2018 Week in the Alps 7 Days

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TRIP DETAILS : 
Duration: 7 days (6 nights)
Dates: Sunday, July 15 – Saturday, July 21, 2018
Start: Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Finish: Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Accommodation: Private Chalet
Group Size: 16 Guests (4 Staff)
Suitable for: Cyclists Only
TRIP COST: AUD$4750.00 (US$3660.00)

Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If traveling 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.

Optional Extras:

Highlights:

  • Experience the excitement of the 2018 Tour de France
  • Relax with a cold beverage and wonderful food each evening
  • Your own private chalet in the heart of the Alps
  • Ride iconic French Alp climbs, such as Col du Galibier, Alpe d’Huez Col du Croix de la Fer, Col du Glandon and some lesser known stunning balcony roads
  • Watch the exciting French Alps stages including the pretty Annecy stage start and the stage finish to Alpe d’Huez

Who is this trip for?

Tailored for experience cyclists, our popular Week in the Alps trip enjoys the use of our private chalet. Each day we’ll contemplate the Alps and fuel our bodies to conquer today’s climbs. The most famous Tour de France climbs in the Alps are on our doorstep. Our hardest task for the week is choosing which ones to ride… oh and actually riding them.

Ride in the morning and each afternoon we will enjoy socialising over a cold beverage, catch up with the tour and prepare ourselves to do it again tomorrow. You don’t have to worry about packing and unpacking on this centre-based trip, as you have the whole chalet for a whole week. It is no surprise this trip is so popular.

Our rides will conquer the famous Col du Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fer, Alpe d’Huez, Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier and we’ll share some of our secret balcony roads that give you stunning perspective of the French Alps. We will catch the race on 3 stages during the week. We’ll also sneak down the valley to enjoy the beautiful Lake Annecy. If you can only spare a week, enjoy socialising but have a riding problem, grab your riding buddies and come along to the Week in the Alps.

Itinerary

Sunday 15 July: Bienvenue (Welcome) to France

Our staff will meet you at Lyon Saint-Exupery airport at 10:00 am. The TGV Station is a part of the Saint-Exupery airport facility and is easily accessible by TGV from Paris as well as other European destinations by train or plane. There are also some international flights that arrive into Lyon. Arriving in Europe a day early is the best way to prepare for your trip.

After collecting you from Lyon, we’ll transfer you to our 4-star private chalet in the French Alps.  Our chalet has been newly refurbished and has a sauna and outdoor hot-tub to help you recover each day. There are stunning views to the highest peak of the area, Pic Blanc at 3,300m. There are lifts that take you to the summit and lookout. It is worth considering the summit journey during your stay as the views across the Alps are spectacular including views across to Mont-Blanc.

Staff will help you ready your bike, or fit your pedals to your hire bike before heading out for our warm-up ride. We’ll give you the opportunity to test out your gears and brakes, as we are in the Alps after all. Our purpose of today’s ride is to get your bearings, meet the rest of the group and check over your bike. We’ll return to our chalet in time to watch today’s exciting cobble stage on TV.

Each night our dinner will be provided by our hosts, who love welcoming cyclists. Tonight we’ll enjoy a special welcome dinner at our beautiful chalet, a perfect opportunity to meet fellow guests and staff who will be on hand to answer questions about your cycling holiday with Bikestyle Tours.

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Welcome Dinner (with drinks)

Overnight
Isère, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Harder Ride Option

Monday 16 July: Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier

Over breakfast this morning, we’ll contemplate our climb ahead of us, the Col de Lautaret and Col de Galibier. We will climb the 39km to Col de Lautaret and if you’ve got the legs for it, climb to the summit of Col de Galibier. There aren’t any time pressures today, as it is rest day in the Tour.

Galibier roadsign blue sky wide landscape

This morning we will leave our chalet and ride down to the valley and head towards Col du Lautaret, passing the pretty village of La Grave along the way. It isn’t too steep but the length can more than make up any lack of gradient. The views of the glaciers on the Ecrins Massif are among the most spectacular in the Alps. From The summit of Lautaret we turn left and begin the final ascent to the Col du Galibier, a further 8km.

 The Col du Galibier tops the charts with a 2,642m summit putting it among the highest roads in Europe. It’s about 2,200 metres of climbing in total so it’s a climb that demands respect! Don’t forget to take a photo at the memorial to the Tour de France founder, Henri Desgrange. Although the Tour riders won’t be climbing it this year, the achievement and views will be worth every pedal stroke. After photos, we will return back along the same route, which may be a little quicker.

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Isère, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Harder Ride Option

Annecy

Tuesday 17 July: Lake Annecy and a stage start

Today, staff will load your bikes onto our custom bike carriers and transfer us to Annecy for today’s stage start. Annecy is one of the most beautiful towns in France, partly due to its stunning location on the shores of Lake Annecy. The centre of Annecy is crisscrossed by canals and medieval buildings, giving it the nickname of Venice of the Alpes.

We will arrive in time to see riders sign on and gather for the start, giving you time to take a selfie with your favourite riders or for the bike-tech guru, see the latest gadgets on this year’s bikes in the bunch. Annecy is a beautiful village to explore, even without today’s race start. We’ll also have the spectacle of watching the Women set off on their battle for La Course.

After riders have rolled out we will take to the bikes ourselves and ride first beside the lake. It is a beautiful setting with the contrast of the expansive azure lake, thrill-seekers in their paragliders above and of course the amazing outline of the Alps behind. For those wanting an easy ride then you can stay along the flat and continue on the well-serviced bikeway to Albertville.. If you fancy something harder then we’ll have a ride over the hills all the way from Lake Annecy to Albertville.

After arriving in Albertville we’ll watch the finish of today’s stage on TV before transferring back to our chalet for a wholesome dinner.

