15 - 22 July, 2017
“Vouloir c'est pouvoir.”
Welcome to our home in the French Alps.
Take a look at that picture above. The road we’re riding is a tiny road that crosses the mountain face that includes the famous Alpe d’Huez. The valley and town in the distance? Our daily stop for coffees, gelati, and a post-ride beer. The mountain face on the opposite side of the valley? One of the most mind-blowing rides you'll ever experience. And this is just the beginning.
Come ride with us in our home-away-from-home for our sixth year in the French Alps – where the air is clear, the roads are steep, the descents are unbelievable, the post-ride recovery is a dip in an Alpine stream, the chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners fortify you and the experience is absolutely unforgettable.
Our daily schedule of rides will certainly challenge your fitness but the rewards at the top of each climb serves as an unparalleled reward.
And this year, we’ll be riding up the Col du Lautaret to see a decisive mountain stage of the Tour de France.
Trip Price: $2600
(Guests who join us for both trips will receive 10% off)
Our base is a chalet in a tiny village near Bourg d’Oisans, just a few kilometers from Alpe d’Huez. The chalet is managed by our friend Will and has been completely renovated to a super-comfortable, mountain standard.
Guest rooms are double occupancy on 3 floors with shared bathrooms. The ground floor has a large communal area and kitchen, where Will (soon to become you new best friend) prepares our breakfasts, post-ride snacks, and an amazing dinner every night.
Each day, we'll have a planned route with options for cutting it short or, in some cases, adding an extra credit climb or loop. The riding in the Alps is challenging and steep. But ask any one of the dozens of past guests, the payoffs are mind-blowingly worth it. It’s no wonder the Tour de France rolls through year after year.
We ride out-and-back everyday, there’s no need to hop in vans. World class cycling is at our doorstep. Alpe d’Huez, Col du Galibier, Croix de Fer, and dozens of other impressive, storied climbs await.
Each day's breakfast and coffee will be waiting for you when you come down from your room. We'll have a mix of prepared hot food and a pantry of other items in case you have a specific pre-ride routine.
When we return from our ride we'll have post-ride snacks and refreshment waiting. After we've showered and caught up on the day's Tour stage results, we'll eat together, team style.
Dinner is prepared on the premises by our personal chef. We usually eat outside in the Alpine mountain air. Our chef, Will, is a not only a chef, but also an avid cyclist who lives in the area so he understands sports nutrition and might share a secret ride or café.
Base: Bourg d'Oisans, France Trip Price: $2600 / $600 Deposit Dates: 15 - 22 July, 2017 Average Distance: 70 - 140km Average Climbing: 3,000 - 7,000 feet Camp Size: 12 - 15 riders Difficulty: ●●●●○ Transfers to/from Geneva Airport (GVA) Chef-prepared breakfast and dinners Daily planned routes Dinners out in town
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Flights to/from Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) Italy A valid passport Your bike - (we can help arrange rental if needed) A helmet in good condition 2+ days cycling kit plus all-conditions gear Decent fitness to tackle these climbs An appetite for amazing food Daily massage A teamwork attitude A sense of humor and adventure
WHO SHOULD JOIN
If Tour de France historic climbs, epic views, jaw-dropping descents on smooth roads appeals to you at all, then you should come. This is an unforgettable trip that will challenge and push your limits of cycling. And you’ll be with a club style group, meeting lots of good folks with lots of laughs, and bringing home some serious bragging rights.
CAN I HANDLE THIS?
Not sure if you can handle it? We're sure you can. While you’ll need a good level of fitness, we’ve had riders of all levels in past years, and no one is left behind. Sign up and start training!
We stay in one place all week so you’ll soon become familiar with the surrounding area. This will allow you to improvise along each day's route if you'd like. After a day or two, this will feel like home.
Ready to book but have questions? Shoot us a note: firstname.lastname@example.org