Ascents

Ascents are short four-day getaways to climb an iconic mountain, col or cycling town. From Mont Ventoux to the Passo dello Stelvio and the Col du Tourmalet, among others, each of these passes has seen near-mythical endeavours by the world’s best racers, and climbing them yourself will bring you closer to the sport. 

Ascents are based in superb accommodation very close to the slopes and in just a few days’ riding, aside from bagging a famous col, our expert guides will show you the best that each mountain has to offer: the amazing views and roads that only locals know.

When not riding, relax in beautiful surroundings, enjoy great local cuisine, and deepen the friendships forged on testing gradients.

Upcoming Ascents

italy

Ascent Tuscany - Strade Bianche

2nd - 5th March 2017

France

Ascent Cote d'Azur (Paris-Nice)

9th - 12th March 2017

italy

Ascent Lucca

20th - 23rd April 2017

Spain

Ascent Girona

4th - 7th May 2017

italy

Ascent Varese - Italian Lakes

11th - 14th May 2017

France

Ascent Ventoux - Women's

22nd - 25th June 2017

France

Ascent Alps - Giant of the Alps

6th - 9th July 2017

France

Ascent Ventoux - Les Cingles

31st August - 3rd September 2017

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS

I wanted to thank you for blowing away all my expectations regarding this trip! This was originally a once-in-a-lifetime 40th birthday present to myself, but given this experience I will need to try and find a way to fit in a couple more trips.

— Ventoux Ascent, June 2016

The trip was a delight. While Ventoux was quite rightly the star of the show, the supporting acts were also pretty amazing. It was wonderful not to have to think about a thing except the riding - I would love to do something similar again.

— Ventoux Ascent, June 2016

FAQ

What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification bikes available for hire on our European departures. 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 and pedals.

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Europe

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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

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