- Itinerary Overview
- Full Itinerary
|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|
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
Accommodation: La Verniaz ses Chalets
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.
Accommodation: Les Fermes de Marie
Major Climbs: Col de la Colombière (1,613m), Col des Aravis (1,486m)
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.
Accommodation: Golf Hotel- Brides les Bains
Major Climbs: Col des Saisies (1,657m), Cormet de Roseland (1,967m)
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.
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)
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.
Accommodation: Villa Morellia Jausiers
Major Climbs: Col d’Izoard (2,360m), Col de Vars (2,108m)
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.
Accommodation: Chateau de Taulane
Major Climbs: Col d’Allos (2,250m)
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.
Accommodation: Le Perouse
Major Climbs: 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