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La Clé des Champs
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Phone: +33 4 79 84 12 01
It's time to cross "Participate in the world's greatest grand fondo" off your to-do list! Join us - and thousands of other passionate cyclists - for the 2019 Etape du Tour, and ride Stage 20 (Albertville to Val Thorens) before the pros hit the road. Our professional mechanics will be there to keep you in top shape, so you can keep your eye on the prize: completing this year's sensational route. And as we're based in the French Alps, you'll be riding in our playground! You'll benefit from our local knowledge and guidance as you prepare for the challenge of a lifetime.
Over the 135 km (85 miles), you'll be pushed to the limit on some of the most breathtaking (in both senses!) passes in the French Alps, starting with the breathtaking Cormet de Roselend (1,968 m) which you will do "the classic way" via Col du Méraillet (1,604 m). The long descent will allow you to recover before tackling the "Côtes de Longefoy". Once at the top at the village of Notre-Dame du Pré, the finish highest line in the history of the Tour is only 50 km away - of which 35 are uphill!
Once in Val Thorens, you'll total more than 4,500 meters of climbing... over a very challenging and spectacular route from beginning to end.
Unlike previous years, we have limited our package to a very small group (the maximum number of people we can accommodate is 20), while keeping the same number of staff. This decision is based on maximizing clients' experience by providing an unmatched level of service.
For travel and cycling tips to the French Alps, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.
Arrive in Chambéry at your convenience (transfers from Geneva can be arranged) and check in at your hotel. If time allows and you're feeling up for it, you may choose to ride one of our optional rides on your own.
Just make sure to return by late afternoon, when our mechanic will be available to tune your bike. We'll have dinner together at a restaurant in town in the evening.
The transfer to Albertville will take place at 10:00 AM (you can expect the driving time to take 25 minutes). This will give you plenty of time to pick up your bib number.
Take advantage of your free time to check the Etape du Tour Village, a veritable World's Fair for cyclists. Soak up the atmosphere and explore the exhibitors' tents before heading back to your hotel.
You can expect to be back to your hotel around 2:00 PM. Our mechanic will be on hand again for last minute tuning. Dinner will be early so you'll have plenty of time to rest - tomorrow is the big day!
As comfortable as your bed may be, today's the day to leap out and head down to breakfast without delay. It's race day, and you'll need all the energy your hearty meal provides. Depending on your bib number and start time, you'll have the choice between two transfer times (time to be advised).
After your incredible feat is accomplished, find your base down in Moutiers. This is where you can shower, snack, and rest before a leisurely dinner. The transfer back to Chambéry will take place right after dinner.
After breakfast, depart at the time of your choice.
If needed, we can arrange your return transfer to Geneva.
Price based on an occupation of a twin-type room