A very special small group experience for the Alpine stages of the 2017 Tour de France. Staying in our own fully catered chalet in Nevache, we will ride the famous climbs and see the final 3 stages of the 2017 Tour in the Alps – live!
Duration: 7 days (6 nights)
Dates: Sunday, 16 July to Saturday, 22 July, 2017
Start: Lyon Finish: Lyon
Accommodation: French Chalet
Group Size: Maximum 20 people (4 Staff)
Suitable For: Cyclists
Trip Type: Centre Based Trip Find out more…
Cost: A$4650.00 (US$3350.00)
Deposit: A$1000.00 (US$720.00)
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.
Single Supplement: A$750.00 (US$540.00)
- Bike Rental A$396.00 (US$285.00) (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
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- Follow the drama of the last week of the 2017 Tour de France
- Challenge yourself on the famous Col du Galibier, and Col d’Izoard
- See it live! 3 Tour de France stages
- Based yourself in a French Chalet for the week
- Optional travel to Paris on the high speed TGV to catch the final stage on Champs Elysees
Who is this trip for?
A very special small group trip for the Alpine stages during the final week of the 2017 Tour de France. We will be based in a very comfortable 4 star chalet in the village of Nevache, in the southern Alps on the Italian Border. The chalet is superbly positioned for cycling and is on the race route close to the finish line of the penultimate stages of the Tour. You will enjoy unpacking just once and the social atmosphere of evening meals with your new friends and a cool drink at the end of a day’s riding. Each day you’ll have a choice of rides led by our team of experienced guides over some of the famous climbs of the Tour de France, as well as some lesser travelled roads that we know you’ll enjoy.
This is a trip that will suit cyclists only. Our trips are geared to suit anyone with an interest in Cycling who wants to see the biggest of the Grand Tours, the Tour de France. This (and riding our bikes) is our main focus for the trip although this trip will incorporate some tourist days as well. We cater for cyclists of all abilities although this particular trip is suited to experienced riders.
Each day we’ll have options for rides to suit people who feel like a challenge, or an easy day enjoying the scenery. We ride on quiet scenic roads and where possible we ride on the race route ahead of the race. As with all of our tours you’ll be guided by our expert team of ride leaders, drivers and guides.
The first day of your trip starts with our staff meeting you at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport at 11.00 am. Lyon airport is easily reached by international and domestic European flights. The airport also has its own TGV station with frequent services from Paris and other main French cities.
Once we’ve gathered everyone we’ll start our drive to our 3-star all-wood chalet in the alpine village of Névache, in the French Haute-Alps and close to the Italian border. Our chalet is nestled in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Alps, the Clarée Valley. In both winter and summer guests are welcomed to this nature reserve which has been preserved from major development of alpine resorts. It is a calming and relaxing place to be. Each day we will return to this oasis, enjoying a cold drink together and sharing our achievements of riding in the Alps.
Each morning over a hearty breakfast we will contemplate the climb we will conquer, as not far from us are the famous climbs of Col du Lautaret, Col du Galibier, Col d’Izoard and the lesser known but challenging Col du Granon standing at 2,413m.
Our comfortable setting and hotel’s gourmet cuisine served each evening will ensure our recovery for the next day is all in order. If that sounds too strenuous, you can enjoy the hotel’s spa and Finnish sauna, available each afternoon. When you want to get out on your own, the valley is a paradise for hiking and there are seven hamlets to explore.
Our transfer from Lyon will take a few hours, as we will need to cross the Italian border briefly to access this quiet valley. On arrival at the chalet we will be greeted by the chalet staff, who will have an afternoon tea ready to refresh us on arrival. After we’ve settled in we’ll assemble bikes, or introduce you to your rental bike, and take a short warm up ride to make sure your bike and body are both in working order. We might even be able to sneak in our first photo beneath a summit sign in the French Alps.
Monday 17 July, 2017: Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier
Today is a big day as we’ll ride one of the classic cols, Col du Galibier. At 2640 meters this is one of the highest paved passes of the European Alps and certainly a high point for our trip.
We will tackle Col du Galibier from the southern side, via Col du Lautaret. This is the same direction as ridden in the 2011 Tour de France where the Schleck brothers went on to take the stage win over Cadel Evans, with Cadel to take revenge two days later at the time trial in Grenoble with his historic ride to gain the yellow jersey and tour win.
From the chalet we will ride to Briançon and on to the Col du Lautaret, a long 30km gentle ascent that warms us up for the main climb up Galibier. From Col du Lautaret (2058 m.) it is a further 8.5km climb at an average gradient of 6.9% to reach the summit of Col du Galibier. Once we’ve reached the top and congratulated ourselves it’s a nice downhill run back down to Briançon for lunch, a total ride distance of 90km.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Tuesday 18 July, 2017: Col d’Izoard
Today we will seek out another famous climb, Col d’Izoard. This is one of the oldest passes used in the Tour de France and you wouldn’t be the first to assume it an Italian climb, as the Giro d’Italia also frequent this mighty climb. Today we will attempt it from it’s North. The climb has a little bit of everything, hairpins, forest area and the “Casse Deserte” at the summit where there is a memorial to Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet. Beautiful views from the top and a great coffee stop at the Refuge Napoleon du Col d’Izoard or a visit to the small cycling museum. Several of Tour de France’s more memorable moments have occurred on the Col d’Izoard, particularly the exploits of Fausto Coppi, Bernard Thévenet and Louison Bobet.
