“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.
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.
Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included
Single occupancy as standard
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.
|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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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
La Verniaz ses Chalets
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.
Les Fermes de Marie
Col de la Colombière (1,613m), Col des Aravis (1,486m)
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.
Golf Hotel- Brides les Bains
Col des Saisies (1,657m), Cormet de Roseland (1,967m)
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.
Hotel au Chamois d’Or
Col de la Madeleine (1,993m), Col du Glandon (1,924m), L’Alpe d’Huez (1,850m)
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.
Villa Morellia Jausiers
Col d’Izoard (2,360m), Col de Vars (2,108m)
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.
Chateau de Taulane
Col d’Allos (2,250m)
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.
Col des Lattes (1,174m), Col de Bleine (1,439m), Col de Castellaras (1,248m), Col de Vence (963m)
Transfer from the hotel to Nice Airport
The team.. James, Nico, Vicki and Livio just blew my mind and exceeded my expectations. They were sooo patient even at my lowest energy point when I perhaps wasn't at my finest the team was always there for me!
— Randonnee Dolomites, July 2016
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
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.
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.
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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175
Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)