Chris Froome and his Sky team mates pass in front of the Alpine Cols tent, July 2016.
Taking place over the three week period every July, it reserves its most dramatic moments for the high mountains and especially the Alps.
This trip gives you the chance to ride the same Alpine roads as the professionals. Come and see how you fare! Ride the climbs in the morning and then watch the show as the professional peloton comes through.
Learn how to descend fast and safely and go home wih plenty of video and photographs to show your friends.
During all rides you will be accompanied by an Alpine Cols professional certified cycling coach and supported by a following car with food, drink, spare wheels and of course the chance to drop off or collect personal items of clothing.
People come to Alpine Cols first and foremost for the quality of the coaching in small groups, never more than 6 cyclists per coach. Read here for more about the Alpine Cols experience, and meet the Alpine Cols team.
The 2017 Tour de France will pass close to our base on two occasions. The first is on Sunday July 9th during Stage 9, from Nantua to Chambéry, and again on Wednesday July 19th during Stage 17, from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier. It is this stage that we will visit during our Tour de France week. We will climb the col du Télégraphe and the col du Galibier during the week, and on the day itself we will climb the col de la Croix de Fer via the col du Glandon in order to see the riders come up and over the summit. This is always a great moment as the professionals pass close enough to touch!
You will have plenty of other opportunities to ride the roads you see on the television. The 2016 Tour de France was in our local area for three days: July 21 (Stage 18, from Sallanches to Megève), July 22 (Stage 19, from Albertville to Saint Gervais) and July 23 (Stage 20, from Megève to Morzine). On this last day the Tour came directly past our hotel. After starting in Megève, the riders climbed the col des Aravis, descended to La Clusaz and then went on to the col de la Colombière, the col de la Ramaz and finally the col de Joux Plane before finishing in Morzine. This same route was used by the Etape du Tour on Sunday July 10th. You will be able to do all these climbs during the week.
Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas in la Clusaz, 23 July 2016 (Stage 20).
Contact us if you’d like to discuss the plans in detail. We are always happy to chat!
You should plan to arrive on Sunday July 16th and depart the following Saturday, with six nights in the hotel Beauregard 4* in La Clusaz.
It is possible to arrive and depart on different days, however there may be an additional cost for the airport transfer.