Snow capped mountains and deep valleys on one of Frances classic cols, the Col d'Iseran.

The Big One

One of our toughest short tours, this route offers up six of the Tour de France’s most famous climbs one after the other. If you have the legs, like a challenge and would love to tick off some of cycling’s greatest classic cols this is the best way to maximise your weekend away.

Overview - The Big One

Six of the biggest name climbs in cycling wrapped up into one weekend of intense, thoroughly rewarding riding and the most spectacular scenery. If you are an avid Grand Tour follower then you’ll know all these names, They’re steeped in Tour de France legend and strike fear and excitement into professional and amateur cyclists alike. The Col de l’Iseran, the highest paved col in Europe, the Col du Telegraph and Galibiere, the inseparable duo but both unique to themselves and worthy of great respect. The Glandon with it’s stunning ever changing landscape and the Madeleine with it’s unrelenting gradient. This is a BIG weekend but with our support and organisation we’ll make it as easy for you as it ever can be. We wont be turning the pedals for you but we will be looking after everything else. Carefully chosen hotels, fantastic picnic lunches and attentive support along with hearty evening meals and breakfasts mean all you have to do is focus and ride.

Key Climbs - The Big One

Col de l’Iseran – Bourg Saint Maurice

  • Distance 46.6 kiolmeters
  • Elevation 2045 meters
  • Max Grade 9.5%
  • Avg. Grade 4.2%
  • Cat HC

Col du Télégraphe – Saint Michel de Maurienne

  • Distance 12 kilometers
  • Elevation 881 meters
  • Max Grade 10%
  • Avg. Grade 7.1%
  • Cat 1

Col du Galibiere – Valloire

  • Distance 18 kilometers
  • Elevation 1235 meters
  • Max Grade 11.3%
  • Avg. Grade 6.8%
  • Cat HC

Alp d’Huez – Le Bourg-d’Oisans

  • Distance 14.4 kilometers
  • Elevation 1139 meters
  • Max Grade 13%
  • Avg. Grade 7.9%
  • Cat 1

Col du Glandon – Bourg-d’Oisans

  • Distance 36.3 kilometers
  • Elevation 1503 meters
  • Max Grade 13.6%
  • Avg. Grade 3.3%
  • Cat 1

Col de la Madeleine – La Chambre

  • Distance 19.6 kilometers
  • Elevation 1536 meters
  • Max Grade 12%
  • Avg. Grade 7.8%
  • Cat HC

Dates & Prices - The Big One

20/7/2018 - 24/7/2018£1150
12/9/2018 - 16/9/2018£1150Sorry Sold Out

Itinerary - The Big One

  • Total Distance 10681 meters
  • Total Elevation 330 kilometers

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive at Geneva airport and get a transfer to Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

    Day 2 - Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Aussois

    Key Climbs

    • Distance 96.3 kilometers
    • Elevation 2944 meters

    Day 2 - Aussiois to Alp d'Huez

    Key Climbs

    • Distance 138.3 kilometers
    • Elevation 4314 meters

    Day 4 - Alp d'Huez to Feissons-Sur-Isère


    Once we have arrived at the bottom of the Col de la Madeleine we will pack away all the bikes and run you to one of the Geneva airport hotels where you will spend the night.


    Key Climbs

    • Distance 93.4 kilometers
    • Elevation 3246 meters

    Day 5 - Departure

    Get a free shuttle from your airport hotel to the airport for your return flight home.

      Testimonials - The Big One

      Matt Evans

      ‘I have used Mark and his Velovation team on three occasions. Once was on the ‘Big One’ with some friends, the second time was when Velovation organised a corporate event for me and some 40 or so clients out of Morzine and the following year Le Clusaz.

      All events were expertly organised with great riding and epic mountains. We have used Velovation since for additional corporate events.

      I would recommend and I will be using them again in the future for any cycling trips to the Alps.’

      Tom Marvin

      ‘The two trips I’ve done with Velovation have been two of the best riding holidays I’ve had. Mark and his team not only guide fantastic routes but have picked some amazing places to stay and eat. Having van support means you can just clip in and ride, with all the logistics taken care of. Thoroughly recommended!’

      Nick Kirrage

      ‘Some of the best alpine guiding I have experienced. The team met all our  expectations and more. I ended each day with a huge grin on my face.’

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