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This award-winning cycling tour (one of our favorites) takes place in our playground — we’re based right across the border from Geneva, in France!
This extraordinary journey will take you from the shores of Lake Geneva to the world-famous alpine resort of Alpe d'Huez. In between, you'll climb some of France's most famous cols: Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Telegraphe, Galibier, and Alpe d'Huez.
We offer this tour on a self-guided basis on select dates for 2019. We have one tour scheduled on a supported basis that may be combined with the Marmotte cyclosportive event. Please note that this tour can also be organized for cycling clubs and private groups on a request basis. For these, we will tailor the itinerary and provide appropriate support based on the group's fitness level.
This tour can also be combined with some of the cyclo-sportives and gran fondo in this region such as La Marmotte or l'Etape du Tour.
The combo trip with the Marmotte is visible here.
This tour is offered in one of two options:
This tour can be arranged on other dates by request from June through September:
- Self-guided for groups of 6 or more
- With support vehicle for groups of 8 or more
For travel and cycling tips to the French Alps, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.
Arrive at Geneva International Airport. We will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, which is located in Anthy (or Yvoire) by Lake Geneva. Dinner will also be right by the lake.
Today’s destination is Le Grand-Bornand (in the heart of the Aravis mountain range), home of the Reblochon cheese (locals' Powerbar!) On your journey to the heart of the Aravis range, you will ride through the very scenic Chablais region (our office is nearby.) The ride includes one major climb: Col de la Colombiere (1,613 m or 5,290 ft). Dinner and accommodations are in Le Grand-Bornand.
You’ll leave the very picturesque Le Grand-Bornand and get on the classic “Route des Grandes Alpes,” a mountain route that links Lake Geneva (Thonon-les-Bains) to the Mediterranean Sea (Menton). After climbing Col des Aravis(1,486 m or 4,460 ft.), you’ll plunge down to the valley before attacking the second climb of the day: Col des Saisies(1,657 m or 4,970 ft.).
Gravity will take you down to Albertville, where you’ll dine and stay overnight.
Another classic day! You’ll conquer Col de la Madeleine; one of the most mythic and classic mountain passes featured in the Tour de France. The top culminates at an impressive 2,000 m or 6,000 ft, the highest so far… until tomorrow! The northern side is a very enjoyable, long and steady climb that has its rewards — an unobstructed panoramic view of the nearby mountains.
Make sure you enjoy it while at the top… sightseeing might be the last thing on your mind when barreling down the twisty 20-km downhill to the Maurienne Valley. After a flat section when you reach the base of the valley, you’ll ascend the easy Col du Télégraphe (1,566 m or 4,700 ft.) and reach the beautiful resort of Valloire.
Valloire is located at the foot of the Galibier pass (2,642 m or 7,926 ft.), the mammoth climb of the day. Riding this legendary climb is magic: graffiti from past Tours will remind you that this road has seen many showdowns since it was first featured in the 1911 Tour de France.
You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Meije glacier and a memorable 40-km (25 miles) descent to Bourg d’Oisans, before charging up the 13 km (8 miles) climb to Alpe d’Huez.
The time to beat: 37'35", a record held by Marco Pantani since 1995.
After breakfast, depart Alpe d’Huez at the time of your choice (self-guided version).
Note that transfers to Grenoble or Geneva can be arranged on request.
Offered on the following dates in 2019:
A self-guided tour can be organized for groups of 6 or more on any other dates from June through September.
June 30th - This trip can be combined with, which will be held on July 7th, 2019.
In addition, the price for the trip WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE (June 30th) includes: