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Best Time of Year: April - October
Ride Alps Experience
This unique 200 mile itinerary is designed to offer you a taste of the Alpine experience in the spiritual home of cycling. Feel the buzz of cycling through some of French Alp's finest scenery… the breathtaking Col de la Colombière, Col des Aravis and Cormet de Roselend are certainly highlights of this amazing cycling break. You will be following in the tyre tracks of many famous tour winners - just remember this when you are desperately struggling up the Colombière! This is a compact, but adventure filled 4 days. Flying in early to Geneva, we shall then ride out early for a full day, on day 1, and expect a late flight home on night 4.
Day 1 From Geneva to St Jean de Sixt via Col de la Colombiere (45 miles). Day 2 St Jean de Sixt to Bourg St Maurice via Col des Aravis (63 miles). Day 3 Bourg St Maurice to Annecy via Cormet de Roselend (68 miles). Day 4 Annecy to Geneva via Lake Annecy, Les Contamines, Les Gorges du Borne, and a short ride beside Lake Geneva itself before heading home! (58 miles)
Day 1 Fly out from UK before beginning ride-
- Geneva To Saint-Jean-de-Sixt (45 miles)
Col de la Colombière (1613m) - featured 20 times in TdF
Day 2 - Saint-Jean-de-Sixt To Bourg-Saint-Maurice( 2 miles)
Col des Aravis (1486m) - featured 39 times in TdF
Day 3 - Bourg-Saint-Maurice To Annecy( 74 miles)
Cormet de Roselend (1967m) - featured 9 times in TdF
Ride beside Lake Annecy - on the famous Time TdF Trial Course
Day 4 - Annecy To Geneva (58 miles)
via Lake Annecy, Les Gorges du Borne, and Lake Geneva. Fly back to UK
Will be in simple hotels throughout the event (including buffet breakfasts). The standard of accommodation will fluctuate throughout the trip - but is designed to be functional - and to enable us to get a good night's sleep - and continue with the challenge. You will be sharing in twins or triples. If you require a single room then please request this at time of booking (a small supplement will be payable). Upgrades are also available for an extra charge if required.
What is a Level 3.5 Cycling Challenge Like?
These challenge rides are either longer, with more ascent, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 10 hours cycling. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be a keen cyclist for these events, and to enjoy training, and to ride regularly. If the ride is outside the EU, it is likely to be easier in terms of the physical riding, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to more basic living conditions (in the case of Asia / Africa especially)
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Bike Ride’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long rides in the countryside - 6 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training. Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be at least 22-24 km/hr, and you should be able to cycle at high speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km. You may also be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge.
Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Included In Trip
Experienced Cycle Leader, Full Vehicle Support and Driver/Mechanic, First Aider, Pre-event briefing, Accommodation (3 nights), Full buffet breakfasts every day.
Excluded From Trip
Flights, Lunches, Evening Meals
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Personal Medikit Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable), Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as first aid kits, and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. On any cycling itinerary you should take great care on the road - cycling single file wherever possible, avoiding the use of earphones, and wearing a helmet at all times whilst riding.
It is wise to prepare for all weather types, you never know we may be pleasantly surprised!
Hat and gloves are essential for this trip! Warm tracksuit trousers are recommended. It is advisable to bring suncream. As we cross the Alps - temperatures will drop - so be ready for a range of temperatures.
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
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