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Icon 10 Cols Tour - 7 nights

This tour is designed to allow the amateur rider to demolish cycling's ultimate hit list, and bag 10 of the world’s most famous cols in 6 consecutive days.

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps —Morzine Centre > Morzine Centre
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 15

Service

Conquer the 10 most iconic Alpine climbs in a one week tour: Ventoux, Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Izoard, Bonette, Madeleine, Glandon, Colombiere & Joux Plane. Ideal for any reasonably fit rider.

Half-board accommodation with quality dining incorporating plenty of carbs, is included throughout in cycle-friendly hotels. We will also provide your transfers from Geneva airport – just get to Geneva, and we’ll do the rest.

Our minibuses continually leap-frog the group with iced water, energy gels, bars, banans, 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.

Our team has carefully crafted the itinerary to guarantee as many A-list cols in the shortest time possible. 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.

What’s included:

  • Supported rides totalling around 450km, with 13,500m ascent
  • 8 day, 7 night overland tour to conquer 10 of cycling’s most iconic climbs in one compact trip
  • Half board accommodation in mostly 2 & 3 star cyclist-friendly hotels (and one 4 star chateau!)
  • Quality dining throughout and with plenty of carbs
  • Run by experienced fellow cyclists who understand your needs
  • Transfers by minibus between some climbs to avoid the necessity to ride tedious link sections
  • Support vehicles in attendance throughout the rides and also to transfer your bags from hotel to hotel
  • Return transfers, including bike carriage, from Geneva airport.

Not Included:

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

 Optional:

  • Single sup. £210
  • Bike hire £175

Detailed itinerary – Icon 10 Cols Tour

Day 1, Sunday (Morzine) - No fixed program

  • We collect you from Geneva airport and transfer to Morzine
  • Self guided acclimatisation ride around the town
  • Opportunity to test the legs on a local climb or two

Day 2, Monday (Morzine – La Clusaz) - Supported day

  • 105km & 2,700m ascent
  • Warm up ride via Taninges to Samoens
  • Climb Col de Joux Plane from the classic side (south)
  • Descend and ride to Cluses
  • Climb Col de la Colombiere from north
  • Descend to overnight stop in La Clusaz

Day 3, Tuesday (La Clusaz to St Jean de Maurienne) - Supported day

  • 100km & 3,100m ascent
  • Minibus via Albertville to Feissons sur Isere
  • Climb Col de la Madeleine
  • Lunch then descent to La Chambre
  • Climb Col du Glandon
  • Descend to overnight stop in St Jean de Maurienne

Day 4, Wednesday (St Jean de Maurienne to Venosc) - Supported

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

Day 5, Thursday (Venosc to Jausiers) - Supported day

  • 70km & 2,200m ascent
  • Climb the 21 hairpins of the L’Alpe
  • ‘Balcony’ ride then descend to valley floor
  • Minibus to Briancon and climb Col d’Izoard
  • Minibus to Jausiers

Day 6, Friday (Jausiers to Bedoin) - Supported day

  • 45km & 1,600m ascent
  • Climb the Col de la Bonette, highest paved road in Europe
  • Descend back to Jausiers
  • Minibus to Bedoin

Day 7, Saturday (Bedoin to Morzine) - Supported day

  • 45km & 1,600m ascent
  • Climb Mont Ventoux from Bedoin (classic side)
  • Descend to Malaucene for lunch & a celebratory beer
  • Return to Morzine by minibus

Day 8, Sunday, Departure day

It’s time to pack up the bikes and then transfer to Geneva airport. If you wish, feel free to book a later flight to allow more time for some last rides in the Morzine area.

Accommodation

Accommodation whilst on tour will be in predominantly 2 & 3 star, cyclistfriendly hotels and the occasional 4 star chateau 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.

Location

The climbs

The Icon 10 Cols Tour includes all these iconic climbs on a supported basis:

  • Mont Ventoux
  • L’Alpe d’Huez
  • Col du Galibier
  • Col du Telegraphe
  • Col d’Izoard
  • Col de la Bonette
  • Col de la Madeleine
  • Col du Glandon
  • Col de la Colombiere
  • Col de Joux Plane

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