We have always supported the increasing popularity in women’s cycling and aim to encourage its development through trips such as this. We’re excited to offer this fantastic opportunity to spend time riding in stunning mountain surroundings with other women who love to ride bikes.
For women who ride
Women’s Week is for female riders looking to introduce themselves to, or improve their fitness riding in the mountains. Always a hugely enjoyable experience for everyone involved, and possibly the most rewarding trip we host.
The trip is perfect for those new to riding in the mountains as we’ll be spending time working on various skills such as descending and cornering, as well as looking at choosing the correct clothing to carry, and which food to eat when riding in a mountain environment.
Women’s Week is great fun, with everyone willing each other on and feeling stronger and more confident each day.
Here at 1330 Road Cycling we pride ourselves on providing cycling experiences in the fantastic environment which the mountains provide.
This trip is designed to inspire and empower women to ride, and experience for themselves the physical and mental challenge of these magnificent mountain climbs. The sense of achievement you feel as you can finally see the summit is at the heart of what we do.
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 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 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, Col de la Madeleine and the mighty 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.
You will be accompanied on the road each day by the 1330 team which includes at least two ride guides on the road at all times, all whom have excellent local knowledge and experience of riding these mountains. Next year we have a really strong female team for you.
Sian and Gaby will be teaming up again in 2019, and between them there are very few roads in our area that they haven’t ridden. There are a few QOMs belonging to them too.
The weather can be changeable in the mountains, even at this time of the year, 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.
We will be covering lots of aspects of 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 Women’s Week and all other 1330 trips in our Photo Gallery.
Saturday 31st August
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.
We will create a full riding itinerary for this trip based on all of our local climbs which can be found here.
Sunday 1st – Friday 6th August
Our typical day begins with breakfast at 8am so we are ready for a 9am departure. Each ride is usually between 4-5 hours taking in the climbs of the area. We stop for a light lunch or snack during the ride, and there will be a coffee stop at a suitable mountain top cafe so you can take in the views.
We create an itinerary for the trip before you arrive so you know how much riding you will be doing each day, but we usually begin the trip with a day climbing the Col du Petit Saint Bernard to the Italian border. This is a long but gradual climb and it gives us the opportunity to gauge the strength and ability level of the group.
The following days are spent riding the other Cols of our valley. We always have a day on the stunning Cormet de Roselend and every year our Women’s Week riders have tackled to highest paved mountain pass in Europe, the Col de l’Iseran which we ride from the ski resort of Val d’Isere. Both of these are part of the 2019 Tour de France route, so you will be riding roads that were the focus of the cycling world only a few weeks previously.
You are not committed to riding the full route each day although we do encourage you to ride as much as you can, because the more you ride the stronger you get, right? Especially in the mountains.
We are usually back at the chalet around 5pm with time for a post-ride wind down before dinner. Our massage therapist will be at the chalet from 6pm for those who have pre-booked any treatments.
Saturday 7th September – Departure Day
Following breakfast we will transfer you to Geneva airport for your flight home. We recommend booking a flight at around 2:30pm or later.
The cost of this trip is £1650 per person – 7 nights (excluding flights)
What is included in the price
- 7 nights 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 1330 Road Cycling ride guides
- Energy gels, drinks and bars
- Airport transfers to and from Geneva Airport in private vehicles
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