1330 Road Cycling

We are cyclists with a passion for riding bikes in the mountains. We provide fully-supported road cycling trips from May through to September at Chalet Cairn, our fantastic French Alpine chalet in the village of Nancroix, in-between the ski resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne.

 

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 at the entrance to the Vanoise National Park, deep in the French Alps and perfectly positioned if you are training for the Haute Route, Etape du Tour or Marmotte sportives.

Stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France, which is also the Etape du Tour stage, passes through Landry at the foot of the climb to our chalet after a start in the nearby town of Albertville. The stage also includes two of our favourite climbs, the Cormet de Roselend and the newly introduced to the Tour for 2019 Côte de Longefoy, which has a thrilling descent from the village of Notre-Dame-du-Pré into Moutiers and precedes the long and final climb to the finish in Val Thorens. All very local roads for us, and regulars in our riding itineraries.

Nancroix

Our Nancroix base in the Paradiski 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 scenery and many challenging climbs of over 20 kilometres in length with superb descents, it’s road cycling mecca.

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LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Our team of support staff and guides have ridden the Tarentaise and neighbouring valleys for many years, and have excellent local knowledge. These are our home roads, so we understand when and where are the best places and climbs to ride.

We also know how the weather patterns work in the area, so we keep a close eye on the weather forecasts in the lead-up to and during each trip and occasionally adjust the riding itinerary based on how it’s looking.

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HORS CATEGORY CATERING

Our Alpine trips which run from May through to September are all fully-catered. They are specifically tailored to the ability level of the group staying that week with an itinerary planned prior to arrival. Breakfast and dinner are provided and carefully planned to ensure we provide the fuel needed to tackle each day of riding in the best possible condition. However, 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.

Support for the ride

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 encourage our guests to ride the full routes every day, but this gives you the option if you choose not to.

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“Ride your bike, ride your bike, ride your bike.”

Fausto Coppi

Below are the dates of our 2019 Alpine trips.  These are designed so you can concentrate entirely on your riding and maximise your time in the saddle during your stay.  You will be hosted on a fully-catered basis at our stunning chalet in Nancroix.  We are on the edge of the Vanoise National Park in the valley between Les Arcs and La Plagne.

 

With everything taken care of from the moment we collect you at the airport, our vehicle-assisted, fully-supported Alpine trips allow you to cover a wider area than regular non-supported cycling trips.

We often explore neighbouring valleys during our rides. You also 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. We also have at least two of our highly-experienced guides riding with the group on the road.

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.

WEEK OR WEEKEND TRIP?

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.

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2019 DATES

Choose your dates and then click the title panel to find full details of your trip.

 

Thursday 30th May – Monday 3rd June  (4 nights) 

Part availability |  £1485 per person

(Level: Intermediate to advanced. You need to be able to ride back-to-back Cols)

Reserve your place by paying your £250 deposit via the Band of Climbers website or email info@1330roadcycling.com

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CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE WEEKEND
Thursday 13th – Monday 17th June (4 nights) 

Part availability |  £1485 per person

(Level: Intermediate to advanced. You need to be able to ride back-to-back Cols)

Book your place by emailing info@1330roadcycling.com

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BoC June
Thursday 27th June – Monday 1st July  (4 nights) 

Availability |  £1485 per person

(Level: Intermediate to advanced. You need to be able to ride back-to-back Cols)

Reserve your place by emailing info@1330roadcycling.com

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Etape du Tour weekend
Friday 19th – Monday 22nd  (3 nights)

Availability |  £949 per person

(Level: Intermediate at the very least. You need to be able complete the Etape)

Book your place by emailing info@1330roadcycling.com

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Tour de France Alpine week
Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th  (6 nights)

Availability |  £1885 per person

(Level: This is more of a social trip, but you need a decent level of fitness)

Book your place by emailing info@1330roadcycling.com

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 Womens Week 2019

 

Saturday 31st – Saturday 7th September  (7 nights)

Availability |  £1650 per person

(Level: Intermediate, but no mountain riding experience required. Not really a beginner trip)

Book your place by emailing info@1330roadcycling.com

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BoC September1
Thursday 12th – Monday 16th  (4 nights)

Availability |  £1485 per person

(Level: Intermediate to advanced. You need to be able to ride back-to-back Cols)

Book your place by emailing info@1330roadcycling.com

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BoC September2
Thursday 19th – Monday 23rd  (4 nights)

Availability |  £1485 per person

(Level: Intermediate to advanced. You need to be able to ride back-to-back Cols)

Book your place by emailing info@1330roadcycling.com

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WHAT YOU GET ON YOUR 1330 ALPINE TRIP

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 when arriving and departing within our required time slots.

