TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLE CHALLENGE 1
LAKE GENEVA TO ALPE D'HUEZ
Saturday 4th to Friday 10th August 2012
Sports Tours International is the number one provider of travel to the Tour de France. We organise many Tours around the Tour when it is on in July.
To give our riders the opportunity to re-live some of the Tour de France’s most exciting stages outside of the busy July Tour de France period we have put together 2 great itineraries in the month of August.
You can do one or both Tours as they are running back to back. The first Tour is Lake Geneva to Alpe d’Huez from the 4th of August until the 10th of August and the second Tour is the Grenoble to Mont Ventoux from the 11th of August until the 18th of August.
From the crystal waters of Lake Geneva this tour will take you over some classic Tour de France climbs such as the Col de la Colombiere, Col de Madeleine, Col du Galibier and up to the finish at the ski station of l’Alpe d’Huez.
On certain days there will be the option of flatter routes.
Saturday 4th August:
Arrange your own flight to Geneva. On arrival you will be met by our rep, and at 12.00hrs and 17.00hrs we will operate coach transfers for the short distance to our hotel in Thonon les Bains (Lake Geneva), where we will spend 2 nights. After the evening meal there will be a welcome meeting where we will go through the tour in detail..
Sunday 5th August: Lake Geneva circuit rides
The tour will commence with a variety of rides to suit your tastes, all based along the shores of Lake Geneva. We will spend our 2nd night in Thonon les Bains.
Monday 6th August:
Thonon les Bains to La Clusaz 85km
Today we head to the mountains with an 85km ride from Thonon les Bains to the pretty Alpine ski town of La Clusaz. En route you will climb the Col de Jambaz and the Col de la Colombiere.
Tuesday 7th August:
Le Grand Bornand to La Lechere 85km
Continuing our journey through the Alps there will be the option of two routes, the first being a 85km ride over the Col des Aravis and Col des Saisies from La Clusaz to La Lechere (Moutiers). The second option is a 70km flatter route alongside the beautiful Lake Annecy from La Clusaz to La Lechere.
Wednesday 8th August:
La Lechere to Valoire 80km
Today we will climb 2 mountains in an 80km ride from La Lechere to the Alpine ski town of Valloire. The first mountain is the Col de la Madeleine and the second is the Col du Telegraph, both of which feature prominately in the routes of the Tour de France.
Thursday 9th August:
Valloire to L’Alpe d’Huez 76km
The most spectacular days cycling is saved for last as you will climb the mighty Col du Galibier, followed by a 45km descent!!! to Bourg d’Oisans and then 13km and 21 hairpin bends to the ski station of Alpe d’Huez. By going to the tourist info in Bourg d’Oisans you will be able to time your assent of the famous Tour de France mountain. We shall spend the night on Alpe d’Huez with a celebratory evening meal.
Friday 10th August:
Transfer to Geneva airport by coach for your flight back to the UK. We will arrive at Geneva airport at about 11.00hrs.
You may want to continue your holiday and join our Tour de France cycle challenge 2, Grenoble to Mont Ventoux. If you do this then today you will be able to ride from Alpe d’Huez to our hotel in Grenoble either directly or via the Col d’Ornon. You will then spend 1 extra night in Grenoble and meet the Grenoble to Mont Ventoux group on Saturday 11th August. This extra night will be complimentary since you will be booking our two tours back to back.
Summit of the Col de la Madeleine
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: £369
- Return Airport transfers from Geneva to Grenoble.
- Maps and Route description
- Energy products throughout the tour
- Mountain profiles
- Tour de France history for each stage
- Vehicle support
- Transport of luggage
- 6 Nights Bed & Buffet Breakfast in various hotels based on 2 persons per room
- 6 evening meals
- Services of our STI guides, 1 driver and 1 bike guide
HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person. 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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