Tour de France 2019
4-day Watch and Ride Cycling Holiday
Tour de France 2019 – French Alps Cycling Break
Come and watch the World’s most famous Cycling Race!
This year the Tour de France will return to the Alps in the third and final week of this momumental event, with Stage 20 taking place within riding distance of our base here in the Nothern Alps.
If you want to experience this gruelling race at first hand, come and experience the buzz of watching a live mountain stage with us, whilst also challenging yourself by riding some of the actual cols made famous by the Tour for yourself!
We are offering a special 4-day Classic package from our home base in the Aravis. The Aravis Lodge is the perfect ‘home from home’ cycling base from which to experience some incredible alpine riding whilst enjoying the attentive service of our team in the cosy surroundings of the lodge.
If you are a cycling enthusiast, keen to experience the racing calendar’s most celebrated race at first hand, as well as testing yourself by riding some of the Tour’s most iconic climbs, this long weekend break is not to be missed!
Your riding will feature amazing scenery and climbs, including the Col de la Colombiere, Col des Aravis, Col de la Forclaz and the Col des Saisies, along with the little-known Col de l’Arpettaz with its 42 switchbacks and superb views of Mont Blanc.
Rides are typically around 70km – 110km with between 1500m and 3750m of climbing.
And if your legs are feeling it a few days in, our support vehicle will be waiting for you on each col with water, snacks and the option of a lift home if you need it.
You will also get to spend some time down at Lake Annecy, where you will get to see this beautiful mountain region from a totally different perspective.
Our Dedicated Cycling Base – Lake Annecy / Aravis Mountains
Our base for your 4-day ‘watch & ride’ cycling holiday is the Aravis Lodge, in Saint Jean de Sixt: the home of Bike Weekender. A charming Alpine farming village in the heart of the Aravis Mountains, yet only an hour’s transfer from Geneva airport, its location ensures varied cycling is possible with minimal hassle, all week long.
It’s a sociable chalet-hotel, offering great food, on-site bike hire and a high level of personal service from our resident team, helping to make this a trip to remember for a long time to come!
Tour de France 2019 – 4-day French Alps Break
Thursday 25th – Monday 29th July 2019
To celebrate the Tour de France coming through the Northern Alps, we have devised a special itinerary for you, to ensure that you experience the best the area has to offer, whilst getting in on the Tour action, on what has the potential to be the most exciting and decisive stage of the Tour, before the procession to Paris the following day.
As well as delicious, hearty food, you’ll find great bike facilities and dedicated service from our resident team.
This 4-day holiday has a very short airport transfer from Geneva, and full vehicle support for each day’s ride, giving you the most cycling possible. Each day we’ll head out on the scheduled ride after breakfast at the Lodge. Lunch (not included in the package) is taken at cafés / restaurants along the ride route.
All rides are accompanied by our friendly and knowledgeable support team in the minibus, who will be equipped with plenty of drinks and snacks, spares, along with any gear you don’t want to carry, and shouting encouragement along the way. They can also give you a ride back to base if the legs give up, allowing you to simply enjoy the experience.
‘Watch & Ride’ the Tour de France 2019 – Holiday Itinerary
Thursday 25th July – 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-ups are at 17:30 and 21:45 – transfer to your base is only 1 hour.
There’ll be time to build bikes / set up hire bikes, before a 3-course dinner or late supper is served, both served with wine.
Friday 26th July – Col de Forclaz & Lake Annecy ride
A spectacular first-day ride with amazing views across Lake Annecy from the top of the Col de la Forclaz. Continue around the lake shore, passing through the beautiful medieval town centre of Annecy before the climb back to base.
Ride distance = 97 km with total climbing of 2049m
Saturday 27th July – Stage 20 – Beaufortain area
A special day with 3 big Tour de France cols ticked off in one ride plus the chance to watch a live mountain stage at first hand.
