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The Raid Alpine 2015 Cycling Holiday
25th July to 1st August 2015
The Raid Alpine is the sister randonnée to the Raid Dolomites which also starts in Thonon Les bains. The 2015 Raid Alpine is a 740km traverse of the Alps from Thonon-les-Bains next to Lake Geneva, to Antibes on the Mediterranean coast. Join us on our 6 day Alpine Odyssee in July 2015.
Like the Raid Pyrenean, Raid Dolomites and Raid Corsica, the route takes you over many of the cols which feature so prominently in the Tour de France, including the Iseran, Mont Cenis, Izoard, Vars and the Restefond Bonnet.
Antibes and Thonon les Bains are the start and finish locations and the route is to be completed within 7 days so with about 100km per day.
You will be issued with a route card or 'carnet' and the carnet needs to be stamped at various points throughout the Raid. There are 7 obligatory stops;
There is no restriction as to what bike you use as long as it is not assisted mechanically in any way. Small gears are advised.
We use excellent hotels in premium Alpine resorts like Megeve and Val d'Isere. Many of our hotels have outdoor pools for you to relax in after a long day in the saddle. We advertise the name of the hotels in advance so you can have a look before you book.
Planned itinerary:Saturday 25th of July:
Please arrange your own flight to Geneva where our representatives will welcome you in the arrivals terminal and at 12h00hrs, 15h00 and 17h00hrs we will operate transfers for the short distance to our hotel in Thonon-les-bains. Tonight we will stay at the Hotel Cote Sud in Thonon.
After the evening meal there will be a welcome meeting with a free welcome drink and snacks, which will explain in detail about the tour and you will also have the opportunity to meet your fellow riders and reps.Sunday 26th of July: Thonon les Bains to Megeve - 95km with 2036m of climbing
After an early breakfast we will leave the shores of Lake Geneva and head into the Alps with a 95km ride that takes in the climbs of the Col de Jambaz and Col de Ramaz. We will be there to assist you en-route.
This evening we will stay at the excllent 3 star Hotel Au Coeur de Megeve right in the centre of the exclusive ski resort of Megeve.Monday 27th of July: Megeve to Val d'Isere - 117km with 3364m of climbing
Leaving Megeve we will head over to Les Saisies. We climb the Col des Saisies and descend back into the valley to head towards Albertville. From Albertville we will start the climb and pass through the beautiful village of Beaufort (famous for its Cheese) before tackling the Cormet de Roselend, which descends to Bourg St Maurice. From Bourg st Maurice there is a long climb up to Val d'Isere.
This evening we will stay at the 3 star Hotel Bellier in Val d'Isere where you can relax in the outdoor swimming pool late afternoon before having a well deserved evening meal.Tuesday 28th of July: Val d'Isere to Serre Chevalier - Marathon day - 168km with 4302m of climbing
Leaving Val d'Isere we commence the long climb of the Col d'Iseran (one of the highest cols in Europe). After summiting the Col d'Iseran we descend to Lanslebourg where we turn left and climb the Col d Mont Cenis which takes us into Italy. After this we descend to the town of Susa. The day finishes with the Colle Sestriere before getting to Chantemerle in the ski resort of Serre Chevalier
This evening we are at the 3 star Hotel Grand in Chantemerle where you will be happy to rest your weary limbs before sitting down for a big evening meal.Wednesday 29th of July: Briancon to Praloup - 99km with 2339m ascent
You'll pass through Briancon and climb the famous Col de l'Izoard and on the descent you'll go through the scenic Causse Desert and the Coppi Bartoli memorial stone before arriving on the outskirts of Guillestre. After Guillestre you climb the 12km up to Vars
Alternatively you can make the ride longer and harder by starting the day with climbing the Col de Finestre, a climb made famous recently with the passage of the Giro d'Italia and the last 8km is unpaved. From here you descend and then climb to the ski station of Sestriere and descend to Cesana Torinese from where you'll pick up the rest of the route above to Vars. From Vars it's across to Barcelonette and the short climb up to Praloup.
Tonight the hotel is the 3 star Hotel Le Prieure in Praloup with its pool, jacuzzi and sauna.Thursday 30th of July: Praloup to Valberg - 114km with 3059m ascent
Today we climb the Col de la Bonette / Restefond at 2813mts high. Prior to that we start the day with climbing the Col de Vars. From the desolate heights of the Col de la Bonette we plunge to the town of St Etienne de Tinee before climbing 6km to the ski station of Valberg.
This evening we are staying at the 2 star Hotel Chastellan in Valberg.
Friday 31st of July: Valberg to Nice - 150km with 2500m ascent
Saturday 1st of August:
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