Classic Climbs of the Alps

Attack giant mountains like Alpe d'Huez and the Galibier and set personal bests on this 7 day cycling tour.

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Classic Climbs of the Alps

Attack giant mountains like Alpe d'Huez and the Galibier and set personal bests on this 7 day cycling tour.

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps —Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux > Gap
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 20
  • Grade
    • Moderate riding
    • Challenging riding
  • Style
    • Mountain cols
    • Rolling hills

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Itinerary Classic Climbs of the Alps 2016

Day 1

We’ll meet at our hotel. For those who want to have an airport or train station pick up at Grenoble please contact us. We will collect you and we`ll bring you to our Three Star Hotel in Grenoble, well-known as “the Capital of the Alps” and also the starting point for our Cycle The Alps Tour. Pick up will be at 11:00 and 16:00 . A welcome drink and evening dinner will be provided. The tour leader will explain the coming activities and itinerary for this Cycle The Alps Tour.

Day 2

Bike the Alps! A big day for all cycling fans and enthusiasts. In the morning we’ll leave Grenoble behind us and you will be dropped at the foot of Alpe d`Huez. Cycle the Alpe d’Huez, twenty-one hairpins, 13.8 climbing kilometres (8.5 miles) are waiting for you. Set your personal best time in this challenging stage. After Alpe d’Huez summit we continue to the top of Col de Sarenne and descend slowly all the way down to the footsteps of the scenic countryside road to Les Deux Alps. Did you love your Cycling in the Alps day? Evening at leisure

Day 3

Expect a hard day in the saddle; the second day of biking the Alps, if you like climbing this will be your day. After breakfast we descend some 18 km (11 miles) to Bourg d`Oisans and follow our way to Allemond.This tiny little village is the starting point to the Col de la Croix de Fer. It’s a very irregular climb with many undulations and some flat sections. Although the Croix de Fer climbs is not the hardest, it is perhaps the most scenic. Hopefully we will cycling the Alps with a clear blue sky and breath-taking views. Relax at the restaurant on top before you freewheel downhill to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. After our exciting Cycling in the Alps day,you’ll enjoy a gastronomic French haute cuisine and chat with your new bicycle friends.

Day 4

Once again a tough day, after spending the night in one of the most famous Tour de France towns Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne we spread our wings again. Day four of cycling in the Alps and it will be a very hard day with Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier in front of us. After our breakfast buffet we take the D1006 to Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne. From here it’s all the way up to Col du Telegraphe. The climb will be 11.8 km (7.3 miles) long and the top is at 1566 meters (5138 ft). You descend to Valloire and from there the real works begins with Climbing the Galibier. You will need all your energy for the 18 km (11.2 miles) ascent. Col du Galibier summit is at 2645 meters (8678 ft).When you cycle the Alps at this altitude the snow can fall every day of the year ….so be prepared! Always with riding the Alps the scenery on top is magnificent, enjoy the views and get ready for the 38 km (23.6 miles) downhill to Briancon. On our way back we will be passing Col du Lautaret, also several picturesque villages with traditional French Chalets and lovely green fields… cycling France is fun.Briancon is perhaps the most interesting town on the route. Why? .. Find out later! Here we do an overnight and we will discover and savour the French Haute cuisine.

Day 5

This day is slightly easier than yesterday’s stage and you take on one enormous monster …Col de Izoard. Climbing the Izoard, this huge giant is accessible via D902 and connects Briancon on the north valley of the Guil in Quevras and ends at Guillestre south valley.The first 10 km (6.2miles) of climbing the Izoard are quite easy where the gradient isn’t that steep but your legs should be more warmed up for the second more difficult part.Underway the road is surrounded by forest on your After 20 km (12.4miles) you will reach the summit at 2361 meters (7746ft) …this is cycling in the Aps on his best! From the top you descend to Guillestre passing the breath-taking landscape of the Casse Deserte… a beautiful Day of Cycling in the Alps. A bit further the whole route is full of spectacular gorges and green forests can be seen all over. The last leg to Embrun of our Bike ride in the Alps,there won`t be any long climb to tackle anymore however the road still goes up.This evening you can spend on your own in lovely Embrun.

Day 6

After so many hard days, today’s stage is a time to relax and enjoy. We step on our bike at our Hotel on the banks of beautiful Lac de Serre-Poncon. We follow the quiet countryside road to the pleasant little village Chorges before we tackle Col de Moissière. Fortunately the last part is through the shady forest all the way down to the tiny resorts like Ancelle and St Léger-les-Mélèzes. From here ist only some 20km back to our hotel in Gap. Here is where we will stay in our charming boutique hotel in the middle of the beautiful French landscape. In the evening we will have a delicious farewell dinner and there will be lots of time to converse, share stories about what happened during this remarkable week with your fellow riders.

Day 7

Departure day…..Time to say goodbye, hopefully we’ll see you back soon on our future trips. Cycle Classic Tours thanks you for joining us and we hope to see you back on one of our other Cycling Holidays in France. We wish you a good flight back home or a pleasant stay in France. Transfers to the Airport or Railway station will be made by our Tour guides.

Bike rental available for €200

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Our Classic Cimbs of the Alps tour is definitely our toughest Cycling Trip in France. Imagine yourself… climbing the summit of Col du Galibier,the mountain with so many remarkable moments. Bike the Alps includes the giant Col du Galibier which has been crossed 53 times in the Tour de France including the 2011 climb as Andy Schleck won the highest finishing stage ever in the Tour de France.The view on top is sensational. A shorter climb is the famous legendary Col Alpe dHuez. Cycle Alpe d'Huez, in 1997 Italian Marco Pantani established a still standing record time in 37.55 minutes, as the best time ever made.The 13.8 kilometre (8.5 miles) climb to the summit 1860 meters (6102 feet) with an average grade of 8.5 % is ranked with the Hors Category. What will be your best time? Cycle the Alps is conquer the famous Col dIzoard another Tour de France classic Alp. Col d`Izoard has got a remarkable history in the Tour de France. Famous riders like Coppi, Bobet, Merckx, Bartali and Chaipucci passed the top as first. With 2361 meters (7746ft) it is one of the highest Cols in the Tour de France. So don’t wait, hop on your bike and explore this must do Bike the Alps program. Cycling in France is a great Biking Holiday in Europe. Join us and jump on your bicycle … bike the Alps right now!

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

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