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.
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.