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The Raid Alpine 2014 Cycling Holiday

2nd to 9th August 2014

The Raid Alpine is the sister randonnée to the Raid Dolomites which also starts in Thonon Les bains. The 2014 Raid Alpine is a 740km traverse of the Alps from Thonon-les-Bains next to Lake Geneva, to Antibes on the Mediterranean coast.

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.

You will leave Thonon-les-Bains on the Sunday and the aim of the Randonnee is to complete the distance in 7 days, covering an average of 100km per day, thus arriving in Nice on the Friday.
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:

Saint Vallier de Thiey
Beuil
Col d'Izoard
Colle di Sestriere with option, Arêches, Arâches (restaurant le Matefan)
le Praz de Lys
Sur le Mont.

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.

Every particpant will receive a superb medal on completion of the Raid.

There will be 2 support vehicles. A van will carry your luggage each day from overnight stop to overnight stop, and there will be a mini bus which will give rider support and it will also act as a back up vehicle.

Accommodation has been booked at equidistant locations, on Half-Board basis (Bed, Breakfast and evening Meal) at 3 and 4 star hotels.

Planned itinerary:

Saturday 2nd of August:
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 which will explain in detail about the tour and you will also have the opportunity to meet your fellow riders and reps.

Sunday 3rd of August - 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 4th of August - 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 to Val d'Isere.

This evening we will stay at the 3 star Hotel Altitude in Val d'Isere where you can relax in the outdoor swimming pool late afternoon before having a well deserved evening meal.

Tuesday 5th of August - Val d'Isere to Briancon - Marathon day - 168km with 4302m of climbing
Leaving Val d'Isere we commence the long climb of the Col de 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 Plein Sud in Chantemerle where you will be happy to rest your weary limbs in the outdoor pool before sitting down for a big evening meal.

Wednesday 6th of August - 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 7th of August - 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 3 star Hotel Chalet Suisse in Valberg.

Friday 8th of August - Valberg to Nice - 150km with 2500m ascent
The scenery is spectacular as we exit the Alps passing through numerous gorges and enter the countryside of the Alpes Maritimes.

Tonight's hotel is the Novotel in Nice.

Saturday 9th of August:
Short transfer from the hotel to Nice airport for your return flight.

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£899 per person, based on two people sharing a Twin room.
Single supplement for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room: £349.

Included:

  • 7 nights of hotel accommodation on a Half Board basis at 3 star hotels
  • Raid Alpine carnet and medal on completion
  • Packed lunches and water each riding day
  • Daily nutrition pack with gels, bars and Isotonic drink
  • Airport transfers for you and your bike
  • Bike storage at the hotels
  • Maps and GPX files of the route
  • Support of our vehicles along the route
  • The services of our representatives

Not Included:

  • Flights to Geneva and from Nice.
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than those specified
  • Any hotel extras (room service / telephone / mini-bar, etc.)
  • Drinks with meals

HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a 30% non-refundable deposit of per person, which is non-returnable once booked. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:
Visas are not required to enter France. You need a passport to enter France. As a British passport holder you may stay as a visitor for three months. General Travel Information is available also.
All other non-UK passport holders must check their own country's entry requirements for France.
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