Join us for the first of our two Band of Climbers + 1330 September Climbing Weekend trips. A five day, four night climbing weekend in the heart of the French Alps. You will be based at our chalet in the village of Nancroix on the edge of the Vanoise National Park. We are deep in the Tarentaise valley between Les Arcs and La Plagne and surrounded by world famous Cols.
In collaboration with the Band of Climbers, this is your chance to ride with us and experience the French Alps at their most beautiful on a fully-supported, exclusive cycling trip where the sole aim is to ride stunning climbs with new friends and make lasting memories.
September is a fantastic time to ride here, as the weather is usually more settled and the temperatures more manageable than those we have here in mid-July and August. The colours of the valley are changing and the roads are very quiet. It can be the most beautiful month of the year to ride our local Cols and is a great way to make the most of the fitness you’ve built up over the Summer.
From the moment you arrive in Geneva, you will have nothing to think about other than riding and relaxing. We’ll provide everything for you, including airport transfers, daily cooked breakfasts and dinners with our in-house chef, energy drinks and bars, route guidance and van support on each ride, as well as Band of Climbers merchandise including bidons, cycling caps and your own custom print to remember the trip by.
This trip will allow you to ride not only the highest Cols of Europe, but we’ll also take you on some hidden climbs and some of the most stunning routes in Europe. Our trip will also allow you to ride many of the climbs that will have featured in the Alpine stages of the 2019 Tour de France and Etape du Tour, such as the Col de l’Iseran, Cormet de Roselend, Col du Petit Saint Bernard and Notre-Dame-du-Pré.
The itinerary of the trip is listed below, although it is subject to change based on weather conditions and the strength of the group.
You’ll enjoy a fully-catered weekend at Chalet Cairn, our wonderful Alpine chalet in Peisey-Nancroix, which is part of the Paradiski ski domain. This 7-bedroom boutique chalet with hot tub, sauna and sun terrace facing the Vanoise National Park is the perfect place to relax after each day in the saddle.
In addition to the facilities at the chalet we also have an on-site massage service provided by our local partner company Massage Me (available at additional cost).
You can find more details of where you’ll be staying here.
All of our rides are fully-supported and van-assisted which we create so you can get the most out of the area. You will tackle the big climbs we have close by as well as some of our hidden local gems.
We realise that for some it may be the first cycling trip in the mountains, so we are always there to give advice and support on every aspect of Alpine cycling.
The weather can be changeable in the mountains, especially in May and June, so we will recommend which clothing to wear each day and give you any nutritional advice so you get the most from each ride. If the weather does take a turn for the worst during a ride we’ll load up the van and trailer and drive you back to the chalet.
TIPS AND ADVICE, BUT MOSTLY FUN
We are there to help improve many aspects of your riding in the mountains during the trip including cornering, descending, and how to tackle the big Cols which can take well over an hour to climb, but most of all we will be having fun and taking in all of the breath-taking scenery we have within riding distance of our chalet.
Take a look at the photos from our previous 1330 trips in our Photo Gallery.
RIDE WITH US
Our typical day begins with breakfast at 8am so we are ready for a 9am departure. Each day usually involves 4-5 hours in the saddle taking in the climbs of our valley. We will stop for a light lunch or a snack depending on the ride, and there will be a coffee stop at a suitable mountain top cafe so you can take in the views. You are not obliged to riding the full route each day as the support van is with us at all times in case of emergencies, but we encourage you to do so.
We are usually back at the chalet by around 5pm with time for a post-ride wind down before dinner. Our massage therapist will visit the chalet for those who have pre-booked any treatments.
Your riding itinerary for this trip takes in many of our local climbs which can be found here.
Thursday 12th September – Les Arcs 1800 / Montée de Peisey Nancroix
Arrive at Geneva Airport, preferably at or before 11:30am. You will meet the BoC/1330 Road Cycling team who will drive you and your bike to the chalet. (2.5hrs approx.) For those guests arriving early enough to make the lunchtime transfer we’ll have a light lunch, set up bikes and have an easy late afternoon spin up through the quiet forest roads to Les Arcs 1800.
