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  • Private tour only
  • 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, 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

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