Days after the mighty Tour de France has done battle over the highest mountains of the Alps, you will have the opportunity to follow in the tyre tracks of cycling's greats and do your very own Tour of the Classic Alps.
Starting on the Swiss border in Évian-les-Bains, next to Lake Geneva, crossing the most iconic climbs in the Alps and arriving in Nice with the welcoming deep blue Mediterranean sea to dip your tired legs in, this is a true test. Six days of riding you will not forget in a hurry.
Distance | 103km
Key Climbs | Col des Gets (1386m), Col de la Colombière (1153m)
The warm up day. Taking in your first Alpine passes, the Col des Gets and the iconic Col de la Colombière, you start your tour in the classic Alps. Rich green pastures where the cowbells ring, mixed with the dark green pine forests, will surround you as you find your climbing legs.
Distance | 130km
Key Climbs | Col des Aravis (560m), Col des Saisies (746m), Cormet de Roselend (1195m)
Tour of the Ski Stations. Today sees three cols on the menu; the lesser known Col des Aravis and Col des Saises, followed by the main course, the Cormet de Roseland. Arguably one of the most beautiful and varied climbs in the Alps. All topped off with a long descent to Brides-les-Bains for the night.
Distance | 130km
Key Climbs | Col de la Madeleine (1582m), Col du Glandon (1448m), L'Alpe d'Huez (1051m)
Tour de France favourites. Following in the wheel tracks of cycling history, today you ride some of the most iconic Tour de France climbs. The yellow jersey has been won and lost on the Col de la Madeleine and deceptively hard Col du Glandon. Topping off the day you stay in the cycling mecca, L'Alpe d'Huez after conquering its 21 famous switchbacks.
Distance | 140km
Key Climbs | Col du Galibier (1822m), Col du Lauterat (1079m), Col d'Izoard (1140m)
Into the broken desert. The summits get higher and more dramatic today. The Col du Galibier with its open views and the Col d'Izoard with its broken desert. Riding in these different terrains will bring you closer to the greatest cyclists as they have so often been the deciding factor in the Tour de France.
Distance | 146km
Key Climbs | Col de Vars (1100m), Col de la Bonnette (1470m), Col St.Martin (1029m)
The Queen's stage. Four cols and the highest road in Europe face you today. The mighty Col de la Bonette, at 2715m, has only been in the the Tour de France four times. Then on to the Col St Martin before arriving at your hotel for the evening.
Distance | 102km
Key Climbs | Col de Turini (1102m), Col de Castillion (364m), Col d'Eze (391m)
The run to the sun. Today takes in the best climbs in the Southern Alps; the Col de Turini with its sinuous descent and the iconic Col d'Eze where many a Paris-Nice has been decided. Many top riders live in the area, so you might spot one during this final run to the warm Mediterranean.
For a road cycling experience unlike any other, book your place today