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Future Classic Cols Tour - 7 nights

Alongside the incredible Montvernier hairpins, on this tour there are 17 more fascinating climbs of which only a handful have ever featured in the Grand Boucle.

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


You’ve probably already conquered many of cycling’s iconic climbs and are looking for some new challenges. We’ve sought out 18 hidden gems: a refined selection of lesser known cols destined to become the classics of the future. To be honest we hope they don’t because we want to keep them just as they are, unspoilt by mass tourism and hoards of noisy motorbikes!

We’ve featured the incredible Montvernier hairpins in our tours for some years but following it’s inclusion in the 2015 Tour de France it is now becoming a must do climb.

This is a 7 night / 8 day supported point-to-point tour, starting and finishing in Morzine. The Future Classic Cols Tour is a serious challenge with daily ascents of 3,000m and 100+km of riding. We have searched out many climbs that are not on the usual Alpine itineraries to let you experience the solitude and splendour of the stunning mountainous terrain. Most of these climbs involve long and often steep sections so a good level of fitness is a prerequisite. The tour will appeal to strong club riders who possess a solid base of endurance riding.

The minibus will continually leap-frog the group with iced water, energy gels, bars, flapjacks, spare kit etc., and is 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 will provide your transfers from Geneva airport – just get to Geneva, and we’ll do the rest. We dine together every evening to share the stories of the day.

What’s included:

  • Supported rides totalling 700km, with up to 18,000m ascent incl. optional extra cols.
  • 7 night overland tour to conquer 18 potential future classic cols.
  • Quiet roads away from the busier Alpine routes.
  • Half board accommodation throughout in predominantly 2 & 3 star, cyclist-friendly hotels.
  • Quality dining throughout and with plenty of carbs
  • Support vehicles in attendance throughout and also to transfer your bags from hotel to hotel.
  • A tour run by experienced fellow cyclists who understand your needs.
  • Return transfers, including bike carriage, from Geneva airport.

Not Included:

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


  • Single sup. £210
  • Bike hire £175

Detailed itinerary – Future Classic 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 – Crest Voland) - Supported day

  • 105km & 3,200m ascent
  • Minibus to Annecy
  • Climb Semnoz
  • Climb Col d’Arpettaz
  • Overnight in Crest Voland

Day 3, Tuesday (Crest Voland to Beaufort) - Supported day

  • 105km & 3,100m ascent
  • Climb Bisanne and Col du Joly
  • Lunch on a summit
  • Climb Col du Pré (optional)
  • Overnight stop in Beaufort

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

  • 130km & 2600m ascent
  • Climb Col de Champ Laurent & Col de Grand Cucheron
  • Climb Montvernier hairpins & Col de Chaussy (optional)
  • Overnight stop in St Jean de Maurienne

Day 5, Thursday (St Jean de Maurienne to Venosc) - Supported day

  • 135km & 3,400m ascent
  • Climb Col du Mollard
  • Climb Col de la Croix Fer from east
  • Descend to Bourg, along valley floor to Venosc
  • Optional ride to Berade
  • Overnight in Venosc

Day 6, Friday (Venosc to Venosc) - Supported day

  • 130km & 3,000m ascent
  • Circular day ride
  • Climb Col de Morte, Col de Parquetout (optional) & Col d’Ornon
  • Overnight in Venosc

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

  • 100km & 2,900m ascent
  • Climb to Mont de Lans and ‘Balcony’ ride
  • Climb Col de Sarenne
  • Lunch in Alpe d’Huez & second balcony ride
  • Long descent to the final gem, Col Luitel
  • 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 whilst on tour will be in predominantly 2 & 3 star, cyclist-friendly 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.


Alpine weather & cycling kit

Whilst the weather in the Alps in the summer is invariably sunny and warm it must be remembered that conditions in the mountains can and do change quickly. It’s not unknown for snow to fall on the higher passes even in July. It follows that you should bring cycling clothes for all conditions. Arm warmers are sometimes useful in the early mornings, rain tops and/or gilets are essential for the long descents where the combination of altitude and wind chill can be a real problem.

The climbs

A few of the climbs are relatively well known such as Semnoz which featured in the 2013 Tour de France as well as the Etape of that year. The Montvernier hairpins and Col du Chaussy featured for the first time in 2015. Our itinerary runs in this sequence:-

  • Semnoz - HC - 17km - 1200m ascent, av 7.0%
  • Col d’Arpettaz - HC - 16km - 1200m ascent, av 7.2%
  • Bisanne - Cat 3 - 4km- 400m ascent, av 10.0%
  • Col du Joly - Cat 1 - 16km - 850m ascent, av 5.3%
  • Col du Pré - Cat 2 - 12km - 950m ascent, av. 8.0%
  • Col de Champ Laurent - Cat 1 - 10km - 800m ascent, av. 8.0%
  • Col du Grand Cucheron - Cat 3 - 4km - 300m ascent, av. 7.8%
  • Montvernier hairpins - Cat 3 - 4km - 300m ascent, av. 7.3%
  • Col de Chaussy - Cat 1 - 10km - 750m ascent. av. 7.4%
  • Col du Mollard - HC - 18km - 1100m ascent, av. 6.0%
  • Col de Croix de Fer - Cat 2 - 14km - 850m ascent, av. 6.1%
  • La Berade - 22km - 850m ascent, av. 3.8%
  • Col de la Morte - HC - 15km - 1000m ascent, av.6.7%
  • Col de Parquetout - Cat 1 - 7km - 700m ascent, av. 10.0%
  • Col d’Ornon - Cat 2 - 11km - 650m ascent, av. 5.8%
  • Climb to Mont de Lans - 8km - 550m ascent, av. 6.9%
  • Col de Sarenne - HC - 12km - 950m ascent, av. 8.0%
  • Col Luitel - 9km - 900m ascent, av. 10.0%

The climb category gradings are per Strava