Tour de France

Alpine Cadence : Supported rides for cyclists in the Alps

Tour de France week 2018

14th - 21st July 2018



This week provides the rider with a perfect combination of riding and watching the incredible Tour de France. 3 days of total immersion in the event where we'll ride the exact same routes as the pros just hours before they do on Tour stages 10, 11 and 12. Campervan and spectator lined routes will make you feel that you are in the race itself. The other 3 days of riding on this trip will all be devoted to amazing, vehicle supported rides on classic Tour de France climbs.

The week will be based at our chalet near Bourg St Maurice, an epicentre of Tour action for 2018!

Here's a full schedule of how each day will take shape:

Saturday 14th July

Arrival and collection from Geneva Airport, transfer to Bourg St Maurice (approx 2h).
Plenty of time to make up bikes, afternoon tea and a hearty dinner to welcome you.

Sunday 15th July

Today we'll ride the Col du Petit St Bernard, a long but relatively easy climb up to the Italian border. There will be the opportunity to descend into Italy to climb the Col from the other side too. The day will finish with a chance to ride the spectacular Versant Soleil above Bourg St Maurice.

Monday 16th July

A day devoted to riding a big and spectacular chunk of what the pros will ride 2 days later on Stage 11 of the Tour. Col du Pré is being used in the Tour for the very first time, it's always been one of our favourite places to ride and we are thrilled that it's going to get shown off to the world. We'll climb the Col du Pré first and then the Cormet de Roselend. The descent into Bourg St Maurice is up there with the best descents in Europe. The Tour organisers will be praying for a sunny day when the pros ride here as it's as it's one of the most beautiful stages that they will want to relay to the world.

Tuesday 17th July

Stage 10 of the Tour starts in Annecy and finishes in Grand Bornand. We'll intercept the stage at the foot of the Col de la Croix Fry where you have the chance to ride it before the pros later in the day. There will also be an option to ride the steep climb to Plateau des Glières and to watch the stage finish in Grand Bornand.

Wednesday 18th July

Stage 11 starts in Albertville and finishes in La Rosière. Having ridden the Col du Pré and Cormet de Roselend two days previously we'll concentrate our efforts on riding the final climb of this stage up to La Rosière, again featuring for the first time in the Tour. You'll have the chance to watch the pros at the summit finish or at various points on the way.

Thursday 19th July

Stage 12 goes from Bourg St Maurice culminating on the infamous Alpe d'Huez. We'll transfer riders early that morning to the foot of Alpe d'Huez to be able to ride this mythical beast a few hours before the pros come through. You have the chance to watch the event from Alpe d'Huez itself after having ridden it's legendary 21 bends yourself.

Friday 20th July

As the pros exit the Alps on this day we'll very much stay in them to ride the best of Stage 12 that we couldn't fit in yesterday! The stunning Lacets de Montvernier will be a highlight as will the Col de la Madeleine.

Saturday 21st July

Return transfers to Geneva Airport for flights departing after 12 noon.

 

Trip cost   £1195

What's included:

  • 7 nights twin share accommodation, 6 of which at our chalet base near Bourg St Maurice and 1 at an hotel in the Maurienne Valley.
  • 7 full breakfasts and dinners (4 courses including wine). Afternoon tea on 6 days.
  • 6 days of guided rides, with full vehicle support wherever possible.
  • Transfers to and from Geneva Airport
  • Welcome pack of energy bars/gels
  • Energy drink powder/fruit/pastries in the support vehicle

What's not included:

  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Insurance

Who will enjoy this trip?

This trip will be appeal to the keen rider who also loves the Tour de France. It's a trip where 3 of the days will potentially involve big rides (120km/2500m climbiing), the days where we are watching the Tour will involve less riding but still some substantial climbs. There is plenty of flexibility to ride more/less than this. It's a trip where we expect riders of different levels to come and enjoy the area and the event and, as such, we will ensure that all riders on the trip will get to enjoy it at a pace and distance to suit them. As with all our trips, please contact us if you would like to discuss further how this trip might work for you.
 

Flights and Travel

Your transfers from and back to Geneva Airport are included in the cost of this trip. Please contact us before booking any flights so that we can ensure that your arrival/departure times fit well with our proposed transfers and you will not face any lengthy waits at the airport.


 


Please contact us if you would like to make a provisional booking into this trip or to find out more information.