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  • Both tours guaranteed to run
  • Fully supported
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • 470km, 13,700m ascent
  • Ventoux, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier...
  • 10 iconic cols in a week
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Ventoux, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Izoard, Bonette, Madeleine, Glandon, Colombiere & Joux Plane

This is a 7 night / 8 day supported point-to-point tour, starting and finishing in Morzine. We have carefully crafted the itinerary to guarantee as many A-list cols in the shortest time possible. All you have to do is ride the 10 icons: Ventoux, Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Izoard, Bonette, Madeleine, Glandon, Colombiere & Joux Plane.

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.

Our support 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.

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Itinerary – Icon 10 Cols Tour

Day 1, 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, Morzine to La Clusaz

  • 107km & 2,700m ascent
  • Warm up ride via Taninges to Samoens
  • Climb Col de Joux Plane from the classic side (south)
  • Descend and ride to Cluses
  • Climb Col de la Colombiere from north
  • Descend to overnight stop in La Clusaz

Day 3, La Clusaz to St Jean de Maurienne

  • 100km & 3,100m ascent
  • Minibus via Albertville to near Feissons sur Isere
  • Climb Col de la Madeleine
  • Lunch then descend to La Chambre
  • Climb Col du Glandon
  • Descend to overnight stop in St Jean de Maurienne

Day 4, St Jean de Maurienne to Venosc

  • 95km & 2500m ascent
  • Climb the classic Col de Telegraphe and Col du Galibier
  • 45km descent down Col du Lautarets
  • Overnight stop near Venosc

Day 5, Venosc to Jausiers

  • 71km & 2,200m ascent
  • Climb the 21 hairpins of the L’Alpe
  • ‘Balcony’ ride then descend to valley floor
  • Minibus to Briancon and climb Col d’Izoard
  • Minibus to Jausiers

Day 6, Jausiers to Bedoin

  • 45km & 1,600m ascent
  • Climb the Col de la Bonette, highest paved road in Europe
  • Descend back to Jausiers
  • Minibus to Bedoin

Day 7, Bedoin to Morzine

  • 44km & 1,600m ascent
  • Climb Mont Ventoux from Bedoin (classic side)
  • Descend to Malaucene for lunch & a celebratory beer
  • Return to Morzine by minibus

Day 8, 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.

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Icon Tour reviews

Feedback for Icon Tour has been compiled from 25 customer reviews

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Great climbs and descents

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The Icon 10 Cols Tour is incredible - all the iconic climbs in one week. But it is tough and requires a good level of road fitness. However the support and itinerary are both amazing. This was one of my most memorable weeks and I highly recommend it.

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Each one of the rides was meticously thought through with great consideration taken in the routes, spectacular scenery, coffee stops and most importantly the support team cars that were a great asset to each ride.
The planning of each of these rides took a great deal of thought from Paul and his team to offer an exceptional cycling experience. Top marks to all and Im already planning to go on one of next years tours.

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Excellent

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Happily booked this tour with Forever Morzine as having used them multiple times before, it was the obvious choice. Full on service, organisation and support every day with fantastic personal service.
Hotels and meals all good and clearly well considered and vetted personally.
Tour included the full bucket list in the French Classic Climbs.
Although a couple of necessary longish transfers to reach Mont Ventoux, it was of course an essential inclusion in the tour, and very much accepted as an essential climb.
Forever Morzine Team perfect as usual even with 1st day unforseen changes.

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Really well designed trip, all aspects of it very well planned. A great first alpine cycling experience.

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Loved everything about the trip - the climbs, the ride support, the accommodations, the planning, the food, the attention to detail, the bike I hired for the week, the intangibles (how it all felt, the dynamic, how people got along, etc.). I was the only one on the trip who came alone, knowing no one. I was also the only woman and the least experienced rider. All of this was fine - everyone went out of their way to make me feel good, welcome, included, and looked after. Paul, Dani, and Adam are the best ever. I want to go on MANY MORE trips with them !!!

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Excellent

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The tour was excellent. Favorite climb: Alpe d'Huez for the iconic climb, the view, the history and the village on top. Hardest climb: Col du Glandon - just when you think your legs are done, the gradient increases and after 10000 feet of climbing, the last 3 km at 11% average will test your fortitude. Favorite descent: Mt Ventoux for the long straights and sweeping turns - I felt comfotable at 54 mph going down. Worst climb: Col d'Izoard - there were so many flies, I couldn't concentrate on riding and considered bailing out several times, but I just kept pedaling. Favorite town: Malaucene - while we only ate lunch there it was the most vibrant of the towns we visited. Favorite restaurant: Chez Max in Malaucene - simple yet delicious. Favorite hotel: This was a toss up - while Hotel Au Bon Accueil had the best pre-dinner pasta bar and good breakfast, Villa Morelia was a place I would definitely visit on a second honeymoon. But let's not forget our base hotel in Morzine and the staff there. They set a very high bar for service. The breakfast was consistent and fulfilling while dinner exceeded my expectations every night we were there. If I went back to Morzine for a ski vacation, this is where I would stay.

