It’s one of the highlights of the year, and always an excellent week in the mountains. This year the Tour de France is coming to our valley, and we’ve created this custom week especially for you.
During your stay you’ll ride the climbs made famous by the biggest bike race in the world, and then see the pros tackle them, just a little bit faster.
You’ll enjoy a fully-catered week at Chalet Cairn, our wonderful Alpine chalet in Peisey-Nancroix, which is part of the Paradiski ski domain. This new 5-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 the 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 la Madeleine 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.
Saturday 14th 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, maybe taking in one climb before heading back to the chalet for dinner, which is usually served at 7:30pm each evening.
Sunday 15th JULY- Ride the Tour de France stage
Today we will roll out from the chalet and 9k along the valley through Bourg Saint Maurice we start the climb of the Col du Petit St Bernard which will be the final climb in what promises to be an almighty battle for the Tour de France favourites when the race finishes here later in the week.
We will head past the finish line in La Rosiere and ride the final 8k to the Italian border. After a coffee at the mountain top cafe on the Italian side we will descend back into Bourg Saint Maurice and 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 they can ascend the 9k climb to the chalet.
Monday 16th July
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 Tour route in two days time.
Back in Bourg we can either watch the Tour stage on TV there or head back to the chalet to watch it there.
Tuesday 17th July – Col de l’Iseran
On todays menu is the Col de l’Iseran, one of the highest mountain passes in Europe. After a short drive we will start the ride in the ski resort of Val d’Isere after a coffee in our favourite cafe in town, The Arctic Cafe.
The scale of the scenery as you climb higher and higher is incredible, and the the sense of achievement on reaching the summit at over 2700m 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 be waiting at the summit with warm clothing and refreshments. If you want to add another climb there is the option to add the thrilling descent off the other side into the beautiful alpine village of Bonneval and then climb back up the 14k before the final descent of the day back to Val ‘d’Isere for a celebratory drink before the short transfer back to the chalet.
Wednesday 18th July – Tour de France comes to town
Today’s Tour de France stage is a mountain-top finish on the Col du Petit St. Bernard, which you will now be familiar with having ridden it earlier in the week.
We will leave the chalet giving us time to ride the climb and find a great spot to watch the race come through. The atmosphere will be electric, and the stage should be a decisive one for the race standings.
Thursday 19th July – Alpe d’ Huez stage finish
Today is the big one. After an early start we will drive to Alpe d’Huez to see the stage live. Our destination is Dutch Corner, the seventh of the famous twenty one hairpins, and on Tour de France day is an experience not to be missed. We’ll be there.
We will ride the Alpe 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 drive back to the chalet grabbing dinner either in Bourg d’Oisans before we leave or on the way as the chalet staff take today off.
Friday 20th July – Col de la Madeleine
Today we will stay local after our big day in Alpe d’Huez yesterday.
Our main climb of the day is the Col de la Madeleine, a classic Tour de France monument and one of our favourites.
We can either ride the 26k from the chalet to the foot of the climb or load up the van and drive to Moutier and start the ride there after a shorter warm up. The climb tops out at 2000m and has stunning views over the Maurienne valley. The cafe at the summit also serves incredible Myrtle tart, which makes the effort worthwhile.
Saturday 21st July – Departure Day
Following breakfast we will transfer you to Geneva airport for your flight home.
The cost of this trip is £1349 per person – 7 nights (excluding flights)
What is included in the price
- 7 nights at Chalet Cairn in Peisey-Nancroix (fully-catered for 6 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