Geneva - Alpe d'Huez Cycling - 18 August

Physical rating: Challenging 

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From 18 years old - Group size: 4 - 10

Accomodation: Standard 

8-Day Trip - Departure 18 August 2018

This guided cycling trip will take you from the shores of Lake Geneva to the world-famous Alpe d'Huez and its epic 21 hairpin bends. With full vehicle support and luggage transfer, you'll climb some of France's most famous cols: Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Croix de Fer, and Alpe d'Huez, as well as discover some amazing climbs such as the Col de Cou and Col de la Ramaz.
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS – 6 cycling days

Lake Geneva

Day 1:  ARRIVAL - transfer to hotel
Arrive at Geneva  Airport and transfer to your hotel on the shores of lake Geneva.
Dinner not incl.

 

Tour de France climbs

Day 2: Anthy (374m) – Les Gets (1200m)
Today’s destination is Les Gets, near Morzine in the Mont Blanc region. The ride starts easily, before taking in the Col de Cou (1116m; 9,2km at 5% avg; 9% max –  featured 5 times in the Tour de France) a quiet col with a relatively gentle gradient, ideal for starting your trip! Take in the magnificent views of Lake Geneva from the col, before heading to Onnion for a fabulous ride overlooking the Arve valley, then onto the Col de la Ramaz (1608m) with fabulous views of the Mont Blanc chain. Descent to your hotel in les Gets
Distance: 68 km     Ascent: 2253 m
Breakfast incl.    Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

Col de la Colombière

Day 3: Les Gets (1200m) to la Clusaz (1040m)
You’ll leave les Gets with a short climb before descending to Samoëns and crossing the Arve Valley at Cluses. At Scionzer start the climb to the Col de la Colombière (1613m; 16,2km at 6,8% avg, 10% max) and on to le Grand Bornand and la Clusaz.
Distance: 76 km     Ascent: 2350 m
Breakfast incl.    Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

Lac de Roselend

Day 4:  La Clusaz (1200m) to Arêches (1000m)Today’s epic ride takes you to the Col des Aravis (1486m; 8km at 5,6% avg; max 9%) another Tour de France classic, before heading on to  Flumet and the Col des Saisies (1657m; 15km at 5% avg; 11% max) then the Col de Meraillet (1605m, 12km at 7,3% avg; 8,4% max) and the Lac de Roselend, with fabulous views of the surrounding mountain ranges.Distance: 73m     Ascent: 2500 mBreakfast incl.    Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

 

Col de la Madeleine

Day 5: Arêches (1000m) to St Jean de Maurienne (550m)Another epic ride! First a long descent to Albertville followed by a gentle ride along the valley. After around 40km, at Feissons, start the climb to the Col de la Madeileine (1993m; 24,5km at 6,3% avg; 12% max). The start of the climb goes through shaded forest, then at la Thuile you enter the Alpages with the col visible in the distance – magnificent views! A long descent to the Maurienne valley & St Jean to finish the ride.Distance: 97km     Ascent: 2225 mBreakfast incl.    Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

 

 

Col du Galibier

Day 6: St Jean de Maurienne (550m) to Bourg d’Oisans (720m)
Today you will climb the massive and iconic Col du Galibier (2642m; 34,9km from St Michel in the valley; 5,5%avg, 10,5% max) via the Col du Télégraphe (12km from St Michel; 7% avg, 10% max) and Valloire. Descend towards the Col du Lautaret (2057m) and from there a long descent to the Lac du Chambon. See the Alpe d’Huez towering above to your right as you enter Bourg d’Oisans.
Distance: 95 km     Ascent: 3190 m
Breakfast incl.    Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

Alpe d'Huez

Day 7: Bourg d’Oisans to Alpe d’huez
For your last day tackle the mytrhical Alpe d’huez and its 21 hairpin bends. As a warmup climb the Col d’Ornon (1367m, 11km at 5,8% avg, 8,6% max). Then head back down to Bourg d’Oisans for the Alpe d’Huez (1815m, 14km at 8%avg,  10% max), and from there on to the Col de Sarenne (1999m) and a fabulous return to Bourg d’Oisans via the balcony route of Auris, with magnificent views of the valley. 
Distance: 85 km     Ascent: 2950 m    
Breakfast incl.    Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

Farewell!

Day 8 - Farewell! Transfer to Lyon airport
Transfer to Lyon aiport in the morning. Bon Voyage!

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