echelle before a fast, flat affternoon into Italy to spend the night in Susa. 

New for 2019, weather and legs permitting, at the end of this day you will have the option to take on the incredible Colle delle Fenestre that climbs out of Susa. Scene of Chris Froome's attack to win the Giro in 2018 and a spectacular way to finish off the day, and perhaps your legs!

Sunday July 7
Susa (Italy) to Bellentre - 130km - 3200m climbing. A big day to finish with 2 giant cols to deal with. The Col du Mont Cenis will take us back into France followed by the Col de l'Iseran at 2770m, the second highest col in the Alps.


Monday July 8
We'll head to Geneva airport at around 1000 with a view to catching flights home from 1400 onwards.

Cost £1445

What's included?

  • Transfers from and to Geneva airport
  • 9 nights half board accommodation (twin share) 2 nights in our chalet base, the other 7 in comfortable hotels
  • 8 days of guided riding with full vehicle support on 7 days 
  • Energy drink powder, bananas, pastries in the vehicle
  • Max group size of 12 accompanied by 2 guides/coaches plus full time driver

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Lunches (these will tend to be very inexpensive at bakeries/snack bars etc)
  • Travel insurance

Who is this trip aimed at?

This trip is a big challenge and will suit more experienced riders. Each day will be an average of 125km and between 2500m and 3000m of climbing. Riders who have comfortably completed our Tour de Mont Blanc and Tour des Alpes trips will find this a step up again. Experience of long alpine climbs is desirable for anyone embarking on this trip. As always, please contact us to discuss whether this trip will work for you and your riding level.

VAM rating

We use VAM as one way of determining a rider's level and therefore their suitability for a given tour. Riders on this trip should be capable of climbing at a rate of around 800 metres/hour on a long climb. This certainly does not mean that riders have to ride at this level for the duration of the trip but it's simply a measure of what a rider is capable of when they are at or close to their limit, which in turn help us to understand your level. Find out more about VAM in our Frequently Asked Questions.

What's the trip like?

Have a look at the video of a recent Grand Tour du Sud 

Please contact us to find out more and to make a booking

Alpine Cadence : Alpine training camps for cyclists : Les Grand Cols 2010

Alpine Cadence : Alpine training camps for cyclists : Les Grand Cols 2010