This training camp in the French Alps is perfect to improve your performance in mountain sportives, such as a 3-day or 7-day Haute Route, the one-day Marmotte, the Etape du Tour or the Maratona dles Dolomites. All the Alpine Cols coaches have huge experience in riding sportives in the mountains and are delighted to share their knowledge. During the week you will not only do a considerable amount of training in the mountains, you will also have the chance to exchange with our coaches and other participants on all things cycling-related: climbing, descending, pacing, nutrition, recovery, equipment, using power meters and much more! More information here.
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 Saturday June 9th and depart the following Saturday, unless you want to stay on and ride in the sportive on Sunday. We will pick you up (at fixed times) at Geneva airport. The week includes seven nights in the hotel Beauregard 4**** in La Clusaz and seven days coaching from Monday to Sunday. If you add the sportive option you will spend one additional night (Saturday June 16th) in the hotel Alpen Roc 3*** in Morzine and participate with our support in the Morzine Haut Chablais sportive on Sunday.
|Date||Route||Climbs||Distance & vertical|
|Sun June 10||Tour de la Tournette||Col de la Forclaz
Col de l’Epine
Col de la Croix-Fry
|93km / 2,290m|
|Mon June 11||Col des Aravis, descending clinic
||Col des Aravis (both sides)
Col des Saisies (part)
|70km / 1,500m|
|Tues June 12||Recce of the 2018 Etape du Tour (Tour de France Stage 10)
||Col des Glières
Col de Romme
Col de la Colombière (E)
|110km / 2,900m|
|Wed June 13||Time Trial||Col de la Colombière (W)||35km / 910m|
|Thu June 14||Col de l’Arpettaz||Col du Marais
Col de l’Arpettaz
Col des Aravis
|99km / 2,450m|
|Fri June 15||Recce of Stage 11, Tour de France 2018
||Col du Prè
Cormet de Roselend
|70km / 1,960m|
|Sat June 16||EITHER: depart
OR: To Morzine via the col de l’Encrenaz
|Col de l’Encrenaz||75km / 1,270m|
|Sun June 17||OPTION: Morzine Haut Chablais sportive/granfondo||Col de Joux Verte
Col du Corbier
Col de Joux Plane
Download the brochure for our Haute Route & Sportive Training Camps.
During this training camp you will have the option of an 1:1 Musculoskeletal Screening session with top British Cycling physiotherapist Anouska Edwards. Anouska has spent seveal years at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester and thus knows the subject inside out.
The Haute Route is an extremely demanding event and will cast the spotlight very quickly on any musculoskeletal imbalances you may have, and especially poor flexibility, tight muscle chains and inadequate core strength. An expert diagnosis of your personal situation will enable you to correct any issues before it is too late and we have to patch you up during the race!
The musculoskeletal screening session takes 1-1/2 hours. It involves gathering information about your injury history and conducting a series of sport specific examinations to determine any deficits in muscle strength, stability, control and length as well as joint structure, stability alignment and function that may contribute to an increased risk of injury. You will be taken through a specific exercise plan designed to address any problem areas identified during the process.
Cost: €175 (this is less than you would generally pay in a clinic)
It is possible to arrive and depart on different days if we have sufficient notice.