Legendary Cols Tour - 10 nights

Conquer the 5 most legendary cols of all time in one tour: Stelvio, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Ventoux and Tourmalet plus many other classics enroute

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Legendary Cols Tour - 10 nights

Conquer the 5 most legendary cols of all time in one tour: Stelvio, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Ventoux and Tourmalet plus many other classics enroute

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps / Pyrenees —Chamonix Centre > Lourdes
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 15
  • Moderate riding
  • Style
    • Mountain cols
    • Rolling hills
  • Distances
    • 100-150km/day
    • 50-75km/day
    • 75-100km/day
    • under 50km/day

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What’s included:

  • 11 day, 10 night overland tour to conquer the five most legendary cols in cycling.
  • Supported rides totalling around 400km to climb the ‘Big 5’ and up to another 400km for the other cols.
  • 11,000m ascent for the ‘Big 5’ with up to 10,000m more at your choice.
  • 10 nights half board accommodation in predominantly 3 & 4 star cyclist-friendly hotels.
  • Quality dining throughout with plenty of carbs.
  • Run by experienced fellow cyclists who understand your needs.
  • Support vehicles in attendance to look after you during the rides.
  • Transfers from area to area by luxury coach.
  • Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel in our vehicles
  • Bike boxes transferred from the start to the end point for your return flight
  • Airport transfers

Not included:

  • Snacks & lunches
  • Beverages
  • Bike hire
  • Flights
  • Insurance

Optional:

  • Single sup. £300,
  • Bike hire £250
  • Non-cycling partners £500 discount

Because this tour requires significant transfers between cycling areas, for your comfort we will be travelling in a 21 seater luxury coach fitted with aircraft style seats, video screen etc. On the daily rides our support minibuses continually leap-frog the group with iced water, energy gels, bars, bananas, spare kit etc., and are on hand to assist with mechanical issues as and when they occur.

We manage the group so that everyone can ride at the pace that they are comfortable with, and will regroup regularly, and always at the top of a col. We are not here to beast you, but rather to encourage you, and share in the challenge and triumph of the conquest. We dine together every evening to celebrate the latest victories and share the stories of the day.

Transfers to/from airports and from area to area

Due to its itinerary, this tour involves some significant transfers: the Italian Alps and the Pyrenees are some 1300km apart. For your comfort these journeys will be in a luxury mini-coach with its own dedicated professional driver. The vehicle is equipped with aircraft style seats, video screen and is of course fully air conditioned. We hope to entertain you with some cycling appropriate films and video clips during these transfers.

Support vehicles

All our tours include the provision of a support minibus and sometimes a second vehicle too. The vehicles hold supplies of chilled, fresh drinking water and an extensive selection of energy powders, gels, bars, dried & fresh fruit, salty nuts and even good old Haribo for that sugar hit. These goodies are all freely available for you to consume at any time during the ride.

The vehicles also carry basic bike maintenance kit as well as a track pump and stocks of tyres and inner tubes. Should you suffer a mechanical issue our team will be happy to assist with any on the road repairs and there’s usually a spare bike on board if all else fails. The support vehicles continually leap frog the ride so it’s easy for you to hitch a lift should you choose not to cycle for a while. Additionally, our vehicles are equipped with appropriate first aid kits in the unlikely event of an incident.

Maximum group size

For this tour we limit places to a maximum of 15 cycling guests and 4 noncycling partners whilst operating a guest to client ratio of not more than 4 to 1.

Detailed itinerary – Legendary Cols Tour

Day 1, Arrival

  • We meet you at Milan Malpensa airport and transfer to Bormio
  • Supported 30km shakedown ride
  • Overnight, Palace Hotel, Bormio

Day 2, Bormio

  • 70km & 2200m ascent
  • Climb Passo dello Stelvio from Prato (classic side)
  • Option to climb from Bormio side as well (+30km & 1000m)
  • Overnight, Palace Hotel, Bormio

Day 3, Bormio to St Jean de Maurienne

  • 50km & 1500m ascent
  • Morning: climb Passo del Gavia
  • Afternoon: transfer to St Jean de Maurienne
  • Overnight St Jean de Maurienne

Day 4, St Jean de Maurienne to Venosc

  • 95km & 2500m ascent
  • Climb the classic Col de Telegraph and Col du Galibier
  • 45km descent down Col du Lautarets
  • Overnight near Venosc

Day 5, Venosc

  • 60km & 1600m ascent
  • Climb the 21 hairpins of Alpe d’Huez
  • Descend via Col de Sarenne
  • ‘Balcony’ ride then descend to valley floor
  • Overnight near Venosc

Day 6, Venosc to Bedoin

  • Morning: transfer to Bedoin
  • Afternoon: rest day or optional easy ride (supported)
  • Overnight, Hotel des Pins, Bedoin

Day 7, Bedoin

  • 55km & 1800m ascent
  • Climb Mont Ventoux from Bedoin (classic side)
  • Option to enter 3 ascents challenge, see below (+80km & 3000m)
  • Overnight, Hotel des Pins, Bedoin

Day 8, Bedoin to Lourdes

  • 55km & 1400m ascent
  • Morning: transfer to Lourdes
  • Afternoon : climb Hautacam
  • Overnight, Hotel Gallia & Londres, Lourdes

Day 9, Lourdes

  • 100km & 2000m ascent
  • Climb Col du Tourmalet (classic side)
  • Option to climb Col d’Aspin as well (+30km & 600m)
  • Overnight, Hotel Gallia & Londres, Lourdes

Day 10, Lourdes

  • 110km & 2200m ascent
  • Climb Col d’Aubisque (classic side) and then Col de Soulor
  • Descend to Argèles Gazost, bike path to Lourdes
  • Pack up bikes
  • Overnight, Hotel Gallia & Londres, Lourdes

Day 11, Departure

  • Morning: transfer to Toulouse airport for your return flight

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Accommodation whilst on tour will be in predominantly 3 & 4 star, cyclistfriendly hotels on the basis of two persons sharing twin bedded rooms unless prior arrangements have been made for single occupancy. Our package includes a 3 or 4 course evening dinner (drinks extra) with a plentiful breakfast the next morning.

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 Terrain

One of the great delights of this tour is to experience four different cycling terrains with around 2 or 3 days spent in each of the Italian Alps, the French Alps, Provence and the Pyrenees.

The climbs

The Legendary Cols Tour includes these famous climbs on a supported basis:

The Big 5

  • Passo dello Stelvio (from both sides)
  • Mont Ventoux (with option for 3 ascents)
  • Col du Tourmalet
  • L’Alpe d’Huez
  • Col du Galibier

Plus

  • Passo del Gavia
  • Col du Telegraphe
  • Hautacam
  • Col d’Aubisque
  • Col du Soulor
  • Col d’Aspin

About French Alps

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

About Pyrenees

Picturesque and quieter than the Alps, no less ferocious!

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  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Guide
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Mechanic
  • Route Planning And Advice
  • Transfers
  • Vehicle Support

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