Alps Cycling Holiday – Alpine TdF Velo Spectacular

Cycling in France the beautiful high Alps including Alpe d'Huez

French Alps cycling holiday from Lake Annecy to Alpe d’Huez to Mont Ventoux

Alpe d’Huez to Mont Ventoux… We firmly believe here at ECT we have discovered the ultimate French Alps cycling holiday taking in the mightiest and most spectacular 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 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… Mont Ventoux!

Cycling Alpe d Huez

Total Distance: 450km
Total Ascent: 9,446m
Max Alt: 2,068m
Difficulty Grade: 4/5
5 NightsNext Departure: 14 Sept 2022
Ristretto Score: #5
Guide Price: £795


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 Malaucene – 118km +2567m

Day Six – Pack down bikes before transfer for flight home. Times of recommended flights given at time of application.

Cols Conquered

Day One
Lacets de Montvernier…Length: 3.24km, Height start: 504m, Height top: 781m, Ascent: 277m, Average grade: 8.5%

Day Two
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%

Day Three
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%

Day Four
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)

Not Included

Flights, Lunches, Evening Meals, Airport Transfers


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 4 cycle event. You will be capable of riding comfortably upto 140km in a day and/or used to riding distances upto 100km 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.

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Alpine TdF Velo Spectacular Route

Alpine TdF Velo Spectacular Route Profile

Enquiries now being taken for our next epic French Alps cycle – register your interest today…

Next Departure – 14 September 2022

To participate on this incredible adventure or for further information hit contact us  now…

“Having never really cycled before, the challenge of cycling from London to Paris was HUGE. However, both Jason and Paul did an amazing job in supporting the team of mixed abilities and experience through the 3 day tour. Extremely professional, and a very well organised itinerary. I would seriously recommend ECT for anyone looking for a great adventure with the security of knowing it’ll be well planned and catered for. I’m looking forward to booking my next trip with these guys. Thanks again for all your support, knowledge (and patience)!!! “ – Bryony Harrison-Croft 2018

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