We cover approximately 250 miles over 6 days averaging around 42 miles a day. However this trip isn’t about mileage but about climbing some truly majestic mountains. Generally you will have finished cycling by early afternoon with time to relax and explore, or go for a bike ride!
Bourg d’Oisans, our base for the week, is located in the heart of the Oisans, in a natural setting among the mountains, it is considered by many to be the capital of French cycling. There are plenty of bars and restaurants set along the main streets and an abundance of patisseries, grocery and gift shops and a few cycle stores.
The tour runs from Saturday to Saturday with 6 days cycling and includes classic climbs of the Cols de Sarenne, d’Ornon, Croix de Fer, Lautaret, Galibier and Alpe d’Huez. All our routes depart from Bourg d’Oisans where the long, valley bottom road allows you to stretch your legs before you reach the ascents.
This tour is aimed at cyclists who like a challenge but, as the mileages aren’t too long, the climbs are achievable for most regular cyclists. However hill training beforehand and some experience of multi-day cycling trips is essential. Our cycling support team will be on hand to offer guidance and encouragement, with the support van waiting at convenient points along each route to provide assistance.
Your effort will be well rewarded with many fantastic vistas over the mountains of the French Alps. The main aims of each day are to have a great time and gain a great sense of achievement reaching the tops of these iconic climbs.
- Bourg d’Oisans our base, considered capital of French cycling
- Follow the Tour de France’s most iconic routes
- Climbs of the Cols de Sarenne, d’Ornon, Croix de Fer, Lautaret, Galibier and Alpe d’Huez
- Beautiful natural setting surrounded by mountains
- Free bike transfers from UK
- Celebration final night
- Small group size – we limit the numbers to 12
Your accommodation will be on a bed and breakfast basis in a locally based Chalet.
The trip is costed on a sharing basis, although single rooms may be available on payment for a single supplement of £325.
Breakfast will be included in the chalet and a pack-up lunch will be provided.
You will need to purchase your own evening meals, which are usually eaten communally although you are free to opt out if you wish.
We will carry emergency energy gels and bars in the support van but you are advised to bring along your own preferred sports nutrition to fuel your ride.
In the Tour Plan, (B, L, D) refers to meals included in the trip cost i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Arrival / Departure Transfers
We are offering transfers to and from Geneva airport, which provides flight options from several UK airports. Our transfer bus will leave no later than 4.30pm for the 2 ½ hour journey to Bourg, so your flight will need to arrive at least 1 hour before then. For anyone bringing their own bike, depending on the numbers, there may be an extra charge if we need a vehicle with a trailer.
For a more carbon emission friendly option you can also take the Eurostar train from London to Geneva.
We will happily transport your bike to Bourg d’Oisans and back at no extra charge. If you drop your bike off at our Sheffield office up to three days before departure we will carefully pack it in the support van, drive it to the start and then return it to Sheffield ready for you to collect. If that isn’t convenient, then depending on where you live, we may be able to collect your bike on our journey from Sheffield to Dover. Please get in touch with us to discuss arrangements.
Alternatively, for those not wanting to take their own bike, there are several bike hire shops available in Bourg. Contact us for details.
The route of this tour is flexible and should be seen as a guide only. Local conditions, weather or fitness could lead to changes in our daily plans. All times and distances are approximate.
- Depart fromBourg d’Oisans, France (via Geneva Airport)
- Return fromGeneva, France
- Road surfacesLong alpine climbs and with some technical descents. Tarmac (conditions can vary).
- Bike TypeRoad bike
- IncludedFrench AlpsAccommodationLunchCycling guideGPX filesVehicle supportBaggage transferAirport transfers
- Not IncludedEvening meals (unless specified)Bike hireTravel to start & from finishInternational flightsTravel insuranceVisas