It’s one of the highlights of the year, and always an excellent week in the mountains. The 2019 Tour de France is coming to our valley again, and we’ve created this custom trip especially for you.
Our Tour de France Week always proves popular and is designed so you can ride the climbs made famous by the biggest bike race in the world, and then see the pros tackle them just a few days later, and just a little bit faster. Soak up the atmosphere on the decorated climbs lined by cycling supporters in their camper vans eagerly awaiting the peloton. Then join them on the road side to see the biggest bike race in the world pass by.
We ride every day of the trip, so you will get plenty climbing miles in your legs. The first few days we ride the climbs of our valley, many of them being part of the Tour course, and then towards the end of the week we ride to pre-planned vantage points on the Col de l’Iseran and then Val Thorens the following day to get up close with the Tour as it reaches it’s exciting finale.
In 2018 we were on the Col du Petit Saint Bernard to see Geraint Thomas ride into the yellow jersey, and on Alpe d’Huez the following day among the craziness of Dutch Corner.
You’ll enjoy a fully-catered week at Chalet Cairn, our wonderful Alpine chalet in Nancroix, which is part of the Paradiski ski domain. This new 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 our rides are fully-supported and van-assisted which we design so you can get the most out of the area and tackle the big climbs we have close by including the Cormet de Roselend, Col du Petit Saint Bernard and Col de l’Iseran as well as some of our hidden local gems.
We realise that for some it may the first cycling trip to 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, even in July, 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 on our doorstep such as Lac de Roselend shown below.
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 3-4 hours in the saddle taking in the climbs of our valley. We will stop for lunch during 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 committed to riding the full route each day as the support van is with you at all times, 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. There is also the Tour de France highlights on TV, of course!
Your riding itinerary for this trip takes in many of our local climbs which can be found here.
Monday 22nd July
After an early morning flight into Geneva we will collect you and transfer you back to the chalet. After settling in and assembling the bikes we will head out for a short ride to familiarise yourself with the area taking in one of our local climbs before heading back to the chalet for dinner, which is usually served at 7:30pm each evening.
Tuesday 23rd JULY- Ride the famous Tour de France climbs
Today we will roll out from the chalet and 9k along the valley through Bourg Saint Maurice where we start the climb of the Col du Petit St Bernard. This was the final climb of the unforgettable Tour de France stage in 2018 where Geraint Thomas rode into the yellow jersey, and also the same stage used in the Criterium du Dauphiné the month before.
We will head up through the ski resort of La Rosiere and past what was the finish line of that stage and then ride the final meandering 9k to the Italian border. After a coffee at the mountain top cafe on the Italian side you are treated to the full 28k descent back into Bourg Saint Maurice where we end the ride at our favourite post-ride cafe in the centre of town. We’ll then transfer you back up to the chalet.
For those who wish to continue riding we will roll along the valley floor to Landry and then tackle the 9k climb to our chalet. It’s a great way to end the day.
Wednesday 24th JULY – Test the Tour de France route
After the previous day riding a climb that is now firmly part of Tour de France history, today is the first of four days when we’ll be riding the climbs of the 2019 Tour route where new stories and tales will soon unfold.
The Tour de France is getting closer and today we will ride the stunning Cormet de Roselend. This is one of the most beautiful climbs around and is another one on our doorstep which we will ride to from the chalet. After a lunch stop in our favourite picnic spot by Lac du Roselend we have the joy of the descent back in Bourg Saint Maurice which will be part of the decisive and final mountain stage of the 2019 Tour route just a few days later.
We finish the ride in Bourg and then head back to the chalet for dinner and to watch the Tour stage highlights on TV. Again, for those who’d like to extend their ride there is the option to ride back up to the chalet.
Thursday 25th July- Ride the latest addition to the Tour de France
On Saturday the Tour de France will reveal it’s latest champion on the road to Val Thorens. The penultimate climb of that stage is Côte de Longefoy to the village of Notre-Dame-du-Pré followed by the super technical descent into Moutiers.
This is the closest the Tour de France has come to our chalet, so after rolling down 9k from the chalet door into Landry we’ll be on the Tour route and riding along to a climb that will be the focus of the cycling world that weekend. Côte de Longefoy is a climb we use regularly as it is so close to us, and the gradient isn’t too steep. It could be where the attacks go in during the Tour stage if a rider wants to gain an advantage before the final climb to Val Thorens.
Friday 26th July – Col de l’Iseran
Today’s Tour de France stage is a mountain-top finish in Tignes via the mighty Col de l’Iseran, one of the highest mountain passes in Europe. It’s been a while since the race crossed this incredible mountain, but today we’ll be there to watch it happen.
After a short drive to the ski resort of Val d’Isere we will start the ride after a coffee in our favourite cafe in town, The Arctic Cafe. Tour day usually involves a slightly earlier start to the day so we will leave the chalet after an early breakfast giving us plenty to time to ride the final section of the Iseran, which the race will be descending, and find a great spot to watch the riders come through. The atmosphere will be electric, and the stage should be a decisive one for the race standings.
The scale of the scenery as you climb higher and higher on the the Iseran is incredible, and the the sense of achievement on reaching the summit at 2770m is almost as huge as the surrounding environment.
The climb is only 13k but starting at 1800m it is still a challenge as the air gets thinner at around the 4k to go mark. We’ll have a support van at the summit with warm clothing and refreshments near where we will watch the race come through. After the stage has passed through there is the joy of the full 48k descent through Val ‘d’Isere down to Bourg Saint Maurice for a celebratory drink before the short transfer back to the chalet.
Watching the Tour de France live is always an unforgettable experience, but this is only the first of two days when the race is in our backyard. Tomorrow is another huge day for the Tour.
Saturday 27th July – Val Thorens stage finish
Today is the big one. After an early start we will roll out of the chalet and ride to Val Thorens to see the stage live.
We will ride the final climb in the morning and take in the atmosphere in the build up to the main event passing through that afternoon.
After the stage we will roll back down in Moutiers and load up the van to transfer you back to the chalet for dinner and then catch the highlights of the stage on TV.
Saturday 28th July – Departure Day
Following breakfast we will transfer you to Geneva airport for your flight home.
The cost of this trip is £1885 per person – 6 nights (excluding flights)
What is included in the price
- 6 nights in a shared room at Chalet Cairn in Nancroix (fully-catered for 5 nights)
- 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
- 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 Women’s Alpine Week or to book your place