The French Alps Experience

Duration
7 Days

Distance
600km / 380ml

Elevation
14,800m / 48,500ft

Longest Day
160km / 100ml

Biggest Climb
Alpe D’Huez

Group Size
8-12

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • All Hotel Breakfasts, Lunches & Restaurant Dinners
  • 6 Nights Luxury Accommodation
  • Fully supported Ride & Daily bike tune up
  • Road Kit Laundry Service on alternate Days
  • Energy/recovery drinks & snacks

 

Basic Trip Price $4300

TRIP EXTRAS

Single Room Occupancy ($499)
Bike Rental ($350)

 

*Flights & Travel Insurance NOT included

We truly believe in the small details of your trip, with the focus on the support and attention. From the moment you arrive, you will be looked after by us with meticulous care throughout the entire journey – From the daily cleaned and serviced bike, the fully equipped support vehicle, freshly laundered kit service… to the chilled recovery shake handed to you at the end of your ride!

Our team consists of an experienced mechanic and knowledgeable professional guides. The support vehicle is always there for any eventuality, or a welcome haven if you need that rest. We also have local bi-lingual support for any incidents that require assistance, be that medical or administrative. Our ratio of staff to rider in the Pyrenees is generally 4 Girona Velo team members to 9 riders, with the assistance of 2 support vehicles.

THE ALPS TDF EXPERIENCE

This is an experience that offers you a unique opportunity to ride the Tour de France Alpine giants that have graced the Tour De France for more than a century. These summits are part of the Tour de France folklore and their names summon memories of cycling legends – Coppi, Anquetil, Hinault & Merckx. This is without a doubt a huge challenge that will test your physical and mental limits, but naturally the rewards after a day ascending these giants always outweigh the effort

This epic journey takes us through the Savoie region, home to these legendary climbs. The start of this Experience starts at the turquoise waters of Annecy lake. Annecy will be our base for the first 3 days of this challenge, from where we are perfectly located to tackle the Col le Semnoz, Col de la Forcaz, Col de la Croix Fry, Col de la Colombiere and Col de L’Arpettaz but to name a few.

Annecy is a beautiful small city and after a hard day in the saddle, there are few better places in France to explore. Known as the ‘pearl of the French Alps’ it really is the perfect base to enjoy as much the off road activities as the climbs themselves.

The 2nd half of this Experience takes us south out of the Savoie region and into Isere region where more Tour de France summits lay ahead. Here we will base ourselves in the charming historical town of Le Bourg-d’Oisans. This is the optimal launch pad for some of the very best known Alpine climbs. It’s from here we get aquatinted with the monster Cols that include – Col Du Galibier, Col du Telegraphe, Col Du Glandon, Col de la Croix-de-fer and of course the Alps d’Huez.

But the over-riding take-away from these trips is the genuine camaraderie with fellow riders. Once you’ve been through these shared experiences of Elation, Suffering, Awe and ultimately Triumph – you truly establish a special bond with your cycling compadres. We personally believe the highlights are the post ride evenings sitting around the dinner table, enjoying great local hearty food & wine and replaying the day’s events with a healthy dose of chatter and humour… there is inevitably always lots of laughter.
Allow us take care of everything – so you can just focus on riding, eating hearty Alpine food and sharing this unique experience with your fellow riders.

The recipe is very simple – riding through idyllic mountainous landscapes with like minded friends, quality ride support & attention, and a generous sampling of the best local French food and wine…… what more does anyone need?

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