CYCLING THE CLASSIC TOUR DE FRANCE MOUNTAINS
Vélo Monaco welcomes you to an amazing cycle adventure!
Friday 4th September – Day 1 Arrival Our service team welcomes you at Géneve airport and drives you to your accommodation in Annecy. Our mechanic unpack and prepare your bikes for tomorrow’s ride.
Saturday 5th September – Day 2 Lake Annecy 43 km, First ride to stretch the legs after all travel and prepare for the more hillier future rides, we start with a 43 km flatter ride around Lake Annecy.
Sunday 6th September – Day 3 Annecy-Les Saisies 70km | 1900m We say goodbye to Annecy and the flat area and start our ride in to the Mountains. Riding through charming alpine meadows and past mountainside chalets, we tackle our first major pass, the Col des Aravis (1486m). With any luck we’ll get views of Mont Blanc to the east as we pedal south. Our second major climb of the day is a more gentle but slightly longer ascent to the Col des Saisies (1650m). On the top we are very close to our chalet and there our chef is welcoming us with a hearty aperitivo. While everyone have a shower, enjoying the relax area and having some recovery massage, our chef is preparing for dinner. Our stay Chalet Spa & Mont Blanc. See Strava Route
Monday 7th September – Day 4 Les Saisies-Val d’Isère | 90 km, 2200m climb We start with a beautiful descent of 10 km before we enter the steep and sustained Col du Pre (1703m). This narrow road starts climbing as soon as we leave the village of Areches and meanders it’s way upwards through a picturesque landscape of summer patures and wooded hillside. From the top, if it’s clear, is one of the best panoramas of the Alps that we’ve seen complete with Mont Blanc.
After a brief descent we tackle the first Cat 1 climb featured on the Tour de France, the Cormet de Roselend (1967m), before a thrilling 20km descent to the bustling town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice. A gradual and long climb (the beginning of the Col de l’Iseran) then follows a number of rivers to Val D’Isere. In winter, this popular ski resort is packed with winter sports enthusiasts but is far quieter in the summer months. Also tonight our stay is a private Chalet La Becca. See Strava route
Beautiful French Alps
Tuesday 8th September – Day 5 Recovery Day Today we just have a easy day in Val d’Isère or we can enjoy some alternative training as hiking, mountainbiking
Wednesday 9th September – Day 6 Val d’Isère-Col du Lautaret | 130 km, 3000m climb Our ride today begins with finishing the Col de l’Iseran (2770m) climb we began in the latter part of the previous ride. This classic climb was first featured in the Tour de France in 1938 and is the highest paved pass in the Alps. A very long descent into the Modane valley follows and we then turn off of the main valley road and take to the quieter road that passes through Aussois. Back down to the valley floor again we then head down some long, straight downhill sections to St. Michel-de-Maurienne and a quick coffee stop before the final climb of the day – the Col de Telegraphe (1566m). Once we’ve reached the top, it’s a short recovery descent to Valloire. Here we stop for a nice coffee and treat. As from here we will tackles two mighty mainstays of the Tour de France, the Col du Galibier (2645m) and the Alpe d’Huez (1860m). We begin with the Galibier, an 18km climb that starts relatively gently from Valloire but ramps up in the second section. It is a truly punishing climb and one of the hardest in the Alps but hopefully you’ll be used to climbing now! After reaching the summit, an exhilarating 7km descent leads to our stay for the next 2 nights, Lautaret Lodge & Spa in Col du Lautaret. See Strava route
Thursday 10th September – Day 7 Alpe d’Huez | 100 km, 2600m climb We start the day with a gentle 40 km downhill, please note that most of this will also be our return route. After 40 km we reach Bourg d’Oisans and it is here Alpe d’huez starts it’s magic climb. After iconic 21 hairpins we will reach the top of Alpe d’Huez. But from here there will just be more fun. We will follow the ancient road Route du Col de Sarenne back to Mizoën and from here we just have the last 25 km back to the Hotel stay. Same 25 km we started todays ride with, See Strava route
Friday 11th September – Day 8 Lautaret-Arvieux 55km | 1200m climb We start with a long descent down the valley to Briancon. Today we will enjoy the famous Tou de France climb, Col d’Izoard(2360m). It is one of the great Cols of the French Alps and the pass is traversed by the scenic Route des Grandes Alpes. From the summit it’s a short downhill to our stay for the night La Ferme de l’Izoard, See Strava route
Saturday 12th September – Day 9 Arvieux-Col de Bonette 120km | 2700m climb Last day on the bike and start the day with continue the descend of Col d’Izoard, a descend through forbidding and barren pinnacles of weathered rock to the town of Guillestre. There start our ascent of the Col de Vars (2108m) which begins rather steeply before levelling out as we enter the upper valley. After a few more steep sections we reach the top just past a small lake where we’ll stop at the welcoming cafe for coffee. We then descend into the Ubayne valley in the shadow of the Brec de Chambeyron, one of the highest peaks in the Southern Alps. We’ll then begin our 24km ascent of the Cime de la Bonette, an enjoyable climb at the heart of the Mercantour National Park that has featured four times in the Tour de France. From the col it is possible to cycle higher on a scenic loop that locals have dubbed ‘the highest road in Europe”, but we won’t argue how valid this claim is. A hugely enjoyable descent is followed and here we stop whenever the legs says it is enough. As today we will take the cars for the last distance, circa 2h30 in car to Cap Ferrat. Our stay is Hotel Royal Riviera, Cap Ferrat . See Strava route
Sunday 13th September – Day 10 Cap Ferrat 0km | 0m climb Today we just enjoy the beauty of the French Riviera and our mechanic packed your bikes, so they are resting peacefully in your bikebags. And we will drive you to Nice airport circa 40 min drive