The French Alps, are synomonous with the Tour de France, where the top riders from around the world battle it out to become the King of the Mountains but also usually where the GC contestors are put to the test in the toughest of rides . The Alpe dHuez, Croix de Fer, Galibier, Glandon, Lautaret, Mollard, Telegraphe and La Berarde frequently feature in the Tour de France. Our road cycling holiday in the French Alpss showcases these epic climbs perfectly. We stay in Vaujany which is ideally located so you can tick off all of these epic climbs off your bucket list in one trip.
In 2019 we are offering 2 accommodation options to suit, we think, all budgets.
Accommodation Option 2.
Chalet that sleeps 20 riders on a Half Board basis. The chalet has 10 bedrooms all ensuite with private balconies, bedrooms can be twin or double. The chalet facilities include Hot tub, Sauna, 6 breakfasts, 6 afternoon teas and 6 dinners (4-7 courses), Wifi, Secure bike storage, fluffy towels/bathrobes & slippers, complimentary wines, washer/dryer, TV/DVD and daily housekeeping.
The terrain is challenging, the scenery simply breathtaking and the riding is epic! You’ll be riding on legendary roads, on epic climbs that are steep in cycling history, this cycling holiday offers the very best of the stunning French Alps.
Your Andalucian Cycling Experience guides will be offering 2 guided group rides per day with a midweek rest day for some well deserved R&R!
French Alps Itinerary
Fly into Lyon Airport. Transfer to Vaujany.
We kick off the week with perhaps the most iconic climb in cycling Alpe D’Huez. The 13.8-kilometres of tarmac slithers its way from Bourg d’Oisans to the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez, navigating 21 hairpin bends along the way.
Alpe D’Huez 58km Elevation gain 2100m
Croix de Fer & Glandon
We climb the Croix de Fer from Rochetaillée a 31.5 km climbing at an average gradient of 5.75% with short sections in excess of 11%. Bring your climbing legs because we then swing round and climb the Glandon on our return home. The Col du Glandon is 21.3 km (13.2 mi) long, climbing at an average gradient of 6.9%. The gradient increases as the road approaches the summit, with the last two kilometres exceeding 10%
Croix de Fer Only 60km Elevation gain 2350m
Croix de Fer & Glandon 120km Elevation gain 4400m
The Marmotte. A chance to ride the classic Sportiff route ‘the Marmotte’. Ride 5 epic cols in one day Croix de Fer, Glandon, Telegraph, Galibier & Lautaret. A massive day out. For those who perhaps want to push the ride even further we could through in a cheeky Alpe D’Huez on the way home!!
Full route (not including Alpe D’Huez) 170km Elevation gain 5600m
A chance to recharge your batteries and explore Vaujany or just sit and chillax for the day
Back on the bikes for the Vaujany Sportiff ride. Today we explore some of the lesser known Cols around the Vaujany and the Bourg d’Oisans area. Quiet roads, stunning scenery and plenty of stops for refreshments!
Vaujany Sportiff 115km Elevation gain 3250m
The last day and we ride an out and back up the Col de Berarde. Technically this is not a Col as the road is a dead end. However, it is a stunning 27km climb passing through Venosc and Christophe en Oisans. There a few restaurants at the top for refreshments before we head back to Vaujany. Again another chance to climb the Alpe D’Huez on the way home. Just to completely empty your legs!!
Berarde and back. 100km Elevation gain 2900m
Berarde & Alpe D’Huez 110km Elevation gain 3600m
Time to pack your bags before we head home.
Chalet on a Half Board basis is €1250 per person based on 2 riders sharing a twin/double bedroom
Chalet on a self catering basis is €540 per person based on 2 riders sharing a twin/double bedroom
Airport Transfers on a collection and return basis, to/from Lyon airport, are €100 per person (€50 to collect and €50 for the return trip)
Bike Hire. Full carbon road bikes can be hired from a local bike shop for €320 for the week