Alpe d’Huez to Paris

2013 Alpe d’Huez to Paris Trip

A small group (14 people) based in a quality full service chalet near Alpe d’Huez to witness all the action and ride the famous climbs before a transfer to Paris for 2 nights and the final stage of the 2013 Tour de France.

TRIP DETAILS:

Duration: 10 days (9 nights)
Dates: Saturday, 13 July to Monday, 22 July 2013
Start: Grenoble Finish: Paris
Accommodation: Fully catered private chalet and 4 star Paris hotel.
Group Size: Maximum 14 people (3 Staff)
Cost: AUD$4950.00 – Single Supplement AUD$1290.00 (only 2 available)
Deposit: AUD $1000.00
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room.

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Inclusions

Optional Extras:

Bike Rental $540.00 (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
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Highlights:

  • Experience the historic 100th edition of the Tour de France
  • Ride the biggest stages of the tour in the Alpes including Alpe d’Huez
  • 7 nights in a charming private chalet near Alpe d’Huez
  • 2 nights in Paris with a morning ride through Paris on the morning of the Tour.
  • Challenge yourself on the famous cols of Col du Galibier and Col de la Madeleine

Who is this trip for?

This exciting new cyclists only 10 day small group trip is designed for the cyclist who wants to challenge themselves on the famous climbs of the Alpes as well as experiencing some of the biggest stages of the 2013 Tour de France. The trip starts with a full week at a very comfortable private chalet close to the village of Vaujany in the Oisans Valley, within easy reach of famous climbs including Alpe d’Huez, Col du Glandon and Col du Galibier. Each day you will have a choice of rides led by our experienced guides, returning to the chalet to relax at the end of each day. The trip will finish with a trip back to Paris to witness the final stage of the Tour as it arrives on the Champs Elysees, including a chance for you to ride the famous boulevard early in the morning before the race. Note that this is a riding focused trip, so while you do not have to be an elite athlete, it is not suitable for novices.

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 by providing riding options each day. To enjoy our trips you don’t need to be an athlete, but do need to be someone who cycles regularly and in good health.

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 course ahead of the race. As with all of our tours you’ll be guided by our expert team of ride leaders, drivers and guides.

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Itinerary

Saturday, 13 July 2013: Bienvenue

The first day of your trip starts with our staff meeting you at Grenoble railway station at 1.00 pm. Grenoble is reached easily by TGV train from Paris and Lyon, with a direct train and bus service from Lyon Saint Exupery airport. We will also offer one collection from Lyon St Exupery airport at 11.30 am for those flying in to Lyon this morning. Once we’ve collected all of our guests we’ll transfer you to our home in the Alpes for the next week, a private chalet 1.5 kms below the village of Vaujany with stunning views of the valley below.

During the week we will have sole use of the chalet, the perfect place for us to ride from each day and an idyllic retreat to return to at the end of the day. Each night the chalet staff will prepare our meals which we will enjoy around the large dining table that is the place to swap stories over a glass of wine or cold beer from the bar.  An added bonus is the chalet laundry, where the staff can wash your riding gear each day for a nominal fee!

On arrival at the chalet we will assemble bikes and head off on a short 30 km ride to test out our bikes and legs. The chalet is part way up a climb so our first ride starts off easily with a descent to the valley with a great view of the azure blue waters of Lac du Verney. Down in the valley we’ll ride through Allemond and do a loop of the valley before returning to the chalet, or maybe going on a bit further up to the pretty village of Vaujany for a drink before dinner.

Tonight we’ll have our welcome dinner where you’ll get to meet your fellow travellers and have our staff answer all your questions about your upcoming week in the Alpes.

Overnight: Vaujany
Meals: Dinner


Sunday, 14 July 2013: The 21 corners of Alpe d’Huez

Today is a big day for us, and for the French people as it is the “fete nationale”, Bastille Day. It’s a tradition for French riders to try to score a stage victory today and being a holiday weekend the locals will be out in force to cheer on the local heroes. It’s a long stage today, not hard at first, but with a sting in the tail as the finish is on the summit of Mont Ventoux.

From the chalet it’s an easy downhill run of 17kms to the small town of Le Bourg d’Oisans at the base of Alpe d’Huez. The town will be filled with cyclists who like us have made a pilgrimage to climb Alpe d’Huez in the week before the race arrives. The route up to the 1850 meter Alpe d’Huez via the 21 switchbacks is only 13.5 km, with the first few kilometres being the toughest, but it’s an achievable ride for most people. The ride is not easy but certainly memorable and you will be cheered on all the way up by the enthusiastic fans already camped out on the mountain side waiting for the arrival of the race in 4 days time.  Once at the top you can have your photo taken on the podium there and enjoy the accomplishment of reaching this famous village.

