Tour du Mont Blanc

This incredible 5 day ride circumnavigates the Mont Blanc massif whilst incorporating 500km of mythical cols on the way.

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Tour du Mont Blanc

This incredible 5 day ride circumnavigates the Mont Blanc massif whilst incorporating 500km of mythical cols on the way.

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps / Italian Alps —Plagne Montchavin > Bourg-Saint-Maurice
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 12
  • Challenging riding
  • Mountain cols
  • Distances
    • 100-150km/day
    • 75-100km/day
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms

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A spectacular journey taking us through France, Italy and Switzerland. Tour de France fans will relish the fact that most of the climbs that we do on days 3 and 4 will be raced on in the Tour de France just 6 weeks later.

Tour du Mont Blanc involves 5 consecutive days of challenging riding. In our experience 5 days is manageable for most riders and some of the riders on this trip will be riding in the Alps for the first time.

Each day on this trip involves an average of 95km and 2300m of climbing. As well as being a great trip in it’s own right, this tour would be ideal preparation for riders planning to ride big events a few weeks later like the Etape du Tour or Marmotte.

VAM rating

Riders on this trip should be capable of climbing at a rate of at least 600 metres/hour for sustained periods.

Itinerary

Wednesday June 8

  • We’ll pick you from Geneva airport, arrivals ideally from 1pm to 4pm.
  • You’ll be driven to our Tarentaise base, where you’ll get plenty of time to make up bikes, have a hearty dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Thursday June 9: Bellentre (FR) to Courmayeur (IT)- 96 km 2100m climbing (including Colle San Carlo)

  • Our first day starts with a gentle ascent to Bourg St Maurice.
  • This is where the high mountain action really kicks off as we climb the 28kms of the Col du Petit St Bernard (2188m). This takes us into Italy and a beautiful descent into the ski resort of la Thuile.
  • Our descent continues to the pretty spa town of Pre St Didier where our hotel for the night awaits us.
  • For those that still have fresh legs there will be the opportunity to ride up the valley to Courmayeur for a cappucino and wonderful views of Mont Blanc and it’s glaciers.
  • Another potential extra challenge is the Colle San Carlo, of Giro d’Italia fame, that we can incorporate into the latter part of the day’s ride.

Friday June 10: Courmayeur (IT) to Champex Lac (CH) - 105 km 2500m climbing

  • The day starts with around 35 of kms of flat and gentle descent that takes us into Aosta.
  • Then, the climb to the Col du Grand St Bernard awaits us, over 30 kms of climbing up to an altitude of 2469m.
  • We cross into Switzerland and enjoy a fantastic fast descent down to Orsieres.
  • We’ll climb again to reach our overnight stop in the pretty lakeside town of Champex Lac.

Saturday June 11: Champex (CH) to Megeve (FR) - 97 km 2300m climbing.

  • (120 km and 3200m including Emosson)
  • We start by descending to Martigny before tackling our first climb of the day, the Col de la Forclaz, 1526m.
  • At this stage there will be the option of the major and spectacular climbs up to the Barrage d’Emosson. This climb is being used as a summit finish in the 2016 Tour de France.
  • After descending from the Emosson we’ll head through the French border followed by another short climb up the Col des Montets, 1461m.
  • Then we descend into the Chamonix valley with fantastic glaciers spilling down on our left side. On we go to our next climb up to St Gervais and on to Megeve.

Sunday June 12: Megeve to Megeve - 90km 2000m climbing

  • Today we’ll scale the Col des Aravis and the Col de la Colombiére, both included in this years Tour de France.
  • A beautiful circuit that will culminate on the same road that will be used on the crucial Sallanches-Megeve time trial in the Tour de France.

Monday June 13: Megeve (FR) to Bourg St Maurice (FR) - 93 km 2500m climbing

  • Three classic cols to conquer today as we continue and complete our big circuit.
  • First the Col des Saisies, 1650m, followed by the Col du Pre, 1748m, and Cormet de Roselend, 1967m.
  • A spectacular day to finish our circuit and passing through the towns of Beaufort and Bourg St Maurice.
  • Then it’s back to base camp in Bellentre to enjoy our final dinner together and celebrate our achievements.

Tuesday June 14

  • Transfers back to Geneva at 10am with a view to catching flights from 2pm.

What’s included?

  • Fully supported rides (mechanical assistance, vehicle support, coaching, guides, snacks, energy drinks).
  • 6 nights twin share accommodation, 2 in our Tarentaise base with breakfast, afternoon tea and cakes and three course evening meal with wine. 4 nights in comfortable hotels in Courmayeur, Champex and Megeve (2 nights).
  • Onward transport of baggage to next accommodation.
  • Transfers to and from Geneva airport.
  • Informal evening lectures from a qualified cycling coach offering training advice in preparation for cycling events

What’s not included?

  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Who is this trip aimed at?

Accommodation back to top

6 nights twin share accommodation, 2 in our Tarentaise base with breakfast, afternoon tea and cakes and three course evening meal with wine. 4 nights in comfortable hotels in Courmayeur, Champex and Megeve (2 nights).

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About French Alps

Picturesque villages and famous cols in the Savoie and Haute Savoie.

About Italian Alps

​Some of Europe’s most dramatic mountains with quiet roads and legendary cols to conqueror.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Energy Snacks
  • Guide
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Mechanic
  • Professional Coach
  • Transfers
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