Any good alpine guide knows the best routes aren’t always the most famous. DuckStore trips include Tour de France monuments like the Tourmalet, Alpe d’Huez, Ventoux or Galibier. But you’ll also discover incredibly scenic, traffic-free cols and breathtaking undulating roads woven into the tapestry of French or Italian cycling culture.
We design our itineraries to ensure you spend most of your valuable vacation time on your bike, not on a long bus transfer.
On DuckStore trips, you won’t stay in a big soulless chain hotel. We carefully select smaller, independently-owned and operated, cyclist-friendly hotels that provide delicious cuisine, an intimate ambiance, and a comfortable bed — all without breaking the bank.
Enjoy athletic balance and variety in our meals. Fuel up for long days in the saddle with rice, semolina, bulgur, potatoes and quinoa so you’re not subsisting on pasta alone, or time efficient, flexible picnics with local fresh fruit for a quality lunch break: easy to digest, suitable for cyclists, with incredible views from places like the top of a pass, or by alpine lakes or streams.
We plan meals to ensure you savour both famous French dishes and local cuisine. We strongly suggest sampling regional wines and cheeses, and no DuckStore trip would be complete without at least some duck at dinner!
Other riders (a.k.a. 'Companions')
Our trips are intentionally kept small, intimate and relaxed. Typically, guests range in cycling ability, but all arrive with a sufficient fitness level, eager to experience the best cycling that our itineraries have to offer.
Our professional team caters to your needs, on and off the bike. In the best mountain guide tradition, we find optimal riding conditions, with the right equipment at the right time. Our vans are often nearby but not ‘on your heels’.
During rides, you’ll fuel up on pro-quality snacks. Some days, we’ll hand you a bulging musette that would make a Tour de France rider jealous.
You can either bring your own bike, or we’ll help you rent a professional-quality Scott road bicycle. If you rent, we recommend you bring your own shoes and pedals. Our tech-savvy staff can assist with any bike assembly or adjustment needs.
All our staff speak fluent English and French so you don’t have to worry about any language hassles. We’re also happy to help you practice and improve your French while you’re with us — bien sûr!
Recover, relax and rejuvenate after each ride. We’ll also do a little sightseeing. As is customary in French cycling culture, a group evening meal together provides a perfect, relaxed end to the day. Share good food, better wine, and the best conversation. You’ll likely engage in lively cycling debates that are often resolved over a walk to explore local venues for a night cap.