After we have spent time on Alpe d’Huez we’ll return to Le Bourg d’Oisans where we can enjoy refreshments and visit the local bike shop that stocks a great range of gear, including the compulsory souvenir jerseys. In the afternoon we can return to the chalet, put our feet up and watch today’s stage of the race on Ventoux live on TV in comfort.

Overnight: Vaujany
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Monday, 15 July 2013: Col du Galibier

Today is a rest day for the pros of the Tour de France, but it’s not for us. Today we’ll ride another of the classic cols, Col du Galibier.  At 2640 meters this is one of the highest  paved passes of the European Alps and certainly the highest we will climb on 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 down to Le Bourg d’Oisans and on to the Col du Lauteret, a long 55km gentle ascent that warms us up for the main climb up Galibier.  From Col du Lautaret (2058 m.) it is a further 8.5 km 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 La Grave for lunch, a total ride distance of 85kms. From La Grave you can choose to jump in the van for the trip back to the chalet, or if you are feeling good ride all the way back to the chalet.

Overnight: Vaujany
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Tuesday, 16 July 2013: An Easier Day

Today’s stage of the Tour de France is from Vaison la Romaine to Gap, a route that’s been travelled many times in the Tour de France. After a day of rest the riders will be re-energised and this is about the last opportunities for those that aren’t pure climbers to make their mark on the race.

We’ve had a couple of hard days on the bike, with some more to come, so we’ll plan to have an easier day today and explore some of the “flatter” roads of the Oisans valley on a pleasant 60km local ride.  Don’t count on no climbing, but it’s one of the easier routes of the region and we’ve got plenty of time to stop and take in the scenery along the way. From the chalet we descend to the valley and follow a small road along the Vénéon river valley to the village of Vénosc. We can take a break here and admire the view over coffee before we ride back via Le Bourg d’Oisans to the chalet.

If you want to do something a bit different you can take the telécabine cable car from Vénosc with your bike to the ski resort of Les Deux Alpes and enjoy the ride back home from the 1650 meter summit – ride a famous climb without the effort!

This afternoon relax at the chalet over a cool drink, take in the beautiful views and catch up with the Tour live on TV.

Overnight: Vaujany
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Wednesday, 17 July 2013: First Look,  The Time Trial

Today we will get our first taste of the Tour de France. We are lucky to be able to witness one of the more interesting stages of the race, the individual time trial around Lac de Serre Poncon.

Time trial starts are great to see. You get closer to the riders than you normally would and get to see them individually as they accelerate from the ramp. In the team enclosure you can see the riders warming up on the trainers for long periods of time and if you are lucky the team enclosure is sometimes open to the public.

This morning we will drive down the valley to Col du Lauteret, where the longer of our two rides starts. From the top of Lauteret to the time trial start town of Embrun it is 90kms, but the good news is that this route has almost twice as much downhill as it does up and the majority of the ride is spent on flat valley roads. The shorter options include starting your ride in Europe’s highest city of Briancon for a 60 km run down the valley, or in L’Argentière-la-Bessée for an even shorter 40kms.

On arrival in Embrun you can spend the afternoon seeing the riders take off on the race of truth, or possibly take a side road and see them scream by further down the course. After the final rider, the maillot jaune, has left the ramp, we’ll make our way back to the chalet. It’s a bit over a 2 hour drive for the uphill run back to Vaujany, but dinner will be waiting for us when we arrive.

Overnight: Vaujany
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Thursday, 18 July 2013: Double Trouble, twice up Alpe d’Huez

This is the day that many race fans have been waiting for, the double ascent of Alpe d’Huez. Although this famous climb has featured many times before as a stage finish and even has even hosted a time trial, it has never been ascended twice before in the one stage. After the first ascent up the traditional route from Le Bourg d’Oisans the race will descend down the small road that over the Col de Sarenne and back to Le Bourg d’Oisans. The race will then climb the 21 switchbacks a second time before crossing the finish line at the top of Alpe d’Huez.

We have a couple of options available to us today to see the race make its two ascents of Alpe d’Huez. The first 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 short 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.  At the end of the race it’s a quick ride for us to get back to the comfort of the chalet.

Overnight: Vaujany
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Friday, 19 July 2013: Ride the Col du Glandon and Col de la Madeleine

Our last day in the Alpes and today’s stage will start from Le Bourg d’Oisans at the bottom of Alpe d’Huez and head across the mountains to a finish at the ski resort of Le Grand Bornand. This is an epic stage that passes over 2 major climbs before the final ascent to the ski station at Le Grand Bornand.

Today we’ll take advantage of our location and ride the race route this morning to see the race as it makes its way up the Col de le Madeleine, with a ride that first takes us up the 1924 meter Col du Glandon. It’s a long 24 but gentle climb from Allemond to Glandon, with fabulous views all the way. From this side it’s not too steep with an average gradient of 4.8%, although it does do the usual “kick in the pants” of many French cols and the last couple of kms are reasonably tough going.

