Alps Cycling Tours

Our Alps cycling tours are perfect for riders looking to tackle four or seven days of fully guided and supported riding in the incredible mountains surrounding Alpe d’Huez and Bourg d’Oisans. Based out of our high spec chalet situated in Alpe d’Huez, just a short walk from the shops, bars and cafes of Alpe d’Huez and slap bang in the middle of perhaps the most famous area in all of professional cycling our location is second to none, providing a spectacular base for an incredible tour.

With four or seven days of fully guided and supported riding, tackling the Alps cycling tours classics Croix de Fer, Glandon, Telegraphe, Galibier, Sarenne and Alpe d’Huez, you will tick off the most famous climbs of the Tour de France, with the full backup and support of the LDT team, while our in-house professional chef provides superb breakfasts and dinners that ensure you have an incredible experience throughout.

Our Alps cycling tours are one of the most popular tours we offer, with both Scheduled and Private dates available, however if you wish to have us tailor the perfect package for your group through our Bespoke service, we would be happy to do so. You can learn more about our Bespoke service by visiting the Bespoke page of our website.

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Dates & Prices

19 - 22 June 2016 3 Nights - Eves Room - Twin Share £499pp - £200 Deposit BOOK NOW
19 - 22 June 2016 3 Nights - Eves Room - Solo Occ £699pp - £300 Deposit BOOK NOW
19 - 26 June 2016 7 Nights - Eves Room - Twin Share £849pp - £300 Deposit BOOK NOW
19 - 26 June 2016 7 Nights - Eves Room - Solo Occ £1049pp - £400 Deposit BOOK NOW
26 - 29 June - 2016 3 Nights - Eves Room - Twin Share £499pp - £200 Deposit BOOK NOW
26 - 29 June - 2016 3 Nights - Eves Room - Solo Occ £699pp - £300 Deposit BOOK NOW
26 - 29 June - 2016 3 Nights - Standard Room - Twin Share £549pp - £200 Deposit BOOK NOW
26 - 29 June - 2016 3 Nights - Standard Room - Solo Occ £749pp - £300 Deposit BOOK NOW
Bespoke Dates Throughout 2016 Fully Bespoke Quotes Available BOOK NOW

Itinerary

Day 1 - Collection from Geneva

After meeting the LDT team at Geneva airport at Midday, we'll transfer into the heart of the Alps, arriving at our chalet on Alpe d'Huez in the early afternoon. After settling in we'll build the bikes and ensure everything is in perfect working order and enjoy a welcome dinner prepared by our dedicated professional chef.

Day 2 - 135km - 3800m - Glandon and Croix de Fer

The Glandon and the Croix de Fer need no introduction and today you will see why these two incredible climbs have become part of cycling folklore. Taking on this circular loop gives provides for an incredible ride, with the classic Glandon ascent, while also getting a rare opportunity to tackle the ascent of the Croix de Fer from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Post ride you'll have an opportunity to relax in the chalet, before a gourmet three course dinner provided by our in-house chef.

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Day 3 - 110km - 3800m - Telegraphe, Galibier, Alpe d'Huez

After a breakfast of fresh breads, croissants, our own LDT porridge, fruit, cereals, yoghurts, coffee and tea we'll tackle the final epics of the Marmotte route, the Telegraphe, Galibier and Alpe d'Huez. This holy trinity of climbs has everything that a rider could possibly hope to encounter, from stunning views, through to challenging gradients, via dizzying altitudes. The perfect opportunity to tackle these incredible climbs with the full support of the LDT team.

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Day 4 - 50km - Sarenne

For those on the three night package there is time for an early breakfast and final climb on the spectacular Col de Sarenne, before returning to the chalet to pack your bike and depart at 11am for the late afternoon flights from Geneva. Those on the seven night package are free to spend the afternoon relaxing in the chalet and Alpe d'Huez or to undertake a solo ride.

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Day 5 - 100km - 2800m - Ornon, Parquetout and Alpe d'Huez

After a breakfast of fresh breads, croissants, our own LDT porridge, fruit, cereals, yoghurts, coffee and tea we'll tackle both sides of the Ornon, together the savage gradients of one of our favourite hidden gems, the Parquetout, before an optional final ascent of the Alpe to finish an amazing day in the saddle.

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Day 6 - 70km - 2300m - Sarenne, Les Deux Alpes and Balcony Road

Another incredible ride with a slightly shorter distance to ease the legs after six hard days of riding. Descending the Sarenne is an incredible experience, with the climb of Les Deux Alpes sure to be remembered for a long time. We return to base via the incredible balcony road that clings to the mountain side with views to the valley far below.

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Day 7 - 120km - 3500m - Telegraphe and Galibier

Ending the week with a bang today we tackle the backside of the Galibier via the Lautaret. With a far different feel to the side Telegraphe and Galibier ascent earlier in the week, this must climb ascent will push riders to their limits but reward with incredible views and a lifetime of memories. We return to the chalet for our final meal together and a great night's sleep.

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Day 8 - Return to Geneva

After breakfast we depart the chalet at 10am to return to Geneva.

