The Etape du Tour training camp is aimed at helping you perform at your best at the Etape. It is also an excellent preparation for other mountain sportives such as a 3-day or a 7-day Haute Route. All the Alpine Cols coaches have huge experience in riding sportives and are delighted to share their knowledge. During the week you will not only be riding every day in the mountains, you will also have the chance to exchange with our coaches and other participants on all things cycling-related.
All rides will be at a steady endurance pace intended to maintain your ability to perform well at the Etape. This is also excellent base training for the Haute Route.
The week before the race is obviously too late to impact your fitness, and it is vital to have done the necessary training before coming. All participants will receive an outline 6-month training plan and guidelines to prepare for the Etape du Tour.
As well as the usual tips and advice on techniques from our experienced coaches, we are delighted to welcome Bryan Taylor from Verve Cycling, the manufacturer of Infocranks®. This is the official power meter of the UCI World Cycling Centre and also at British Cycling. Bryan is one of the world’s leading experts on the use of power in cycling. He will be our evening guest lecturer as well as available one-on-one to debrief your power recordings and offer individual advice.
You will have the opportunity to ride (free of charge) with a set of Infocranks® during the week, and to enrol in the MyPower programme.
You should plan to arrive on Sunday July 1st and either depart late the following Sunday (after the Etape) or on Monday July 9th. We will pick you up (at fixed times) at Geneva airport. The week includes seven nights in the hotel Beauregard 4* in La Clusaz, (with an option for the 8th night on July 8th), participation in the Etape du Tour on Sunday July 8th and six days coaching from Monday to Saturday.
|Date||Route||Climbs||Distance & vertical|
|Mon July 2||Recce Etape du Tour #1
Col de la Croix-Fry
|93km / 1,500m+|
|Tues July 3||Descending Clinic
||Col des Aravis||45km / 1,000m+|
|Wed July 4||Recce Etape du Tour #2
||Plateau des Glières
Col des Fleuries
|77km / 1,750m+|
|Thu July 5||Flumet
||Col des Aravis||40km / 1,250m+|
|Fri July 6||Recce Etape du Tour #3
||Col de Romme
Col de la Colombière
|80km / 1,800m+|
|Sat July 7||Annecy to collect the bibs, easy spin
||–||30km / 200 – 500m+|
|Sun July 8||Etape du Tour
||Col de la Croix-Fry
Plateau des Glières
Col de Romme
Col de la Colombière
|169km / 4,000m+|
We are also offering a weekend option, with arrival on Thursday July 5th. See the brochure (below) for more details.
Download the brochure for our Etape du Tour Training Camp.