From Col du Glandon we plunge to the Maurienne valley and the small town of La Chambre where we start to climb Col de la Madeleine. How far we’ll get before the road is closed we’ll see on the day, but we’ll try to find a good spot part way up to see the race.  The Col de la Madeleine is one of the more beautiful of the Alpine climbs with views from the top all the way to Mont Blanc. From La Chambre it is a 19km climb, gaining 1520 meters at an average of 8%, so it’s not an easy climb.

After seeing the race pass we can return to La Chambre where we can find a place to see the race live on TV. At the end of the day the vans will be waiting to take us back to the chalet, tired but proud after bagging two more of the big cols.

Tonight is our last night in the chalet. As you’ll want to explore Paris over the next two nights, especially with the late night finish on Sunday, we’ll host our official “farewell” dinner tonight and celebrate the end of our week in the Alpes.

Overnight: Vaujany
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Saturday, 20 July 2013: Paris

After a big week in the Alps it’s time to head back to Paris for the final chapter of the 2013 Tour de France. The penultimate stage of the race today starts in Annecy and finished atop the climb of Semnoz. After seeing 3 stages and riding lots of famous climbs we will head for Paris to let our hair down and enjoy the delights of the city of lights.

We will leave the chalet early this morning and drive back to Paris. Along the way we’ll make a stop in the beautiful town of Beaune for lunch.  Beaune is the capital of the Cote d’Or wine region and a great spot to stretch our legs with a walk around the historic old town.

On arrival in Paris later in the afternoon we will check in to our hotel in the famous Opera district of Paris where we spend the next two nights. Tonight is free in Paris to explore and dine in one of the city’s many restaurants.

Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast


Sunday, 21 July 2013: The Finale in the City of Lights

This morning we have a special treat in store. We are going to ride through the streets of Paris taking in some of the famous sights such as the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde.

We will leave our hotel nice and early to give ourselves the best possible chance of completing a lap of the famous Champs Elysees before they close the road. You will be surprised by the difficulty of the cobbles on the Champs Elysees and the steepness of the climb up to the Arc de Triomphe. It will give you an even greater respect for the riders when you see them almost gliding over the cobbles later this afternoon. You will be able to see the preparations for the finale this afternoon, take photos and soak up this great city in a way not many people get the opportunity to do.

Eventually we will return to the hotel for breakfast and to pack our bikes (if necessary). Then you will have the rest of the day free to explore Paris before heading down to the Champs Elysees in the early evening to see what should be a spectacular finish. A little afternoon (or nana) nap might be a good idea as we will be out late into the evening!

The final stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France will come to a close on the Champs-Elysees as night falls, with the stage finish in Paris set for 9:45pm. If the race timing follows as other years the riders will arrive at the Champs Elysees around 7.30pm but the caravan will be there to entertain you from around 6.00pm.

In another first the peloton will go all the way to the top of the Champs-Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe as part of the finishing circuit, as Paris showcases itself as the City of Lights. After the presentation a fireworks display is expected to follow and also of course the traditional lap of honour by the teams so don’t expect to be in bed till very late and don’t book an early flight on Monday morning!

The last stage is traditionally a procession until the entrance onto the Champs-Elysees where the racing really starts. Riders traditionally chat, celebrate the final stage, pose for photographs, drink Champagne… sometimes they even dress-up, swap bikes and generally horse around. Once the race gets into Paris, the Yellow jersey and his team lead the peloton onto the Champs-Elysees for what is a big criterium in the centre of the French Capital or in the case of 2013 we can use another French term, nocturne as it will be set in the twilight.

Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast


Monday, 22 July 2013: Au revoir

Its farewell to your new friends as our tour comes to an end this morning. For those flying out today from Paris CDG airport our staff and coaches will be available to help you on your way.
It is the final day of our tour. Over the past weeks you’ve experienced the excitement of the Tour de France up close, challenged yourself over some famous climbs and hopefully had an unforgettable holiday with Bikestyle Tours. We hope we see you again one day.

Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:
– Transport throughout by air conditioned mini vans
– Services of our experienced tour guides
– 7 nights accommodation in a private chalet in the Alpes
– 2 nights accommodation in 4 star Paris hotel
– Buffet breakfast daily
– 3 course evening meals on 7 nights
– Arrival transfer on July 13 from Lyon or Grenoble to hotel
– Scheduled departure transfer on July 22 from hotel to Paris CDG airport
– Mechanical assistance with your bike
– Maps and Bikestyle guide to the Tour de France
– Bikestyle Tours cycling jersey, cap and musette bag

 

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