Overview

Experience the French Alps and the greatest climbs of the Tour de France. You’ve seen these legendary climbs on TV, now it’s time to put your self up to the challenge. This tour is all about logging the miles and tackling the toughest climbs. Our tour starts off in the charming region of Lake Annecy for the start of our riding. Before tackling the biggest climbs we spend 2 days on the lake warming up on some small but equally breathtaking climbs around the lake region. Then climb over the Col de la Madeleine and into the heart of the Rhone Valley. The next few days are spent climbing the epic cols of the Galibier, Telegraph, Alpe d’Huez, and the Croix de Fer. We’ll even spend one night in Le Bourg d’Oisans, a cycling mecca of the Tour de France located at the base of Alpe d’Huez. This region of France is a true cyclists paradise, with stunning scenery, epic climbs, scrumptious French cuisine and locally produced wine.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Experience Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Mileage: 50 to 70 mi / day

Dates:

July 31 - Aug 7, 2017

Package Price:

$3,350

Single supplement:

$495

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Itinerary

Day 1: Foothills warm up – 25 mi (40 km)

Meet in lake Annecy. After we build our bikes, test out your climbing legs in the foothills surrounding our hotel. Tonight we will enjoy a great dinner prepared by our hotel’s chef, talk about the tour and pass out maps and Jerseys.

Day 2: Semnoz loop – 45 mi (72 km) Altitude Gain: 5,000′ (1500 m) via Col de Leschaux

We will start today’s ride on lake Annecy. From 1,500 feet elevation (460 m) we ride along the lake to it’s west side and climb the col de Leschaux at 2,950′ (900 m) and continue up along the Montagne du Semnoz with beautiful views looking directly over the lake. The highpoint for today is 5,580′ (1700 m). After the summit we continue around the lake and back to the hotel. Optional shorter loops are possible turning back to the lake after Leschaux.

Day 3: Aravis loop – 70 mi (113 km) Altitude Gain: 6,000′ ( 1,830 m) via Col de la Forclaz & Aravis

Today is another loop ride from Annecy making for a relaxing 2 nights stay. Today’s ride starts with a sudden but spectacular climb of the col de Forclaz with magnificent high bluffs and steep mountain tops all around. Our first accent takes us to 3,800 ft (1,150 m) and back down to the valley. A second equally challenging climb takes us along the foothills to the base of the col des Aravis. From here we have our third climb of the day and tackle this 5,000 ft (1,490 m) pass. Our last 25 miles are all down back to the lake.

Day 4: Annecy to St Jean de Maurienne – 75 mi (120 km) Altitude Gain: 6,600′ (2,000 m) via Col de la Madeleine

Our ride to St Jean de Maurienne takes us south from Annecy and up over the col de Tamie which is a leisurely 3,000 ft (900 m) pass and down through Albertville. Continue south along the valley to the base of the Col de la Madeleine at 1,450 ft elevation. Climb 26 km with an average gradient of 6.1% to the summit at 6,540 ft (2000 m). Descend into the valley and to our hotel in St Jean de Maurienne.

Day 5: Galibier out & back – 60 mi (97 km) Altitude Gain: 7,500′ (2,290 m)

Simply stated today is pretty tough. Today’s epic ride will conquer the col du Telegraphe and Galibier. A seemingly endless day of climbing. After the summit we return to the hotel for another night in St Jean de Maurienne.

Day 6: Ride to Bourg D’Oisans – 65 mi (105 km) Altitude Gain: 7,500′ (2,290 m) via Col de la Croix de Fer

From St Jean de Maurienne we climb the col de la Croix de Fer a 6,800 ft(2067 m) pass and continue down the valley to the base of Alpe D’Huez in Bourg D’Oisans. Bourg D’Oisans is a mecca for all cyclists with the look and feel of the Tour de France.

Day 7: Alpe d’Huez climb – 22 mi (35 km)

Climb of the Alpe d’Huez and transfer back to Geneva.

Day 8: Departure

Today is the day for departures. Depending on you flight schedule additional cycling is available.

Trip Details

Package Includes:

  • Fully supported with accommodations
  • Support vehicles
  • Tour jersey and water bottles
  • Breakfasts and dinners included
  • Arrival and departures from the Geneva airport by shuttle

Climbing Highlights:

  • Alpe d’Huez
  • Col de la Croix de Fer
  • Col du Galibier
  • Col du Telegraphe
  • Col de la Madeleine

Our groups are kept small so reserve your spot soon. To make your reservation please submit your reservation form along with a credit card deposit of $300. Note: deposits are refundable within 3 months prior to the tour date minus a $100 processing fee. Final amount will be due 3 months prior to the tour departure date.

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To Sign Up Please email  Tobias@gftours.com Please include tour name, dates, and how many are in your group.

Once you have reserved your tour an account will be created for you that will be used to track and update your customer information required for your tour. This will include your contact information, rider profile and various tour options. You will be able to view or update your information at any time.

Final payments are due 3 months prior to the tour date. These can be paid by check or credit card. Checks can be sent to the address below.

Checks:

Payable to: Granfondo Cycling Tours

9939 Hibert St #105

San Diego, CA 92131

Or by Credit Card (Visa / Master Card)

Travel insurance … also known as trip insurance, is recommended for anyone traveling in a foreign country. They are relatively low cost and can protect against unexpected cancellations and depending on the company can provide additional medical coverage, property damage, theft etc. For our tours we recommend CSA Travel Protection. When purchasing please mention that you are with our group. Agent initials CAP and producer code W8000182.

Airfare assistance … For a good source on tickets you can contact Connoisseur Consolidators 1-888-646-6522. If you call, please let them know you are with Granfondo Cycling Tours.

Cancellation Policy … In the event that you have to cancel your trip the following rules apply to regularly scheduled tours. Private tours may have additional guidelines.

    • 100% of deposit refunded within 30 day of payment
    • $100 administration fee within 3 months prior to tour start date
    • 50% refund within 1 month prior to the tour start date
    • Medical emergencies are on a case by case bases
    • Travel insurance is always recommended