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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


Ascent Alps - Giant of the Alps

6th - 9th July 2017


Ascent Ventoux - Les Cingles

17th - 20th August 2017


Ascent Stelvio - Women's

12th - 15th September 2017


Ascent Giro di Lombardia

5th - 8th October 2017


Ascent Tuscany

12th - 15th October 2017


Italian Lakes Weekend

13th - 16th October 2017


I'd like to say a big thank you to the team who looked after us - I think you can be very proud of them as ambassadors for the Rapha brand and excellent cycling guides. They looked after the group with professionalism, enthusiasm, energy and expertise. They were good company on the rides, either cycling or from the much appreciated back up van, and over a beer or two at dinner on the hotel terrace. Their mechanical assistance was particularly appreciated, fixing punctures and fettling hired bike positions!

— Ventoux Ascent, June 2016

Thank you all for making last week’s trip to Mt. Ventoux so fantastic. I really enjoyed the 4 days with you. Thank you for all your help and support, provided in such a positive and friendly way.

— Ventoux Ascent, June 2016


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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