TOUR DE FRANCE ALPES EXPERIENCE
WHAT TO EXPECT ON TOUR
Living like a local is the experience Velo Tours provides. There's no daily grind of changing hotels or transferring stage to stage to follow Le Tour. You unpack for a week in large chalets located in traditional French towns and villages so you can relax and immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy a true French cycling experience.
Our home town, Le Bourg d'Oisans hosts a stage start in 2018 so the Tour action will be right outside your front door.
As a group we eat, sleep and ride together each day which creates a personal, 'family' atmosphere that has you sharing your achievements and your failures, and supporting and inspiring each other every step of the way. Lifelong friendships are formed and amazing memories shared with other likeminded people gathered together, living the same dream.
Here is a short video to highlight a few reasons why you should come with us to France to ride your bike and see a few stages of Le Tour while you're there...
TOUR DATE & INCLUSIONS: 12th - 21st July 2018
- Ride the climbs and dine nightly with Henk Vogels
- 7 nights Chalet Accommodation in Le Bourg d'Oisans
- 2 nights 3 star hotel Maurienne Valley
- Transfer of hire bikes from Pyrenees Bike Hire
- Internal transfers
- All breakfasts and 3 course evening meals
- Mechanical support
- Full daily ride brief each night at dinner
- Monthly newsletters that includes a training guide
- Experienced domestiques
- On road vehicle support
- Post Tour digital image pack on USB
- Velo Tours Cycling Kit (knicks, jersey & musette)
- Cap, t-shirt, Robbie Mcwen chamois cream
- TORQ Electrolyte provided
Airfares and travel insurance are NOT included.
Lunches and alcohol consumed are also NOT included.
Bourg d'Oisans > Mont Ventoux > Carcassonne
*$4,370.00 10 days / 9 nights
*Price is for share accommodation and subject to change
LE BOURG D'OISANS
Your tour starts with your arrival into Grenoble Centre Gare (train station) before lunchtime for our transfer to Le Bourg d'Oisans. Arguably the most popular centre for road cycling in the French Alpes due to its location at the foot of the world famous 21 hair pin climb to Alpe d'Huez, the town attracts thousands of keen cyclists from all over the world every year. What makes the town so special are the number of other world class cycling routes and climbs that start from its front door, most notably the Col du Galibier (via Col du Lautaret), the Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer, which feature regularly on our itineraries. There are also a few lesser known climbs we do that offer equal challenges to the more famous cols with stunning views over the town. Bourg has everything the keen cyclist needs, including a couple of great bike shops, cafes and souvenir shops
Velo Tours' home base in Bourg is on the main street as you drive into town. Its location is ideal due to its proximity to the large Casino supermarket across the road and the few minutes it takes to walk to our restaurants each evening for dinner. The house has 3 floors with modern décor and spacious outdoor dining areas for those warm evenings after your recovery soak in the local river. It is complete with washing machine, coffee machines, numerous fridges for storing your snacks, wifi, televisions and bathrooms on every floor. Each bedroom sleeps between 2-3 people with both double and single bed options. Our home away from home provides everything you could want or need to make your cycling holiday in France complete.
After a continental breakfast in the big kitchen each morning, we place our day bags packed with jackets, shoes and other required items into the support van and depart the house as a group for the daily ride. The support van is packed with on course supplies such as water, electrolyte, coke, bananas, chips, biscuits, gels and energy bars and accompanies the group on every ride. The van is at the top of each climb by the time you arrive and drives back and forth along the course throughout the day checking on the comfort and progress of all the group members as well as providing mechanical support and picking up riders who need a lift. Some of the mountains that featured in our 2016 tour were, Alpe d'Huez, Les Deux Alpes, Col du Galibier, Lacets du Montvernier, Col du Glandon, Pas de la Confession, Col du Sarenne, Col du Lautaret and Mont Ventoux.
BREAKFAST & NIGHTLY DINNERS
Breakfast is at 'home' each morning and is a buffet continental including cereals, yogurt, toast, juice, fruit and coffee. Lunches are mostly taken at local cafes or boulangeries (bakeries) in the villages we ride through each day. Lunch is not provided in your package but you can get a great bagette or bowl of frites (fries) with a drink for around €7. Dinner is in frequented restaurants in Bourg, (or where ever it is we are staying on away nights) with a choice from 3 course menus offering a great range of fresh local products. Your breakfast and dinner is included in your tour package so this is just one more thing you don't need to worry about while you are on tour.
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGES
We see 2 - 3 stages of the tour - a start, a mountain stage and a finish. This is not always possible but we try to make it happen when we can. Bourg d'Oisans hosts a stage start in 2018 so we don't have far to go to see all the action. When taking in a start in other towns each year, we either ride or drive to the town (depending on where it is) and then staff will look after your bikes at a local cafe while you take in the sights and atmosphere of the Tour de France sign on activities. On the mountain stages, you get to ride to the summit of one of the climbs that feature in the days' stage and then descend to the Velo Tours Corner where you can relax inside one of our tents with snacks and refreshments while you wait for the caravan and Tour festivities to arrive.
Pyrenees Bike Hire offer Velo Tours guests great rates on hire bikes if you decide not to travel with your own. We will arrange transfer of the bikes for you, both before and after the tour. A 10 day tour will cost around €200 for a bike specifically built for climbing the mountains and includes spare tubes, tyres and gas cyclinders when required. All you need to bring is your own helmet, pedals, drink bottles and Garmin. The Wilier bike range are full carbon frame with Shimano Ultergra Group Sets, 11/28 Casette and a Compact Crank. Sizes are limited so booking early is essential. For more information on Pyrenees Bike Hire, please click here.