The Alps Experience

Col du Glandon

The Alps Experience is a challenging bike tour in which we’ll climb several cols in the French Alps, famous because of the Tour de France. We’ll stay at beautiful situated campsites with phenomenal views. During the ride you’ll be supported by a broom car, halfway there’s a lunch brake and your luggage will be brought to the next camp site. All stages are about 60 miles long and every stage comes with some options. That way riders of every level can experience riding the Alps. Are you in?

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Arrival

We’ll gather in Puy Saint Vincent on Saturday, at the campsite Croque Loisirs around 17h00. We’ll have dinner, riders can get to know each other a little, and we’ll  discuss the ride that’s ahead of us thoroughly. Cars can be parked, free of charge, at the nearby hotel Saint Roch. Bikes can get a final check and then we are good to go.

Departure
Le grand départ will be on Sunday and we’ll head for the first col of the ride, Col du Lautaret. The ride consists out of six stages in total (gpx-tracks can be downloaded from the store) and will go consecutively over cols Alpe d’Huez, Glandon, Semnoz, Croix Fry, Aravis, Saisies, Cormet de Roseland, Iseran, Télégraph and Galibier (and a few smaller ones in between).

Alp ExperienceCampsites
We’ll spend the night on small campsites. Most of them tucked away nicely with great views, like Croque Loisirs, the start and finish of our tour.
In the evening we’ll have dinner, a glass of wine, and we’ll look into the next days stage.

Cycling support
During the ride you can rely on our support. A broom car is always available for some water, a jacquet, or, if you need one, a ride. Halfway there’s a lunch brake. Bars and powder for in the water bottles are available. Same goes for tools, chain lube etcetera so you don’t have to bring much for this ride.

Date

The Alps Experience will be ridden from 9 to 16 June 2018

Stage 1 Lautaret and Alpe d'Huez

Stage 1 Lautaret and Alpe d'Huez

Puy Saint Vincent – Allemont

127 km
2600 meters altitude

Options:
Afther having climbed Alpe d’Huez you can continue towards the Col de Sarenne. Descend to Lac Chambon and ride through the valley to Allemont.
from Allemont you can also climb Col d’Oz or Col de Sabot. You can shorten the ride by going over Bourg d’Oisans in stead of climbing Alpe d’Huez.

Stage 2 Glandon

Stage 2 Col du Glandon

Allemont – Le Chatelard

120 km
2600 meters altitude

Options: At Col du Glandon continue towards Col de Croix de Fer. If you feel very strong you can also descend this side, and maybe go over Col du Mollard and the Lacets de Montvernier.

Stage 3 Semnoz, col du Croix Fry and col d'Aravis

Stage 3 Semnoz, col du Croix Fry and col d'Aravis

Chatelard – Saint Jean de Sixt

88 km
2150 meters altitude

Options: Once arrived at our destination for today you can add a climb that starts here, the Col de la Colombière. You can shorten the ride by skipping the Col du Coix Fry. In Thones just go straight for Saint-Jean de Sixt.

Stage 4 Col d'Aravis, Saisies and Cormet de Roseland

Stage 4 Col d'Aravis, Saisies and Cormet de Roseland

Saint Jean de Sixt – Peisey Nancroix

112 km
3250 meters altitude

Options: From Beaufort, take a detour over col du Pré. It will lead you through a more open panorama and will get back on the main road towards the Cormet de Roseland.
From Bourg Saint Maurice you can add the climb to the Col du Petit Saint Bernard.

Stage 5 Iseran

Stage 5 Iseran

Stage 5 Peisey Nancroix – Sollières-Sardières

100 km
2764 meters altitude

Options: After the Iseran go up and down Col du Mont Cenis from Lanslebourg. Or from Sollières-Sardières ride up to the village Aussois. Another option is to ride up the D126 from Termignon, a nice and quiet little road.

Stage 6 Télégraph Galibier

Etappe 6 Télégraph Galibier

Sollières-Sardières – Puy Saint Vincent

127 km
2600 meters altitude

Options: From Briançon climb the Col d’Izoard.

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When? june 9 2018
Where? Puy Saint Vincent, France
Costs? €395 plus €25 per day for our chef

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