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Southern Corsica — June 9-16, 2014
L'Etape du Tour & Pyrenees — July 16-24, 2014
Pyrénées Traverse — Sep. 10-17, 2014
Around Mont Blanc in 6 days — July 5-12, 2014
Tour 2013 : Ventoux, Alpe, Annecy + Finale — July 14-21, 2013
A Week In Provence — June 22-28, 2013
France’s Sportive Double: La Marmotte and L’Etape du Tour — June 28 - July 8
L'Etape du Tour: Pyrénées Tour de France Trip — July 11-20, 2012
Milan - San Remo Gran Fondo — June 7-12, 2012
French Alps Traverse — June 16-22, 2012
Ventoux + Alpes — May 30 - June 6, 2012
Pyrénées Traverse — September 2-7, 2012
Spring Traverse — April 12-16, 2012

8 days of unforgettable rides

Following the Tour across the French Alps

Never have so many big mountain stages been crammed into the final days of the Tour.   We designed this adventure to balance roadside Tour watching with a healthy dose of epic alpine climbing.  The perfect experience for the passionate Tour fan who wants to ride the famous Cols too!

We’re planning 8 days of unforgettable rides, following the wheel-tracks of the pros.   You’ll mix with the gathering international fan-festival, be there roadside for three epic summit-finish stages:   Mont Ventoux, the historic double climb to l”Alpe d’Huez, and the penultimate stage to Annecy-Semnoz. 

This ten day trip provides the ultimate Alpine pilgrimage for the Tour de France superfan.   You’ll shadow the Tour, ride over mythical Tour cols, and have a front-row seat for all the big action that will decide the historic 100th Tour.  

Reserve your spot early. This unforgettable experience is sure to sell out fast! 

Trip facts (tableau)

Dates July 14-21, 2013.  (9 days / 8 nights)
Start - End - Start - Avignon train station.
- End - Paris
Stay in Mirabel, Bourg d’Oisans, Annecy,(Option: add a day for the final in Paris)
Rides 10 days riding. 
Ventoux, Ornon, Alpe d’Huez, Semnoz, Aravis.
Difficulty Challenging:  For cyclists who enjoy riding up and down multiple mountain passes.
Highlights - TdF stage 15, Mont Ventoux
- TdF stage 16  watch the start
- TdF stage 18 to Alpe D’Huez
- TdF Stage 19 to Le Grand Bornand
- TdF Stage 20 to Annecy/Semnoz
- Gorges de la Nesque
Climbs - Le Semnoz
- Mont Ventoux
- Col Suzette
- Col Fontaube
- Alpe d’Huez
- Col Sarenne
- Col d’Ornon
- Col de la Croix Fry
- Col Epine
Lodging Guesthouses and Hotel *** 
Meals Three daily meals included 
Support - Technical support van
- Professional mechanical support & upkeep
- Snacks, energy drinks and food for all rides
- All Ground transportation  (Including  Avignon pickup / Airport drop off)
- Bicycle storage facilities
- Culture document with trip related info
- Bi-lingual guide(s)
Group Size Limited to 12 riders
Cost $2,970 including all taxes and service charges.
(airfare not included)
Deadline To register & reserve your place, confirm before Jan. 31, 2011.

 

Itinary

Day 1 – Sunday July 14   We’ll meet you at the Avignon train station before a 40 minute drive to our first hotel beautifully situated in olive groves looking and grape vines.  There is no doubt we are in Provence.   Today is France’s independence day and to celebrate the Tour stage finishes atop Mont Ventoux.  We’ll see the pros ride through before watching in a local bistro with the locals and other cycling fans.   Quickly you’ll understand the importance of THE Tour in France.  Dinner at Hotel in Mirabel-les-Barronies.

Day 2 – Monday July 15   The Pros are taking their first rest day but we’re ready to ride.  Today’s course will most likely be one of France’s best, the Gorges de la Nesque. While out riding we may even see a few pros out for a casual “rest day” ride.  Back at the our hotel in a 9th century we’ll relax and enjoy a cool glass of chardonnay before having dinner outside under the grapevines.  100km ride

Day 3Tuesday July 16   Just a short ride from our hotel we can go watch a small town become a bustling city as the Tour stage gets ready to set-off.  This is a fine time to get up close to the pros, the team vehicles, the publicity caravan and maybe even an autograph or two.  After seeing the pros all ride off we’ll also get on our way to our next hotel in Bourg d’Oisans a 3 hour drive away.  Not wanting tp spend too much time in the van we’ll ride the last 70km over the Col d’Ornon.  80km  Dinner in Bourg d’Oisans

Day 4 – Wednesday July 17   Like the pros will do tomorrow we can attempt to ride Alpe d’Huez twice taking in the Col de Sarenne and its amazing descent down the Chambon dam.  There’ll be plenty to look at as this mythical climb gets ready for the Tour coming through the following day.   80 km

Day 5 – Thursday July 18   We’re in the thick of the action for this monumental stage of the 100th Tour de France.  After a morning spin on a nearby pass such as the Glandon we’ll watch the pros tackle what we did yesterday.  To soothe the pain of seeing how fast the pros fly up the hill we’ll watch the finish live in local bar with  a cold drink.  Next stop for us is 2 hours away along the shores of Lake Annecy and DuckStore’s home turf.  Dinner at Hotel Grillons in Talloires.  70km

Day 6 – Friday July 19   Today the Tour rides into the Aravis Mountains and we’ll go live all this live on the Col de la Croix Fry riding from the hotel.  No vans today, it’s time to ride all day…except when we watch the pros of course.  To celebrate a local waffle is a must at Le Bistrot. 80km

Day 7 – Saturday July 20   Just a few kilometers up the road is the start of the penultimate stage of the Tour.  We’ll enjoy watching Annecy known as the” Venice of the Alps” come to life and the greatest cyclists in the world roll up to the start.  Next for us is some great riding around Lake Annecy or for the hearty up to the finish on the Semnoz.  Dinner at our hotel.  100km

Day 8 – Saturday July 21  A final French country breakfast and it’s into our air conditioned vans for the 45 minute ride to the Avignon train station where we’ll say, “à bientôt” – but not goodbye!

Why not add on experiencing the Tour final in Paris?  We'll take the train to Paris, ride in Longchamps, and watch up close the Tour final on the Champs Elysées. Another ultimate Tour experience not to miss.