FAQ

  • What's Included?
    • Airport transfers to and from Geneva based on the transfer departing Geneva at midday on the first day of your tour?and departing the chalet at 1pm on the 22nd/29th?and 10am on the 26th.
    • Three?or seven night?s accommodation in our chalet?as per the selected accommodation option.
    • A maximum group size of just 16 riders ensuring that you receive a highly personalised service ? the opposite of the mass participation operators.
    • Breakfasts and Dinners each day prepared by our own in-house professional chef. Breakfast includes a full continental spread along with our own specially designed muesli and porridge options which are perfect for fuelling long days in the saddle, along with superb quality coffee to give your morning?s the boost they need. Dinners are three courses and based on local regional French classics that have been adapted by our professional chef to offer everything a cyclist needs and are accompanied by 1/2 bottle of wine each night per guest.
    • Fully guided and supported riding, with riders being accompanied by both an on the road guide rider and a fully equipped support vehicle which carries all your spare clothing and other items together with providing full refreshment stops and mechanical support. Our pro level supported riding service is known throughout the cycling tour world as the industry leader, ensuring that all our riders have to focus on is turning the pedals and soaking in the incredible atmosphere of the Alps.
    • The Alpe shuttle service at the end of each day for those that do not wish to climb the Alpe.
    • A digital album of stunning photography to document your Le Domestique?experience.
    • Full Package Travel Regulations compliant financial failure insurance coverage which protects the funds paid by you to Le Domestique Tours, ensuring peace of mind when booking with us.
    What's Not Included?
    • Lunches
    • Travel Insurance
    • Additional Alcohol
    • Flights
    • Incidental expenses/purchases
    Kit
    • The mountains can be extremely fickle and it is therefore difficult to predict the weather on any tour. Please therefore ensure you have a mix of kit to cover hot through to cold, along with wet weather.?A definite must for packing is obviously a wind/waterproof gilet or jacket and full finger gloves, which are a good idea for the descents and mornings. Arm and knee warmers are also great as they are easy to adjust on the fly and help us keep things moving on the road. We also recommend that you bring your full wet weather kit in case we encounter any particularly poor weather.
    • We have a tool kit with us which contains the usual allen keys, pedal spanners, chain whips, cassette tools, chain splitter, track pump etc etc which guests are welcome to use throughout the tour. If you have any unusual bits on your bike such as proprietary bottom brackets or older/Campag group sets then you may want to bring your own specific tools as we can’t guarantee that we will have the correct tool in case of disaster. Due to their fragility we are unable to provide a torque wrench and therefore recommend that you bring your own if you require one for assembling your bike.
    • We recommend that you carry?at least one?spare inner tube along with a mini pump/co2 and a multitool with you at all times as a minimum so that if you do suffer a mechanical we can quickly take care of it. We have supplies of threaded Co2 canisters which you are welcome to borrow for the duration of the tour and either return unused, or if you do have to use them we charge ?2 per canister.
    • Some routes take riders through several poorly lit tunnels, which?require all bikes to be fitted with front and rear lights?and we also regularly encounter low visibility due to low cloud or fog,?so please ensure that you have both front and rear lights with you (simple LED commuting lights are sufficient). Failure to carry lights can result in a fine from the police and also risks drivers not seeing you, so please do not forget to bring/use them.
  • Supported Riding
    • One of the main benefits of choosing Le Domestique Tours, is our pro-level supported riding service, which is an integral part of all of our packages. However, unless you have ridden with us before, it can be difficult to understand the benefits of this service, so for more information please follow this link http://ledomestiquetours.co.uk.88-208-244-163.jago-staging.com/what-is-supported-riding/
    • We do not enforce an average speed requirement during our tours and will always strive to allow riders to cycle at their own speed (our two van support policy gives us the ability to provide our incredible supported riding service for 99% of the riders on our tours), however if there is a large speed differential between you and the rest of the group, we may require you to depart earlier/later, miss extended stops or in very extreme circumstances, complete sections of the route in the LDT support van.
    • Equally, if you are an extremely fast rider in comparison to the others in your group, or someone who does not like to stop during the course of your riding, we may have to adapt the level of support that we can provide for you. If you are at all concerned about your ability level (whether quicker or steadier than average) prior to signing up to this tour, please contact us in advance of booking and we will provide further guidance.
    Fitness and Gearing
    • While some riders do tackle the climbs on a standard double chainset (53/39), we generally recommend that riders opt for a compact chainset (50/34), accompanied by a 27T or 28T rear cassette. This gives a good spread of gears to cover most eventualities and ensures that you have a low enough gear to keep the pedals turning. Some riders do utilise triple chainsets, however in many circumstances this does not provide a lower gear than the ratios suggested above.
    Standard Rooms
    • We have worked extremely hard to offer a balance between a high standard of accommodation and a keen price point and feel that our offering for 2016 is the best available on the market.
    • Our standard rooms are en-suite, situated on the second floor of our chalet with full height ceilings, large windows and in certain cases, a small balcony ? a typical standard room is pictured in the Itinerary slides.
    • Each room contains two twin beds and an en-suite shower room and toilet.
    • In keeping with chalet style accommodation, the?bedrooms are not huge, however they do comfortably accommodate two riders and there is ample space in the two communal sitting room/dining areas for socialising and relaxing.
    • Each room can be occupied on a solo occupancy or twin share basis, allowing those that value their privacy or wish to have some extra space, to have that option.
    • Riders travelling alone but opting for a twin share room will be allocated a room mate by the LDT team.
    • Some rooms also contain bunk beds however these will not be occupied during the tour.
  • Eves Rooms
    • We have worked extremely hard to offer a balance between a high standard of accommodation and a keen price point and feel that our offering for 2016 is the best available on the market.
    • Our Eves?Rooms are en-suite, situated on the top?floor of our chalet with sloped?ceilings and dorma windows.
    • Each room contains two twin beds and an en-suite shower room and toilet.
    • In keeping with chalet style accommodation, the bedrooms are not huge, however they do comfortably accommodate two riders and there is ample space in the two communal sitting room/dining areas for socialising and relaxing.
    • Each room can be occupied on a solo occupancy or twin share basis, allowing those that value their privacy or wish to have some extra space, to have that option.
    • Riders travelling alone but opting for a twin share room will be allocated a room mate by the LDT team.
    • Some rooms also contain bunk beds however these will not be occupied during the tour.
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