What is included in the price
  • Fully-catered stay at Chalet Cairn in Nancroix (fully-catered for 6 nights only of a week-long trip)
  • Daily fully-supported, van-assisted rides
  • Energy drink, bars and gels during each ride
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure day
Not included in the price
  • Flights
  • Parts and spares (there are bike shops close by if you need anything during the trip)
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical cover (we strongly recommend you bring an EHIC card) 
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Cairn living room

Chalet Cairn is our boutique chalet in the quiet and peaceful village of Nancroix, in the valley between Les Arcs and La Plagne. Situated at the entrance to the beautiful Vanoise National Park with stunning views into the valley, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day in the saddle.

 

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.

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You ride, we do the rest

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.

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We can comfortably accommodate groups of up to twelve 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.

Mountain life

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 9k 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.

Food and diet

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.

Cairn living sauna

Contact us if you need any more information on our Alpine Weeks at Chalet Cairn


 

We are situated deep in the French Alps, just above Bourg Saint Maurice in the Tarentaise Valley. Our chalet is at the entrance to the magnificent Vanoise National Park in valley between Les Arcs and La Plagne. This is big mountain territory.

 

Villaroger 300The Tour de France has been here many times over the years, and in 2019 it passes through our valley again and over the cols we ride regularly.

Cormet de Roselend, Col du Petit Saint Bernard, Col de L’Iseran, Col de la Madeleine, Val Thorens, Les Arcs and La Plagne. They 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. Côte de Longefoy, which is making an appearance in the parcour of both the Tour de France and Etape du Tour for the first time in 2019 is one of our nearest climbs.

Click on the links below or use the drop-down menu for more information on the climbs we ride regularly from Chalet Cairn.

Local Link - Cormet de Roselend Local Link - PSB

Local Link - CoL De L'IseranLocal Link - Col de la MadeleineLocal Link - Col du TraLocal Link - Les ArcsLocal Link - La Plagne

Chalet Climb hero

The climb from Landry past our chalet to the finish line in the vanoise national park is definitely one worth riding when you are here. See where you can place yourself on the Strava leaderboard.

 

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%
View the Strava segment

 

 

 

 

We are close to many of the major climbs that appear in the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Critérium du Dauphiné as well as the popular French sportives.  Any of these can be included in your riding itinerary.

 

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.

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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 is part of the Tour de France route in 2019 as the riders climb it in stage 18 on the way to a finish in Valloire.

Local Link - GlandonLocal Link - Croix de FerLocal Link - Lacets Local Link - TelegrapheLocal Link - GalibierLocal Link - Alpe d'HuezLocal Link - Le Semnoz

 

 

“Everyday there’s something that reminds me why I love this sport.”

Bernard Hinault

At 1330 Road Cycling we value the importance of keeping the fun element to your cycling holiday and getting as much as possible out of your time here in the Alps. This is a fantastic part of the world, and there are many other activities and attractions you can take in if you decide to have a day off the bike or will be visiting us with the rest of the family.

 

Aerial view of PeiseyClimbing

Bouldering rocks are located close to the chalet and climbing lessons are available on marvellous local rock formations.

Via Ferrata

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!

HIKING

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.

Notre Dame de Vernettes

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!

The Palais de la Mine

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.

Aiguille rouge

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.

Swimming

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!

Golf

Les Arcs has a 9 hole and 18 hole course.  It is possible to get tuition through the David Leadbetter Academy.

Sightseeing

Castles/Fortifications.

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.

Les Chemins du Baroque

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.

Children’s Activities

Farm Visits

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.

Donkey Hire

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.

Childcare

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.

Parapenting

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.



Canoeing

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.

Canyoning

Jump, slide, swim, climb down some or the region’s spectacular gorges.

Mountaineering and Glacier Hiking

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.

Parc Acrobatique Gli Air

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!

“It never gets easier, you just go faster.”

Greg Lemond

Tim PSB

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Our chalets is serviced by Geneva airport. It’s around a two and a half hour transfer to Nancroix.

 

Transfers to and from Geneva airport are included in the price of our Alpine trips as long as you arrive within our required time slots. If arriving outside of those times we can arrange a private transfer at an additional cost.

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.

Contact us with any travel related questions