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Isère, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Harder Ride Option

Wednesday 18 July: 21 switchbacks of Alpe d’Huez and Dutch corner

There is no better day to climbs Alpe d’Huez than the day before the race comes through. There will be a partial road closure to traffic, and spectators will already line the roads, from bottom to top! Climbing seems easier with the cheering spectators. It will probably be the closest you’ll ever feel to being in the Tour de France (for most of us we can only dream).

We’ll head off after breakfast and descend down the valley, giving you a chance to warm up your legs. Soon out of Bourg d’Oisans, the switchbacks begin. Besides the mystique of the 21 switchbacks, most people remember the challenge of the first 3 corners where the gradients are steepest. After making it through those corners, the views and crowds will spur you on. Today, be sure to absorb the atmosphere of Dutchie corner (corner 7) before pushing along for the final 6 corners.

Each corner is marked with the winner of each stage that has finished at the summit. In 2018, the stage winner to Alpe d’Huez will be etched onto the sign marking turn 13, joining Dutchman Peter Winnem. The Dutch have taken more victories on Alpe d’Huez than any other nation. Maybe there is something in the beer on Dutch corner.

Today will be a memorable ride. After a little time at the top of Alpe d’Huez we will carry over the small climb to Col du Sarenne. This is the same route the Tour took in 2013, for the historic double ascent of Alpe d’Huez. We’ll descend back to Bourg d’Oisans to regroup before heading back to our chalet.

alp-dhuez-adam-simon-alex

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Isère, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Harder Ride Option

Thursday 19 July:  Le Tour on Alpe d’Huez

It’s a very special day today. It has been three years since this mythical mountain featured in Le Tour, in 2015 it was a French rider who claimed victory. In fact, it was the third successive French stage victory on the Alpe. Could it be another Frenchman today? Maybe it’s time for Romain Bardet? Today’s long stage and cumulation of the previous two days in the mountains will make an entertaining final climb. One to be there for.

We have a couple of options available to us today to see the race make its ascent of Alpe d’Huez. The easy option is to take a scenic ride on the gondola to Alpe d’Huez this morning and spend the day in the Alpe d’Huez village soaking up the atmosphere and waiting for the race. This is a stress-free way of seeing the race without the inevitable end of day traffic snarls.

Another option is for us to ride the quiet road to the village of Villard Reculas, 15kms from our hotel. From here it’s a 4km ride down a small balcony road to reach the village of Huez, 5 kms below the summit. This is a very popular place to see the race so expect big crowds of crazy spectators and a great atmosphere.  It’s a lovely ride, we think you’ll agree the best way to get up Alpe d’Huez on race day! At the end of the race it’s a quick ride for us to get back to the comfort of the chalet for dinner. It will take hours for many of spectators to get off the Mountain today.

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Aisne, Hauts-de-France

Harder Ride Option

Friday 20 July: Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer

We have a great ride for our final day on the bike, this is definitely one of our favourites. Possibly because of the scenic Lac de Grand Maison you pass, or it may be that we achieve two cols for the day? Sounds tempting, if you’d prefer a shorter ride, you’ll be able to turn left at Barrage du Verney and head into Bourg d’Oisans for today’s stage start.

From our chalet we will head towards Allemond where we will take a right turn and head up the Col de Croix de Fer to see the race pass with around 50 kilometres to go. There is a little bonus though. On our way up we can take a small detour and up to the Col du Glandon and then back to the intersection and continue up to the Col de Croix de Fer, giving us two Cols for the day. It’s just short of 60 kilometres, 30 up and 30 down!

The Croix de Fer is a very long and irregular climb. From Barrage du Verney, the Col de la Croix de Fer is 27 km long at an average of 4.7 %. Over this distance, you climb 1,300 m.

Glandon ride clients switchbacks rocky blue skies

Not the hardest climb you ever did but certainly tough after the accumulation of the past few days. If you wish, you can continue down the valley and watch the start of today’s stage, before returning to our chalet.

We will return to our chalet for a relaxing afternoon. Our final night is celebrated with a lovely meal and accompanying wine. We’ll acknowledge our new friendships and reflect on our memorable stay in the Alps and watching the Tour de France.

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner (with drinks)

Overnight
Aisne, Hauts-de-France

Harder Ride Option

Saturday 21 July: Au Revoir (Farewell) to our new friends

Sadly, our trip comes to an end today. We hope during our 7 days in the Alps you’ve been able to relax, challenge yourself on the world’s most famous climbs, cheer on the Tour de France and you’ve created new friendships and great memories. After breakfast this morning we will make one transfer to where we started 7 days ago, Lyon, Saint-Exupery Airport.

We will arrive at the airport by 11:00 am. For booking international flights, plan for departure after 2:00 pm and for flights within Europe, after 1:00 pm. There are also a train service and taxi links into the centre of Lyon, as well as TGV’s that depart from the airport to many European destinations. You should book your TGV for departure after 12:00 pm.

Why not make the Week in the Alps an hors d’œurve for seeing the Tour through the Pyrenees? There are more famous climbs to conquer! Join our Col du Tourmalet to Paris trip and we will transfer you to Toulouse today before starting your trip extension in 2 days. This will give you the opportunity to explore Toulouse and visit the newly refurbished Airbus museum.

Meals: Breakfast

Alp dHuez Base Group Blue Skies

Inclusions

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 in private 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 Saint-Exupery Airport
  • Transfer to Lyon, Saint-Exupery Airport on final day
  • Ride files and Bikestyle guide to the 2018 Tour de France
  • Full Bikestyle Tours kit including knicks, cycling jersey, cap and musette bag

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2018 Week in the Alps Bicycle Hire ($420.00)
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