Rider Level: 1 / 2 / 3
Cost: £560 per person includes 4 nights in a hotel based on a twin room occupancy.
Arrive: Thursday 24 May 2018
Depart: Monday 28 May 2018
Airport: Arrive / Depart Geneva
Transfers: £60 per person return
This has now become a fixture in our programme and is aimed at cyclists with limited experience of alpine riding but with a passion to experience whilst enjoying the beautiful setting Annecy offers. Riders should be comfortable riding between 60 – 80km (40 – 55 miles) each day with smaller alpine cols included.
This is a great opportunity for cyclists who enjoy cycling to get together and improve their fitness and stamina in a relaxed environment. Run over a long weekend and based in the breathtakingly beautiful Annecy this is the perfect base to enjoy spectacular riding in the foothills of the Alps and chill out in relaxing surroundings at the end of the day.
This weekend will start with an easier flat cycle on the Friday and rides will build up over the weekend. The focus will be on how to ride in the mountains, what gearing to use and how to balance your effort. There will also be the opportunity to develop your descending skills.
There are many climbs featured in the rides over the long weekend and these are all achievable for Rider Level 1, 2 and 3.
All our rides are fully supported and a guide will ride with you.
Each day there are options to put in longer rides with more climbing if you prefer.
Thursday 24 May
Arrive at Geneva, transfer to Annecy (40mins) and settle in to hotel. Build your bike then enjoy a relaxing evening meal.
Friday 25 May
Warm up ride of between 60km and 80km. We will take the flat cycle path at Lake Annecy before making our way along the valley floor towards Albertville. We will ride the Col de l’Epine (6km @ 6%) en route which is a beautiful climb on empty roads. Normally we will take lunch at the north side of the lake before riding back on the opposite side of the lake cycle path. Back at the hotel for about 3pm there will be an opportunity to do some stretching and sunbathing back at the hotel.
Saturday 26 May
Ride of 60 and 80km. Both groups will set off together and after a warm up 10km ride by the lakeside we head up the Col de Leschaux (12km and 4% gradient) This is a gentle alpine climb taking us in to the Bauges National Park. The faster group will head off towards the Col de Semnoz (12km @ 6%) while the other group will take in some gentle hills before both groups meet up for lunch. After lunch we have a lovely descent back to the lake and will be back at the hotel about 3pm. This gives giving us plenty of time for a bit more sunbathing or, if you prefer, do some sight-seeing in town.
Sunday 27 May
Both groups will head off along the lakeside before heading off towards the Aravis Region. Passing some well known ski stations we take in the Col de Bluffy (5km @ 3%) , the Col de Marias (6km @ 4%) before descending to the alpine town of Faverges. This is a great coffee stop before heading up the Col de Tamie (this 10km climb at 4/5%) is relatively easy in a well known winter cross country region. We will meet near Albertville for lunch and then make our way along the cycle path back to Annecy. If anyone wants a little afternoon test there will be the opportunity to tackle the Col de Forclaz.(8km @ 8%) Although a short climb it is steep but well worth the effort when you experience the views from the top. We take supper in Annecy old town tonight and enjoy a few celebratory drinks.
Monday 28 May
Travel back to Geneva for morning flight home.
What is included:
- 4 nights hotel accommodation in three star Annecy hotel
- Breakfast and dinner (not on the Sunday evening) each day
- Fully supported with minibus and mechanic all day
- Food and drinks on all rides
- Ride guide to take you on the best routes in this beautiful area
- Technical advice on how to descent safely and ride in the mountains
- Drinks with dinner
- Bike Hire (can be arranged upon request)
- Transfers if required £60 return)
- Holiday sports insurance
NB: If any previous Annecy riders would like to do another tour then we will amend the routes accordingly to ensure that fresh challenges are provided.