This extraordinary journey will take you from the shores of Lake Geneva to the world-famous alpine resort of Alpe d'Huez. In between, you'll climb some of France's most famous cols: Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Telegraphe, Galibier, and Alpe d'Huez. Without forgetting to discover French culture and gastronomy.
Your day by day program
Arrive at Geneva Cointrin International Airport. We will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel located in Anthy by Lake Geneva. Dinner will also be right by the lake.
Today’s destination is Le Grand Bornand, home of the Reblochon cheese (the locals' Powerbar!). On your way to the heart of the Aravis mountain range, you will ride through the very scenic Chablais region (our office is nearby!). The ride includes one major climb: Col de la Colombiere (1,613 m 5,290 ft). Dinner and accommodations are in Le Grand Bornand.
About 97km and 2800m of elevation gain.
You’ll leave the very picturesque Le Grand Bornand and get on the classic “Route des Grandes Alpes,” a
mountain route that links Lake Geneva (Thonon-les-Bains) to the Mediterranean Sea (Menton). After
climbing Col des Aravis (1,486 m or 4,460 ft.), you’ll plunge down to the valley before attacking the
second climb of the day: Col des Saisies (1,657 m or 4,970 ft.). Gravity will take you down to Albertville,
where you’ll dine and stay overnight.
About 75 km and 1913m of elevation gain.
Another classic day! You’ll conquer Col de la Madeleine; one of the most mythic and classic mountain
passes featured in the Tour de France. The top culminates at an impressive 2,000 m or 6,000 ft, the
highest so far… until tomorrow! The northern side is a very enjoyable, long and steady climb that has its
reward: an unobstructed panoramic view of the nearby mountains. Make sure you enjoy it while at the
top… sightseeing might be the last thing on your mind when barreling down the twisty 20-km downhill to
the Maurienne Valley. After a flat section when you reach the base of the valley, you’ll ascend the easy
Col du Télégraphe (1,566 m or 4,700 ft.) and reach the beautiful resort of Valloire.
About 106km and 3500m of elevation gain.
Valloire is located at the foot of the Galibier pass (2,642 m or 7.926 ft.), the mammoth climb of the day.
Riding this legendary climb is magic — graffiti from past Tours will remind you that this road has seen many showdowns since it was first featured in the 1911 Tour de France. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Meije glacier and a memorable 40-km (25 miles) descent to Bourg d’Oisans, before charging up the 13-km (8 miles) climb to Alpe d’Huez. The time to beat: 37’35”, a record held by Marco Pantani since 1995.
About 78km and 2900m of elevation gain
After breakfast, depart Alpe d’Huez at the time of your choice (self-guided version). Note that transfers to Grenoble or Geneva can be arranged on request. Please note that you may also choose to ride from Alpe d’Huez to Nice (price on request only)
Guided one on June 1st
Self guided one on July 1st and August 24th
Departures for groups formed on request
- At your hotel in Geneva.
- After the breakfast at your hotel in l'Alpe d'Huez.
- 2 nights in a 2-star hotel & 3 nights in 3-star hotels, in double room
- 2 for the self guided version - 8 for the guided version
- Very Strenuous: Seven hours of intense biking. For competitive riders. In some cases a clear bill of health signed by a doctor is required.
- Luggage transfers by vehicle. You only need to take your day bag with you (for picnics, cameras etc.).
- Carbon bike rental : 170€
- Hybrid bike rental : 80€
- Drop off fees (if you don't return the bikes in Geneva) : 20€
- Single supplement : 230€
- Guided departures : 570€
- - 5 nights accommodation
- - Daily breakfast
- - 4 dinners (drinks are not included)
- - Transfer from Geneva to Anthy or Yvoire (on day 1)
- - Meeting with our local representative
- - Luggage transfers
- - Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
- - Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
- - Assistance if necessary
- - All tax and service charges
- In addition, trip the 25th June with support vehicle include:
- - Chauffeur-driven support vehicle
- - Water stops (snacks, fruits, water, etc..).
- - Transfer from Alpe d'Huez on Geneva on day 6
- - Transportation to Geneva and from l'Alpe d'Huez
- - Expenses of personal nature
- - Travel insurance
- - Bicycle rental
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