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France - Tour de France

France - Tour de France

Degree of difficulty - C

We are absolutely delighted to see the Tour de France on our doorsteps in July 2018! This gives us 3 full days at the Tour riding the routes before the race arrives later in the day. This is quite an experience riding through throngs of camper vans and spectators where the atmosphere is something special
Our  Tour de France week is aimed at keen, motivated riders.  We have limited numbers and the Tour de France week is always booked out early so if you want to register your interest it is best to do so now.

This trip is designed to allow a variety of rider levels to enjoy the unique experience of both watching the Tour de France but also to ride part of the route prior to the pros arriving later in the day. These are memorable experiences and we are likely to witness the winning moves of the race. Each day, as ever, we have full support allowing stronger cyclists to ride faster and longer while the other riders can take in shorter rides at their own pace.

On non Tour de France days we ride about 100km with 1500m of climbing taking in legendary Tour climbs. On the Tour days, of which there are 3, we will follow the route prior to the pros (riding from 80 to 100km per day) before finding a good spot to watch the race. If partners or non cyclists would like to join this trip you are more than welcome. You can still enjoy the Tour days and take in the mountains and enjoy the variety of activities available in this beautiful alpine village.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.


Day 1 Saturday  14 July Arrival
Arrive at Geneva . 2-hour long transfer to our luxurious chalet base in Courchevel Le Praz.

You can then put the bikes together or pick up your hire bikes. Our technicians are there to help if need be. Afternoon tea on arrival and three-course evening meal prepared by our resident chef.

Day 2 Sunday 15 July
Our first days riding takes us up to the Col de Petit St Bernard. Its a relatively easy climb but its a  long and scenic route to the Italian border with some stunning views of Mont Blanc. We then descend to La Thuile for some lunch and climb from the other side. There are options to do more or less as you prefer. Its back to the chalet for afternoon tea and a soak in the hot tub before dinner.

Day 3 Monday 16 July
The tour has its rest day in Annecy so we will ride part of Wednesday’s route. On our agenda is the Col de Pre and the Cormet de Roseland. This is one of the most beautiful circuits in this part of the Alps and with the Tour there the next day the route will be besieged with camper vans which make for a fabulous ambience.

Day 4 Tuesday 17 July
The stage starts in Annecy today and the plan to ride the Col de la Croix Fry then watch the race come over the summit. Once the race has passed we will have time to ride on towards Le Grand Bornand and watch the race finish.

Day 5 Wednesday 18 July
The stage starts in Albertville this morning and it follows the route we will already have ridden on Monday. Our day will take us to the summit finish in the ski station of La Rosiere and it's a road we know very well. We will ride the last climb and then find a good spot to watch the race finish. As ever there are options to do more riding if you want to or simply enjoy the atmosphere on the mountain.

Day 6 Thursday 19 July
Today is all about the Alpe d’Huez. We will start the day with a 10 km flat spin to the base of the climb and then you have the opportunity to ride the Alpe before the race comes through later. I’m sure everyone has seen this on the TV but its quite an experience (especially at Dutch corner). You can then chose where you want to watch – either on the hill or drop down to Bourg d’Oisans and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

Day 7 Friday 20 July
The race leaves the Alps today but we will ride part of yesterday’s route tackling the Col de la Madeleine! We can ride out from the chalet and enjoy an easy warm up before taking on the 26 km monster! There is a great lunch stop at the summit before the long descent back to Moutiers and perhaps a nice beer in town to finish the week!

Day 8 Saturday 21 July departure
After breakfast transfer to Geneva for flight home.  Ideally book flights in the afternoon.

*Please note if you only want to ride part of each day, this is easily organised. There are easier options and the minibus support is always available with drinks, energy drinks and bars.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

€1,325 per person sharing
€1,580 single occupancy
€950 per person sharing non cyclists

Road bike rental €200
(Shimano 105 or Ultegra Groups sets on a triple chain set.
Bikes will be either Carbon or lightweight Aluminium frames.)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation
- All breakfast
- 7x 3 course evening meals with wine
- Snacks & drinks enroute
- Luggage transfers
- Full support on training rides
- All rides with guides
- Amazing terrain following Tour routes
- Return transfers - Geneva Airport


Self Guided Tour Information

We stay for the whole tour in the same accommoadation- the luxurious Chalet Nicola! It is big stand alone chalet in the alpine village of Courchevel Le Praz (altitude 1300m).  It has a huge balcony and has the added bonus of having a hot tub for post ride relaxation. We use one of our winter chefs to provide high quality catering.

Chalet Nicola Chalet Nicola1

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For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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It was a fantastic trip and an amazing experience. Everything about the trip was top class. The support on the rides and the bike couldn't have been better. The food was extraordinarily good both quantity and quality. The chalet was spotless, comfortable and in a beautiful location. It was as close as you could get to being in a professional cycling team.
A trip that I would definitely go on again.

Thomas Garrahy (Tour de France group 2013)

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