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Geneva to Alpe d'Huez

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the French Alps

Self-guided trip: June 1st and July 18th, 2019
With Support Vehicle: June 30th (in conjunction with the Marmotte cyclosportive)
5 nights/6 days
Daily mileage: From 75 km (47 miles) to 106 km (66 miles)
Geneva is serviced by train from Paris and low-cost airlines such as EasyJet
Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties
Level: 5 (Very Strenuous)
From 845 euros per person sharing a double room


Geneva to Alpe d'Huez — 5 nights/6 days

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"Geneva to Alpe d'Huez" was Outside Magazine's "2011 Trip of the Year"
On this cycling tour, you will ride some of France’s most famous passes
Alpe d’Huez and its world-famous climb is your final destination
  This trip was voted Outside Magazine's "2011 Trip of the Year"

This award-winning cycling tour (one of our favorites) takes place in our playground — we’re based right across the border from Geneva, in France!

This extraordinary journey will take you from the shores of Lake Geneva to the world-famous alpine resort of Alpe d'Huez. In between, you'll climb some of France's most famous cols: Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Telegraphe, Galibier, and Alpe d'Huez.

Note that this tour can also be organized for cycling clubs and private groups on a request basis. For these, we will tailor the itinerary and provide appropriate support based on the group's fitness level.

This tour can also be combined with some of the cyclo-sportives and gran fondo in this region such as La Marmotte or l'Etape du Tour.

This tour is offered in one of two options:
Day 1: Arrival in Geneva, Transfer to Anthy or Yvoire

Arrive at Geneva International Airport. We will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, which is located in Yvoire (or Anthy) by Lake Geneva. Dinner will also be right by the Lake.  
Day 2: Anthy or Yvoire to Le Grand-Bornand (108 km/67 miles, 2,759 meters/9,052 ft of climbing)

Today’s destination is Le Grand-Bornand (in the heart of the Aravis mountain range), home of the Reblochon cheese (locals' Powerbar!) On your journey to the heart of the Aravis range, you will ride through the very scenic Chablais region (our playground; our office is nearby!) The ride includes one major climb: Col de la Colombiere (1,613 m or 5,290 ft). Dinner and overnight in Le Grand-Bornand
Day 3: Le Grand-Bornand — Saint-Pierre d'Albigny (95 km/58 miles, 2,070 meters/6,700 ft. of climbing)

You’ll leave the very picturesque Le Grand-Bornand and get on the classic “Route des Grandes Alpes,” a mountain route that links Lake Geneva (Thonon-les-Bains) to the Mediterranean Sea (Menton).  After climbing Col des Aravis (1,486 m or 4,460 ft.), you’ll plunge down to the valley before attacking the second climb of the day: Col des Saisies (1,657 m or 4,970 ft.). Gravity will take you down to Albertville before riding on to the beautiful Chateau des Allues in the village of Saint-Pierre d'Albigny. This is where you’ll dine and overnight. 
Day 4: Saint-Pierre d'Albigny — Valloire (130 km/80 miles, 3,500 meters/11,600 ft of climbing)

Another classic day!  You’ll do Col de la Madeleine, one of the most mythic and classic mountain passes featured in the Tour de France. The top culminates at an impressive 2,000 m or 6,000 ft. (the highest so far-until tomorrow!), the northern side is a very enjoyable, long and steady climb that has its rewards: an unobstructed panorama over the nearby mountains.  Make sure you enjoy it while at the top, sightseeing might be the last thing on your mind when barreling down the twisty 20-km downhill to the Maurienne Valley.  After a flat section on the valley floor, you’ll ascend the easy Col du Télégraphe (1,566 m or 4,700 ft.) and reach the beautiful resort of Valloire.    
Day 5: Valloire — Alpe d'Huez (78 km/49 miles, 2,869 meters/9,413 ft of climbing)

Valloire is located at the foot of the Galibier pass (2,642 m or 7,926 ft.), the mammoth climb of the day. As a result, don't expect much in the way of a warm-up! Riding this legendary climb is magic:  graffiti from past Tours will remind you that this road has seen many showdowns since it was first used by Tour de France riders in the year 1911.  You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Meije glacier and by a memorable 40-km (25 miles) descent to Bourg d’Oisans, before charging up the 13 km (8 miles) climb to Alpe d’Huez.  The time to beat: 37'35", a record held by Marco Pantani since 1995.   
Day 6: Departure

After breakfast, depart Alpe d’Huez at the time of your choice (self-guided version). Note that transfers to Grenoble or Geneva can be arranged on request. 
Booking & Pricing
From 845 euros per person sharing a double room.

Two options are available for this trip:

SELF-GUIDED: From 845 euros per person sharing a double room (double occupancy on a self-guided basis). Single supplement is 230 euros.

Offered on the following dates in 2019:
  • June 1st
  • July 18th

A self-guided tour can be organized for groups of 6 or more on any other dates from June through September.

WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE: From 1,395 euros per person sharing a double room (double occupancy on a guided basis). Single supplement is 340 euros.

The price for the self-guided version (June 1st and July 18th) includes:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation (3 nights in 3-star hotels and 2 nights in a 2-star hotel)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative on the first day
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Geneva to Anthy or Yvoire on Day 1
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s cell/mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

In addition, the price for the trip WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE (June 30th) includes:

  • Chauffeur-driven support vehicle
  • Feed stations: water, energy drinks, snacks, fruits, etc.
  • Transfer from Alpe d'Huez to Geneva on Day 6

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance  
  • Transfer from Alpe d’Huez to Geneva or Grenoble  (on request for the self-guided version)
  • Bicycle rentals. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the price of 190 euros per bike. This price includes the 20-euro drop-off fee for the bike's return to Geneva

NB: This tour can be arranged on other dates by request from June through September:
        -   Self-guided for groups of 6 or more
        -   With support vehicle for groups of 8 or more
For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
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