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  • Jun 28-Jul 9
    next 2 places £2750pp
  • Single Supplement
    £440
  • Bike hire
    £275
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At a glance

  • Ride at your own pace
  • Fully supported
  • 12 days / 11 nights
  • 350-900km, 8,000-23,000m ascent
  • Stelvio, Ventoux, Alpe d'Huez
  • Galibier, Tourmalet & more
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Ride the 'Big 5' - Stelvio, Ventoux, Alpe d'Huez, Tourmalet, Galibier & many more

This is an 11 night / 12 day supported point-to-point tour, starting in Milan and finishing in Toulouse. Fulfil cycling’s ultimate bucket list of cols in the holiday of a lifetime.

  • Ride in four distinct cycling environments: French Alps, Italian Alps, Provence and the Pyrenees
  • Climb the 48 hairpins of the classic Passo dello Stelvio ascent
  • Opportunity to take the 3 ascents challenge up Mt Ventoux
  • Stand on the podium at the top of Alpe d’Huez
  • Ethereal vistas from the top of Galibier
  • Follow in the wheel tracks of cycling history as you surmount Tourmalet

11 nights 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).

On the daily rides 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.

To climb just the ‘Big 5’ cols involves around 350km and 8,000m of ascent. Our flexible itinerary enables up to a further 550km and 15,000m supported rides, featuring many other world-famous climbs.

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 you are always well catered for.

Due to its itinerary, this tour involves some significant transfers (the Italian Alps and the Pyrenees are some 1300km apart). Our previous guests agree that this is well worth it to fullfil such an outstanding lifetime achievement in a single tour.

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Itinerary – Legendary Cols Tour

Day 1, Arrival

  • We meet you at Milan Malpensa airport and transfer to Bormio
  • Assemble bikes
  • Supported 30km shakedown ride to Cancano & back (800m ascent)
  • Overnight, Palace Hotel, Bormio

Day 2, Bormio

  • 80km & 1800m ascent
  • Climb Passo dello Stelvio from Prato (classic side)
  • Option to climb from Bormio side as well (+30km & 1500m)
  • Overnight, Palace Hotel, Bormio

Day 3, Bormio

  • 105km & 2700m ascent
  • Climb Mortirolo (choice of routes, harder adds 300m ascent)
  • Descend and follow valley floor to Ponte di Legno
  • Climb Gavia from classic side
  • Descend back to Bormio and overnight at the Palace Hotel

Day 4, Bormio to St Jean de Maurienne

  • 20km & 400m ascent
  • Morning: Coach transfer to St Jean de Maurienne
  • Afternoon: Climb Montvernier hairpins with option to continue up Col du Chaussy (adds 20km & 800m ascent)
  • Overnight St Jean de Maurienne

Day 5, St Jean de Maurienne to La Grave

  • 70km & 2200m ascent
  • Climb the classic Col de Telegraph and Col du Galibier
  • Descend down Col du Lauterets
  • Overnight La Grave

Day 6, La Grave to Alpe d’Huez

  • 40km & 1200m ascent
  • Descend down past the Chambon Dam
  • Climb the 21 hairpins of Alpe d’Huez
  • Option to continue descending down Col de Sarenne and ‘Balcony’ ride via La Garde returning to Alpe d’Huez (adds 50km & 1500m ascent)
  • Overnight Alpe d’Huez

Day 7, Alpe d’Huez to Bedoin

  • 70km & 800m ascent (optional)
  • Morning: Coach transfer to Bedoin
  • Afternoon: rest day or optional easy ride around the Gorge de la Nesque
  • Overnight, Bedoin

Day 8, Bedoin

  • 60km & 1700m ascent
  • Climb Mont Ventoux from Bedoin (classic side)
  • Option to enter 3 ascents challenge (+80km & 2700m)
  • Overnight, Bedoin

Day 9, Bedoin to Lourdes

  • 25km & 100m ascent
  • Morning: transfer to Lourdes
  • Late afternoon : ‘spin the legs’ local ride
  • Overnight, Hotel Gallia & Londres, Lourdes

 

Day 10, Lourdes

  • 100km & 1900m ascent
  • Climb Col du Tourmalet (classic side)
  • Option to climb Col d’Aspin as well (+30km & 600m)
  • Overnight, Hotel Gallia & Londres, Lourdes

Day 11, Lourdes

  • 110km & 2200m ascent
  • Easy ride on back roads to Laruns
  • Climb Col d’Aubisque (classic side) and then Col de Soulor
  • Descend to Argèles Gazost, bike path to Lourdes
  • Pack up bikes
  • Overnight, Hotel Gallia & Londres, Lourdes

Day 12, Departure

  • Morning: transfer to Toulouse airport for your return flight

Legendary Cols Tour - Details

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Legendary Cols Tour reviews

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Legendary Cols Tour

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Great hotels and meals, allowing me to focus on ridding

Legendary Cols Tour

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The tour was well planned & managed to incorporate many iconic climbs. Three distinct localities however transfers were quite manageable & allowed for a partial rest day. Accommodation & meal options of excellent standard. In summary a great tour if you want to accomplish a lot of riding with options to reduce if you choose. I would suggest if you want to experience many of the famous climbs of the alps & Pyrenees in a 2 week timeframe this is an advisable tour. Challenging but enjoyable, assisted greatly by team at Forever Cycle tours.

Legendary Cols Tour

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The Legendary Cols Tour of 2017 is a trip I'll long remember. Dani, Ben and Alex from the tour team gave fantastic support, with Dani cycling with the stragglers and Ben leading the pack and ensuring we never got lost. Alex drove the van, gave bicycle tech support, took photos and provided food and drink. Their professionalism and friendliness made the trip very enjoyable, and I'd recommend Forever Cycle Tours to anybody. I'll definitely be doing business with them in the future.

Legendary Cols Tour

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Superb route, transfer days were good for recovery and included great options to shakedown rides or continue recovery.