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Road bike FranceFRENCH ALPS GRANDE TRAVERSEE: Lake Geneva to the Côte d'Azur From Thonon to Menton via the famous cols of the Tour de France

En route for the legendary "cols" of the Tour de France! Cross the French Alps from Lake Geneva to the Côte d'Azur on this fantastic eight day tour. From the Northern Alps and the Mont Blanc range right to the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea via some of the most mythical cols in the world of road biking: L'Iseran, Le Galibier, Le Lautaret, L'lzoard and many more... Road biking doesn't get any better than this!

Tour with assistance vehicle: from 990€ - Details Duration : 8 days | Level :
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Highlights

  • A mythical itinerary that follows in the footsteps of the legendary Tour de France!
  • From the Northern to the Southern Alps, from the Mont Blanc to the Mediterranean, taking in a huge variety of alpine landscapes along the way.
  • Fantastic panoramic views of the entire Alps range.
  • Choose between two slightly differents routes each day, with varying distances and profiles.
  • The option of being accompanied by non-cycling friends or family. Meet up each evening at the end of the day's "stage".

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  • This trip exists in 2 versions: V1=2 wheels / V2=3 wheels
  • Each day you can choose between two different itineraries (V2 or V3), with varying distances and profiles.
  • Special offers available for private groups. Please contact us for a quote.

Levels

Each day you will be able to choose one of two slightly differents routes with varying distances and altitude gain (2 and 3 wheels).

Day 1: Thonon-les-Bains - La Clusaz 

Itinerary start: Rendezvous with the organisation team is on day 1 at 9 am at Thonon les Bains SNCF railway station. On request we can book the previous night's accommodation for you in Thonon Les Bains. We can also organise a transfer from Geneva or Lyon airport.

Passes of the day: 

  • Col de Jambaz, 1027 m (level 2)
  • Col de Joux Plane, 1712m (level 3)
  • Col de la Colombière, 1613 m

Highlights:

  • A warm up on the quiet mountain roads of the Col de Jambaz (level 2)
  • The beautiful Vallée du Giffre and Val d'Abondance (level 3)
  • The "Portes du Soleil" area of Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz (level 3)
  • The Diable gorges and bridge (level 3)
  • Views of the Mont Blanc range
  • Col de la Colombiere: the first difficulty of the week, and first real mountain pass of the Alps...
  • Le Grand Bornand: reputable ski resort known for the beauty and authenticity of its mountain chalets

Distance and altitude gain:

  • 2 wheels: approx. 90 km and 2500 m
  • 3 wheels: approx. 120 km and 3200 m
Day 2: La Clusaz - Bourg Saint Maurice 

Passes of the day:

  • Col des Aravis, 1486 m
  • Col des Saisies, 1650 m
  • Col du Joly, 1989 m (level 3, optional)
  • Col du Pré, 1703m (level 3)
  • Cormet de Roselend,1967 m

Highlights:

  • The Aravis mountain range with stunning views of the Mont Blanc 
  • The olympic resort of Les Saisies 
  • The Beaufortain and its famous cheese, the Beaufort (possibility to visit the cheese cooperative)
  • The turquoise waters of Lake Roseland, surrounded by beautiful alpine scenery

Distance and altitude gain:

  • 2 wheels: approx. 90 km and 2500 m
  • 3 wheels: approx. 100 km and 2700 m (Col du Joly option: + 28 km and 900 m)
Day 3: Bourg Saint Maurice - Aussois

Passes of the day:

  • Col de l'Iseran, 2762m

Highlights:

  • Liaison between the two biggest valleys of the Alps: the Tarentaise and the Maurienne 
  • The Col de l'Iseran: simply one of the most beautiful and longest passes in the Alps...
  • Panoramic views of the Vanoise National Park 
  • Small, traditional villages and their stone houses (Le Miroir, La Gurraz...) where time seems to have stood still

Distance and altitude gain:

  • 2 wheels : approx. 95 km and 2400 m
  • 3 wheels : approx. 95 km and 2700 m
Day 4: Aussois - Briançon 

Passes of the day:

  • Col du Télégraphe, 1566m (level 2)
  • Col du Galibier, 2645m (level 2)
  • Col de la Croix de Fer, 2067m (level 3)
  • Col du Glandon, 1924m (level 3)
  • Col du Lautaret, 2058m

Highlights:

  • A string of some of the most famous cols of the Tour de France! 
  • Valloire ski resort and its enchanting setting (level 2)
  • The « high mountain » atmosphere of the Galibier (level 2)
  • Panoramic views of the Ecrins and its famous summit, the Meije

Distance and altitude gain:

  • 2 wheels: approx. 100 km and 2200 m
  • 3 wheels: approx. 165 km and 3500 m
Day 5: Briançon - Jausiers

Passes of the day:

  • Col de l'Isoard, 2360m (level 3)
  • Col de Vars, 2109m

Highlights 

  • The passage from the Northern Alps to the Southern Alps and its larch forests.
  • A clever itinerary between Barcelonnette and Guillestre that avoids the busier roads (level 2)
  •  The charming Haute Vallée de l'Ubaye
  • The Col de Vars: one of the most major cols of the Alps with over 1000 metres of altitude gain on both sides

Distance and altitude gain:

  • 2 wheels: approx. 90 km and 2500 m
  • 3 wheels: approx. 100 km and 2700 m
Day 6: Jausiers - Beuil

Passes of the day:

  • Col de la Cayolle, 2326m (level 2)
  • Col d'Allos, 2250m (level 3)
  • Col des Champs, 2087m (level 3)
  • Col de Valberg, 1650m

Highlights:

  • The switch form the Ubaye valley to the Haute Vallée du Verdon on the ancient route of the Col d'Allos
  • The Col de la Cayolle and Col des Champs: superb climbs through the heart of the Mercantour National Park. 
  • The Gorges de Bachelard 

Distance and altitude gain:

  • 2 wheels: approx. 90 km and 2200 m
  • 3 wheels: approx. 110 km and 3000 m
Day 7: Beuil - Col de Turini

Passes of the day:

  • Col de la Couillole, 1678m
  • Col de Saint Martin, 1500m
  • Col de Turini, 1604m

Highlights:

  • Winding mountain roads through typical southern Alps mineral landscapes of larch and pine forests
  • The village of Roubion
  • Les « gorges rouges » (the red gorges) of the Tinée valley and its torrent
  • The Col de Turini, last major challenge of our tour!  

Distance and altitude gain:

  • 2 and 3 wheels: approx. 90 km and 2500 m
Day 8: Col de Turini - Menton

Passes of the day:

  • Col de l’Orme, 1005m
  • Col de l’Ablé, 1169m
  • Col de Braus, 1002m
  • Col de Castillon, 370m

Highlights:

  • Cycling in the knowledge that all the major cols are behind us!
  • A superb chain of small passes (Orme, Able, Braus) with fantastic views of the Mediterranean
  • Arriving at the Mediterranean Sea !!!...

Distance and altitude gain:

  • 2 and 3 wheels : approx. 50 km and 800 m

Itinerary end: The trip ends in Menton at around noon. On request we can book the following night's accommodation for you in Menton, organise a transfer to Nice airport or transfer you back to Thonon or Geneva airport with the assistance vehicle.

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

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