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, fully-supported, vehicle-assisted days of riding.
Matteo Carrara rode several Grand Tours during his twelve year professional career and is a top twenty finisher of the Giro d’Italia. He also competed in many one day Classics with the top teams of the Pro peloton including Quickstep and Vancansoleil. He is a specialist in the mountains and his knowledge and experience is second to none.
During this trip he’ll be guiding you on the cols he raced over during his professional career in races such as the Tour de France and Critérium du Dauphiné.
The riding and support
This is a fully-supported, van-assisted trip which means that you can ride without having to carry extra clothing, spares or food. We have everything in the support van, so you can simply focus on your riding without the worry of getting into trouble if the weather suddenly changes or you experience any mechanical problems.
For those new to riding in the mountains it allows you to choose how much you ride each day. Most of our clients are keen to ride the full routes every day, but this gives you the option if you choose not to. If it’s your first cycling trip to the mountains Matteo and the 1330 team will be there to give advice and support.
The weather can be changeable in June so we will recommend which clothing to wear and give nutritional advice so you get the most from each ride.
You’ll enjoy a fully-catered stay at our wonderful new chalet in Peisey-Nancriox, near Les Arcs. A 5-bedroom boutique chalet with hot tub, sauna and fantastic sun terrace, it’s the perfect place to relax after each day in the saddle. Find more details of where you’ll be staying here. We also have an on-site massage service (available at additional cost).
THURSDAY 2nd JUNE
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 on the climb to Les Arcs to begin five days of fantastic climbing and descending training with a rider who’s competed at the very highest level.
The ride can be found on Strava here.
Friday 3rd June
Our first full day of van-assisted, guided riding takes us over the Cormet de Roselend climb and the stunning descent past Lac du Roselend into Beaufort. The route back takes in one of our hidden gems, Col du Pré. A 12k climb with breathtaking views and an equally breathtaking gradient! The ride can be found on Strava here.
Today starts with a cracking descent down the quiet, tree-lined road from the chalet and then a short spin along the valley floor to the foot of the Col du Petit Saint Bernard. A 26k climb out of Bourg Saint Maurice to the Italian border at 2188m with a very manageable and steady gradient all the way. Following that you are treated to the fantastic descent down to La Thuile in Italy.
Following a quick coffee stop we will climb back up to the summit and then enjoy the flowing descent back to Bourg Saint Maurice which is 800m above sea level. The views on this descent are second to none, and the corners just keep coming. What will have taken you nearly two hours to climb will take less than thirty five minutes to descend, unless you stop to take some photos of the view across the valley to Les Arcs, which we recommend.
For those wishing to save their legs for tomorrow’s massive day there is the option to only ride one side of Col du Petit Saint Bernard and grab a coffee in the cafe at the summit or descend back into Bourg Saint Maurice and wait for the rest of the group there.
The full ride can be found on Strava here.
SUNDAY 5th JUNE
Today is the big one. Three HC Tour de France climbs in one day, with the ride ending at the summit of Alpe d’Huez.
The day begins with a thirty minute spin out of our valley through Moutier to the foot of the first big climb of the day, Col de la Madeleine. A 26k climb to get the legs warmed up.
Following the descent of the Madeleine into the Maurienne valley you will be greeted by the Col du Glandon. Usually this side is decended in the Marmotte sportive and was climbed in the 2015 Tour de France and Etape du Tour.
The fast. flowing descent off the Glandon into Allemont and a spin along the valley road takes us to the foot of the last climb of the day, Alpe d’Huez. A Tour de France classic, and probably the most famous climb in road cycling culture.
This is the Strava link to most of the ride I did in reverse during the Tour 2013. There were lots of stops, and it doesn’t include Alpe d’Huez. I anticipate the ride being 170km with around 4500m of climbing.
After a celebratory drink at the summit you will descend back to Bourg d’Oisans where we’ll load the bikes onto the van and drive you back to the chalet for your evening meal.
Monday 6th June – Departure day
We’ll head out for a three hour ride taking in two of our lesser-known, but equally as challenging climbs which showcase the stunning views of the Tarentaise valley. The final climb of the trip is Notre Dame du Pré (recently renamed as Col du Tra), which is a consistently steep 10k climb followed by one of our favourite descents in the area which leads to the foot of the climb to our chalet.
The ride, without the first section from the chalet, can be found on Strava here.
After the ride we’ll drive you back up to the chalet for a light lunch and to pack the bikes. We’ll then transfer you to the airport for your late afternoon/evening flight home.
Descending Cormet de Roselend with Matteo during our 2014 training camp
THE COST OF THIS TRIP IS £1075 PER PERSON (FOUR nights in shared room)
What you get:
- Four nights, fully-catered accommodation at Chalet Cairn
- Coaching and tuition with Matteo Carrara during five 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
- Guided, van-supported rides
- Energy bars, gels, snacks and water during the rides
- Massage service available (at additional cost)
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure day
Not included in the price
- Travel insurance
- Medical cover (we strongly recommend you bring an EHIC card)
Contact us with any questions about this trip or to book your place