Tour de France 2018
Rider Level: All riders
Cost: £1,120 per person / £800 per person non cyclists (based on twin occupancy of room, single room occupancy is available at supplement of £30 per night)
Arrive: Saturday 14 July 2018
Depart: Saturday 21 July 2018
Airport: Arrive / depart Geneva
Transfers: Included in above price
We are absolutely delighted to see the Tour de France on our doorstep in July 2018! This gives us 3 full days at the Tour riding the routes before the race arrives later in the day. This is quite an experience riding through throngs of camper vans and spectators where the atmosphere is something special.
Saturday 14 July
Arrival at Geneva airport. Transfers included which takes around 2 hours. Afternoon tea on arrival and three course evening meal prepared by our resident chef.
Sunday 15 July
Our first days riding takes us up the Col de Petit St Bernard. It’s a relatively easy climb but it’s a long and scenic route to the Italian border with some stunning views of Mont Blanc. We then descend to La Thuile for some lunch and climb from the other side. There are options to do more or less as you prefer. It’s back to the chalet for afternoon tea and a soak in the hot tub before dinner.
Monday 16 July
The Tour has its rest day in Annecy so we will ride part of Wednesday’s route. On our agenda is the Col de Pré and the Cormet de Roselend. This is one of the most beautiful circuits in this part of the Alps and with the Tour here the next day the route will be besieged with camper vans which makes for a fabulous ambiance.
Tuesday 17 July
The stage starts in Annecy today and the plan to ride the Col de la Croix Fry then watch the race come over the summit. Once the race has passed we will have time to ride on towards Le Grand Bornand and watch the race finish.
Wednesday 18 July
The stage starts in Albertville this morning and it follows the route we will already have ridden on Monday. Our day will take us to the summit finish in the ski station of La Rosière and it’s a road we know very well. We will ride the last climb and then find a good spot to watch the race finish. As ever there are options to do more riding if you want to or simply enjoy the atmosphere on the mountain.
Thursday 19 July
Today is all about the Alpe d’Huez. We will start the day with a 10km flat spin to the base of the climb and then you have the opportunity to ride the Alpe before the race comes through later. I’m sure everyone has seen this on the TV but it’s quite an experience (especially at Dutch corner). You can then chose where you want to watch – either on the hill or drop down to Bourg d’Oisans and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.
Friday 20 July
The race leaves the Alps today but we will ride part of yesterday’s route tackling the Col de la Madeleine! We can ride out from the chalet and enjoy an easy warm up before taking on the 26km monster! There is a great lunch stop at the summit before the long descent back to Moutiers and perhaps a nice beer in the town to finish the week!
Saturday 21 July
Transfers back to Geneva airport.