La Marmotte — June 29-July 6, 2014
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

Race the Ventoux...then ride the Alps

Includes entry in “La Ventoux” cyclosportive - June 2, 2012

Actually, this is two adventures combined into one fantastic 8-day trip. Start with four days in the shadow of Mont Ventoux where you’ll settle into a fantastic Provencal hotel and race the “La Ventoux” cyclosportive. Then, you’ll transfer north to ride the Alpine Cols of the 2012 Tour de France. The La Ventoux cyclosportive is a must-do classic for any true ‘col-hunter’s bucket list’. Choose between 64 mile ‘Senior,’ or 106 mile ‘Master’ options. Each climbs Ventoux from the classic Bedoin (south) ascent. After looping around the mountain, the 106 mile version even climbs back up to Chalet Reynard from the Sault side. Having already previewed the course, you’ll be ready to tackle either.

After celebrating conquering the Geant de Provence, we’ll whisk you in an Air conditioned van up to the Hautes Alps, and a new base in St. Jean de Maurienne – the perfectly situated staging ground for a few days assaulting the major climbs on the route of this year’s Tour. Glandon, Madeleine, Croix de Fer and more. You’ll ride as many as your legs allow, and even preview the ‘new’ finish climb to La Touissuire.

As on all Duck Store Trips, all rides are guided and supported. Plus, you’ll eat hearty regional cuisine, taste local wine, and sleep in quiet, relaxed, cycling friendly hotels.

Trip facts (tableau)

Dates May 30 – June 6, 2012.  (8 days / 7 nights)
Start / End Lyon (France) Airport.  
Lodging Towns Entrechaux, St. Jean de Maurienne, 
Rides Seven (7)
Difficulty Very Challenging:  For capable of riding up and down multiple  mountain passes.
Highlights - Racing in  La Ventoux Cyclosportive event.
- Riding the Alpine Cols of the 2012 Tour de France
Climbs - Mont Ventoux              
- Col du Glandon
- Col de Madeleine
- Col de Croix de Fer
- Col de Mollard
- La Toussuire
- Col de Chaussy
Lodging - 4 nights in  a renovated  12th Century Provencal  Hotel  (Entrechaux)
- 3 nights in three-star (***) hotel  (St. Jean de Maurienne)
Meals Three daily meals included 
Support - Technical support van
- Professional mechanical support & upkeep
- Snacks, energy drinks and food for all rides
- Feeds during Mont Ventoux  cyclo event
- All Ground transportation
- Bicycle storage facilities
- Culture document with trip related info
- 2 bi-lingual guides
Group Size Limited to 12 riders
Cost $2,550   All taxes and service charges included.

 

Itinary

Day 1 – Wednesday, May 30, 2012: Arrival & Welcome

“After you arrive at Lyon airport, our team will greet you and shuttle you south to our a fantastic Provencal hotel in Entrechaux. We’ll help you get your bike together, take a spin to loosen the legs, and settle down to a welcome dinner where you’ll get to know your ‘equipe’ for the assault on Mont Ventoux.”

Day 2 – Thursday, May 31 Reconnaissance

“After a great hotel breakfast, we’re on the bikes for a course recon. You‘ll familiarize yourself with the Ventoux, stop for a photo at the Simpson memorial, and get familiar with the spectacular climbs and descents that surround Le Geant de Provence. After this day on the bike, you’ll know where the feeds are, what gears to use on the climbs, and how to negotiate the many tricky descents. Back at the hotel, you’ll put your legs up and enjoy even more hearty Provencal fare perfect to fuel up for the event.”

Day 3 – Friday, June 1:  Race Prep

“Today we’ll pick up our race bibs, then dedicate the day to ‘rest and relaxation.’ Today’s the perfect chance to people watch at a little café in the shade of a plane tree, take a final test ride, and of course partake in a carbo-intensive team dinner to put bike, body and mind in top form for the big challenge.”

Day 4 – Saturday, June 2:  'Le Ventoux'

“The big challenge – you’ll follow in the wheel tracks of Coppi, Gaul, Poulidor, Merckx and Armstrong as you experience racing over the Ventoux from the legendary Bedoin side. You’ll be supported like a pro with Duck Store’s team providing feeds at official zones, as well as technical and moral support. Whether you choose the 170km Master distance, or the 102 km Senior Ventoux, you’ll finish elated at having conquered one of the legendary climbs in cycling. After what’s sure to be your most memorable day of your cycling life, you’ll celebrate conquering the geant with an appropriately giant celebration feast back at the hotel!”

Day 5 – Sunday, June 3:  To the Alps!

“After one final breakfast in the shadow of Ventoux, we’ll head north riding easily to detox the legs for about 80k before stopping for a swim and a big relaxing lunch. You’ll then recover with an afternoon nap in our AC equipped van as we whisk you north to the Maurienne valley.in the heart of the Hautes Alps. There a new three star hotel, new cuisine, and new cols all will be waiting to be devoured by your cannibal col-hunter appetite!”

Day 6 – Monday, June 4: Les Alpes du Tour

“A Savoie style petit dejeuner, then it’s on the bikes for a guided loop riding the cols that will feature in the 2012 Tour. We’ll ride some…or all of Col du Glandon, Col de Madeleine, Col de Croix de Fer, Col de Mollard and the new TdF summit finish at La Toussuire. After this final climb, it’s a descent back to home base to celebrate another epic day of pure col hunting.”

Day 7 – Tuesday , June 5:  More Cowbell!

“If you’ve still got more in your legs, today’s a day to tackle the numerous ladder switchbacks of the Col de Chaussy, and perhaps discover some of the climbs you may have missed the day before. After, there’s time for the col-hunter to turn souvenir-hunter, with stroll around the shops of this idyllic Alpine town. At our final dinner you’ll savor the memories of a fantastic week as we crack open more than a few bottles of local wine to toast new friends, the cols you’ve ridden, and those summits still to be conquered when you return again!”

Day 8 – Wednesday, June 6:  Au Revoir

“A final French country breakfast and it’s into our air conditioned vans for the two hour ride to Lyon airport."