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

Price is based on two people sharing. Single room supplements apply
19/6/2019 to 23/6/2019£1,250This can be booked for any other date for group sizes of four or more.
1/9/2019 to 5/9/2019£1,250This can be booked for any other date for group sizes of four or more.

Itinerary - The Big One

  • Total Distance 330 km
  • Total Elevation 10681 meters

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 3 - 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 the beautiful lake side town of Annecy. Here you will stay in the Hotel Splendid in the heart of the town and just a short walk to the historic old town. We will go out for one final meal together before you get picked up the following day for a short transfer to Geneva airport.

    Key Climbs

    • Distance 93.4 kilometers
    • Elevation 3246 meters

    Day 5 - Departure

    Short transfer to Geneva Airport for your flight home.

      What's Included - The Big One

      Hotels & Accommodation

      All accommodation has been arranged for the dates highlighted in the tour. If you wish for accommodation before or after the dates, let us know and we can try to help you.  We have chosen the hotels for their comfort and location to make your trip as straightforward as possible.


      Refreshments & Lunches

      The support vehicle will always make itself available to provide you with your refreshments. If you need a water refill on a climb, we will stop in a convenient place to help you out. We also provide picnic lunches on all of our rides as well as snacks to help you on your way.


      Evening Meals

      We provide all the evening meals along with wine and soft drinks either at the hotel or out at carefully selected restaurants . Our tours aren’t just about great cycling they’re also about great food.


      Airport Transfers

      We will pick you up and drop you off at the required airports. If it’s a shared tour we will ask all the clients to arrive at a certain time to enable us to collect everyone and avoid people waiting for too long at airports.


      Welcome Packs

      We will give you a welcome bag at the start of each tour. This can be used as your kit bag to keep all the extras in in the support van. It will contain maps and ride profiles, Tailwind energy and recovery products to help you on your way and a Velovation jersey made by Bodhi. This Jersey can be customised to you or your tour just ask us about it when booking.


      Photo Package

      The support driver isn’t just driving and feeding you the whole time, he will also be taking photos of you the whole time which will be carefully edited and shared with you after the tour is finished so you can keep looking back at the amazing time you had. Have a look through some of our photos on Instagram and follow us.


      Bike Storage

      We understand how much you love your bike and we will do everything we can to help keep them safe.  Each hotel we stay at has good quality bike storage and we supply additional chains and padlocks to ensure excellent security.



      Every day we will provide each rider with a map and profile of the days route, along with any other relevant and useful information.


      GPS Routes

      As well as having maps, a support rider and support van in close proximity we will also provide you with the routes so you can load them onto you navigation device. If you don’t have a navigation device we can rent you one.



      We carry a comprehensive tool kit in the back of the support vehicle along with a number of basic replacement parts.  Each member of our team is capable of helping with bike maintenance and basic repairs.  We do advise however that you know how to disassemble and assemble your own bike and have the tools to do so.  Please bring spare inner tubes and a puncture repair kit.

      What’s Needed:



      Riding in the Alps is tough and we create our weekend tours to ensure maximum levels of achievement which comes hand in hand with maximum physical exertion.  For this reason we recommend a decent level of fitness and motivation.  We will happily create routes for any level of fitness and experience so if you have any concerns please feel free to contact us, together we can come up with the best possible options to suit your needs.



      For these weekend tours we suggest that you bring your own bike.  While we can advise you on hiring a bike here in France it is generally better that you have your own.  You need to be comfortable on your bike for long periods of time.



      We expect you to wear a helmet at all times while riding.



      Please bring appropriate clothing, the climbs can be hot but the long fast descents can get cold especially if you are damp from the hard climb.  Extra layers can be kept in the support vehicle so that you don’t have to carry them but please ensure that you bring good quality kit.

      It is also advisable to bring good sun protection.

      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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