Classic Cols of the Alpes

2013 Classic Cols of the Alpes Trip

New for 2013, a small group (14 people) based in one location near Alpe d’Huez with an optional 2 night extension for final stage in Paris. See the race – ride the classic cols.


Duration: 8 days (7 nights)
Dates: Saturday, 13 July to Saturday, 20 July 2013
Start: Grenoble Finish: Grenoble
Accommodation: Fully Catered Chalet
Group Size: Maximum 14 people (3 Staff)
Cost: AUD$3900.00 – Single Supplement Not 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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Optional Extras:

2 night Paris TDF finish extension
Bike Rental $420.00 (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
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  • 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 comfortable private chalet near Alpe d’Huez
  • Challenge yourself on the famous cols of Col du Galibier and Col de la Madeleine

Who is this trip for?

This new small group 8 day 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 is based for the week at a comfortable private chalet in the village of Oz-en-Oisans, close to famous climbs including Alpe d’Huez, Col du Glandon and Les Deux Alpes. 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. At the end of the trip there is the option of continuing on 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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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 comfortable private chalet in the village of Oz-en-Oisans. 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.

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 on to Le Bourg d’Oisans where we can sit in one of the cafés and see the remainder of today’s Tour stage live on TV. We’ll then return along the valley and up the small climb up to the village to relax before dinner.

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

Overnight: Oz-en-Oisans
Meals: Breakfast, 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 14 km ride 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’ve 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 English language!) in the comfort of the TV lounge at the chalet. Alternatively if you feel like another challenge there is always the small road back to the chalet via Huez village – a lovely ride that we can highly recommend.

Overnight: Oz-en-Oisans
Meals: Breakfast

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 Alpes and certainly the high point for our trip.

We will tackle Col du Galibier from the southern side, via Col du Lauteret. 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 50 km 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 80 kms. 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: Oz-en-Oisans
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 55km 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 there is always the chance for more kms, or time to relax at the chalet over a cool drink, take in the views and catch up with the Tour live on TV.

Overnight: Oz-en-Oisans
Meals: Breakfast

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 home, but dinner will be waiting for us when we arrive.

Overnight: Oz-en-Oisans
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 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 local 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, 11 kms 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 and dinner.

Overnight: Oz-en-Oisans
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, just below our chalet, 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 together so we’ll host our official “farewell” dinner tonight and celebrate the end of a great week of riding and the Tour de France in the Alpes.

Overnight: Oz-en-Oisans
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday, 20 July 2013: Au revoir

Sadly our trip comes to and end this morning. After breakfast we will provide transfers to Grenoble rail station where you can travel on to your next destination, with TGV trains available to Paris, Lyon and Lyon St Exupery airport. For those choosing the option of our 2 Night Paris Extension you will continue on to Paris in our vans, arriving late this afternoon. For details of the Paris option please scroll down.

Meals: Breakfast



Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:
-Transport throughout by 9 seater mini vans.
-Services of our experienced tour guides, plus our coach driver
-7 night’s accommodation, in a Fully Catered Chalet (with private facilities)
-Buffet breakfast daily
-3 course evening meals on 5 nights
-Transfers on Saturday, 13 July from Grenoble Train station to chalet
-Transfer on Saturday, 20 July to Grenoble Train station
-Mechanical assistance with your bike
-Sightseeing as listed
-Maps and Bikestyle guide to the Tour de France
-Bikestyle Tours cycling jersey, cap and musette bag


Classic Cols Paris Extension

Extend your Classic Cols trip with 2 nights in Paris to see the final stage of the 2013 Tour de France.


Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Dates: Saturday 20 July 2013 to Monday 22 July 2013
Start: Grenoble Finish: Paris
Accommodation: 4 star Paris hotel
Cost: AUD$790.00 – Single Supplement AUD$1060.00
Deposit: Full Payment
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room.

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  • See the arrival of the historic final stage of the 2013 Tour de France in Paris
  • The chance to ride through the streets of Paris and along the Champs Elysees on the morning of the race

Who is this trip for?

This 2 night package has been designed to give our Classic Cols clients the chance to extend their trip to include the final stage of the 2013 Tour de France in Paris. We’ll make it easy for you and transfer you and your bike directly from your chalet in the Alpes all the way through to the front door of your Paris hotel. On Sunday morning in Paris there will be the option of a special experience – taking a ride along the Champs Elysees and through the heart of Paris before the race arrives.

Saturday, July 20, 2013: Travel to Paris

After breakfast this morning depart from our chalet in Oz-en-Oisans and travel to Grenoble, where we will make a quick stop at the Grenoble TGV station and say farewell to our friends who are travelling on by train today.

We will then carry on towards Paris, with a break in our journey along the way in the attractive wine town of Beaune for lunch and a quick look around the town before carrying on to Paris.

On arrival in Paris later in the afternoon we will check in to our 4 star hotel in the famous Opera district of Paris where we spend the next two nights. The evening will be free for you to explore and enjoy the delights of Paris.

Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

Sunday, July 21, 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, July 22, 2013: Au revoir

Its farewell as your time with us in Paris comes to an end this morning. During your time with us you’ve experienced the excitement of the Tour de France up close, challenged yourself on the famous cols of the Alpes and followed the race through to it’s finale in Paris. We hope you enjoyed your trip and to see you again one day.

For those flying out today from Paris we will have scheduled transfers available to take you and your bike to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast



Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

– Transfer on July 20 from the Alpes to our hotel in Paris for you and your bike.
– 2 nights accomodation in 4 star Paris hotel close to Champs Elysees.
– Breakfast daily
– Ride through the streets of Paris
– Scheduled departure transfer on July 22 from hotel to Paris CDG airport.




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2013 Classic Cols of the Alps Trip ($1000pp)
2013 Classic Cols of the Alps Trip Bicycle Hire $420.00
Classic Cols Paris Extension Twin Share $790.00
Classic Cols Paris Extension Single Supplement $1060.00
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