ROUTE DES GRANDES ALPES


 

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 We will be running this tour on the 1st September to 8th September 2017.

The cost of this tour is £1,900 per person.

It can also be booked as a private tour on any other date. Contact us for availability.

This will be done as an eight day trip with six days of riding.

Day 1

Arrive at Geneva where we will meet you from your flight and take you to your accomodation.  A good meal will provided along with maps and any other information for the days ahead.

Day 2

On the first day of this epic tour we have 30 km to warm up our legs before the big first ascent.      The Col de la Colombiere is where this tour really starts.  Wild and uninhabited, this climb will give you a taste of things to come. A fast descent down to Thones and we start to climb again, up through the ski resort of La Clusaz to the Col de Aravis. The col is a low point in the impressive high ridgeline of the Aravis chain.  From here we head to Crest Voland at the foot of the following mornings climb.

Day 3

After breakfast it is straight into a short gentle warm-up climb to the Col des Saisies then down the steeper side into Beaufort.  The road starts to climb swiftly up to the Cormet de Roseland a cat. 1 climb, passing the beautiful Lac de Roseland just before the summit.  A fun 23km descent takes us to Bourg St Maurice where we start to climb up to Val d’Isere.  When you see the Reservoir, you know you are nearly there as the road winds gently up through a number of tunnels to our hotel in Val d’Isere for a good meal and a comfortable nights sleep.

Day 4

From Val d’Isere it is straight up to the Iseran, an exposed and tough start to the morning but well worth it for the view from the top.  The descent seems endless at 73km but well deserved and very beautiful, it brings us down to St Michel-de-Maurienne where with rested legs we tackle the Col du Telegraphe which at 830m height gain is a tough but good end to the day as it winds up through the trees which offer good shade on a hot day.  A short descent takes us to Valloire and the hotel.

Day 5

Following a good nights sleep there is a tough start to day 4.  At 18km the Galibier is a beast, with no shade and lots of exposure. This exposure and the stunning views will make you feel on top of the world.  The steep 37km descent takes you through some beautiful and unexpected landscape to Briancon where the second climb of the day commences.  The Col d’Izoard, the climb at 18km is testing after the past few days riding but passes through some delightful Alpine villages to keep you interested.  The descent takes us down to Guillestre through the fantastical landscape of barren scree slopes punctuated by huge rock pillars.

Day 6

Setting off from Guillestre for the penultimate day, the big one. The landscape is changing as we head further South, the day starts with the Col de Vars, it is a climb of two parts.  The first is tougher and a hard warm-up.  It mellows a bit as we reach the top and then it is downhill into Jausiers.  This is when we really start to feel it, at 24km and 2757m the Cime de la Bonette is the highest route in Europe and with a maximum gradient of 12% the oxygen is hard to come by.  The surrounding landscape is colourful yet largely deserted now but the views from the top will take your breath away once you have had time to catch it.  From the top, we descend and finish with a little up to Valdeblore and a well deserved rest.

Day 7

The final day and we are straight up to the Col St Martin.  The terrain now has a wonderful Mediteranean feel and with the sea air beckoning the first climb to the top doesn’t feel that bad.  The wickedly winding climb up the Col de Turini from Bollene-Vesubie is a visually satisfying climb along with the knowledge of it being the penultimate climb.  Last but not least is the Col de Castillon.  From Sospel the climb is short and as you reach the top the view of the sea is astounding and always very well recieved.  The final destination is 15km downhill into Menton where it is time to relax and rest by the sea. 

Day 8

After a pretty punishing week it is time to go home, fly out of Nice or choose to stay on for a few days at the beach. We will take you to the airport if you choose to fly home today. (We will provide Friday nights accomodation but if you wish to stay in the South for a few days longer it will be up to you to find accomodation and a transfer to the airport).

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