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Neil’s climbing weekend

Join 1330 Road Cycling and Matteo Carrara for a coaching trip on the major French Alpine Cols. improve your climbing and descending skills during five structured, vehicle-assisted riding days.


Matteo Carrara rode several Grand Tours and one day Classics with the top teams of the Pro peloton. He is a specialist in the mountains and his knowledge and experience is second to none. On this trip we’ll cover all aspects of riding big climbs with him and also look at nutrition and recovery so you will be fully-prepared for riding in the mountains.


We will collect you from Geneva airport following an early flight and drive you to our chalet. After assembling your bike we’ll head out for a late-afternoon/early-evening leg-stretcher including the climb to Les Arcs to prepare you for four days of fantastic climbing and descending training with a rider who’s competed at the very highest level.


A full day of riding taking in the major Tour de France col of of Cormet de Roselend. Following the descent of the North side into the village of Beaufort you can climb back up the side you’ve just descended or tackle the brutally steep Col du Pre. The views from the mountain are spectacular as you pass the Lac du Roselend.



Another full day in the saddle riding to La Thuile in Italy which involves climbing both sides of Col du Petit Saint Bernard. For those looking to save their legs in anticipation of tomorrow’s massive ride there is the option of a shorter ride, which is to just tackle one side of the Petit Saint Bernard climb and descend back to our meeting point and coffee stop in Bourg Saint Maurice.

TM2014 Ben and Graeme

A huge day in the saddle. First we leave our valley and ride down the valley road through Moutiers to the 26k to the foot of Col de la Madeleine, the first of today’s three HC climbs. Following the descent of the Madeleine we are immediately greeted with the Col du Glandon. This side of the climb is usually descended in the Marmotte sportive and was climbed in the 2015 Tour de France and Etape du Tour.

After the fast, flowing descent of the Glandon to Allemont, it’s a spin along the valley road and onto the grand finale of the day, Alpe d’Huez.

After a celebratory drink at the summit you will descend into Bourg D’Oisans where we’ll you’ll load the bikes onto the van and then we’ll drive back to the chalet for dinner.


Today we will ride some of the lesser-known, but equally challenging climbs in our valley. A three hour loop showcasing the superb views of the Tarentaise valley and also tackling the tough climb of Notre Dame du Pré (recently renamed Col du Tra). The descend of this climb is superb and takes us to the foot of the climb to the chalet.

You can either ride the 12k to the chalet if you have anything left in your legs, or we’ll drive you there where you’ll pack your bike ready for a late afternoon transfer to Geneva airport for your evening flight home.

Descending Cormet de Roselend during our 2014 training camp



You’ll be staying in fantastic fully-catered chalet accommodation hosted by 1330 Road Cycling. We are in the stunning Tarentaise valley between Les Arcs and La Plagne in the French Alps. See more images of our chalet and photos from our 2014 training camp in the photo galleries on the right.


The cost of this trip is £1099 (flights not included)

What you get:

  • Four nights, fully-catered accommodation at Chalet Cairn
  • Coaching and tuition with Matteo Carrara during 5 pre-planned riding days
  • High carb breakfast, and light post-ride lunch at the chalet
  • Three course evening meal including wine
  • Workshop and secure bike storage
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure day
  • Guided, van-supported rides
  • Massage service available (at additional cost)

For more details, or to book please contact: