‘Classic’ Road Cycling Breaks in The Southern French Alps
Big Mountains, Big Cycling – all the support you need
Our Southern French Alps ‘Classic’ package allows you to take on some big rides and some big climbs amid stunning mountain scenery. This trip offers a real Alpine road cycling challenge with a chance to bag an iconic Tour de France climb each day.
Back at base we can help you arrange a sports massage therapist – at an additional cost.
If you are short of holiday time, but want to experience this incredible cycling region of the Southern French Alps – then we have the solution!
Our road bike weekends are the most convenient and hassle-free road cycling breaks available and we will ensure that with 2 days off work, you get 4 days of rewarding and exhilarating riding. We look after everything – just turn up to Geneva airport on Thursday and be ready to ride.
This region does feature a lot of high mountain routes, so is best suited to regular bike riders who have a good level of fitness and want to pit themselves against some big climbs. Ascents to cols can be 20km+ long, which can mean up to 2 hours of climbing, so please make sure you’re ready for the challenge!
The Mountains & Glaciers of Alpe D’Huez and La Grave
This region features regularly in the Tour de France, with good reason – there are numerous thigh-burning climbs which take you to over 2,000 metres. During the 4 days of the long weekend we will be planning to climb the Col de Galibier, Col d’Izoard, Col de Glandon / Croix-Fer and the legendary Alpe d’Huez.
Some days will be a one-way bike ride out with the option of a minibus lift back to base (unless you’re feeling super fit!).
Rides will be between 60km – 90km and could feature between 2,000 and 3,000 metres of climbing
With our ‘Classic’ package we plan a ride each day and aim to challenge all riders with the best terrain and roads that we know. Our vehicle is with you throughout so helps lighten the load, carrying spare clothes and other gear, and is available on cols for drinks & snacks to keep you fuelled and riding strong.
For this weekend we’re based in the unique mountain village of La Grave – looking across to the towering mountains of La Meije and its impressive Glacier. We never tire of the view from the hotel terrace! Our base is a great bike hotel, very well set up for groups of cyclists, providing a great place to relax after a big day in the saddle and meet keen cyclists from all over the world.
We Maximise Your Time – 4 Days of Alpine Riding over a Long Weekend
Our Classic Southern Alps trip is an awe inspiring road cycling weekend of epic proportions. Your 4 day weekend comes with full vehicle support each day.
From our base we can ride up or down the valley to access the main climbs and cols. We stay in a very comfortable and friendly Auberge hotel in the traditional high-mountain village of La Grave.
All our weekends are designed to give you the best riding possible in 4 days and to mix challenge with enjoyment. It’s not a training camp; we want you to enjoy the rides and scenery and not just be fixed on the tarmac!
Cycling Weekend Itinerary – Classic Cols of the Southern Alps
On each day of a ‘Classic’ cycling weekend break, we’ll head out on the scheduled ride after breakfast at your base.
Lunch (not included in the package) is taken at cafés / restaurants along the ride route.
After each ride, there’ll be time back at base to relax before a 3 course evening meal, with wine included.
Thursday – Arrival
You arrange afternoon / evening flights to Geneva Airport.
Geneva is well served with flights from the UK – see full details on travel options here >>>
Our airport pick-up is at 17:30 – transfer to La Grave is 2.5 to 3 hours.
We’ll be at base in time for dinner; there’ll be time to build bikes / set up hire bikes as well.
Friday – Col d’Izoard ride
Ride from the hotel to the first climb – Col de Lauteret – before dropping into Briançon to start the Col d’Izoard climb. Take in the unique ‘desert’ scenery at 2500m before descending to Briançon. Minibus back to La Grave
Ride distance = 79 km with total climbing of 2181m
Saturday – Col de Galibier ride
A stunning ride taking in both sides of the mighty Col de Galibier which tops out at 2,650 metres. Ride from your base to Lauteret and onto Galibier. Descend to Valloire (for lunch) before tackling Galibier once again.
Ride distance = 72 km with total climbing of 2406m
Sunday – Alpe d’Huez ascent & ‘Balcony’ descent
A world-famous favourite climb… ride from base down to Bourg D’Oisans and ready yourself for the ascent of the 21 hairpins of Alpe D’Huez. We’ll then take the spectacular rural ‘Balcony’ road back before the return climb up to La Grave.
Ride distance = 88 km with total climbing of 3652m
Monday – Col de Glandon – Departure
An early breakfast, before one more epic Tour de France col to ride. You’ll head up and down to the Col de Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer, over 24km of climbing and a fitting way to finish our big mountain weekend.
Ride distance = 78 km with total climbing of 2227m
At the base of the col, we will pack away bikes, and load up the minibus before departing to Geneva Airport – leaving at 14:00 which will get us to Geneva for 17:00 (so good for flights departing after 19:00)
The itinerary outlined is provisional, although it’s a very typical outline of the routes you can ride on a ‘Classic’ break.
On rare occasions, we may have to modify this programme due to weather conditions, group ability, roadworks etc.
Choice of two locations, ideal for the Southern Alps
We are fortunate to be able to choose from two different locations for our ‘Classic’ road cycling trips in the Southern Alps, each with their own advantages. One is in the pretty mountain village of La Grave, the other is in the heart of 6 valleys in Bourg-d’Oisans.
We tend to make our location selection based on the overall group requirements, as well as preferred itinerary. Either way, you will receive a friendly welcome and service, in properties with charming character and comfort, in convenient locations.
Both offer great riding direct from the door, and are accessible to the iconic cols made famous by the Tour de France, in addition to spectacular scenery.
Please note that, depending on availability, on some trips we may use other accommodation in the area, and these locations are also chosen as above.
Food and Drink for Cyclists
All Bike Weekender breaks include half board – a hearty breakfast and 3 course evening meal every night.
Breakfast is a continental buffet, served from 0730 each morning to set you up for the day’s riding.
Dinner is freshly prepared by a dedicated chef team, using local produce where possible. Menus are planned with cyclists in mind, and will fill you up with the carbs you need for the next day’s riding. Both hotels are used to feeding cyclists and their teams know what sort of food you need for the next day’s riding.
Service is always friendly and relaxed, and meals are usually served on the outside terrace in summer, weather permitting.
Dates and Prices for ‘Classic’ Cycling Breaks – Southern Alps – Summer
Our ‘Classic’ road cycling breaks are available in the Southern French Alps on certain fixed dates each summer, on a Thursday – Monday 4 night basis. These breaks are available to book for groups of any size.
For trips on other dates, longer stays, or holidays with a different start / end day format, we can arrange custom road cycling packages for groups of 6 or more. See here for more details of our custom trips for clubs and groups >>>
All prices are per-person, based on 2 guests sharing a room. Contact us for details of single occupancy options.
|Sorry we don't currently have any 'Classic' trips to the Southern Alps planned for 2019||Please see here for more details of our custom trips for clubs and groups in this area>>>|
Bike Weekender ‘Classic’ Packages Include
Ensuite Accommodation at the Auberge Edelweiss, La Grave
Airport Transfers from Geneva – pickup at 17:30 for arrivals
Airport Transfers to Geneva – depart resort at 14:00
Half-board – hearty, plentiful, cyclist-friendly food
Vehicle support on every ride
The dedicated service of our professional, friendly team
Not Included in the Package Price
Flights – arranged independently. See here for full details
Bike Hire – quality options available. See here for full details
Lunches whilst out riding – bought directly
Wine & additional drinks from the Edelweiss bar
If you have any questions about any aspect of our road cycling holidays, our package, accommodations or the areas we operate in, just send through an enquiry form here, call us on +44 845 557 5983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org