First it’s an ascent up Col des Aravis, followed by Col des Saisies via Crest Voland, a twisty descent through Hautluce, followed by a break at the bottom to watch the Tour de France peloton go passed on their way up to the Cormet de Roselend. After lunch we’ll return through the pretty town of Beaufort, go up and over the Signal de Bisanne and Saisies, drop down to Flumet through Notre Dame de Bellecombe and finish with a final ascent back up the south side of the Col des Aravis before a welcome descent back to base in St Jean de Sixt – as featured on the final day of the 2016 Tour de France.
Ride distance = 108 km with total climbing of 3752m
For anyone with tired legs, you can always grab a lift back in the minibus from Flumet, rather than the final climb ap the Aravis.
Sunday 28th July – Aravis Loop Ride and the Col d’Arpettaz
A stunning ride featuring the Col de Marais and the less well-known but spectacular Col d’Arpettaz complete with 42 switchbacks – a real hidden gem, with a fantastic view across to Mont Blanc on a clear day! Then return via the Col des Aravis and its thrilling descent back to base.
Ride distance = 89 km with total climbing of 2556m
Monday 29th July – Col de la Colombière – Departure
One more Tour de France col to ride, it’s a simple loop ride to tackle the Col de la Colombière. Not a long ride, but a real challenge and a fitting finale to your time in the Aravis Mountains.
Ride distance = 62 km with total climbing of 1466m
Return to base, pack away bikes, shower before departing to Geneva Airport.
Transfers leave base at 14:00 (for flights departing after 16:45) and 17:30 (for flights departing after 20:30)
The itinerary outlined is provisional, and on rare occasions, we may have to modify this programme due to weather conditions, group ability, Tour road closures, roadworks etc.
The Aravis Lodge – A Perfect Cycling Base
The Aravis Lodge is set up to cater to all of your cycling holiday needs, so make yourself comfortable and think of it as your home away from home.
The Aravis Lodge has 18 ensuite bedrooms, with all bathrooms having recently (2016) been fully renovated in a fresh, contemporary style. Most rooms are 2-person twin / doubles; there are also four larger family rooms, which sleep up to 4 in twin / double beds plus an adult-sized bunk bed.
On the basement level you will find the bike room and workshop. There is also a fully equipped gym and fitness room with CV and weights machines – in case you haven’t had enough exercise already. The modern sauna and massage room always seem to be much more popular!
Aravis Lodge 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, and served at 1930 each day. Menus are planned with cyclists in mind, and will fill you up with the carbs you need for the next day’s riding.
Red and white table wine is included with dinner; additional drinks (draft and bottle beers, spirits and wine-list wines by the bottle) are available from the Aravis Lodge bar on a tab basis, charged on departure in Euros.
Tour de France 2019 – ‘Watch & Ride’ Cycling Holiday
Thursday 25th – Monday 29th July 2019
Special package price = £545pp
All prices are per-person, based on 2 guests sharing a room. Contact us for details of single occupancy options.
Inclusive package includes:-
- Transfers to / from Geneva Airport
- Ensuite accommodation at the cosy chalet-style Aravis Lodge, Saint Jean de Sixt (twin/triple rooms)
- Cyclist-focused breakfast and hearty 3-course evening meal, including red and white wine
- Fully supported rides – route marked, vehicle support, drinks and snacks etc.
- The dedicated service of our professional, friendly team
- Access to the in-house gym and sauna
Not included in the package price:-
- Flights to / from Geneva – arranged independently
- Bike hire – quality carbob road bike hire can be arranged with us at £140 for 4 days
- Lunches whilst out riding – bought directly
- Additional drinks from the Aravis Lodge bar – tabs charged on departure
- Post-ride massage (optional)
For Arrivals from Geneva Airport
Arrive on Thursday 25th July Geneva Airport, by either 1730 for the first pick-up, or 2145 for the second.
For Departures from Geneva Airport
Monday 29th July – departing our base at either 14:00 (for flights departing after 16:45) or 17:30 (for flights departing after 20:30).
Please sign up using the booking form below
Pay a deposit of £150pp once your reservation has been confirmed by email
The remaining balance will be due 6 weeks prior to the trip and you will receive an email reminder 1 week before it is due.
If you’d like to join us on this special Tour de France 2019 4-day cycling holiday, just click on the button below to access the booking form and we’ll be in touch by email shortly to confirm your reservation.
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