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The Dates & Prices

  • Single Supplement
    £210
  • Bike hire
    £175
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At a glance

  • Private tour only in 2018
  • Fully supported
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • 700km, 18,200m ascent
  • 18 world-class future classic cols
  • Ride them before TdF does
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An exclusive tour of exquisite future classic climbs. Ride them before the Tour de France does!

Available exclusively as a private tour in 2018, this is a 7 night / 8 day supported point-to-point tour, starting and finishing in Morzine. You’ve probably already conquered many of cycling’s iconic climbs and are looking for some new challenges. We have sought out a refined selection of outstanding climbs away from the crowds of the usual Alpine itineraries, to let you experience the solitude and splendour of this wild mountainous terrain.

We have a maximum of 14 guest places on this tour, with a support team of two riders, two vehicles and a mechanic. Half-board accommodation is included throughout in exceptional cycle-friendly hotels with a delicious 3 or 4 course meal every evening and a substantial breakfast every morning (always with plenty of carbs). We will also provide your transfers from Geneva airport – just get to Geneva, and we’ll do the rest.

The incredible Montvernier hairpins are now on the cycling map following their inclusion in the 2015 Tour de France; we present you seventeen more magnificent climbs of which only a handful have ever featured in the Grand Boucle.

The Future Classic Cols Tour is a serious challenge with daily ascents of 3,000m and 100+km of riding. Most of the climbs involve long and often steep sections so a good level of fitness is a prerequisite. This tour will appeal to strong club riders who possess a solid base of endurance riding.

On tour, our minibuses continually leap-frog the group with chilled water, High 5 energy gels & bars, fresh & dried fruit, Haribos, spare kit etc., and are on hand to assist with mechanical issues should they occur. We manage the group so that everyone can ride at the pace that they are comfortable with, and will regroup regularly, and always at the top of a col.

We are not here to beast you, but rather to encourage you, and share in the challenge and triumph of the conquest. We dine together every evening to celebrate the latest victories and share the stories of the day, and maintain a high staff to guest ratio to ensure your needs are always well catered for.

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The Climbs

  • Montvernier
  • Croix de Fer
  • Semnoz
  • Sarenne
  • Mollard
  • Morte
  • Pre
  • Ornon
  • Chaussy
  • Bisanne
  • Joly
  • Luitel
  • Champlaurent
  • Parquetout
  • Grande Cucheron
  • Berarde
  • Arpettaz

Itinerary – Future Classic Cols Tour

Day 1, Sunday (Morzine) – No fixed program

  • We collect you from Geneva airport and transfer to Morzine
  • Assemble bikes
  • Opportunity to test the legs on a local climb or two

Day 2, Monday (Morzine – Crest Voland)

  • 105km & 3,200m ascent
  • Minibus to Annecy
  • Climb Semnoz
  • Climb Col d’Arpettaz
  • Overnight in Crest Voland

Day 3, Tuesday (Crest Voland to Beaufort)

  • 105km & 3,100m ascent
  • Climb Bisanne and Col du Joly
  • Lunch on a summit
  • Climb Col du Pré (optional)
  • Overnight stop in Beaufort

Day 4, Wednesday (Beaufort to St Jean de Maurienne)

  • 130km & 2600m ascent
  • Climb Col de Champlaurent & Col du Grand Cucheron
  • Climb Montvernier hairpins & Col du Chaussy (optional)
  • Overnight stop in St Jean de Maurienne

Day 5, Thursday (St Jean de Maurienne to Venosc)

  • 135km & 3,400m ascent
  • Climb Col du Mollard
  • Climb Col de la Croix Fer from east
  • Descend to valley floor via Bourg d’Oisans to Venosc
  • Optional ride to Berade
  • Overnight in Venosc

Day 6, Friday (Venosc to Venosc)

  • 130km & 3,000m ascent
  • Circular day ride
  • Climb Col de la Morte, Col de Parquetout (optional) & Col d’Ornon
  • Overnight in Venosc

Day 7, Saturday (Venosc to Morzine)

  • 100km & 2,600m ascent
  • Climb to Mont de Lans and ‘Balcony’ ride
  • Climb Col de Sarenne
  • Lunch in Alpe d’Huez & second balcony ride
  • Long descent to the final climb, Col Luitel
  • Descend to Grenoble
  • Return to Morzine by minibus

Day 8, Sunday, Departure day

  • It’s time to pack up the bikes and then transfer to Geneva airport
  • If you wish, feel free to book a later flight to allow more time for some last rides in the
    Morzine area

Future Classic Cols - Details

N/A per person

£210

£175 (available in a range of sizes)

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Future Classic Cols Tour reviews

Feedback for Future Classic Cols Tour has been compiled from 7 customer reviews

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Date Product Score Customer Comment

Future Classic Cols Tour

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A scenic, relaxing and stretching tour in the French Alps. The rides were great, taking in memorable and scenic climbs. Each day had a different feel due to the nature of the different cols, the lunch stops and the overnight stays. The routes were well researched and discribed on daily sheets that were printed on water resistant paper (nice touch). The varying abilities of the guests were well accommodated without fuss.

Compact gearing and 11-28 (at least) definitely recommended!

Future Classic Cols Tour

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Excellent

Future Classic Cols Tour

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The holiday was what I expected, hard at times but great fun. The guides; Dani and Adam were helpful and good fun. Paul was helpful and enthusiastic and has turned his sport and pastime into a great business. He has passion for what he does and loves showing people the mountains and vallies of the Alps.The route was fantastic with great views. The hotels were nice and the food excellent. Like Arnie I will be back.

Future Classic Cols Tour

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Great routes without a lot of flat transportation km's. Great variety of climbs without huge crowds.

Future Classic Cols Tour

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It was simply epic in every way! despite the cols being spectacular with great views there was little to no traffic! The van and car support was amazing giving you food and water whenever you need it, food stops were located to perfection! hotels were amazing, I could not rate it higher!

Future Classic Cols Tour

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A fantastic route taking in places I may never have discovered myself. Support from the van always seemed to come just when I needed it. In particular on one very hot day with no shade on the ascent a chilled towel thrown over my shoulders was exactly what I needed without knowing it - great experience, intuition and customer focus.
I wasn't often in the small pack on the ascents but I never felt pressured on any of the climbs and I managed and enjoyed them all, event the (not so) little optional extras that we had most days.

Future Classic Cols Tour

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A fantastic week , great selection of Cols & routes . Adam who rode with us was attentive & supportive & was very clever at moving up and down though the group to check everyone was fine . Paul the boss is a master of detail - the only thing you have to focus on is turning the pedals.