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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • 6 days guided cycling
Accommodation
  • 7 nights B&B accommodation, twin share
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$2999USD

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Overview

Trip Code: TDF

Trip highlights


  • Renaissance style city of Cuneo
  • The Tinee Valley with its superb waterfalls and stunning scenery
  • The beautiful mountains of the Haute Alps
  • Col d'Izoard, one of the great Cols of the French Alps
  • Col de la Bonnette, the highest col of Europe
  • Col du Galibier, where a homage to the tour founder sits
  • Climb the legendary 21 hairpins of the Tour de France

If you have a love for cycling, have wanted to experience the Tour de France or simply want to take part in an iconic cycle in Europe, then this trip is for you!

Join leading coach and Triathlete, Brendan Erskine, in this epic cycle tour, taking on some of the famous sections of past Tour de France races. You will not only experience some of the most epic and challenging legs of Tour de France's gone, but also take in some amazing scenery through the European Alps.

Take on some of the most epic cols cycled through the Tour de France and of course the 21 hair pin ride on the final day that sets many hearts racing and will definitely end the tour, making you feel as thought you have accomplished something epic. This tour is designed to take it the best of what the Tour de France has to offer, whilst being away from the main Tour de France race and crowds, allowing you the time and freedom to experience the iconic race stages, at your own (or coach Brendan's) pace.

Designed for the keen cyclists out there, come and join this amazing cycle tour!

Trip Grading

moderate to challenging

More info about grading system

Ciao and welcome to Italy! You will be welcomed by our team at Turin airport and transferred to Cuneo (approx 1.5 hours away). Cuneo is the provincial capital in western Italy. It's a Renaissance style town with an arcaded main street lined with shops and cafés giving it an elegant appearance. Its old town centre dates from the 12th century when it was once a fortified town. Cuneo was the start town of the tour de France stage Cuneo – Jausiers in 2008. A welcome meeting will be held late afternoon/evening to check the bikes and do any last minute adjustments. Overnight: Cuneo

Meals:  Nil

To acclimatize and gently start cycling in the morning you will cycle along the valley Stura. You will cycle to the village of Pratolungo, perfect to warm up for the legs, and then you will start the climb to the Col de la Lombarde (21,3 km, 6,8% in average). The col de la Lombarde is a Hors Category col, at 2351 m high, located at the French / Italian border. It was climbed in 2008 for the 16th stage of the tour de France and the German rider Stefan Schumcher came first at the col. You will enjoy a downhill ride before a 15 km climb (300 m altitude gain) to the lovely village of Isola. Overnight: Isola Distance: 80 km Ascent: 2 027 m Descent: 1446 m

Meals:  B,D

In the morning you will cycle the North part of the Tinée valley, narrow and very alpine, with some superb water falls. You will take up the climb to the col de la Bonnette, the highest col of Europe (2802 m, 26 km of climb at 6,5% in average from Saint Etienne de Tinée, Hors Category), official col of the tour de France in 1962, 1964, 1993 and 2008. Option to climb to Super Sauze or Praloup from Jausiers in the afternoon. Overnight: Jausiers Distance: 62 km Ascent: 1999 m Descent: 1472 m

Meals:  B

This morning we cycle up to Jausiers and then climb the Col de Vars, (climbed 20 times since 1947 in the Tour de France). Hors Category (2108 m altitude, 15km of climb at 5.5% from the junction Col de Vars /Col de Larch). You will then enter the Hautes Alpes and can only be charmed by the beautiful mountains as you cycle down to Guillestre at the border of the Queyras regional Park. Either enjoy the short day for your third day of cycling, or cycle in the afternoon to Embrun (a nice loop ride not too hilly), or climb to the ski resort of Risoul (more challenging) if you are feeling up to it. Overnight: Guillestre Distance: 59km Ascent: 1070 m Descent: 1050 m

