Cols du Tour de France

Physical rating: Challenging 

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From 18 years old - Group size: 4 - 10

Accomodation: Standard 

Tour de France in Cunéo

Day 1:  ARRIVAL
Cuneo is a provincial capital in western Italy. Its Renaissance style arcaded main street lined with shops and cafés gives it an elegant appearance and its old town centre dates from the 12th century when it was a fortified town. Cuneo was a start town of the tour de France stage Cuneo – Jausiers in 2008. Welcome meeting to check the bikes and do the last adjustments.

 

Col de la Lombarde

Day 2: Col de la Lombarde (2351m)
Today we will cycle from Cunéo to St Etienne de Tinée via the Col de la Lombarde (21,3 km, 6,8% in average). The col de la Lombarde is a Hors Category col, at 2351 m high, located at the French Italian border. It was climbed in 2008 for the 16th stage of the tour de France and the German rider Stefan Schumcher came first at the col.
Distance: 79 km Ascent: 2390 m Descent: 1486 m
Stay in a 2 star hotel for the night.
Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl

 

Col de la Bonette

Day 3: Col de la Bonette (2802m)
"In the morning you will cycle the North part of the Tinée valley, narrow and very alpine, with some superb water falls. You will take up the climb to the Col de la Bonette, the highest col of Europe (2802 m, 26 km of climb at 6,5% in average from Saint Etienne de Tinée, Hors Catégorie) official col of the tour de France in 1962, 1964, 1993 and 2008. Option to climb to Super Sauze or Praloup from Barcelonnette. Distance: 76 km Ascent: 1820 m Descent: 1746 m
Stay in a 2 star hotel in Barcelonette.
Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

 

Col de Vars

Day 4: Col de Vars (2108m)
In the morning cycle up to Jausiers and then you will climb the Hors Categorie Col de Vars. (2108 m altitude, 15km of climb at 5,5% from the junction Col de Vars / Col de Larch). You will then enter the Hautes Alpes and can only be charmed by the beautiful mountains as you cycle down to Guillestre at the border of the Queyras regional Park. Enjoy a short day for your third day, or cycle in the afternoon to Embrun (nice loop ride not too hilly), or climb to the ski resort of Risoul (more challenging).
Distance: 59km Ascent: 1070 m Descent: 1050 m
Stay in a 2 star hotel for the night in Guillestre.
Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

Col d'Izoard

Day 5: Col d'Izoard (2360m)
The Col d'Izoard (2360m) is a unique place to cycle and one of the greatCols of the French Alps (Hors category, climbed 23 times on the tour deFrance since 1947!!). From the green wooded mountainsides aboveBriançon, to the sandy coloured, eroded cliffs above the the CasseDeserte and the Col, the scenery is beautiful. From Guillestre it is 32kmof climb at 4,5% in average. Once in Briancon possibility to continue anddiscover the Clarée valley (relatively flat ride) or climb the Montgenevre pass (up and back).
Distance: 58km Ascent: 1520 m Descent: 1250 m
Stay in a 2 star hotel for the night in Briançon.
Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

 

Col du Galibier

Day 6: Col du Galibier (2645m)
From Briancon, a giant of the Alps is waiting for you namely the Col du Galibier (2645m). A monument in homage to Henri Desgranges, the founder of the tour sits at the top of the Galibier col. This col (Hors category, 37km from Briancon 3,7% in average and the last 21km at 6%) was climbed 32 times by the Tour de France since 1947. From Valloire you will cycle down to the Maurienne valley down to Saint Jean de Maurienne. Possibility to extend the cycle from Saint de Maurienne, nice loop ride to Bonvillard (700 m climb).
Distance: 75 km Ascent: 1750 m Descent: 2419 m
Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

Alpe d'Huez

Day 7: Col de la Croix de Fer (2067m) & Alpe d'Huez (1850m)
For your last day 2 challenging climbs are on the menu! The col de la croix de fer (2067 m, Hors Catégorie), climbed 15 times in the Tour de France since 1947, offers 30 km of climb at 5 % average from Saint Jean de Maurienne. To finish the trip, you will climb the legendary 21 hairpins to the Alpe d'Huez, 14 km from Bourg d'Oisans at 8% in average, climbed 27 times in the Tour since 1952.
Distance: 74 km Ascent: 2599 m Descent: 1394 m
Stay in a 2 star hotel for the night in le Bourg d'Oisans.
Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

Farewell!

Day 8 - Farewell!
Transfer to Lyon aiport in the morning. Bon Voyage!

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Access Routes to Holiday Destination:

By plane: (please check flight schedule on airline site):

-From Dublin access to Turin & Lyon
-From London access to Turin, Cuneo & Lyon.
-From Glasgow access to Turin & Grenoble.
-From Liverpool access to Turin & Grenoble.
-From Birmingham access to Grenoble & Cuneo.

 

 


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