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"Going For The Yellow"
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the French Alps Self-guided trip:: Starts July 20th; ends July 24th, 2011.
Average daily mileage: approximately 80 km (50 miles). Shorter and longer options are available on a daily basis.
Trip starts from Grenoble and ends in Grenoble. Transfers to/from Lyon and Grenoble airports are included.
Geneva is serviced by trains from Paris and Lyon by low-cost airlines such as Easyjet or Flybaboo.
From 650 Euros per person based on double occupancy.
Level: 4 (Difficult) .
Accommodations in 2- and 3-star properties.

"Going For The Yellow" July 20th thru 24th, 2011

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This one-of-a-kind, self-guided tour could easily be categorized as a bicycling fantasy. For five days you’ll follow the final stages of France’s most famous cycling race from the saddle of your bike, as the event weaves through the famed Alps. You’ll pedal many of the same climbs as the professional cyclists, while passing endless landscapes of alpine meadows framed by towering, snow-touched peaks.
As this is a self-guided tour, you’ll pedal at your own pace while we handle all of the logistics – maps, lodging, shuttling luggage, and bikes (if needed). If questions arise, we’re just a quick phone call away.  With our office located so close to this tour’s location, we’ve had years of local knowledge and experience to craft the most fulfilling cycling experience you can ask for.

this trip with our 5 night/ 6day, “Challenging Alps: Geneva to Alpe d’Huez” tour! Join us on the 16th in Geneva and ride to Oz-en-Oisans to begin “Going for the Yellow” on July 20th. Just when you thought the fun was over... think again!

 
Itinerary
July 20th (Day 1): Arrival in Grenoble
We’ll pick you up from Grenoble, whether you arrive at the train station or the airport, and transfer you to the small ski resort of Oz-en-Oisans. This resort happens to be a short gondola ride away from the legendary Alpe d’Huez. From using this set-up many times before, we know there’s no better location! On the 22nd, when Tour de France viewers will still be stuck in traffic trying to get off of the mountain,
you’ll be laughing as you sip on an aperitif! In Oz-en-Oisans, you’ll stay at a luxury chalet accommodation. Once settled in, you’ll meet one of our staff members who will go over the next few days’ itinerary and outfit you with bikes. Feel free to ask our staff member any question that arises.
July 21st (Day 2): Ride to Lautaret and back (approx. 116 km/ 72 miles -- 3,100 m/ 10,400 ft. of climbing). Pro stage is stage #18 “Pinerolo – Galibier”
You came to cycle in the Alps so we’ve put together a very serious ride for you… a metric century with 3,100 m of climbing! Quite a challenge! To keep things in perspective, it’ll be a mere walk in the park compared to what the pros will ride that day… they’ll endure 189 km with Col d’Agnel (2,744 m/ 9,000 ft.), Col d’Izoard (2,360 m/ 7,740 ft.), and Col du Galibier (2645 m/ 8,675 ft.)! It is one of the most crucial stages of the 2011 Tour and you’ll be able to experience part of the route before watching the pros have at it the next day. For the return, gravity will be on your side as you ride down the mountain to the valley floor before tacking the scenic 7-km passage to Oz-en-Oisans.
July 22nd (Day 3): Rest day with optional ride. Tour Viewing at Alpe d’Huez. Pro stage is stage #19 “Modane – Alpe d’Huez”
If you plan to rise early enough, we recommend cycling Alpe d’Huez (1860 m/ 6,102 ft)! With cheering crowds already anticipating the race, you’ll never get as close to being a pro climbing Alpe d’Huez as this. Gondolas will be running if you choose to return to your place of stay (yes, bikes are allowed on the gondolas) before viewing the Tour at the Alpe d’Huez. Keep in mind, on this day you have options.
You may choose to skip the days’ riding altogether to rest and soak up the sights and sounds of the Tour. Your choice! Following your ride from the day before, witnessing the pros fly up the mountain will surely give you a deeper appreciation for the sport.
July 23(Day 4): Ride to Grenoble (approx. 61 km/ 38 miles -- 550 m/ 1,785 ft. of climbing). Tour viewing of stage #20 “Grenoble to Grenoble”
Don’t expect to ride on your own to Grenoble. There will be packs of riders heading your way! Your hotel is located in the center of Grenoble. As with the previous stages, your kit will include information on the day’s stage. We’ll provide our recommended viewing spots so you can beat the crowds and have the best vantage points possible. The second to last stage of the Tour will prove to be decisive in the top standings and you’ll be right there to witness cycling’s best athletes fight for every last second on this time trial day. Dinner will be at leisure.
July 24 (Day 5): Transfer to Grenoble. Tour viewing at Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière
After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to the Grenoble train station where you may board a train to Paris if you wish to catch the final stage of the 2011 Tour de France. It takes about 3 hours to reach Paris by TGV train, so if you take the first train out of Grenoble you’ll arrive before 9:00 am! On this final of the Tour, you’ll witness the one of a kind site of the peloton racing on the Champs-Élysées.
The Tour de France is one of the most grueling tests of physical and mental strength and you’ll be there to witness who’ll be crowned champion for 2011. If necessary, we can book you a hotel in Paris and secure a great viewing spot at the world-renown Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière.
Booking & Pricing
650 euros per person sharing a room. Single supplement is 195 euros

These prices include:

  • 4-night accommodations in 2- and 3-star properties
  • Daily breakfast.
  • 1 dinner (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local staff on July 20th (1st day)
  • Transfer from Grenoble airport/station and Lyon airport to Oz-en Oisans on July 20th (Day 1)
  • Transfer from your place of stay to Grenoble airport/station on July 24th (Day 5)
  • Luggage Transfer from Oz-en-Oisans to Grenoble on July 23rd (Day 4)
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets
  • Full information kit on Tour de France viewing spot
  • GPS 705 Garmin (in limited quantity; will be allocated on a "first-come first served"basis)
  • Assistance if necessary
  • All tax and service charges

This price does not include:

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance.
  • Bicycle rentals.  Giant Defy 1 racing bikes are available at the rate of 145 euros (includes the drop-off fee in Oz-en Oisans). Scott CR1 Team (full-carbon) bicycles are available at the rate of 195 euros for the duration of your trip

For further information or reservations:Please contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability. Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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