The Alps Pro Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Alps
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Competitive/Pro
  • Price From: $5095
  • Single Supplement: $1100
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Aug 10 - Aug 15,  2014 $5095 Book Now

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Check nearly every legendary Tour de France col off your to-do list. Race your fellow riders to the summits of l’Alpe d’Huez, the Col de la Madeleine, and more. Marvel at the lush mountain scenery on the thrilling descents from the summits down to the valley below. You’ll live the pro lifestyle on this bike tour in the Alps, as your guides offer complete van support at every mile, and our luxurious accommodations pamper and revive us for another day of epic riding. With thousands of feet of climbing under our belts, we’ll replenish ourselves with elegant alpine meals, toasting our success with the wines of the Savoie.


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Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to the Alps!
Your guide will greet you at the train station in Montreux, Switzerland. A picture perfect start as we set out from the historic Chateau d’Aigle, a fortified castle nestled in the vineyards with origins from the 11th centery. Enjoy an easy warm up ride as we cycle along the vines before we hit the slopes of our first climb of the day, the Col de Forclaz. (8.37 miles, 7.5%). Previously, this road was used exclusively by mules as they dragged their carts zig-zaging up with the road into France. One more Col awaits before we check into Hotel des Grands Montets, a beautiful 4 star chalet. Tonight we feast on local Alpine cuisine as we celebrate our first day on tour together.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Aigle, Col de Forclaz, Col de Montets, Chamonix
Accomplished: 43.5 miles / 70 km (4,970 feet / 1,515 meters climbing)
Accommodations: Hotel les Grand Montets

Day Two: Col de la Colombiere and Col de Aravis
Start the day cycling between the cliffs of the Valle d’Arve before our first real test - the Col de la Colombière. This ten-mile, 6.8% beast is a Tour de France classic. After we’ve conquered the climb, its sweeping descent will land us at the base of the Col de Aravis (7.22 miles, 4.9%). Next, it’s a spectacular hairpin-laden descent through forests and meadows. One last (more lenient) grade leads us to the chic ski-town of Mègeve and our next hotel. Tonight you can choose one of many excellent restaurants in this bustling village where your guides will happily make some suggestions.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Col de la Colombiere, Col de Aravis, Mègeve
Accomplished: 68 miles / 109.5 km (7,014 feet / 2,138 meters climbing)
Accommodations: Les Fermes de Marie

Day Three: Two Tour de France Legends
Today we’ll conquer two Tour de France legends. Start with the Category-one ascent of the Col des Saisies (8.75 miles, 5.1%). Descending it’s broad twists and turns, we’ll arrive for lunch in the town of Beaufort, famous for its cheese used in the traditional French fondue. The 12-mile, 6.8% climb of the Cormet de Roselend starts right at the base of town. This stunning climb leads you through thick Alpine forest before breaking out onto a vista of waterfalls pouring into the Lac de Roselend and up towards rugged peaks. The descent is thrilling, encompassing broad, fast straightaways, winding turns through alpine valleys, and technical hairpins in poplar forest. We'll be staying in the town of Bourg St Maurice for a night. We'll enjoy another delightful and authentic meal in town.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Megève, Les Saisies, Beaufort, Bourg St. Maurice
Accomplished: 48 miles / 77.5 km (7,400 / 2,255 meters climbing)
Accommodations: Hôtel l'Autantic

Day Four: The King Stage
We’ll transfer this morning to La Lechere, where our biggest day yet begins. After warming up, we’ll tackle the iconic Col de la Madeleine (15.3 miles, 6.3%), one of the most legendary cols in the Alps. Replenish with a spectacular picnic lunch at the summit with a panoramic view of the Lauzière massif. After the thrilling and scenic descent, we’ll race skyward again on the Col du Glandon (13.2 miles, 6.9%). It’s worth the effort to earn some delicious alpine chocolate. Our day ends with a transfer to our hotel near the base of l’Alpe d’Huez. Our hosts will treat us tonight to a well-deserved gourmet alpine feast.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: La Lechere, Col de la Madeleine, Col du Glandon, Vaujany
Accomplished: 60 miles / 97 km (11,000 feet / 3,353 meters climbing)
Accommodations: Chalet La Maitreya

Day Five: Conquer l’Alpe d’Huez
Today we race for the yellow jersey on l’Alpe d’Huez, one of the most storied climbs in Tour de France history. Marvel at all the names of past stage winners posted at each switchback commemorating their efforts. Conquer the Alpe’s 8.7 miles at an average gradient of 8% and its infamous 21 switchbacks marked with panels that honor the winners of each stage finished there. How fast will you reach the top? At the summit, get a certificate marking your victory of l’Alpe. We’ll enjoy our last night out with one more gourmet alpine dinner. We’ll have earned the right to indulge!

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Allemont, Bourg d’Oisons, l’Alpe d’Huez
Accomplished: 35 miles / 56.5 km (5,000 feet / 1,524 meters climbing)
Accommodations: Chalet La Maitreya

Day Six: Au Revoir
Congratulations on your victory over the Alps! Enjoy one last breakfast in the mountains before your guides see you off at the Grenoble train station.

Meals: Breakfast
 

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