- Itinerary Overview
- Full Itinerary
|Arrival day Meet us at the hotel in Belley.|
|Day 1 Lac du Bourget Loop||147.7 KM||3000 M|
|Day 2 Northern Ain Climbs||216 KM||4600 M|
|Day 3 Jura Giants (Queen Stage)||206 KM||5500 M|
|Day 4 Mont du Chat Double||221 KM||5650 M|
|Day 5 Chartreuse Cheese Tasting||157 KM||3200 M|
|Departure day Transfer day|
Meet us at the hotel in Belley.
There will be a transfer available from Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport at a set time. Details will be confirmed closer to the trip.
Lac du Bourget Loop
A rolling exploration of the Ain region with a lunch stop at the impressive Abbaye d’Hautecombe on the shores of Lac du Bourget and a return route over Col de Ballon and Les Fontaines to test our legs. There will be guided sessions covering stretching and recovery both before and after the ride.
Northern Ain Climbs
Venturing further afield, we discover some of the tougher roads and the lesser-known climbs that the Ain region has hidden away. Despite not tackling any typical mountains, this is still a day of serious elevation gain and not to be underestimated.
Jura Giants (Queen Stage)
Approaching the first of three ascents of the Col de Grand Colombier from the south, our long climb will be rewarded with stunning views of Lac du Bourget and the Rhône valley from the summit. We then take on the Col de la Biche and loop round to the gentler Col de Richemonde, across the Colombier again before heading east via the Col de la Rochette. After our final ascent of the Grand Colombier from the steeper side, we can enjoy the long sweeping descent down to Anglefort. This day will be as tough as any CCC stage ever gets
Mont du Chat Double
The second day of a tough back-to-back assault on the Jura Mountains. We will tackle the infamous hors catégorie Mont du Chat from both sides while also taking in the stunning green pastures of the Massif des Bauges via Mont Revard and old CCC favourite the Col de Marocaz. A testing day for any rider but after yesterday’s ride, completing this will qualify you for the hardest of any CCC events.
Chartreuse Cheese Tasting
We’ll be exploring the Chartreuse region with a picturesque route taking in the best of the Alps. A gentler ride to end the week on, we’ll stop to taste some of the best local cheeses on our way up to the dramatic Col du Granier. After a lakeside reprieve, we climb the Col du Chat, little sister of the ‘Mont’, before rolling roads bring us back to our hotel. We’ll finish the day with a guided ‘self-massage’ session and a celebratory drink or two.