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Sportive Training Camp - Special Etape du Tour

This week is the ideal preparation for the Etape du Tour, Stage 20 of the 2016 Tour de France.

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps —La Clusaz
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Sportives/races
    • Training camp
    • Fixed base
  • Groups up to 16
  • Features
    • Bar
    • Bike shop nearby
    • Bike stand
    • Bike tools
    • Bike wash
    • Covered bike maintenance area
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Family rooms
    • Hot tub
    • Indoor pool
    • Pool table
    • Private parking
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Secure bike storage
    • Steam
    • Terrace
    • TV/DVD
    • Wifi


Arrive on Sunday June 12th and depart the following Saturday, with six nights in the 4* Hotel Beauregard in La Clusaz and five days coaching from Monday to Friday.

There is an option to stay an extra day and ride the Morzine Haut Chablais sportive on Sunday 19 June. This is an excellent local sportive, and highly recommended (see more below).

  • Pick-up from the Geneva airport is between 2 and 4pm on Sun June 12th
  • Drop-off is at Geneva airport before 12pm on Saturday June 18th
  • Pick-up/Drop-off times can be rearranged with sufficient notice

Etape du Tour

This week includes reconnaissance of the route for the Etape du Tour, Stage 20 of the 2016 Tour de France. The route goes directly past our hotel in La Clusaz, starting in Megève and crossing the col des Aravis, the col de la Colombière, the col de la Ramaz and the col de Joux-Plane. This is a very challenging route with each climb getting successively tougher: Joux-Plane has the reputation of being the hardest climb in the northern Alps. The last three descents are unusually challenging for the Etape du Tour, being steep, fast, technical and therefore potentially dangerous.

If you are riding the Etape du Tour in July, prior knowledge of the route through a proper reconnaissance will make a huge difference to your performance and enjoyment of the day.

Morzine Haut-Chablais

We suggest you extend your week to include riding in the Morzine Haut Chablais sportive on Sunday June 19th. We highly recommend this local Alpine event. It includes the col de la Ramaz, which will also be in the Etape du Tour and the Tour de France in 2016. There’s no better way to prepare for an Alpine sportive than riding in one…

What The One Week Alpine Cols package includes?:

  • On-the-bike coaching (maximum group size 8 cyclists per coach, usually much less)
  • On-the-road support vehicle with free energy drinks, gels, bars and snacks, spare wheels and space to offload extra clothes and other kit.
  • Mechanical assistance throughout your stay
  • Alpine Cols Elite cycling jersey
  • Coach’s Corner evening sessions on cycling performance, power meters, climbing/descending techniques, nutrition, recovery and more
  • A full set of photographs taken during the week
  • “Tea and Tall Tales” each afternoon at the Beauregard
  • Six nights in the hotel with free Wi-Fi and access to the swimming pool and spa (sauna, hammam and Jacuzzi)
  • All meals, including unlimited soft drinks, wine or beer during the meal, with the exception of Wednesday lunch
  • Pick-up from Geneva airport, transfer to your hotel and return.

What The One Week Alpine Cols package does not include?:

  • Bike, power meter or high-performance wheel hire.
  • Lunch on Wednesday.
  • Minibar and drinks at the hotel bar.
  • Sports massage at the end of the day.
  • Travel from where you live to and from Geneva airport.


Hotel Beauregard 4*

Your luxury Alpine home away from home

We loved the Beauregard at first sight. Our guests stay here in June and September each year. Our flagship partner hotel is a charming chalet on the edge of the village of La Clusaz. Built in traditional Alpine wood and stone and tastefully decorated throughout, it is set on a slight rise and nestled in a copse of trees, giving it a secluded and exclusive feel. This is a great place to be on holiday!

Helpful staff

The staff are lovely people, warm and welcoming, and thoroughly understand the needs of cyclists. The “Symphonie” restaurant is a real high point, offering excellent food that is great for hungry cyclists. The chef is very flexible and is always ready to cater to specific needs and requests. He also knows how important it is to start the day with an excellent breakfast!

The terrace The terrace is THE place for evening cocktails in La Clusaz, with breathtaking views to the forested slopes of Beauregard on the other side of the valley. Many of the recently-refurbished rooms enjoy this view from their private balconies. Luxurious and comfortable, they provide an excellent night’s sleep after a day on the cols.

Pool and mini-spa

Swim in the pool or relax in the sauna, hammam or Jacuzzi: all perfect for soothing away the aches and pains of a hard day’s ride. As at its sister hotel Alpen Roc, access to all facilities, as well as free Wi-Fi, is included in your stay.

The top hotel in La Clusaz

For us, the 4* Beauregard is the top hotel in La Clusaz. After a week here with us, we are sure you will understand why.


La Clusaz is almost unique in the Alps in offering no fewer than five different roads out of the village, in five different directions. There is no better base from which to cycle the Alps.

The summits of three well-known climbs from the Tour de France are within less than 20 km of cycling, and in total there are thirteen major Tour de France climbs that can be reached directly by bike from la Clusaz. In a typical week, we climb nine of these.

In total there are at least 27 climbs that can be managed by any moderately fit rider in a day’s ride from our base.

During the Etape du Tour training camp, amongst many other climbs we will of course ride the entire Etape, which includes the following cols: - Col des Aravis - Col de la Colombiere - Col de la Ramaz - Col de Joux-Plane