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Introducion to the North Alps - One Col a Day

This is a wonderful opportunity to make the first step into tackling the giants that you see on the Tour De France

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps —Cluses > Cluses
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 20
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms


With one climb a day, help with gearing, and being fully supported by an experienced team this trip is designed to be challenging but not impossible. Some highlights will be one of the most famous climbs of all time, The Alpe d’Huez, views of glaciers from the top of the Croix de Fer, and a stunning lake at the top of the Cormet de Roselend. By the end of the week Mountain Climbing will be in your blood!


  • Transfers - pickup from the airport and transfer to your first night’s accommodation.

  • Luggage Transfers

  • Full Mechanical support

  • Buffet style breakfasts.

  • Day/Ride Food - On our trips you eat like the pros!

  • Guides - Experienced guides, who have ridden these types of events before and have a vast experience of the French Alps.

  • Information Pack - with full holiday details including, routes, maps and advice on riding in the Alps as well as full contact details.

  • Garmin Downloads - daily Garmin routes available

  • Polka Dot Cycling water bottles

Not included

  • Single Occupancy Supplement - £250

  • Evening Meals - £175 we can include all your 7 evening meals which will consist of a three course meal at the hotel

  • Bike Hire

  • Drinks or minibar costs (including beers, soft drinks and coffees).

  • Flights - flights are not included in the price of the holiday.

  • Travel Insurance - travel insurance is not included, but is a condition of our booking terms and conditions


Arrival Day

Cyclist is Adam Yates, Orica Greenedge. We will meet you at Geneva airport to transfer you to your first night’s accommodation in Samoens area. Help will be on hand if you require assistance to build your bike and if time permits, we can suggest a suitable gentle route to stretch your legs and check your bike, if you wish. We will inform you well before the trip commences of when your transfers times will be. For information on arriving by train or car, please see our FAQs section.

Day 1 – Day 6 – Riding Days.

The French Alps are beautiful and majestic with some of the most famous climbs and passes in the world. This week is the version of “getting your feet wet” in the cycling world with some of the most beautiful scenery of lush meadows and lake side views. These climbs are different from the Southern Alps climbs such as Ventoux, Telegraph or Galibier as these whilst maybe shorter in height they come at you thick and fast offering a high intensity opportunity to learn. And whether you try both day’s climbs, or tick off the main climb every day, you will see the improvements and pick up the tips you need to continue your adventures in the mountains.

The week’s riding will be structured as below:

  • Sunday’s Les Gets

Cyclist is Andy Schleck, Trek Factory Racing – approx.. 4-6 hours in the saddle – today you will be climbing up to Les Gets before then descending to begin the Morzine-Avoriaz, the climb that infamously both Lance Armstrong and Sir Bradley Wiggins “cracked” on. If you have found this to not be enough you have the option of riding the Joux Plane. Today is a great opportunity to get the hang of pacing and gearing to set up for the rest of the week. Going to Morillon. Morzine-Avoriaz = 81km, 1680m climb, with Joux Plane = 121km, 2747m climb.

  • Monday’s Col De La Colombiere and Col Des Aravis

Cyclist is Rui Costa, Lampre-Merida – approx.. 5-7 hours in the saddle - today we ride some real Tour De France “blue bloods”, the Col De La Colombiere and Col Des Aravis. There is then the option of climbing the Col De Saises. Today you can really practice descending with few hair pin turns. Going to Crest Voland. Colombiere & Aravis = 63km, 2090m climb, with Saises = 75km, 2540m climb.

  • Tuesday’s Cormet De Roselend

Cyclist is Michael Boogerd, Rabobank – approx.. 4.5-6.5 hours in the saddle – we will be climbing the Cormet De Roselend and have the opportunity to experience lunch by the beautiful lake. Our optional second climb of the day is La Plagne, which has been used as a stage finish since the early eighties, when Laurent Fignon first won there. Going to Moutiers. Roselend = 90km, 1855m climb, with La Plagne = 127km, 3020m climb.

  • Wednesday’s Col de la Madeleine

Cyclist is Pierre Rolland, EuropCar – approx.. 4.5-6.5 hours in the saddle – Both of the climbs today were used in the 2013 Tour De France, the stage also used for that year’s Etape du Tour; the Col de la Madeleine and today’s optional climb is the La Toussiure where allegedly Chris Froome “attacked” Sir Bradley Wiggins. Today is the opportunity to test yourself and look at the improvements you have made. Going to St Jean De Maurienne. Madeleine = 75km, 1876m climb, with Toussuire = 96km, 3030m climb.

  • Thursday’s Croix de Fer

Cyclist is Fredrik Kessiakoff, Astana – approx.. 4-5 hours in the saddle – The Lacets de Monteverier option with their 17 switchbacks comes first today followed by the Croix de Fer is a pretty tough climb but put at this point in the week you will be fully paced to take on this challenge, having gained more experience in climbing, knowing how to pace yourself and which gears to use in the ascent, going over this climb used twice in the Tour in 2015 alone. Going to Vaujany. Croix de Fer = 57km, 1780m climb, with the Lacets = 76km, 2190m climb.

  • Friday’s Alpe D’Huez

Cyclist is Christoph Riblon, AG2R – approx.. 1.5-2.5 hours in the saddle – No week’s cycling in the Alps would be complete without tackling the infamous 21 hair pins of Alpe D’Huez, arguably the most famous Tour De France climb, if not the most famous climb in the world! After a celebratory drink at the summit we will go down to Bourg D’Oisan before transferring back to Cluses. Alpe D’Huez = 45km, 1140m climb.

Departure Day’s

Cyclist is Jens Voigt, Trek Factory Racing. Today we all say farewell, with lots of memories and a great sense of achievement. After breakfast, we will transfer you to Geneva airport for your return journey. If you decide to get a late flight, Geneva airport has a good left luggage facility at Swiss Railways airport station, and it is only a short 10 min train hop from the airport into the centre of Geneva if you wish to get some site seeing in before you leave.


Accommodation - we use mainly 3 accommodation in beautiful Alpine resorts and towns. If there isn’t a 3 option we then use the best available 2* hotels. Please note all prices quoted are based on two people sharing a room. We can of course arrange single occupancy at an extra cost of £250/person.


Main Climbs: Morzine-Avoriaz, Colombiere, Aravis, Saises, Comet de Roselend, Madeleine, Croix de Fer, Alpe d’Huez

Optional Climbs: Joux Plane, Saises, La Plagne, La Toussuire, Lacets de Montvernier

Cycling Highlights

  • Perhaps the most famous climb of all time, Alpe d’Huez
  • Stunning lake at the top of the Cormet de Roselend
  • Aravis, first used in 1911 the same year as Galibier
  • Challenge of the Colombiere
  • Well earnt cake at the top of the Col de la Madeleine
  • First and Last climb in the Alps, Morzine-Avoriaz
  • The ‘Shoe Laces’ of Montvernier
  • Views of the glaciers from the top of the Croix de Fer