Whether you’re training for a specific event, aiming to improve your fitness or simply looking to come and ride with a group of friends in the mountains, we have something for you. Our Alpine trips include cols that regularly appear in the Grand Tours and other major European cycling events.
Our chalet is deep in the French Alps and perfectly positioned if you are training for the Haute Route, Etape du Tour or Marmotte sportives. The route of the 2016 Haute Route included a lot of the climbs we ride regularly, and Stage 6 actually passed the foot of the climb to our chalet in Peisey-Nancroix before heading over the stunning Cormet de Roselend towards the finish in Megève.
Our Peisey-Nancroix base in the Les Arcs ski domain is a climbers dream. It’s within riding distance of the Col du Petit Saint Bernard, Cormet de Roselend, Col de l’Iseran and Col de la Madeleine. We’ve been riding these climbs in the Tarentaise valley for many years and this is where 1330 Road Cycling began life in 2013. With breathtaking views and many challenging climbs of over 20 kilometres in length with superb descents, it’s road cycling mecca.
Our Alpine trips at Chalet Cairn in Peisey-Nancroix from June through to September are fully-catered trips. They are specifically tailored to the ability level of the group staying that week with an itinerary planned prior to arrival. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided and carefully planned to ensure we provide the fuel needed to tackle each day of riding in the best possible condition. We are aware that you are on holiday so we aim to find the right balance. There is also an on-site massage service available.
All our trips are fully-supported and van-assisted which means that you can ride without having to carry extra clothing, spares or food. It also means you can simply focus on your riding without the worry of getting into trouble if the weather suddenly changes or there are any mechanical problems. For those new to riding in the mountains it allows you to choose how much you ride each day. We find that most of our guests are keen to ride the full routes every day, but this gives you the option if you choose not to.
With everything taken care of from the moment we collect you from the airport our van-assisted, fully-supported Alpine trips allow you to choose how much you ride each day. You benefit from not having to carry any extra clothing, spares or food during the rides as it comes with us as we follow you in the support van.
Our aim is to provide a memorable cycling experience in our fantastic surroundings, and hopefully you’ll meet new friends along the way.
Whether you are new to this sport, looking to try riding in the mountains for the first time or are a more experienced rider aiming to improve your fitness with some altitude training, we have something to offer you.
For those pushed for time we are continuing the weekend trips which we introduced in 2017. They have proved very popular and still allow for five rides during your stay.
Booking an early morning flight on arrival day and an evening flight on departure day means we can ride in the afternoon of your arrival and also have time for a three hour ride the morning of the day you leave before we pack your bike and transfer you to the airport for your flight home. You have three big days in the saddle in between.
Part availability | £1199 per person (Level: Intermediate/Advanced)
Part availability | £1199 per person (Level: Intermediate)
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The above prices are for a fully-catered stay in a shared room with breakfast, lunch and dinner provided (apart from one day of our full week trips when our chalet staff take a day off). Wine is included with your evening meal. There are guided, van-assisted rides each day with routes and ride distances planned prior to your arrival and tailored to your group’s ability and fitness levels. Transfers to and from Geneva airport are included in the price.
The chalet has a huge open-plan living room and dining area with an adjoining balcony which captures the sun all day long. We have a relaxation room with a sauna and a garden terrace with an outdoor hot tub. You can relax in style enjoying the facilities which include en suites in every bedroom, free wifi and UK TV channels so you can watch all of the major cycling races. We also have secure bike storage.
We’d like your stay with us to allow as much time in the saddle as possible, or at least as much as you’d like to. If ‘Ride & Eat & Sleep & Repeat’ is your mantra during your stay at our chalet, you’ll will be able to do just that. You can focus simply on your riding and we’ll take care of the rest. If you also take advantage of our on-site massage service provided by Massage Me it really gets close to the feeling of living the life of a Pro rider.
We can comfortably accommodate groups of up to ten riders at Chalet Cairn. We have a washing machine and drying area so if you need to wash your kit during your stay that’s not a problem. Hopefully you won’t have any wet days in the saddle but being in the mountains there’s no guarantee.
This is true Alpine living in a typically rural French mountain village. It’s a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The sun terrace at Chalet Cairn which looks out over the high mountain peaks of the Vanoise National Park is the perfect place to relax after a long ride.
Being situated high up in the mountains doesn’t mean a slog home each day. We will drive you back up to the chalet at the end of each ride, unless you’ve enough left in your legs to tackle the 12k climb up through the forest. It’s definitely something we recommend doing during your stay. It’s a tough one, though, and is quite steep for the first few kilometres.
We provide a carefully-planned menu giving you the right balance of carbohydrates and proteins, so you will be ready for your ride each day. Any specific dietary requirements will be taken care of. We talk to our guests prior to arrival to find out what your group will need.
If you are a cheese fan, this is also the place for you. We have several locally produced cheeses that come from the milk of the cows which graze in the fields near the chalet and are sold in the cheese shop in our neighbouring village.
If you’d like to take a day off the bike while you are here, or if you are coming along with the family, we have many other activities available in and around the valley. Take a look at our ‘Local area and activities’ section for more information.
