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France - Raid Alpine - Guided Road Cycling Holiday


  • Legendary Tour de France challenges every day
  • The unusual Casse Déserte landscape at the top of Izoard
  • Paying homage to the Coppi and Bobet memorials
  • Conquering the 9200ft summit of the Cime de la Bonnette, Europe’s highest road
  • Exhilarating high speed descents from Col de l‘Iseran and the Restefond
  • Last night celebrations on the French Riviera

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Day Description Distance Ascent Meals
1 Arrival: Geneva Airport Non Riding Day    
2 Thonon les Bains to Megève 68 Miles / 109 Kms Approx. 2,800 Metres Approx. B  
3 Megève to Val d’Isere 74 Miles / 119 Kms Approx. 3,700 Metres Approx. B L  
4 Val d'Isère to Serre Chevalier 94 Miles / 152 Kms Approx. 3,400 Metres Approx. B  
5 Serre Chevalier to Jausiers 63 Miles / 102 Kms Approx. 2,700 Metres Approx. B L  
6 Jausiers to Puget Rostang 84 Miles / 135 Kms Approx. 3,300 Metres Approx. B  
7 Puget Rostang to Antibes 83 Miles / 134 Kms Approx. 2,500 Metres Approx. B L  
8 Departure: Nice Airport Non Riding Day   B  

Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software

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The Raid Alpine road cycling tour in France begins in Thonon les Bains close to the Swiss border and ends 740km later in Antibes by the shores of the Mediterranean. This is a real challenge which takes in some of the highest mountain roads in Europe and is designed to appeal to experienced riders.
The route takes us over 43 categorized cols, naturally including many made famous by the Tour de France. After arrival in Geneva we transfer to Thonon Les Bains, a picturesque spa town located on the southern shore of Lake Geneva. The following morning we set off and the road rises almost immediately as we leave the tranquility of the lake behind us, tackling numerous minor cols, as we make our way to Notre Dame de Bellecombe.
It’s not exactly a gentle start to the tour, it is however just a small taste of what’s in store during the next few days. As we press onwards the climbs, and, of course, the descents, get longer and more challenging and we will exceed 2,000m in altitude several times, such as the Izoard and the Col de Vars.
We’ll also be tackling Col de L’Iseran and Cime de la Bonnette, which, at over 2,800m stakes a claim as the highest mountain road in Europe. The last couple of days are not without their challenges, however the going does get easier as the altitudes become more 'normal'. Eventually we arrive in Antibes for a dip in the Mediterranean which officially marks the end of our Raid.
WHAT IS THE RAID ALPINE? - The Raid Alpine was devised by Mr George Rossini (who is Italian!) to travel between Thonon and Antibes, his summer and winter homes. He created this route to provide a significant challenge for any keen cyclist to cover some of the best climbs in the French Alps. Due to some problems with the original route, in 2013 he amended the route to include the Telegraph and the Galibier so it now covers the three highest passes in France. In general a Raid is a timed cycling challenge which must be completed within a set time constraint.  

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Last Updated: 08/09/2011