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L'Etape du Tour & Pyrenees — July 16-24, 2014
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Around Mont Blanc in 6 days — July 5-12, 2014
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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

Switzerland, Italy and France, 17 passes, 640 kms, 13350 meters climbing

A 6 day loop starting in Annecy, France

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe.  Over six days starting in Annecy, France  this tour will ride around the mountain taking in classic Tour de France climbs as well as more remote ones.  One night in Switzerland, one night in Italy and the rest in France will make for a most alpine week.  No van transfers other than the short hop from the Geneva, Switzerland airport.  The rest is a van supported pedal up and cruise down mountain passes and valleys.  This trip has potential to become a bucket list item.

Trip facts (tableau)

Itinary

DAY 1 - Saturday, July 5, 2013
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. A quick test spin, and dinner will prep for the adventure ahead.

DAY 2 - Sunday, July 6 
Le Depart!  After breakfast, we’re off on a 115km ride  to Les Gets  over  two  relatively gentle although a bit long Haute Savoie  climbs – Saleve and Sommand  before climbing up to the Col des Gets. A perfect warm up for challenges to come.    115 km / 2,500m climbing

DAY 3Monday, July 7
Today we’ll ride through the Portes de Soleil and into Switzerland.  First up Col de Corbier followed by the Pas de Morge before plunging down to the valley below where we’ll be super close to the Internation UCI office.  Our “dessert” for the day is getting up to Champex for some Swiss dinner and hospitality.  Few forget this climb!    105km / 2,125 m climbing

DAY 4Tuesday, July 8
Today you’ll want your best climbing legs.  We’ll  go up the one of Europe’s biggest and longest climbs, the Grand Saint Bernard.  The last third is on a tiny road and if you get too hot, there’s a lake to cool off in at the summit. The afternoon is a cruise down into Italy’s Aoste valley before heading up the “little” Saint Bernard where we’ll stiop halfway up for some real pasta in Italy.  112 km / 2,575 m climbing

DAY 5Wednesday, July 9
After breakfast we’ll tackle the second half of the Petit Saint Bernard taking us back into France.   Next up is a classic Tour de France climb, the Cormet de Roseland.  The views are once again stupendous as we slowly climb out of the deep valley.  To keep the ride spicy we’ll head over the Col de Pres and serpentine our way down the backside before stopping where DuckStore’s favorite cheese is made, Beaufort!       95 km / 2,050m climbing

DAY 6 – Thursday, July 10
Once again our day is going up and down mountain passes although today there are 5 passes.  Granted some are bigger than others they are all beautiful and classics.  Les Saisies, Aravis, Croix Fry, ….  They get easier as the day progresses before a cruise down into Albertville and the host city of the 1992 Olympics.   103 km / 2,300m climbing

DAY 7Friday, July 11
A final day on DuckStore’s traing routes in the remote and quiet Bauges mountains.  First up the Col de Frene which if we wait too long can get quite hot.   Our day ends atop le Semnoz overlooking Lake Annecy and offering awesome views of the mountain we’ve been watching all week; Mont Blanc.  The last 17 kms of the ride are all downhill before a dip in Lake Annecy and a dinner celebration.   95 km / 1,800 m climbing

DAY 8Saturday, July 12
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 the shuttle back to Geneva airport where we’ll say ‘au revoir’… but not goodbye!