France

Randonnée Alps

11th - 18th junio 2017

  • Start Location EVIAN
  • End Location NICE
  • Av. Daily Distance 135 KM
  • Av. Daily Elevation 3,100 M
  • Days 7
  • Difficulty
“Every fan of the sport needs to ride the legendary Alpine cols. Ride through road racing history as you take in iconic climbs like the Colombière, Izoard and Alpe d’Huez. Riding these roads for yourself makes watching the pros in the Tour even more special.” – Simon Mottram, Rapha CEO

The Rapha Randonnée Alps starts at Lake Geneva and heads south, over the most historic climbs of the Tour de France and some of the most majestic mountain passes in the world, before arriving in Nice on the chic Côte d'Azur. These are the roads on which heroes are made and Tours won and lost, where the pain and suffering of a 30km climb are eased by jaw-dropping views and seemingly endless descents on beautiful, smooth roads.

Single occupancy — €4.750 per person

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Who is it for?

Let us challenge and inspire you, and fuel your passion for cycling. Using our vast experience of road riding and our love of the history of the sport, we have created Rapha Randonnées: point-to-point itineraries in cycling’s classic territories, and in select destinations across the world. Take on mythical climbs in the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, or cycle the road less travelled through the beautiful landscapes of Japan, California or Corsica. Whichever you choose, you will experience the same levels of service and support. Rapha Travel team cars and experienced guides will be on hand with local knowledge, a morale-boosting chat or a full bidon every pedal-stroke of the way. And, at the end of the day, you’ll simply hand your bike over to our mechanics, who will return them in top condition the next morning. In the evenings all you have to do is enjoy your appointment with our pro-level soigneur, sample the regional wines and cuisine, and relax in our carefully chosen accommodation.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Randonneés include

  • Airport transfers (excludes Japan)
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Single occupancy as standard

How Hard is it?

Randonnées are a real challenge, often climbing the same cols used in the biggest races in the world. But because they’re fully supported, they can be enjoyed by everyone from veteran riders with years of experience to relative newcomers who have put in the training and committed themselves to achieving something special.

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Évian 30 KM 600 M
Day 1 Évian - Megève 130 KM 3,070 M
Day 2 Megève - Brides Les Bains 140 KM 3,500 M
Day 3 Brides Les Bains - L'Alpe d'Huez 130 KM 4,190 M
Day 4 L'Alpe d'Huez - Jausiers 163 KM 3,495 M
Day 5 Jausiers - La Martre 125 KM 2,600 M
Day 6 La Martre - Nice 118 KM 2,100 M
Day 7 Nice

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Arrival Day

Évian

Flights into Geneva where you will be met by a member of Rapha Travel. Our adventure begins with a quick, undulating spin. A perfect opportunity to get to know your riding companions for the week

Distance

30 KM

Climbing

600 M

Accommodation

La Verniaz ses Chalets

Day 1

Évian - Megève

Spectacular views as you depart from the shores of Lake Geneva towards the warm-up climbs of the Col de Cou and the Plaine Joux, which ease us into the first big test, the Colombière. Be sure to save something for its tortuous final kilometre at 10%. The gentle and pretty Aravis follows.

Distance

130 KM

Climbing

3,070 M

Accommodation

Les Fermes de Marie

Major Climbs

Col de la Colombière (1,613m), Col des Aravis (1,486m)

Day 2

Megève - Brides Les Bains

We roll out from Megève to ride the Col des Saisies before the delights and surprises of the Cormet de Roselend, with its wooded valleys and ice-scoured rock faces. A sinuous descent to Bourg St Maurice follows, where Johann Bruyneel famously came off on an unexpected bend.

Distance

140 KM

Climbing

3,500 M

Accommodation

Golf Hotel- Brides les Bains

Major Climbs

Col des Saisies (1,657m), Cormet de Roseland (1,967m)

Day 3

Brides Les Bains - L'Alpe d'Huez

A route worthy of a Grand Tour stage, finishing atop Alpe d’Huez. En route are the monstrous ascents of the Madeleine and Glandon, some of the best and most historic riding in the northern Alps.The Glandon starred in stage 18 of the 2015 Tour de France, with a wonderful solo win by Frenchman Romain Bardet, while Alpe d’Huez saw one of the most thrilling stages in recent Tour history.

Distance

130 KM

Climbing

4,190 M

Accommodation

Hotel au Chamois d’Or

Major Climbs

Col de la Madeleine (1,993m), Col du Glandon (1,924m), L’Alpe d’Huez (1,850m)

Day 4

L'Alpe d'Huez - Jausiers

We descend from Alpe d’Huez via the beautiful back road, the Col de Sarenne, before the long steady climb of the Lautaret. Enjoy the descent to Briançon before tackling another legendary climb, the Col d’Izoard, Fausto Coppi’s mountain. The Col de Vars brings us close to the Italian border before we reach Jausiers.

Distance

163 KM

Climbing

3,495 M

Accommodation

Villa Morellia Jausiers

Major Climbs

Col d’Izoard (2,360m), Col de Vars (2,108m)

Day 5

Jausiers - La Martre

The stunning climb of the quiet, wooded Col d’Allos also features in the 2015 Tour de France. It’s one of the gems of the Alpes-Maritimes. We’ll descend the way the pros will climb all the way to Castellane, passing the beautiful, topaz-coloured Lac de Castillon, and our evening’s destination, the pretty village of La Martre.

Distance

125 KM

Climbing

2,600 M

Accommodation

Chateau de Taulane

Major Climbs

Col d’Allos (2,250m)

Day 6

La Martre - Nice

From the Alpes-Maritimes and the arrière-pays of Nice to the sea – you won’t believe such amazing mountains are so close to the Mediterranean. The wooded switchbacks of the Col de Bleine are testing, but the descent is fast. Our final col is Vence, a favoured training slope for the area’s many pros. Nice, the Italianate capital of the Côte d’Azur will provide us a chic welcome and a memorable celebration meal.

Distance

118 KM

Climbing

2,100 M

Accommodation

Le Perouse

Major Climbs

Col des Lattes (1,174m), Col de Bleine (1,439m), Col de Castellaras (1,248m), Col de Vence (963m)

Day 7

Nice

Transfer from the hotel to Nice Airport

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Customer Testimonials

It truly was an adventure and a testing one at that. Your companionship made the trip pure pleasure. To sit and eat (steak after steak after steak) and laugh with you all after what were very challenging days will make the trip live long in my memory. Our greatest thanks goes to the Rapha Travel Team. Thank you Ben, Greg, Joe and Francois. I know it's very calm on the surface but I also know that so much goes on behind the scenes. Not only on the trip but back in the office as well. I knew what to expect. But even knowing that my expectations were exceeded. Thank you so much guys.

— Randonnee Pyrenees rider, July 2016

So, you could say the odds were against me having one of the most rewarding and inspirational experiences of my life - yet that is exactly what the Randonnée proved to be.

— Rider, Randonée Corsica 2016

FAQ

Am I strong enough for the trip?

All our trips are physically demanding, but some are harder than others. Randonnées and Cent Cols Challenges are among the toughest, and Retreats are among the most relaxing. Our guides, soigneurs and mechanics will support every rider to go beyond their usual level of riding. Each individual trip is rated for difficulty, and each trip type page gives rough guidelines on who the trip is for, to help you decide if it’s right for you.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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