Sample Itinerary

Please note, we work with locals and experienced trip leaders to actively plan the routes. Routes are subject to change based on the conditions of the road after the winter season and the weather at the time of the trip. Safety is our number one priority!


Day One

Arrive in Alpe d’Huez. Your rental bike will be ready or we’ll assemble your packed bike. Head out for a 30k ride down the Bends to Bourg d’Oisans and back up the famous 21 bends of Alp d’Huez

Day Two

Ride the famous Croix de Fer, a mountain pass in the heart of the French Alps. We’ll take the ride at your pace and stop for photos of the many scenic views and to enjoy the local cafes along the way.

Day Three

We’ll take the road less traveled and be rewarded with the captivating views along the ride to Col de Sarenne. A little less distance to recover from the previous day’s adventure and some extra rest to prepare for the epic adventure to come.

Day Four

In a word – EPIC. We’ll climb Col du Galibier, often the highest peak featured in the Tour d’ France. No racing for us today. We’ll take it at your pace and enjoy the amazing views along the way.

Day Five

We’ll take a classic Marmotte Tour – cycling to another Alpine village for an overnight. Don’t worry, you’ll take your bike but your bags will be delivered to you.

Day 6

We’ll return to the town of Alp d’Huez for one last night of celebration in the mountains.

Day 7

Load up and drive to Lyon where you’ll have a free afternoon to relax or explore this historic city.

Day 8 

Depart to the US or more touring of Europe on your own!

Ride the iconic routes of the tour at a vacation pace. Enjoy long lunches in Alpine towns and breathtaking views around every corner. Challenge yourself to ride the very roads that have been traversed by the best cyclist in the world while unwinding and relaxing with a group of like-minded individuals.

Join us for 8 days of rides, good food, spectacular scenery, and great wine.

Dates: June 22-30, 2018

Cost: A $500 deposit secures your spot

Standard Price: (through Feb 28) – $2750

Late Price: (after March 1) $2900

Private Room Upgrade: $500 gives you your own room for all 7 nights

Cost Includes:

  • Pre-trip communication and guidance
  • Airport Transfers (from Lyon airport only)
  • Transportation and SAG support
  • 7 nights in an Alpine Hotel in Alp d’Huez
  • High-Quality Rental Bikes set up to your specifications
  • Experienced Cycling Guides
  • Experienced in-country logistics team
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Water
  • Cycling Jersey
  • The Cycling Adventure of a Lifetime!

Cost does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Beverages other than water (coffee and tea are provided with breakfast)
  • Daily lunches and coffee breaks (eaten at local cafes on the ride)
  • Travel Insurance (recommended but not required)
  • Cycling Gear outside of the bike (helmet, shoes, etc)
  • Tips
  • Personal Purchases or activities

Travel Requirements:

US citizens will need a passport with at least 6 months of validity left and no visas or vaccinations are required, though you may want to consider some standard vaccinations if you are a first-time traveler. Non-US travelers should check the requirements for their country of origin.



Frequently Asked Questions

Why aren’t we doing this trip during the Tour de France?

Although the Tour is a bucket list item for many people, it’s not a good time to take a cycling trip. The roads are busy with tourists, media, and support vehicles, making them less safe to ride.  We’ve found that you’ll spend all day standing on the side of the road to see the Tour go by for about 3 minutes. Following the tour from town to town involves a lot of logistics, cost, and time in traffic jams.

Instead, we wanted to ride the epic climbs of the tour and experience the authentic culture of the French Alps before it’s overrun by the Tour.

What level of fitness do I need to have for this trip?

We will be climbing over 5000 feet in the French Alps. You need to take your preparations for this trip very seriously. We’ll be offering training days in the Gaps and training programs that you can do to prepare. Think of it this way, the more prepared you are, the more you’ll enjoy your experience.

Don’t get intimidated by the elevation gain or the mention of the word ‘Alps’.  This is not a race to the top of the mountain. It’s a ride where we enjoy the epic views and hospitality of Alpine villages along the way (ie – lots of breaks for coffee and French food). We’ll have SAG support and ride leaders out on the road with you each day ensuring that you get up and down the climbs.

Climbing doesn’t scare me but going down terrifies me – should I go?

Yes! We hear this from a lot of people. We’ll do a lot of work on descending in the Gaps leading up to this trip and then also help you refine your skills on the trip. By the end, you’ll barely use your brakes going down Hogpen!

Should I bring my own bike?

We work with a local company to rent high-quality bikes. We’ll have those bikes fit to you when you arrive. (If you’ve had a fit with us, we’ll bring your fit sheet to adjust the bike). We can swap out saddles if you prefer your own saddle but we suggest you save yourself the hassle and expense of bringing your own bike.

We do realize that some people have a history of injury or other limitations that mean they would prefer to ride their own bike. You can bring your bike and we’ll build it for you when you arrive but there is no price discount for bringing your own bike. We have negotiated a group rate that we are responsible for with the bike shop.

My spouse/friend doesn’t ride but wants to come. Should he/she?

Of course! Just keep in mind that this is a cycling trip so the focus is on the cyclists. If your spouse/friend finds relaxing in an Alpine village or hiking to be their idea of a vacation, then come along! We cannot arrange daily transportation or activities outside of the cycling group so they will be on their own for those things but can join in for all meals and evening activities.

What is included in the cost of the trip?

The cost includes all pre-trip communication and coordination, airport transportation from Lyon (LYS) airport only, in-country coordination, SAG support, bike rental, breakfast, and dinner.

What is not included?

The trip does not include airfare. We’ll have a suggested flight and an arrival window. If you arrive outside of that window, you’ll be responsible for hiring transportation to Alp d’Huez.

Also not included: Alcohol, lunches or cafe stops on your climbs, any gear outside of your bike (helmet, shoes, etc), tips or souvenirs.

Why don’t we have a detailed itinerary?

We have a good trip overview but won’t list the actual climbs and distances until closer to our arrival date. The French Alps are known for harsh winters and avalanches that can cause roads to be destroyed in the summer. We adapt the schedule based on the safest conditions and the needs of the group. It’s vacation! Relax, let us take care of all of the details.

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