French Alps

French Alps 2014

with Tour de France viewing

Our 2014 route in the French Alps will take us in a loop of the southern half of the Alps and will offer a mix of great climbs and historic towns. We have also catered to the wider range of riders this year with shorter days but offering a lot of extra miles for those who are looking to bag as many passes as possible.

As well as spending some time in the Alp d’ Huez area we will also have extra time in some of the historic villages of Gallumes, Barcellonette and Entreveaux. All these areas offer some good riding as well as historic places to visit.

Many passes made famous by past years of the Tour de France will feature in our journey. Col du Galibier, Col de la Cayolle and Col de Vars. We will also follow the route of stage 14 over Col du Lautaret and Col d’ Izoard, along with Col d’ Ornon and Le Alpe d’ Huez from last year’s Tour.

Dates: July 12 – 27, 2014
16 Day Camping Tour

Price:  1985.00 euros

Cost includes transport to the tour from Lyon Airport and back to Lyon Airport, support vehicle, a sweep rider if the group exceeds 10 riders, 15 breakfasts, 11 dinners, all camp fees and friendly guides/cooks.

Not included; Transportation to places other than those on the route, 4 “free night” dinners, any major bike repairs.

More details will be sent to you once your deposit has been received. For payment details please refer to our booking page.

Meeting and Departure:
For the French Alps tour we meet at Lyon Airport on Saturday July 12, 2014 and depart from Lyon Airport on Sunday July 27, 2014.

French Alps Itinerary

July 12
The group will meet around midday at Lyon Airport. From here we will drive to our camp just south of La Mure where you will have time to set up your bike and go out for a short ride or just relax after your flight.

July 13
Today we will stay at our camp which will give you the chance to get out and exercise your legs. There are a number of ride options available from short valley rides to longer loops over a pass or two. Or maybe you just want to relax by the lake. The choice is yours.

July 14
Today we depart camp and follow the second half of stage 18 from the 2013 Tour de France as it climbs over Col d’ Ornon (1371m) and down into Bourg d’ Oisans at the base of L’ Alpe d’ Huez . 90km (54mi)

July 15
A free day to get out and ride!! This is one of the most popular areas in Europe for bikers with a great selection of rides to choose from. A run up the famous Alp d’ Huez and back, or complete the circuit from the TDF in 2013. Or how about a 100 mile circuit?? Maybe you just want to relax by the pool.

July 16
The ride today is reasonably easy as we follow the first half of stage 14 over Col du Lautaret (2058m) to our camp in Briancon. There are several options for those who wish to bag some other climbs on this day. Les Deux Alps, Col du Galibier and Col de Montgenevre. 65km (40mi) options are from 15 to 24km return each (9 to 15mi)

July 17
Another shorter day today as we continue to follow stage 14 of the 2014 Tour de France over Col d’ Izoard (2361m) and down to our camp in Guillestre at the base of the hill climb finish of stage 14 on Risoul. A number of side excursions are available to lengthen your ride if you wish.  56km (34mi)

July 18
We remain in  Guillestre for another two nights as we await the arrival of the Tour de France. Today would be an ideal time to do the climb up Risoul past the cheering crowds of TDF fans, as they will be camped out on the roadside waiting for the arrival of the Tour. It is also an opportunity look for a good spot to watch the tour tomorrow.

July 19
Today stage 14 of the “Tour” arrives so equip yourself with some cheese, a baguette, sun screen, water and maybe a bottle of wine or two and make your way up the hill and enjoy the atmosphere while you wait for the rider to come through.

July 20
We depart our camp of the past few days and pass over Col de Vars (2109) taking in some awesome scenery. A 34km side trip up Col de Larche is possible to gain a few extra miles. Our overnight stay tonight will be in Barcelonnette. 45km (27mi)  plus extra 34km (20mi) Optional

July 21
From Barcelonnette we will continue south over Col de la Cayolle (2326m) to our camp near the fortified town of Entrevaux. Once again there are a couple of optional climbs available for those wishing to do the extra miles. 85km (51mi). Options are Col des Champs (2045m) 33km (20mi) and/or Valberg (1673m) 30km (19mi)

July 22 & 23
We will spend the next two days at our camp near Entrevaux as there are a number of loop rides available along with the walled town and fortified castle to explore.

July 24
Today we head north again returning to our camp in Barcelonnette. Our route however will take us over Col de la Colle St Michel (1431m) and Col d’ Allos (2247m) 90km (54mi)

July 25
A free day to explore the town or bag another climb. Barcelonnette is another rider’s mecca so for those wishing to ride we can offer a good number of options to suit your taste.

July 26
A more scenic day is in store for today as we head from Barcelonnette back to our camp where our tour commenced, north of Gap. If time allows make your way into the old part of Gap and soak in the atmosphere or if you prefer to ride there are some other riding options on the way to camp. 96km (58mi)

July 27
An early start is needed as we have a long drive back to Lyon Airport in time to say our farewells and catch the afternoon departures.