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France - Classic Alps Passes - Alpine Introduction - Guided Road Cycling Holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • Follow the well ridden routes of the pros and realise your Tour de France dreams
  • Ride along to the morning cowbells ringing in the valleys
  • Raclette, fondue and tartiflette without counting the calories!
  • Blue skies, fresh air and snow-capped peaks
  • The spectacular views of Mont Blanc from Avoriaz
  • Challenge yourself on the 21 bend ascent of Alpe d’Huez

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Day Description Distance Ascent Meals
1 Arrival: Geneva Airport Non Riding Day    
2 Samoëns Loop Ride 47 Miles / 76 Kms Approx. 1,700 Metres Approx. B L  
3 Samoëns to Crest Voland 45 Miles / 73 Kms Approx. 2,150 Metres Approx. B L  
4 Crest Voland to Aime 42 Miles / 71 Kms Approx. 1,800 Metres Approx. B L  
5 Aime to St Jean de Maurienne 52 Miles / 87 Kms Approx. 1,875 Metres Approx. B L  
6 St Jean de Maurienne to Vaujany 35 Miles / 57 Kms Approx. 1,780 Metres Approx. B L  
7 Alpe d’Huez (stay in Samoëns) 28 Miles /45 Kms Approx. 1,150 Metres Approx. B L  
8 Departure: Geneva Airport Non Riding Day   B  

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Holiday Information

This road cycling holiday in France includes some of the most famous and most notorious Tour de France climbs. Most road cyclists dream of riding these great icons of the sport but if you’ve never ridden in the mountains before, the prospect can be quite daunting. Riding in the mountains brings different challenges when compared to all other types of riding and this tour has been designed specifically to ease you into mountain riding. Each day features one main challenging, yet manageable, ascent with the option of a second climb for those who feel the need and have the energy for more.
We’ll be there, both on and off the bike, to offer practical advice to help you get to the top comfortably, and we’ll help you with pacing and gearing, safe descending, clothing choices and nutrition. Designed to be very much a holiday but with added instruction available to ensure that riders new to the mountains will get the most out of their experience in the Alps. It also has plenty of famous climbs packed into the route which will appeal to more experienced cyclists.  
After arrival in Geneva we transfer to Samoens, a small town in the heart of the northern Alps and this is where we will be based for the first couple of nights. The region is very beautiful and the scenery is some of the most dramatic in Europe. It is from here that we start our tour of the famous passes of the Savoie region taking in such classics as Morzine-Avoriaz, Colombiere, Aravis, Cormet de Roselend, La Plagne and Madeleine. Of course no alpine cycle tour would be complete without a pilgrimage to the legendary Alpe d’Huez.   The scenery is absolutely stunning and constantly changing throughout the tour and there will be plenty of time to take this all in.
Undoubtedly you'll be working up a healthy appetite during your day on the bike. As always the Skedaddle team will be providing plenty of appetising food to keep you going throughout the day. As an introductory alpine experience the daily distances have been kept deliberately lower than those on some of our higher grade mountain challenges.  The trip should serve as an excellent starting point for riders interested in progressing on to tougher, more challenging tours.

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Holiday Summary

Duration:
8 days
Prices From:
£1,645
Estimated flight price
£150

Optional

Bike Hire
£200.00
Single Room Supplement
£340.00
Insurance - Europe 10 Day:
£47.00
Insurance - Europe 10 Day:
£47.00

Holiday Details

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7 nights hotels

6 days riding

Breakfast and lunch

Guided and vehicle support

Group airport transfers

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Last Updated: 25/06/2015