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The Trans-Alps Bike Tour Challenge

Cycling in French Alps

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Our Trans-Alps Bike Tour Challenge offers you the opportunity to ride one of the most challenging routes in Europe – across the French Alps from north to south.

And of course, we have to stick to Neenan Cycling – Thomson Bike Tours tradition and follow one of the most challenging routes across the Alps!

For 2016 we’ve made a few changes to our itinerary – Mont Ventoux is now the highlight of the last day (not 1 side – but both sides of the Provencal Giant).

Also included is the dramatic Col de Sarenne – the back-side of Alpe d’Huez.

Day 4 has been re-designed to feature a spectacular route over Les Lacets de Montvernier (a huge success at the 2015 Tour de France), the Col du Chaussy, the Col du Glandon and the Col du Mollard.

We’re always looking to improve our routes and we hope you enjoy the latest evolution of this classic trip!

Join our expert guides in the Alps for the ride of your life – you’ll return home a different rider!

Trip Highlights:

  • Trips available 4th-11th June and 20th-27th August
  • Climb the famous 21 switchbacks to Alpe d’Huez!
  • Conquer the mythical Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence!
  • Conquer the legendary Col du Galibier, one of the Grand Tour legends!
  • Impressive list of must-ride climbs including Madeleine, Glandon, Colombiere, Telegraphe, Sarenne, Joux Plane, Saisies, Aravis
  • Over 65,000ft of climbing in 7 days!
  • As always the top support in the industry!

Top Support in the Industry

Throughout the trip you can relax and enjoy the rides knowing that you have the best Support Team in the industry right behind you all the way!

1 Support Van and 1 experienced ride leader for every 10 clients. And the highest staff to client ratio….1 staff member per 4 clients!

Your daily rides at a glance:

DayRoute SummaryRide DistanceElevation Gain
1Morzine › Col de la Joux Verte › Morzine28km865m
2Morzine › Col de Joux-Plane › Col de la Colombiere › La Clusaz80km2,321m
3La Clusaz › Col des Aravis › Col des Saisies › Col de la Madeleine › St Jean de Maurienne142km3,849m
4St Jean de Maurienne › Lacets de Montvernier › Col du Chaussy › Col du Glandon › Col de la Croix de Fer › Col du Mollard › St Jean de Maurienne98km3,226m
5St Jean de Maurienne › Col du Telegraphe › Col du Galibier › Alpe d'Huez109km3,895m
6Alpe d'Huez › Col de Sarenne › Alpe d'Huez51km1,782m
7Seguret › Mont Ventoux (from Bedoin) › Mont Ventoux (from Malaucene) › Seguret131km3,883m
Total:639km19,821m

Prices:

  • €3,575 per person sharing twin/double
  • Single supplement €550
  • Bike rental €450 + bike insurance €70
  • Non-rider discount -€719 based on sharing twin/double

What’s Included:

  • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Lunch on Day 1 and Day 6
  • Pick-up at Geneva Airport
  • Drop-off at Marseille Airport
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Support vehicles
  • Maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities

Climb these Famous Cols:

In just 1 week climb many of the legendary cols in the Alps! Here are some of the cols included in our itinerary (sorted by Difficulty Index):

ClimbElevation GainAvg GradeLengthDiff Index
Mont Ventoux (from Malaucene)5,036 ft7.2%13.2 miles1317
Mont Ventoux (from Bedoin)5,322 ft7.1%14.1 miles1314
Col de la Madeleine5,062 ft6.3%15.3 miles1204
Col du Glandon4,829 ft6.9%13.2 miles1146
Col du Glandon3,514 ft5.5%12.1 miles1002
Col du Galibier4,085 ft6.9%11.2 miles926
Alpe d'Huez3,579 ft7.7%8.8 miles913
Col de la Colombiere3,635 ft
6.8%10.1 miles864
Col du Chaussy3,383 ft7.4%8.7 miles813
Col de Telegraphe2,808 ft7.3%7.3 miles635
Col de la Joux Verte2,874 ft5.8%9.4 miles585
Col des Saisies2,451 ft5.1%9.2 miles573
Col de Joux Plane2,333 ft6.5%6.8 miles464
Col des Aravis2,841 ft4.6%11.8 miles462
Col du Mollard1,322 ft6.8%3.7 miles312
Lacets de Montvernier909 ft8.5%2 milesN/A

Bike Rental:

The Bianchi Infinito CV is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.

 

 

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