- Itinerary Overview
- Full Itinerary
|Arrival day Meet us at the hotel.|
|Day 1 Grenoble to Belley||176 KM||5200 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|
|Day 6 Sestriere - Gap||213 KM||5,250 M|
|Day 7 Gap - Alpe d'Huez||202 KM||5,800 M|
|Day 8 Alpe d'Huez Loop||207 KM||6,100 M|
|Day 9 Alpe - Vassieux-en-Vercors||194 KM||3,700 M|
|Day 10 Vassieux - Grenoble||172 KM||3,500 M|
|Departure day Transfer day|
Meet us at the hotel.
There will be a transfer available from Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport at a set time. Details will be confirmed closer to the trip.
Grenoble to Belley
The Chartreuse stage, with special views over the Lac du Bourget. Big climbing from km 2, this stage sets the flavour for the whole event. After the Classic Climb up to the Granier the stage explores lesser known roads, culminating with the formidable Mont du Chat (reputedly one of the hardest treasures in the Alpine cupboard).
Major Climbs: Porte, Granier, Epine, Mont du Chat
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.
Sestriere - Gap
Another Italian-Franco stage, and one which promises a mix of the classics and unknown gems. The Izoard is always a special treat, but the latter part of the route with the Pontis, Fillys and Mont Colombis will leave an impression.
Major Climbs: Col d'Izoard, Mont Colombis
Gap - Alpe d'Huez
The Devoluy Plateau will catch the eye of those who haven’t seen it before. As will the unique CCC method of arriving at Bourg d’Oisans. Finally, where everyone else finishes at the Alpe, the CCC of course continues along the “Route des Lacs” to the Col de Poultran.
Major Climbs: Col du Poutran
Alpe d'Huez Loop
The CCC version of the Marmotte, with more kilometres & more climbs, including a lesser-ridden loop behind St Michel de Maurienne, as well as the Sarenne.
Major Climbs: Alpe d'Huez, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Galibier, Col de Sarenne
Alpe - Vassieux-en-Vercors
Up the way the Tour came down in 2015, the Col de Morte opens the penultimate day’s climbing before we head into the Drome and then the Vercors for some more fun. Steady rather than steep climbs mark this stage, typified by the final long but gentle climb up to the Col de Rousset.
Major Climbs: Col de la Morte
Vassieux - Grenoble
The drama of the Vercors roads provide a fitting way to end this event. The Combe Laval / Col de la Machine section is often quoted as one of the most impressive roads in France and, followed by the Pra l’Etang, you’ll never forget this Northern Alps grand finale.
Major Climbs: Col de Chalimont