Our group of riders were awesome as well. We had three beasts, a few in the middle and a few slower riders. Everyone was accommodated well. There were two cars so they leap frogged to provide support. No one was shamed for not completing a stage or for being last. In fact while I achieved my goal of making all 10 climbs, I would have actually liked a real rest day in a cool village as my legs were spent after day 3.

There is one thing I consider a negative and this was not isolated to our tour as I stayed in Geneva for several days after and then in Paris. The beds are too soft and regardless of how I positioned myself, I woke up every morning with a back ache. My back generally hurts on my bike after 50 miles and 5000 feet of climbing anyway (still working on fit), but the beds added to the discomfort. Likely not much that can be done there if you like firm beds except bring a sleeping bag and a thin blow up camping mattress and sleep on the floor. I have camped in between cycling days and felt better than sleeping on the beds.

Overall, if you would like to go and experience the French Alps by bike, I would highly recommend the Forever Morzine team. Compared to Trek and Rapha tours, who we saw on the trip staying at the same hotels, you will get a great experience for less money with phenomenal service. And if it matters everyone on staff and in our group spoke English (Australia, New York, Canada and California). So if English is your only language, you won't feel out of place. If riding the French Alps is on your bucket list, Forever Morzine is the team to check it off.

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The idea of cycling in the Alps on some of the climbs used in the Tour de France had been a dream for me for years. Having the Forever Morzine team of Paul, Adam and Dani's support on the climbs, and leap frogging back in forth to provide cold drinks, snacks and moral support made climbing and descending some of the most famous mountains in France, a most enjoyable and memorable experience.

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Excellent

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As Above

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I liked everything about this trip – even the weather that Forever Morzine turned on for us was spectacular, with lots of cool to warm days with sunshine and blue skies – fantastic!
The key for me was that pace was excellent and we never felt really pressed to perform outside our capability. I really liked the fact that it was self-paced. The Forever Morzine Team kept emphasizing that it was not a race, and we all came with different ambitions and looking for a different experience – “this is your holiday so you set the pace”. What was unique was that they were able to cater for all our individual needs, and keep everyone happy which is quite remarkable.
At times Adam or Paul would ride beside us to pace us, give us some tips or encouragement, or to distract us from the pain of the challenge, which was all very helpful.
There were daily notes that we could refer to with useful hints, history and insights and what to look out for – this is a culmination of years of experience that just provides that extra bit of help up the climbs.
For the record it is not an ‘easy’ 6 days of climbing with 4 days of 2 climbs and then the 2 days of single climbs. This is a challenge for anyone and I would recommend people do as much of the recommended prep as they can, although those that don’t, or just run out of time, come anyway. As they said when I arrived ill-prepared “you will climb into your legs” and I did.
There was always the van close by for support, food, water or just a cheery hello and did we need anything. There was always a clothes changeover at the top of the climbs where we could put on the warm clothes we needed for the many cool descents – all part of the 5 Star service.
As a side-note I have to comment on the drivers in France – they are fantastic compared to Australia. They are so polite and careful around cyclists and this was really noticeable.
An added and very enjoyable part of the Tour is how Paul made the French culture (especially the cuisine which is very important to cyclists!) part of the tour and the experience. Each of the hotel stays were designed around interesting locations, and/or convenience to the next day’s climbs, but he especially ones with in-house, high quality restaurants. These were all hand-picked and very enjoyable and very much an added bonus to me.

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The Icon 10 Cols Tour was amazing. The routes were well planned and the scenery was gorgeous. It was everything that I was hoping it would be and more. I will never forget summiting Galibier! I highly recommend this trip!

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Challenging but highly rewarding trip with many of the most iconic climbs included, the trip also included an excellent variety of hotels. We were all very well looked after – all in all a memorably experience.

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A fantastic way to ride 10 of the Tour de France great mountains. Accommodation and food was very good and the support provided whilst riding was excellent. A great weeks cycling.

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Great routes, good support & nice hotels.
Weather was variable but hardly Paul's fault!

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This is an extremely well thought out tour that encompasses some of the most icon climbs in the Alps. It will inspire and challenge you in equal measure.

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Hugely enjoyable; will remember this trip for a long time!

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Absolutely brilliant tour with a fantastic company.