We’re pleased to announce a new and revised route for 2019 to include the Telegraphe and Galibier, further enhancing the Raid Alps as the ultimate Tour de France col bagging week.
Along with its sister challenge, the Raid Pyrenees, the Raid Alps is one of the classic cycling challenges, which sees riders attempt to ride through the spine of the Alps from the start line at Thonon les Bains on Lake Geneva, to the finish line on the Mediterranean Coast in Antibes, via a stunning 740km route. This is a true classic cycling tour and one that Le Domestique Tours feel every dedicated cyclist should experience during their riding career.
The Raid Alps is almost unique in tackling a collection of the most famous Cols in all of cycling (Telegraphe, Galibier, Iseran, Izoard, Bonette and many more) along with a frankly staggering collection of hidden gems, that ensures very few cyclists have previously ridden much of the Raid Alps route. Whether this is your first or fiftieth trip to the mountains, there will be something new and unique. From the opening stages climbing away from Lake Geneva into the shadows of Mont Blanc riders experience every type of riding you could imagine. Via high Alpine pastures, ski resorts, spectacular gorges, perilous roads clinging to cliff faces and peak altitudes up to a dizzying 2808m, riders emerge from this mountain isolation into the world famous Cote d’Azur and the finish line in Antibes, to celebrate with a well earned beer overlooking the Cote d’Azur from our finish line spa hotel. Few other cycling challenges offer such an incredibly well balanced and enjoyable riding, at a level challenging enough to keep the mountain veteran more than satisfied, but accessible enough to those who are experiencing the mountains for the first time.
In addition to the scheduled dates listed below, we have a range of dates available for private Raid Alps for 4-22 riders throughout June-September 2019 or 2020. These dates are always extremely popular (see the FAQs below and our Private page for further details and to find out why), so if you are planning a Raid Alps in 2019 or 2020, please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you plan the perfect Raid Alps package.
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