11 days; July 28th – August 7th
Geneva airport pickup & drop off
Terrain: Rolling hilly to High/Steep Mountains Passes
45-90 mi. per day options / 4,000-12,000 ft.
Ability Levels: Strong Intermediate to Advanced (***This is our most challenging trip***)
If you crave the adrenaline of an extreme & epic riding adventure, your search is over. Welcome to our 2013 Geneva to the Trans Alpes challenge – Your tour starts in Geneva area ,you will enjoy one of the most challenging cycling vacation in the world! You’ll ride the famous passes of the French, Italian & Maritime Alps. Here is a partial list of the climbs: Aravis, Roselend, Iseran, Mt. Cenis, Finestre, Sestriere, Fauniera, Bonette, Cayolle, Allos, Vars, L’Alpe d’Huez ,Col du Glandon ,Col de la Croix de Fer and others! Trip highlights include overnights in Les Saisies, Lanslebourg, Caraglio and Barcelonnette. We have designed the itinerary to include two multiple night stays in Italy and France so you can choose a short or long ride or maybe just recharge with a rest day and do some sightseeing – you go at your own pace. This is your chance to test yourself like never before with our legendary support backing you on every switchback!
July 28th: Depart the USA for Switzerland.
July 29th: Geneva airport pickup and shuttle to our deluxe hotel just across the border in the spa village of Divonne-les-Bains. Enjoy a scenic shakedown ride along Lake Geneva- past vineyards and fields of sunflowers. Tonight you’ll meet your fellow guests at this evening’s “Welcome Dinner Party”.
July 30th: Short morning van transfer to the Geneva outskirts, where you’ll start your ride amidst yellow sunflower fields on your way over the Col de la Croix Fry & Aravis to the resort of Les Saisies. Take a dip in the pool before a gourmet group dinner.
July 31st: After a breakfast of fresh croissants and a buffet of local specialties you’ll take on the scenic Cormet de Roselend. After lunch in Val d’Isere, you’ll take on the mighty Col d’Iseran before a screaming descent into the village of Lanslebourg. Enjoy a delicious group dinner of crudite salad, raclette and mousse au chocolate.
August 1st: It’s an epic day as we ride into Italy taking on three famous climbs from the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia- Mount Cenis, Colle di Fenestre . After a fantastic day on the bike and a light lunch in Susa you canswap stories about the days ride during a van transfer to Coragio for a two night stay.
August 2nd: Today you’ll ride the most most difficult climb you’ve never heard of- Colle di Fauniera. Rated one of the hardest in the world- 20 km + 6,000’ of elevation gain! and one of the most desolate . You can also use today to recharge your batteries and sightsee the local medieval villages or relax at the hotel.
August 3rd: Today we’ll cross back into France over Isola 2000 and then ride over the highest paved road in Europe on the mystical Col de la Bonette! A deluxe hotel in the charming mexican flavored village of Barcelonnette awaits for the next two nights.
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August 4th: Maybe a mellow out and back ride up the valley or a loop that includes the scenic triple-header of the Col de la Cayolle, Champs and Allos- One of the most unreal rides of your life!
August 5th: We head north into the heart of the “Haute-Alpes” passing over the Col du Vars and then the moonscape eeriness of the Col d’Izoard. We overnight in lively Briancon, with open night for dinner in the upper old town.
August 6th: We continue our journey over the Col du Lautaret and if you dare you can also add the Galibier. After lunch it’s a thrilling descent to the town of Bourg d’Oisans and the start of the historic 21 switchback climb of L’Alpe D’Huez! Swap stories with your newly made friends at our “Farewell Dinner” about your legendary adventure.
August 7th:Our final ride takes us over the majestic Col de la Croix de Fer/ Glandon double, ending with a furious snake-like
descent into La Chambre! After lunch we’ll transfer back to our Geneva area airport hotel. Fly out tonight or stay an extra night and depart tomorrow.