Tour de France, Alps Trip 16-22 July
This trip will give riders the unique chance to ride the same legendary cols as the pros ride in the 2017 TdF. You will get to see the Tour up close on beautiful and iconic roads including the legendary Col du Galibier and the stage finish on Col d’Izoard. We will have time to relax before the Tour arrives and the roads close to enjoy the action on what will prove to be decisive stages. A special trip will take you over the Combe Laval in Vercors to see the stage finish in Romans-sur-Isère.
You will stay in a comfortable 15th Century farmhouse ‘Chalet La Maitreya’ in Vaujany, that offers great French mountain cuisine and a relaxed alpine atmosphere with a sauna and rooftop hot tub. This will provide us with the perfect location for 6 exciting days. It will enable us to ride and spectate with very little use of vehicles due to our proximity to the action. This trip will be strictly limited to just 10 riders.
Sunday July 16th – Arrival day:
We will collect you and your bike from Geneva Airport at 4pm local time. We expect the transfer to Vaujany to take about 2.5 hours. You will have time to meet the rest of your group over dinner together and we will introduce the week’s itinerary.
Monday July 17th
Today will be an opportunity to assemble your bike and ride over some less visited cols. First we ride to the lac du Poursollet (1649m) and then the Col de la Morte (1370m) and Col d’Ornon (1371m). We finish the ride on the legendary Alpe d’Huez.
Total distance (90 km) Total climbing (3762m).
Tuesday July 18th – Tdf Stage 16: Le Puy-en-Velay / Romans-sur-Isère
Today we take the minibus to Seyssins near Grenoble to begin our ride over to Vercors. We make our way up the sky resort of Villard-de-Lans and over to Col de la Machine and the vertiginous cliffs of Combe Laval, this may well be the best cycling road in Europe! We then begin to descend to Romans-sur-Isère to watch the stage finish. Your tour bus will meet you here and take you back to your accommodation in Vaujany.
Total distance (115 km) Total climbing (2738m)
Wednesday July 19th – TdF Stage 17: La Mure – Serre Chevalier
This is a big day for the pros as they take on two big, well-known climbs. The Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Galibier. This is where we will watch them suffering at the end of their hard day in the mountains. We will take the road over the back of Alpe d’Huez and down the beautiful Col de Sarenne before riding up the valley to watch the pros summit the Col du Galibier. On our return journey we take the easier route via Le Bourg d’Oisan and Allemond.
Total distance (130 km) Total climbing (4835m)
Thursday July 20th – Tdf Stage 18: Briançon – Col d’Izoard (Summit finish)
For the 104th edition of the TdF the race finishes for the first time on the Col d’Izoard. The mountain has featured 34 times since 1922, but never has as a stage finish on the climb. Col d’Izoard was host to many great duels in the 1950s between the legendary Italian Fausto Coppi and the French great Louison Bobet – there is a Coppi-Bobet monument a km or so below the summit. We ride from Vaujany to climb up to the Col d’Izoard and be there to watch the finish. Ride back to Le Grave and take the minibus back to the hotel for dinner.
Total distance (160 km) Total climbing (4000m)
Friday July 21st
After a hearty breakfast we tackle the ‘Marmot’ of classic cols. We start by climbing from our accommodation to the Col du Glandon (1,924 m) and Col de la Croix de Fer (2067 m) which takes us into the Maurienne Valley and the Col du Télégraphe, finally the big daddy of the day Col du Galibier (2,645 metres). We then descend back to our accommodation for well-earned rest and recuperation and celebratory dinner.
Total distance 140 km Total climbing (5000m)
Saturday July 22nd – Departure day:
After breakfast we will leave Vaujany for our journey to Geneva Airport. We expect the transfer to take about 2.5 hours so please book flights which depart after 14.00.
£850 per person, based on two sharing a room
£350 deposit is required at the time of booking
- 6 nights accommodation at Chalet La Maitreya
- All Breakfasts and evening meals with wine
- Sumptuous breakfast with French pastry, fresh fruit, cooked breakfast, organic jams and daily special
- Use of hot tub and sauna
- Wifi internet and satellite TV
- Tour support vehicle with bike trailer
- Airport transfers to and from Geneva
- Daily guided riding options
- Bike storage at the hotel
- A comprehensive itinerary
What’s not included:
Flights to and from the UK
Lunch is not included