The Tour de France has been here many times over the years, and the Haute Route Alps 2016 passes through our valley over the cols we ride during our Alpine Weeks.
Cormet de Roselend, Col du Petit Saint Bernard, Col de L’Iseran, Col de la Madeleine, Courchevel, Les Arcs and La Plagne are all within a short ride of our chalet.
Along with all of these big-name Tour climbs we have many hidden gems with fantastic views of the valley to show you.
Click on the links below or use the drop-down menu for more information on the climbs we ride regularly from Chalet Cairn.
From the foot of the climb in Landry to the chalet is 9k, with a further 3k to the finish line. It’s steep at the bottom so you immediately find out what you’ve let yourself in for. The tree-lined road up the valley to the chalet is possibly one of the most tricky climbs in the area.
Distance from chalet: 5o metres (maximum)
Length (Foot to chalet): 9k
Elevation gain: 700m
Average gradient: 8%
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These include the climbs listed below that we are all too familiar with and ride regularly throughout the year. The Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer were part of the Etape du Tour and Tour de France route in 2015.
Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez make up the classic route of the Marmotte sportive which many of our guests take part in and come to us to use as a training base before the event.
The Col du Galibier also appears twice in the Haute Route Alps 2016 before passing through our valley over climbs we ride on most of our Alpine Weeks.
Bouldering rocks are located close to the chalet and climbing lessons are available on marvellous local rock formations.
Designed originally to train Italian soldiers, these feature modern fixed climbing aids and will only cost you the price of hiring the harness and helmets. Located at the top of the valley the Via Ferrata is a great way to spend a few hours if you have a head for heights!
Our chalet is situated at the entrance to the Vanoise National Park, justly renowned for its spectacular scenery and wildlife. It is the oldest national park in France and the highest point is the Grand Casse at 3855m. Many kilometres of trails criss-cross the local area with wonderful walks possible to the Lac de la Plagne or to Tignes.
Renowned for its beautiful frescoes, this chapel is revered throughout the Tarentaise and is internationally renowned. Just watch out if you drink at the miraculous spring- its meant to aid fertility!
Developed in the 18th century after lead and silver were found in the area. The area achieved national prominence at this point and the School of Mining was established here.
Take a trip up on this cable car to 3226m for a spectacular 360 degree view of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps as well as Mont Blanc. Professional local guides. Professional guides are available locally to take you to see the local flora and fauna, lakes and high summits.
Les Arcs has a gorgeous outdoor pool where you can relax all day, admiring the panoramic view. There is also a day time café so you need never leave. Close to Landry at the bottom of the mountain, Plan D’eau is a pretty man made lake on the Bourg – Aime cycle path. Very popular for a few hours chilling out!
Les Arcs has a 9 hole and 18 hole course. It is possible to get tuition through the David Leadbetter Academy.
Savoie was only joined to France 150 years ago. Throughout its turbulent history it has had to protect its borders and the crossing points between France and Italy. In Bourg you can visit the Fort de la Platte a stone fortress perched high above the town or visit the Tour Montmayeur in Aime.
Thanks to a period of prosperity in the 17th to 18th centuries, the local Savoyards commissioned Italian artists to carve and paint a bevy of cute golden putti, cherubs and saints in the churches, leaving a wonderful legacy. Often the plain austere exteriors belie the elaborate and colourful art within. The churches of Peisey Nancroix, Landry and Notre Dame de Vernettes are excellent examples.
Visit the local dairy, meet the famous Tarine cows and find out how the huge roundels of Beaufort cheese are made in huge copper vats.
Hire a donkey or two for the day to carry your kids and a picnic and wander the many trails of the upper area of the valley for a day.
Available for children from 1-6 at the local garderie. About 25E for the whole day (9-5). Horse riding Treks available in the upper valley.
See the beautiful Tarentaise valley from a birds perspective, soaring over the mountains of Les Arcs. Introductory tandem trips and longer courses are possible. Rafting Exhilarating white water rafting trips down the Haute-Isere river or the Doron de Bozel.
The slalom canoeing area on the Isere river, a short ride form the chalet, is one of the most difficult and prestigious in the world. It regularly hosts the French championships and occasionally the World Championships.
Jump, slide, swim, climb down some or the region’s spectacular gorges.
Take a trip with local guides up to the glaciers and peaks or try glacier hiking which is an intermediate step between mountaineering and hiking, using crampons to navigate your way across the glaciers.
This adventure park in the trees is enormous fun. All ages are catered for, with a trail for 6-7 year olds up to a difficult trail for teenages and adults. A new ‘black’ circuit has been added with one long rope slide at the end. Don’t worry-help is at hand if you get stuck!
Transfers to and from Geneva airport are included in the price of our Alpine trips. For those staying in Peisey-Nancroix it’s possible to take the train via Paris to Bourg Saint Maurice, which is only a 25 minute drive from our chalet. It’s a really pleasant way to arrive in the heart of the mountains, and we’ll collect you from the train station and transfer you to our chalet.