French Alps

 534kms ❖ 14,450m  ❖  7 nights/7 Days  ❖ From 2100€ pp.

New in 2017 is our French Alps trip. This tour takes you up and over many of the famous Tour de France climbs. Col de la Madeleine, Croix de la Fer, Glandon, Télégraphe, Galibier, Lauteret, Alpe d’Huez, Sarenne and Chamrousse. The trip ends near Grenoble, France. The numbers for the week are 534kms and 14,450m spread out over 7 days of riding. So this means a comfortable 76kms /2085m daily average. As a little add on you can also climb the Lacets de Montvernier (top photo), which made it’s first appearance in the TOUR in 2015. This short but sweet climb has 17 hairpins in 2k, that works out to one hairpin every 120m! As a matter of fact you can have two cracks at this feat of engineering, sometimes called the “most beautiful road in cycling!”

Ride difficulty: You must be a good climber and descender for this trip. Not our biggest tour but almost 15,000m of climbing (and descending!) in a week is a lot. 

July 01, Saturday: Pick up at GVA (Geneva Airport), time is yet to be determined. The riders that are bringing their own bikes can build the bikes at the airport and store the box there. Drive to Albertville, 2 hours. 

July 02, Sunday: Ride Albertville to St. Jean de Maurienne. One Col today; the Madeleine. Ride extension is the Lacets de Monvernier. We spend two nights in St Jean de Maurienne.      

82.5k and 2450m

July 03, Monday: Loop ride from St Jean de Maurienne to the south and the Col du Glandon. Second crack at the Lacets today too.

65.9k and 1864m.

July 04, Tuesday: Ride from St. Jean de Maurienne to Le Bourg d’Oisans. Today is the biggest day of the week. Cols are the Télégraphe, Galibier and Lauteret. Two nights in Bourg d'Oisans.

92.8k and 2621m

July 05, Wednesday: Loop ride up one of THE classic climbs in all of professional cycling; Alpe d’Huez. Thankfully the climb is missing the 400,000 screaming fans when you are riding. Your choice when you reach the village of Alpe d’Huez, 21 switchbacks later, is to continue up to the Sarenne or decend back to your shower and a beer in Bourg d’Oisans. We prefer the first choice.

After the Sarenne we have a nice surprise for you; the famous Route de la Roche d’Auris. Narrow, steep drop offs and tunnels. This is your road to that aforementioned beer. Enjoy! 

58.5k and 2041m

July 06, Thursday: Today we ride to the former Winter Olympic host city of Grenoble. This is the biggest day for distance but not for meters climbed. We start with a 34k gentle downhill then climb up to the ski resort of Chamrousse, just outside of Grenoble. All of the day’s climbing starts here. From the top there is a beautiful descent into the bustle of Grenoble 1600m below. Our hotel is right in the city center. 

87.5k and 1737m

July 07, Friday: Grenoble to the middle of nowhere, the Vercors, a famous region for French resistance during the second World War. And very famous for it's gorges. We pass by an empty village, that stands as the Germans left it on July 23, 1944; a burnt out ruin. 

Today we seem to leave most of the cars behind in Grenoble. This is one of our favourite regions and you will soon see why. One night in La Chapelle en Vercors.

68.8k and 1754m

July 08, Saturday: Last day of this incredible trip. Today we ride the Combe Laval (which will absolutely blow you away!), the climb to Presles (ditto) and the unbelievable Gorge du Nans. Today’s ride ends in the little village of Vinay, close to the autoroute for our return trip to Geneva airport. You will have ridden on 2 of Frances coolest roads today - that’s a promise!

73.3k and 1899m