After breakfast, we’ll head to Briançon, which at 1360 meters is still the highest city in Europe. Briançon is also a city with an interesting past, with impressive fortified walls and an historic citadel, which we will look at today on our way through.
After a short break in Briancon for a pastry and coffee we’ll head up the climb. The ascent of the northern side of the Col d’Izoard doesn’t have much motorised traffic, road conditions are generally excellent and the scenery is nice. The climb starts at a roundabout just south of the centre of Briançon. During the first 11.5km, the slope is variable, but always less than 7%. Climbing becomes more serious after the hamlet of le Laus, where the final 8km is mostly between 7% and 9%. The forest will shelter your efforts until shortly before the col, opening out to the “Casse Deserte”. If the weather is kind, we will can enjoy a coffee and a visit to the small cycling museum, before returning to Briançon for lunch, making it 60km for today.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Wednesday 19 July, 2017: The battle for yellow on Col du Galibier
The Tour de France will come to us today, finishing just down the road in Les Salle les Alpes at the base of the Serre Chavalier ski area. Fortunately for us, on the opposite side of the valley is the challenging hors categorie climb Col du Granon. In 1986, the stage finish on this climb was part of one of the most historic Tours of the modern era, featuring Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault. LeMond catapulted into the yellow jersey at the summit finish on Col du Granon and went on to become the first non-European winner of the Tour de France. Hinault attempted a suicidal solo victory the following day.
The numbers of Col du Granon are incredible, while shorter than our previous climbs its summit is an elevation between the two at 2,413m. An average slope is 7.7% and the first 4km are less than 5%. That means the final 11km are consistently above 9%, with the steepest kilometre weighing in at 11.4%. It may be your toughest climb this week, but the reward and motivation of seeing the tour live this afternoon will keep you going.
We’ll watch the finish in Serre Chavalier, where we can watch on the big screens and follow every attack on the preceding climbs of Croix de Fer, Col du Télégraphe and Col du Galibier. An arrival village in the Alps is a carnival and the arrival of the caravane heightens the excitement of crowds before the anticipated arrival of the riders. Who will it be? Will it be a daring attack on the descent that separates leaders by seconds?
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Thursday 20 July, 2017: Last chance to chase for polka dots
Today’s stage finishes at the summit of Col d’Izoard, using the southern ascent. The short stage should be explosive and with the running of the “La Course” women’s event earlier today, it will be a great stage to watch. With a few solid climbs under our belt, we’ll keep to the valley roads today, and ride around to the base of the Izoard to follow both the men and women’s races and the caravane.
If you are looking for a climb, as we recognise it’s not all about watching the race. We can sneak up to the ski resort village of Risoul, where in recent years both stages for the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia have finished. After climbing up to the ski station, you can descend back to the base of Col d’Izoard to watch the riders this afternoon.
We’ll have our transport waiting for you in Guillestre to return us back to our chalet in time for this evenings meal. It will be a another great day watching le tour.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Friday 21 July, 2017: Stage start and Col du Vars
Today is our last day in the alps, and we’ll explore further into the valleys and catch a race start. We will see the team buses and the electric atmosphere of a stage start. First of all there is the departure of the caravane, then the riders arriving to sign on for the day and finally the departure of the peloton to the cheers of locals and visiting race fans.
Once the race starts, we will jump on our bikes for the direct 50km ride back to Briançon, or the 70km challenging ride returning back over Col d’Izoard, southern ascent. Tonight we will have a special dinner, where we can share our final night together and recapture our favourite moments of the past week, in the French Alps.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Saturday 22 July, 2017: Au revoir o Bonne continuation
It’s farewell to your new friends as our tour comes to an end this morning. It is the final day of our tour. During your time with us you’ve experienced the excitement of the Tour de France up close, challenged yourself over some famous climbs and hopefully had an unforgettable holiday.
After breakfast we will provide transfers to Lyon airport where you can travel on to your next destination, with TGV trains available direct to Paris. We will arrive at Lyon airport at approximately 11.00am and we advise not to book a train or flights from Lyon before 12.30pm.We hope we see you again one day.
Would you like to see the finish in Paris?
Trip Option: Extend your trip to finish in Paris (packages available) Email us for Details
Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:
- Transport throughout by custom mini vans or luxury coach
- Services of our experienced tour guides, mechanics and drivers
- 6 nights accommodation French Chalet
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3 course evening meals on 6 nights
- Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
- Mechanical assistance with your bike
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Lyon airport
- Transfer to Lyon airport on final day
- Maps and Bikestyle guide to the 2017 Tour de France
- Full Bikestyle Tours kit including knicks, cycling jersey, cap and musette bag
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