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The Dates & Prices

  • Aug 18- 26
    next 2 places £1850pp
  • Single Supplement
    £320
  • Bike hire
    £200
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At a glance

  • Ride at your own pace
  • Fully supported
  • 9 days / 8 nights
  • 660km, 15,600m ascent
  • Traverse the Alps from north to south
  • Lake Geneva to Nice
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Traverse the Alps all the way from the shores of Lake Geneva in the north to Nice on the Mediterranean coast in the south.

The Routes des Grandes Alpes is one of cycling’s most iconic itineraries featuring Col d’Iseran, Cormet de Roseland, Col d’Izoard, Col de la Bonette, Mont Cenis, and many other world-class climbs.

With an average daily ascent of 2,200m and average daily distance of 95km, this tour is challenging yet achievable for any fit rider. See below for the detailed itinerary. We aim to make this lifetime achievement as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.

  • Fully supported with experienced guides, following support vehicles and pro bike mechanic
  • Small maximum group size for personal attention
  • No need for maps, leave the navigation to us
  • 8 nights half-board accommodation in quality hotels
  • Dine together every night and share the stories of the day
  • Includes airport transfers for you and your bike box
  • Just get to Geneva and we’ll do the rest

You will stay in exceptional cycle-friendly hotels with a sumptuous 3 or 4 course meal every evening and a substantial breakfast every morning (always with plenty of carbs). We have a maximum of 14 guest places on this tour, with a support team of two riders, two vehicles and a mechanic. You are always well catered for and are free to relax and simply focus on the cycling.

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.

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 happenings of the day.

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The Climbs

  • Iseran
  • Bonette
  • Izoard
  • Colombiere
  • Aravis
  • Roseland
  • Saises
  • Vars
  • Mont Cenis
  • Montgenevre
  • Pre
  • Eze
  • Turini
  • St Pancrace
  • Gets
  • St Martin

Itinerary – Route des Grandes Alpes

Day 1, Arrival

  • Arrival, we collect you from Geneva airport
  • Assemble bikes and prepare for the epic journey
  • Overnight hotel in Thonon les Bains on the shores of Lake Geneva

Day 2, Thonon Les Bains to La Clusaz

  • 100km & 2200m ascent
  • Gentle start over Col des Gets
  • Descend to Cluses and climb Col de Colombiere
  • Descend through Grand Bornand to La Clusaz

Day 3, La Clusaz to Bourg St Maurice

  • 95km & 2600m ascent
  • Climb Col des Aravis, Saises
  • Climb Cormet de Roseland (option to include Col du Pre, adds 6km & 200m ascent)
  • Fabulous 20km descent to Bourg St Maurice

Day 4, Bourg St Maurice to Lanslevillard

  • 80km & 2100m ascent
  • Cycle up the valley to Val d’Isere
  • Climb Col d’Iseran
  • Long descent and along the valley floor to Lanslevillard

Day 5, Lanslevillard to Claviere (Italy)

  • 80km & 2050m ascent
  • Climb Mont Cenis and descend to Susa in Italy
  • Climb Col de Montgenevre to Claviere on the summit

Day 6, Claviere to Jausiers

  • 100km & 2350m ascent
  • Descend to Briancon to the base of Col d’Izoard
  • Climb Izoard and descend to Guillestre
  • Climb Col de Vars
  • Descend to Jausiers

Day 7, Jausiers to Roquebilliere

  • 115km & 2600m ascent
  • Climb the highest paved road in Europe over Col de la Bonette
  • 55km descent to St Sauveur sur Tinee
  • Climb over Col St Martin to Roquebilliere

Day 8, Roquebilliere to Nice

  • 90km & 1700m ascent
  • Our last major climb, Col de Turini
  • Descend to Escarene and La Turbie for first view of the Med
  • Ride the Grande Corniche into Nice
  • Finish on the Promenade des Anglais

Day 9, Nice

  • Pack up the bikes
  • We transfer you to Nice Airport

Route des Grandes Alpes - Details

£250 per person

£320

£200 (available in a range of sizes)

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Route des Grandes Alpes

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Great tour! The route was incredible, and the planning (motels, rest stops, distance/climbing each day, and general logistics) was perfect. But most of all, it was each of the Forever crew that created an enjoyable and memorable experience.