Cycling Training Camps


The Alpine Cols week: tailored for you

Our week-long cycling training camps are guaranteed to improve your performance cycling in the mountains, while also giving you a fantastic holiday in an outstanding 4* hotel in the heart of the Alps.

Wow, what an awesome week. A huge thank you to Marvin, Yannick and Emmanuelle. You have looked after me exceptionally well, and given me some great coaching. I’m now faster uphill, more stylish downhill (and hopefully faster downhill too!). I’ve been very well fed and watered. And, just as important, it’s been great fun too. (David, Surrey)

Which camp is right for me?

The Alps are not the place to learn cycling. There is a first time for everybody, however, and we offer training camps at all levels between intermediate cyclists coming for the first time to highly experienced riders looking to finish in the top 50 at sportives such as the Haute Route, the Marmotte and the Etape du Tour.

To help you decide which camp is best for you, read below for details of each of our training camps. The number of cranks is an indicator of the difficulty, with three being the hardest and one the easiest.

Each week is tailored in practice to suit the group and the weather conditions to give you the best possible cycling experience. What never changes is a very low coach to client ratio (very seldom more than 1:6) and a personal approach with a high attention to detail.

These are training camps that will truly make a difference to your cycling.

Our goal is that you come as a client and leave as a friend (Marvin, CEO of Alpine Cols)

 

Haute Route training camp Level 3

Primarily for experienced cyclists that have signed up to ride the Haute Route. However any reasonably strong rider is welcome: this is also a great camp to prepare the Marmotte, for example. More.

The professional coaching on the bike was just amazing. I have a coach, a very good coach with years of experience but he doesn’t ride with me. Only a coach riding with you can teach you in real time! Also the debriefing incl. the videos was really superb (Daniel, Zurich)

 

Sportive training camp Level 2

Primarily for moderately experienced cyclists that are preparing a mountainous sportive such as the Marmotte or the Etape du Tour. Any moderately strong rider is welcome: you do not have to be competition-oriented. More.

Riding with Stephane was a privilege. His ability to assess our ability and ride with us right on the edge of what were capable of without going over was amazing and definitely made a big difference. (Ted, California)

                                                                                     

Sportive weekends Level 2

Three-day weekends (arrive on Thursday night), including an Alpine sportive on the Sunday. Friday and Saturday are preparatory rides, the opportunity to stretch your climbing legs, improve your descending and pick up tips on pacing and nutrition before the race. More.

Thanks again for an absolutely amazing experience with Alpine Cols last month.  I can’t remember the last time I came home from a holiday so excited about my experience…I look at the photos every day!  (Scott, Ontario)

 

First Timers week Level 1

For intermediate riders coming to the Alps for the first time. This camp is all about learning to ride in the mountains and how to tackle for yourself those mythical climbs we see on the television during the Tour de France. More.

Alpine Cols were second to none in their approach to the training camp. Even before we arrived they took the trouble to find out how much cycling we had done, in order to plan the week to suit the clients. We went on a beginner’s week, and could not have had a better time. (Lucy, Kent)

 

Tour de France week Level 2

Held during the Tour, this week is all about the Tour de France experience. You will ride the same roads as the pros, watch them go by from the best vantage points and experience the race from the cyclist’s point of view. Note that in 2016 and agin in 2018 the Tour goes right past our hotel!

The chance to actually see the Tour de France & to cycle part of a stage too was great; thank you for organising the trip & for giving us the opportunity as it bought the Le Tour to life for me (Anne, Cornwall)

 

September “no-stress” week Level 1

This September camp tends to be more relaxed than the others, ideal for you to experience riding in the Alps out of season, on quiet roads and at your own pace.

Alpine Cols provided real coaching, as opposed to just guiding us around the roads. The coaching notes, videos and discussions about the use of technology, descending skills, riding strategies etc were extremely helpful. And the food at Hotel Beauregard was very good indeed! (Stuart, Dhahran)

 

Private and corporate groups

We are delighted to organise a fully bespoke holiday for your private group, no matter how small (or large) your group. Stay in a private château or the hotel of your choice, and ride the must-do climbs on your bucket list. Available at any location in Europe. More.

The experience with Alpine Cols was excellent. I have done several cycling training camps in France, Spain and Italy, and I must say this one was close to perfection. (Stephanie, Paris)

 

Coaching & Guiding

We employ only fully qualified and highly experienced coaches*, and do not employ unqualified “guides” or “ride captains”. Our coaches ride alongside you throughout the week to provide advice on technique and pacing in the mountains.

During the evenings we offer informal discussions on everything related to performance, ranging from equipment choice through to nutrition, training methods, the use of power meters, race tactics etc. Read more about our coaching.

 

The Alpine Cols experience

Read more about the Alpine Cols experience and what to expect during your stay with us.

 

*All our Alpine cycling rides are led by a cycling coach with intimate knowledge of the roads and an official French coaching qualification. This is both a legal requirement in France and also an important guarantee for you, not only of your coach’s professional competence but also of proper insurance in the unlikely event of an accident.