Meals:  B

It is difficult to consider a cycling trip in the Alps without including the Col d'Izoard! The Col d'Izoard (2360m) is a unique place to cycle and one of the great Cols of the French Alps (Hors category, climbed 23 times on the Tour de France since 1947!!). From the green wooded mountainsides above Briançon, to the sandy coloured, eroded cliffs above the the Casse Deserte and the Col, the scenery is beautiful. From Guillestre it is a 32km climb at 4.5% average. Once in Briancon it's possible to continue cycling to discover the Clarée Valley (relatively flat ride) or climb the Montgenevre Pass (up and back). Overnight: Briancon Distance: 58km Ascent: 1520 m Descent: 1250 m

Meals:  B

From Briancon, a giant of the Alps is waiting for you today, namely the Col du Galibier (2645m). A monument in homage to Henri Desgranges, the founder of the tour sits at the top of the Galibier col. This col (Hors category, 37km from Briancon 3.7% in average and the last 21km 6%) was climbed 32 times by the tour de France since 1947. From Valloire you will cycle down to the Maurienne Valley down to Saint Jean de Maurienne. There is the possibility once again to extend the cycle from Saint de Maurienne to Bonvillard (700 m climb but a nice loop ride). Overnight: St Jean de Maurienne Distance: 75 km Ascent: 1750 m Descent: 2419 m

Meals:  B

For your last day two challenges are on the menu! The col de la Croix de Fer and the Alpe d'Huez climb. The col de la Croix de Fer (2067 m, Hors Category, climbed 15 times in the Tour de France since 1947, offers 30km of climb at 5 % in average since Saint Jean de Maurienne. To finish the trip, you will climb the legendary 21 hairpins, 14 km from Bourg d'Oisans at 8% in average, climbed 27 times in the Tour since 1952. Once at l'Alpe d'Huez and after a soft drink to celebrate this mythic climb cycle down to le Bourg d'Oisans. A celebratory team dinner will cap off your epic Tour de France Cycle Challenge. Overnight: le Bourg d'Oisans Distance: 74 km Ascent: 2599 m Descent: 1394 m

Meals:  B,D

Spend the morning in le Bourg d'Oisans at your own pace before a group transfer to Lyon Airport.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 nights in B&B hotel accommodation, twin share basis
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners (dinner is 3 courses, entree, main, dessert)
  • Bilingual driver guide (guide runs the support vehicle and day to day organisation - they do not cycle)
  • Luggage Transfers throughout
  • Bike rental (bikes are carbon bikes)
  • Group airport transfers if arriving Day 1 and departing Day 8 (Based on Turin Airport arrival and Lyon Airport departure). There will be a selected arrival and departure time for pick up and drop off.
  • Snacks and energy bars during cycle

  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Bike Helmet (compulsory)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Items of a personal nature: eg: phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc
  • Travel to Turin and from Lyon

About Your Leader

Brendan on Col du Glandon

Your tour through the famous cols of Europe and the Tour de France route will be supported and organised by a fabulous local guide who will be on hand to drive the vehicle, transport your luggage, ensure stops are taken and that the journey along the Tour de France route is enjoyable for all concerned.

Your Host: - Brendan Erskine

Brendan is a personal coach with a diverse background of excellence in Sport Coaching and Competing. After successfully competing in the sport of rowing, he carried on with a variety of endurance sports, beginning with cycling and multisport before moving into triathlon. In triathlon competitions over recent years he has had many podiums and age group wins himself. Brendan has had great success supporting his clients through to their own achievements both at the National and International level.

Brendan hosted this tour in 2018. The tour was an incredible success, every member absolutely enjoying the adventure, the challenge and the camaraderie built over the 8 day tour in an environment that is surely the mecca of cycling.

Brendan is also the father of three boys that keep him on his toes, and despite being in his naughty 40's, he can still beat many of the top youngsters in his field. Brendan's passion for cycling and desire to discover new and interesting places make him a great host for this cycle challenge.

He is looking forward to being on this adventure with you and sharing what makes people so excited about the majestic mountain stages of the Tour de France.


Grading

moderate to challenging  

GRADE 4 - MODERATE TO CHALLENGING This trip involves 6 days cycling between 50 and 80km / 31 and 50mi per day. In and out of the cities there will be some traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels/inns. Due to the long distances cycled you will need a good level of fitness to enjoy this tour. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


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