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Alpine Workshop

Our Alpine Workshops are a great way to enjoy great riding and learn at the same time.

  • Basic homestays
  • French Alps —Plagne Montchavin
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Fixed base
  • Features
    • Covered bike maintenance area
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Garden
    • Secure bike storage
    • Uncovered bike maintenance area

Service

Our Alpine Workshops are a great way to enjoy great riding and learn at the same time. Spectacular guided rides in the day under the watchful eye of a qualified coach. Evening lectures to inform and improve performance. The perfect combination for the keen rider wishing to get better.

This trip combines the coaching aspect of the Alpine Workshop with the opening of the big cols as they are cleared of snow. A spectacular finale is likely on this trip with snow lined cols waiting to be conquered.

The schedule

Tuesday May 31

Arrive Geneva airport (aim to book a flight arriving between 1300 and 1600). Collection by minibus and return to our Tarentaise base (transfer time approx 2 hours). Make up bikes, briefing, dinner

Wednesday June 1 - Saturday June 4

These 4 days will each involve rides of 90-120km and 2000 -2500m of climbing. A typical day will involve a ride start at around 9am. In the saddle for 4-5 hours with breaks on top. The exact itinerary will be dependent on weather and rider levels. This is an exciting time of year when, typically, the big cols are starting to open after the winter snows are cleared. Climbs that are likely to be on the agenda will be Col du Petit St Bernard, Cormet de Roselend, Col de la Madeleine, Col de Tamié and Col des Saisies. Each day’s riding will be followed by afternoon tea back at base, optional massage (additional cost) followed by a review/lecture on different subjects each day. These will include such areas as climbing/descending techniques, training plans, tactics, bike set up and mental approaches to improving performance.

Sunday June 5

Another substantial day on the bike, we’ll finish riding a little earlier than previous days to allow us to pack our bikes. We’ll head to Geneva with a view to catching flights from 1800 onwards.

What’s included?

  • Transfers from and to Geneva airport
  • 5 nights half board accommodation (twin share)chalet or neighbouring gites
  • Breakfast, afternoon tea, 4 course dinner including wine
  • 5 fully guided rides with vehicle support (subject to minimum 4 riders)
  • Energy drink powder, bananas, pastries in the vehicle
  • Evening lectures from qualified coach

What’s not included?

  • Flights
  • Lunches (these will tend to be very inexpensive at bakeries/snack bars etc

Who is this trip aimed at?

This trip allows for a variety of rider levels to enjoy themselves due to the centre based nature of the riding. Riders may have previous experience of riding in the Alps but it is not essential. The main prerequisite is being happy to be in the saddle for 4-6 hours each day. As with all our trips, our job is to manage the differences in riders’ fitness levels and ensure that stronger riders are sufficiently challenged whilst lower level riders can still ride at a pace that suits them. There will be longer/shorter ride options for different rider levels.

VAM rating

This trip is the most ‘inclusive’ of all our trips where we can cater for a variety of levels. Anyone with an ability to climb at a rate of 600 metres/hour or more can enjoy this trip

Accommodation

Our renovated farmhouse is situated in the the quiet village of Bellentre, 6km from Bourg St Maurice. This chalet, in conjunction with neighbouring gites provides a perfect base for up to 10 guests on our trips. Great home cooking, lots of space and a very friendly atmosphere guaranteed.

In the basement of the chalet we have a well equiped workshop and loads of storage area for bikes.Outside is a lovely garden to unwind after the day’s work!

Our location in the valley floor is simply as good as it gets for alpine road cycling. Cormet de Roselend, Col du Petit St Bernard, Col d’Iseran, Col de la Madeleine and many others all start here! Other classics like the Galibier and Alpe d’Huez are also close enough to be regular challenges on our tours.

Location

Alpine Cadence is based in Bellentre, a small village near the town of Bourg St Maurice. Our location in the Tarentaise region of the French Alps offers a tantalising selection of classic rides available on the doorstep. Regular Tour de France cols such as the Madeleine, Iseran, Cormet de Roselend, Petit St Bernard and summit finishes in La Plagne, Les Arcs and Courchevel all contribute to the region’s awesome reputation.

A little further afield we have spectacular riding around Lake Annecy, the Aravis, Colombiere, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Telegraph and Galibier.

It’s important to note that our Bellentre base is situated in the base of the valley. This means that all our rides can start with flat terrain to warm up and tired, weary riders will always be able to ride home at the end of the day after all the mountain exploits.

This area is, quite simply, as good as it gets for road cycling. A fantastic selection of varying climbs and valley rides that are perfect both for training and great memories.

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