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A Classic alpine route, packed with Tour de France cols.

Mapped at the beginning of motorized tourism, the Route des Grandes Alpes links the highest Alpine passes in a majestic undulating ribbon of road, transitioning from Alpine to Mediterranean vistas.  Perfect for a week-long cycle tour! 


DuckStore’s 2016  twist on this classic route takes in 17 storied Tour de France cols including the Aravis, Les Saisies, Cormet de Roseland, Iseran, Telegraphe/Galibier, Izoard, and Vars.  Ride them all in a spectacular 7-day ride over the Alpine backbone that’s forged a century of cycling exploits.

For 2016 we’ve kept  this favorite trip in the June sweet spot:  Warm enough for summer sun, but before summer tourists crowd roads and villages. 

Join us on a trip that packs a heavy dose of mountain cycling, spectacular scenery and regional French culture into one perfect week.

Trip facts (tableau)

     

Dates June 18-26, 2016.  (9 days / 8 nights)
Start-End Start Annecy, France (Geneva Switzerland Airport)                                             End - Nice, France.  (Nice Airport)
Cities Annecy, Beaufort, Val d'Isere, Valloire, Guillestre, Roure, Le Mas, Nice 
Rides Seven (7)
Difficulty Challenging:  For those capable of riding up and down multiple mountain passes.

Cols 

- Col de Bluffy                    - Col des Saisies*        
- Col d’Aravis*                    - Col du Lautaret*
- Cormet de Roseland*    - Col de Vence*
- Col de Télégraphe          - Col du Galibier*  
- Col de l’Iseran*                - Col de l’Izoard*
- Col de la Bonette *          - Col de Pré
- Col de la Couillole,         - Col de St. Raphael
- Col de Conségudes,       - Col de Bouyon
- Col de Pinpinier               

Lodging  8 nights in small quality, bike friendly hotels.
Meals  Three daily meals included 
Support - Technical support van
- Professional mechanical support & upkeep
- Snacks, energy drinks and food for all rides
- All Ground transportation
- Bicycle storage facilities
- Culture document with trip related info
- Bi-lingual guides
Group Size Limited to 12 riders.
Cost 1,950 € / $2,350 double occupancy.   +300€/$360 single supplement
All taxes and service charges included.
Bike Rental Road bikes available 250€/$300 for the trip
   

 

Itinary

Day 1 - Saturday June 18, 2016
We’ll pick you up at Geneva airport and shuttle you to our starting point in Annecy. There, we’ll help you assemble your bike and settle into our Hotel. A quick spin to test the legs, followed by a nice dinner with your ride companions will put everything in perfect order for the adventure ahead.

Day 2 - Sunday, June 19
Le Depart!  After breakfast, we’re off on a 115km ride to Beaufort over three typically pastoral Haute Savoie cols;  Bluffy, Aravis and Les Saisies. A perfect  warm up for bigger challenges to come.                    85 km / 2,327m climbing

Day 3 Monday, June 20
Today we’ll transition south over two Tour cols.  First up is the hidden Col de Pré overlooking turquoise Lake Roseland, then you‘ll ride across the Beaufortian to the Cormet de Roseland before tackling the long and gradual climb to Val d’Isere.  We’ll take a few side roads to avoid parts with heavier traffic.  We’re on our way to the highest alpine passes.             80 km / 3,010 m climbing

Day 4 Tuesday, June 21
Today you’ll want your best climbing legs.  We’ll warm up over the Col de l’Iseran right out the door before a 75 km descent to St. Michel de Maurienne. From there, we’ll have a snack before tackling the Col de Télégraphe Tired from emulating the pros we’ll share a beer overlooking the High Maurienne valley.      107 km / 2,656 m climbing

Day 5 Wednesday, June 22
After breakfast we’ll head into the southern alps.   First up, the amazing Galibier to the whistles of marmottes before plunging down to the Lautaret.  Then a long sweeping descent into Briancon, France’s highest city, where we’ll start our climb the majestic Col d’Izoard.   Then we’ll descend the moonscape Casse Desert, stop for a photo at the Coppi-Bobet memorial, and big-ring it down the gorge to Guillestre.        102 km / 2,888m climbing

Day 6 Thursday, June 23
Today starts with the Col de Vars before the super long Col de La Bonnette (2,860 m) and a never ending descent along the Tinée valley before a, what is now considered, short 7 km climb to where rest – and a super restaurant await!      90 km / 3,170 m climbing

Day 7 Friday, June 24
A final day in twisting Maritime Alps backcountry over 3 cols: Col de Saint Rapheal, Col de Couillole, Col de Pinpinier.  We’ll enjoy quiet serpentine roads, amazing Provencal vistas, and a triumphant descent to a hidden village with exquisite food and views.   :  
127 km / 3,077m climbing

Day 8 Saturday, June 25
Having been up and out early for a week we’ll take it slow enjoying the sun on the terrace before winding through the Esteron valley.  After tackling the Col de Bouyon we’ll cruise up the Col de Vence where our first view of the Mediteranean awaits.  From there it’s a coast to the coast.  A dip of the toes in the Mediterranean, and a toast of Provence rosé recapping your adventure with new friends: The perfect final celebration!   90 km / 1,985 m climbing

Day 9 – Sunday, June 26

After a breakfast as grand as your surroundings, we’ll help you pack up your bike. Then it’s into our air-conditioned vans for a shuttle the nearby Nice airport where we’ll say ‘au revoir’… but not goodbye!

Total Trip:  678 km /  18,828 m climbing / 17 cols