Tour de France Alpine Cycle Challenge Picture 1
Tour de France Alpine Cycle Challenge Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: April - October

Max alt:  1724m

Dist:  300km

Min age:  18

Duration:  5

Alpine Cycle Challenge

Bike Adventure

Come and sample the crystal clear air of the Alps, ride in the tyre tracks of the legends, and take on our amazing 10 Cols Challenge - visiting 10 famous cols visited in the world's toughest sporting event. Based in La Clusaz, just a short distance from Geneva airport, these are 3 days of riding you will never forget.


Fly into Geneva airport where your adventure cafe team will meet you and transfer you to our village centre accommodation. On arrival you will have a chance to get your hire bike set to your requirements (or set up your own machine), and dependant on your flight arrival time we will have chance for a leg warming ride in the afternoon - ride to the nearby Col de la Croix Fry. If the scenery does not take your breath away, the riding over the next 3 days certainly will. 

We have carefully prepared a unique route for each day, with an option for a shorter (still challenging) route and a long course. You can expect a fair few hills on this challenge so it is essential you train for this event.

 

 


Itinerary

Day 1:

- arrive Geneva airport

- transfer to La Clusaz

- Lunch 

- Prepare your bike

- Leg warming ride 

- Evening meal pre event brief 

Day 2

- 07:30 Breakfast

- 08:30 Depart on Ride

- 12:00 - 1300 Lunch

- 16:00 - Return to Accommodation

- 19:30 - Evening Meal

Day 3

- 07:30 Breakfast

- 08:30 Depart on Ride

- 12:00 - 1300 Lunch

- 16:00 - Return to Accommodation

- 19:30 - Evening Meal

Day 4

- 07:30 Breakfast

- 08:30 Depart on Ride

- 12:00 - 1300 Lunch

- 16:00 - Return to Accommodation

- 19:30 - Evening Meal

Day 5

- Breakfast

- Final Farewells

- Transfer to Geneva Airport

- Return Flight Home

 

 

Route Map


Accommodation

We shall be spending all 4 nights at the Hotel Alpen Roc in La Clusaz: 

http://www.alpenroc.com/en/

We will be accommodated in Twin rooms 

Single Supplements are available on a first come first serve basis for £145

 

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!)

 

Special Notes

There are plenty of hills in this itinerary. The more training you put in the more enjoyable you will; find the event.

Please follow this link for training advice 

If you have any questions please give us a call or drop us an email and we will be happy to help. 

 

 

Visas / Redtape

Visa is not required for EU citizens. 

 

 

Included In Trip

4 days Guided Cycling

Support Vehicles

Qualified First Aiders, Mechanics and Cycle leaders 

4 Nights Hotel Accommodation 

4 Breakfasts

Feed Station Lunches

4 evening meals

 

Excluded From Trip

Flights

Lunch day 1 & day 5

Spare parts - a small fee will be levied for any spare parts used 

Single supplement - limited availablity FCFS £140. 

Bike Transfer from the UK

 

Equipment Required

Bike Items
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)

Helmet (compulsory)
Personal Medikit  Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant

Washkit

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

Waterproof Clothing
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in

Other
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

Important
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

 

Safety Information

Cycling can be a dangerous activity - please take all safety briefings seriously - we want to keep you sfe whilst on this ride! 

Please follow this link to our safe cycling tips:

Safe Cycling Tips Document

You will be expected to follow your cycle leaders instructions at all times whilst on the event 

 

 

 

Weather

The weather in May is typically fine and dry, although there will still be a covering of snow on higher peaks however our roads will be clear from snow as we do not pass 2000m. We can expect cool mornings and evenings but during the day temperatures should be mild. This can never be guaranteed so it is important to come prepared for less than ideal conditions. You should be bringing waterproofs, arm warmers and leggings. An extra base layer to ride in is also advisable - just in case!

 

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!

 

Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event


Guide price

£Price on enquiry

Difficulty
Info

 

This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


 

Event Location


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