Tour de France 2019
Arrive: Sunday 21 July 2019
Leave: Sunday 28 July 2019
Cost: £950 per person £650 non riders.
Rider Level: All riders + Non-riders
Our TDF trip has a great mix of riding and enjoying the drama and excitement of stage finishes in the Alps. Based in our super-lux chalet in Courchevel Le Praz it’s a wonderful location from where you can ride and also relax and enjoy summer in the Alps. The chalet is fully catered with our in-house chef and there is also an outdoor hot tub to ease the legs after a day on the road. The joy of our Tour week it’s attainable for all level of riders – where you can do as little or as much as you wish. All the rides are fully supported and we have guides on the road with you too
This years trip will include 3 days at the Tour and 3 days riding some of the roads prior to the pros arriving a day or two later.
Ideally arrive in the morning to Geneva and we will pick you up and take you to our luxurious Chalet Nicola which will be your base for the week.
Our team will be there to help assemble your bikes. We will have an evening meeting prior to supper when we will go through the week’s rides and exactly how the support team work. Diner is normally at 7.30pm. Our chef prepares three courses suited to hungry cyclists! Wine is also included.
Our first day in the Alps takes in the Col de Petit St Bernard and a trip to Italy for some lunch. Starting on a cycle path near Aime we have a gentle ride to Bourg St Maurice. We soon start climbing to the ski resort of La Rosiere where the TDF had a finish in 2018. We continue to the summit at 2200m and over to Italy for some well-earned food. It’s a relatively easy climb with gradients at 5% and a good way to get used to the mountains. We retrace our ride but take an alternative descent to Bourg.
There are good options to make this ride easier dependent on your ability level.
Today we will ride the Cormet de Roselend from Albertville following the first 80km of the final mountain stage on Saturday. Simply stunning scenery and the camper vans will already be out in force as we ride through Beaufort to the Lac de Roselend. It’s hard to think of a more beautiful ride. We will finish in Macot and pick it the 2nd part of this stage tomorrow! Once again we have various good options to still ride the Cormet but on a shorter circuit.
We start at the chalet today and ride to the valley where our first climb takes us on a secluded mountain road to Hautecour. It’s the warm up to us picking up the Tour route again in Macot La Plagne. The climb to Notre Dam de Pre is a through the forests is beautiful and one we use regularly. We then descent to Moutiers with the option to ride to the chalet or make use of the support van.
Tour Day 1 It’s off to the Col de Galibier to watch the TDF finish in Valloire. Our plan is to ride the monster Galibier from Valloire. This is quite a challenge but with wall to wall camper vans on this iconic climb it helps with the motivation. The Tour comes up from the ‘easier’ south side but you can chose where to watch either at the summit or in Valloire at the stage finish.
Tour Day 2 The stage finish is near us in Tignes today. We have a couple of options for the ride today. One will be to ride the Col Iseran from Val d’Isere in the morning and then follow the last 40km of the route including the ascent to Tignes at 2100m. The easier option will be to ride to Val d’Isere and then the finale of today’s race the 9km ascent to the stage finish.
Tour Day 3 This is the penultimate day and it’s on our doorstep. We will ride out from the chalet in the morning and there is opportunity to ride the entire final climb to Val Thorens finishing at 2300m! It’s your choice and you can do as little or as much as you want but the atmosphere on the hill will be electric as we wait for the pros to arrive on what promises to be the TDF deciding day.
Travel back to Geneva airport.
Fully supported riding.
1 rider and 1 driver/mechanic for each 8 riders.
Minibuses available all day with snacks and drinks
Medical and mechanical support.
Accommodation in luxury Chalet.
Substantial breakfast and three course supper.
Wine with diner.
Most importantly, amazing cycling terrain and scenery.
Lunches and day time drinks.
Holiday sports insurance.