We firmly believe here at ECT we have discovered the ultimate ride through the French Alps taking in the mightiest and most spectaular cols, the most favoured and legendary climbs of le tour, and quite simply the best patisseries and cafés this glorious mountain range has to offer…
now it’s your turn to ride the tracks of legends!
From the beautiful shores of lake Annecy – the backdrop to the greatest and most spectacular time trials of the Tour de France, onwards to the dizzying hairpins of le lacets and to the mythical slopes le Croix de Fer and the Alpe d’Huez – the scene of some of the greatest and memorable battles in the history of the le tour before riding onwards to arguably the most iconic mountain and spiritual home of cycling – the sleeping giant of Provence…the windy mountain… Mont Ventoux!
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Day One – Arrive Geneva airport – transfer to Annecy hotel. Times of recommended flights given at time of application. Build bikes before leg sharpener & evening meal and early night.
Day Two – Annecy to Saint Jean de Maurienne – 114km +1149m
Day Three – Saint Jean de Maurienne to Bourg d’Oisans – 100km +3165m
Day Four – Bourg d’Oisans to Serres – 110km +2304m
Day Five – Serres to Bedoin – 118km +2567m
Day Six – Pack down bikes before transfer for flight home. Times of recommended flights given at time of application.
Lacets de Montvernier…Length: 3.24km, Height start: 504m, Height top: 781m, Ascent: 277m, Average grade: 8.5%
Col de la Croix de Fer…Length: 30km, Height start: 546m, Height top: 2068m, Ascent: 1522m, Average grade: 5.1%
Alpe d’Huez…Length: 13.2km, Height start: 744m, Height top: 1815m, Ascent: 1071m, Average grade: 8.1%
Col d’Ornon…Length: 11.11km, Height start: 730m, Height top: 1373m, Ascent: 643m, Average grade: 5.8%
Col de Parquetout…Length: 7.4km, Height start: 736m, Height top: 1382m, Ascent: 646m, Average grade: 8.7%
Col du Festre…Length: 22.1km, Height start: 794m, Height top: 1442m, Ascent: 648m, Average grade: 2.9%
Col de Macuègne…Length: 9.19km, Height start: 604m, Height top: 1074m, Ascent: 470m, Average grade: 5.1%
Mont Ventoux…Length: 25.7km, Height start: 760m, Height top: 1912m, Ascent: 1152m, Average grade: 4.5 %
Experienced Cycle Leader(s), Full Vehicle Support, Bike Mechanic, First Aiders,
Baggage Transfer, 3/4 star Hotel Accommodation (5 nights inc Breakfast), Airport Transfers (designated flights)
Flights, Lunches, Evening Meals
Recommended flight information will be given on your application.To help us help you, It is important you notify us of any extraordinary travel arrangements you may have that prevents you from arriving at the recommended times.
Your personal bags will be carried by the support vehicle throughout the event.
We strongly ask your bikes to be transported by bike bags (semi-rigid/soft). Please do not arrive to the event with rigid bike travel boxes. Support vehicles will have limited space and unable stow large solid bike boxes as well as all luggage and equipment through the event.
Please contact us with any questions regarding flight transport of your bike, we will be more than happy to discuss this further with you.
Weather & Kit
We can expect warm, sunny weather, however we should expect slight temperature drop and cool conditions on the mountains (800m+) – Remember to bring layers – not heavy coverings.
This is a road bike tour. Your bike should be well maintained and in good running order with suitable ‘road gears’ and brakes.
A full kit list will be issued in your ‘Joining Instructions’ document after your application. We will be glad to discuss any aspect of kit and your bike with you, please call us anytime with any questions.
Fitness & Training
This is a level 3 cycle event. You will be capable of riding comfortably upto 100km in a day and/or used to riding distances upto 80km over hilly terrain – minmum. If you have any doubt as to your fitness regarding participation in this event please give us a cal and we will be more than happy to chat with you.
Please arrive to the event ready to ride and not rely on ‘muscle memory’ or riding into ‘trip fitness’ – don’t let us or yourself down…please train to ride.
Alpine TdF Velo Spectacular Route
Alpine TdF Velo Spectacular Route Profile
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“Majorca is well known for its beach resorts and sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains but the real draw of this Balearic beauty is it’s serpent like mountain roads, great coffee and lack of any other road users”
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Our ‘Experience’ island series of itineraries are designed to deliver a short break opportunity experiencing the best each destination can offer embodying everything that is special cycling in these spectacular locations.
As well as the first class organisation and support from us you can expect warm sunshine, marble smooth roads, fantastic cuisine, delightful hospitality and of course plenty of hairpins to get the blood flowing.
Designed for the off-season you will feel like you have the roads to yourself and only you and the asphalt have come out to play.
Come and join us tune up your season with a trip to some of the hidden cycling treasures of Europe…
Day One – Arrive Palma airport – transfer to hotel. Times of recommended flights given at time of application. Build bikes before evening meal and early night.
Day Two – Playa de Palma to Pollenca – 127km +1600m
Day Three – Pollenca to Esporles – 124km +2950m
Day Four – Esporles to Playa de Palma – 90km +1350m
Day Five – Pack down bikes before transfer to airport for return flight home.
Experienced Cycle Leader(s), Full Vehicle Support, Bike Mechanic, First Aiders, Baggage Transfer, 3/4 star Hotel Accommodation (4 nights inc Breakfast), Airport Transfers (designated flights)
Experience Majorca Bike Ride Route
Experience Majorca Route Profile
“With it’s perfect weather, varied terrain and considerate drivers, Majorca could well be the most bike-friendly destination on Earth” Cyclist Magazine 2015
Enquiries now being taken for our next epic experience Majorca – register your interest today…
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