Earlier arrivals or self-driving guests should have time to complete our classic 40k Les Arcs loop, with a finish up our local climb to the chalet to the chalet door.
A three course dinner with wine is served at the chalet each evening around 7:30pm.
Friday 13th September – Col du Petit Saint Bernard / Côte de Longefoy
Breakfast will be served at the chalet at 8am before we roll out promptly at 9am for the first full day’s ride.
Today we’re combining parts of the route from the 2018 Tour de France and Critérium du Dauphiné stage to La Rosiere with the 2019 Tour de France and Etape du Tour stage to Val Thorens. It’s a 9k descent straight out of the chalet door then a 6k roll along the valley to Bourg Saint Maurice and the foot of the Col du Petit Saint Bernard which we’ll climb via Montvalezan. These are the roads where Geraint Thomas took hold of the 2018 Critérium du Dauphiné and rode into the yellow jersey in the Tour de France the following month.
If the snow has cleared enough to allow it we’ll ride the full 28k to the Italian border and then you are treated to the flowing descent back to Bourg Saint Maurice where we join the 2019 Tour de France and Etape du Tour course. The final climb of the day is the Côte de Longefoy to Notre-Dame-du-Pré, which will be the penultimate climb of the 2019 Tour. From Notre-Dame-du-Pré the ride is then completed with the superb, flowing descent back to Aime and on to Landry which is at the foot of the climb to our chalet. From here we’ll transfer you back up to the chalet (unless you’d prefer to ride back, of course).
Saturday 14th September – Cormet de Roselend / Col du Pré
After breakfast we’ll head to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Alps. The stunning Cormet de Roselend to Beaufort and back via the Col du Pré. A tough day today on climbs that featured in the 2018 Tour de France.
The Cormet de Roselend will feature again in 2019 and is the climb from stage 20 which precedes Coté de Longefoy which we will have ridden the previous day.
The ride finishes right at the foot of the Roselend with a coffee, or usually beer, at our favourite spot in Bourg Saint Maurice and then we shuttle you back up to the chalet for any pre-booked massage treatments and a three course dinner and drinks.
Again, the chalet climb is an option to finish off your day.
Sunday 15th September – Col de l’Iseran
The big one, and more Tour de France 2019 roads. The highest paved Col in Europe. The Col de L’Iseran. We’ll start the day with a cooked breakfast, before driving you and your bike up to Val d’Isere. It’s possible to ride the full 50km climb from Bourg Saint Maurice, but the road is busy so we prefer to drive to the ski resort of Val d’Isere and begin the ride from there. It’s 14km to the summit at 2770m, then we’ll drop down the other side to stop for coffee in Bonneval-sur-Arc before turning back and riding the South side of the Iseran which is the penultimate climb of stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France, which finishes in Tignes.
From the summit of the Iseran there is the small bonus of the full 50km descent back into Bourg Saint Maurice where we will end our ride. It’s then a short transfer in the support van back up to the chalet.
Monday 16th September – Versant du Soleil
After breakfast we’ll complete our final ride on a local hidden climb known locally as Sunny Side, due to the way the light falls on the mountain side. Versant du Soleil is it’s formal name. After the final ride there’s time for a light lunch, before packing our bags in time for us to transport you back to Geneva Airport for your evening flight home.
The cost of this trip is £1485 per person – 4 nights (excluding flights)
This trip is limited to just 12 places. A £250 non-refundable deposit secures your place.
What is included in the price
- 4 night stay in a shared room at our Luxury Chalet – complete with outdoor hot tub and indoor sauna
- En suite bathrooms
- All breakfasts and three course dinners cooked in house by our private chef, served with wine at dinner
- In-house laundry service with towels provided
- Daily van supported rides and mechanical support
- Experienced and local ride guides from 1330 Road Cycling and Band of Climbers
- Energy gels, drinks and bars
- Airport transfers to and from Geneva Airport in private vehicles
- 2 x BoC Always up Bidons
- 1 X Band of Climbers Cycling Cap
- 1 X Band of Climbers Custom Print to remember the trip by
Not included in the price
- 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)
Contact us with any questions about our Band of Climbers Alpine Weekend or to book your place