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TOUR DE FRANCE 2018

The 2018 Tour de France will the 105th edition of this famous cycling event. Starting in Pay de la Loire on the 07th July the race will cover 3329km. It will involve 8 Flat Stages, 5 Hilly Stages, 6 Mountain Stages, 1 Individual Time Trail, 1 Team Time Trail and 2 Rest Days. The race will finish in Paris on the 29th July.

The Tour de France 2018 route will include 25 mountain or hilly climbs with 3 finishing at high altitude. With 11 of these mountain stages taking place in the French Alps.

We have designed our Tour de France vacation packages to give you the best experience possible. We will visit stages 10, 11 and 12 which include the legendary climbs of Alpe d’Huez and the Col de le Madeleine. Whilst visiting a stage you will ride one of the major climbs before the pro’s.Your route to the summits will be lined with thousands of cycling mad supporters. Many of them offering you encouragement and a friendly push if it’s required.

Watching your cycling hero’s fighting for the yellow jersey is only part of what we will be offering. Your entire week will showcase the very best of the French Alps. Our routes will take you into areas of outstanding beauty with breathtaking views. Furthermore, these routes will include the 11 climbs that will feature within the Alps. You will ride Alpe D’Huez, Cormet de Roselend, Col de Petit Saint Bernard, Col de la Colombière, Col de la Madeleine, Col de la Croix de Fer and Lacets de Montvernier just to name a few. So,we can promise you a action packed week.

FULLY SUPPORTED RIDES

Whilst on the road you will have the support of knowledgeable guides. They will provide advice, encouragement and help with any miner mechanical problems. We provide a support vehicle offering nutritional and mechanical support. This will meet you at pre-arranged stops along the route. It will carry energy bars, fresh water and energy drinks. Helping to keep your performance levels to the maximum. If bad weather moves in, it will carry any warm or wet weather clothing you might need at your disposal.

This is a general itinerary to provide you with some idea of how the 2018 Tour de France Cycling Holiday is structured. If you would prefer your week to include more distance, less distance or different climbs. Please contact us, we are willing to provide you with a week that meets all your needs.

BASIC ITINERARY

Day 1
Meet at Geneva Airport, transfer to Meribel, Assemble Bikes
Day 2
Local Climbs, Montagny (1056m), Prolognan (1420m), La Tania (1353m)
Day 3
Col du Petit Saint Bernard (2188m)
Day 4
Stage 10, Annecy / Le Grand-Bornand, 159km
Day 5
Stage 11, Albertville / Le Rosiere Espace San Bernardo, 108km
Day 6
Bourg-Saint Maurice Les Arcs / Alpe d’Huez, 175km
Day 7
The Serpent of the Alps, Col du la Madeleine (2000m)
Day 8
Depature, transfer to Geneva Airport of a midday flight

ITINERARY

This is a general itinerary to provide you with some idea of how the 2018 Tour de France Cycling Holiday will be structured. If you would prefer your week to include more distance, less distance or different climbs. Please contact us, we are willing to provide you with a week that meets all your needs

DAY 1

SATURDAY – ARRIVAL

A member of the Classic Cycling Tours team will be waiting to greet you in the arrivals area at Geneva Airport. The transfers time to our chalet in Meribel – Les Allues will take 2hrs.

On arrival at the chalet there will be the opportunity to assemble your bike. We have a good selection of tools, track pumps and bike stands available for your use. There will be an option to go for a short ride to ensure that everything is working order.

Distance 32kmAscent
887m
Descent 902mRide Time
1hr 30mins
RefreshmentsNo Vehicle SupportLink to RideMeribel Village

Before dinner there will be a introductory briefing outlining the schedule and route for Sundays ride.

DAY 2

SUNDAY – MONTAGNY, PROLOGNAN AND MERIBEL VILLAGE

Your first day of cycling begins with a local ride taking in some great climbs. Today is all about finding your climbing rhythm and getting used to long descents. You will also get the first taste of the unbelievable scenery this region of the French Alps has to offer.

Distance 71kmAscent
2144m
Descent 1705mRide Time
3hr 45mins
RefreshmentsVehicle SupportLink to RideMontagny

Before dinner there will be a briefing outlining the schedule and route for Mondays ride.

DAY 3

MONDAY – COL DU PETIT SAINT BERNARD

Our second day of riding will take you up the magnificent Col du Petit Saint Bernard. The climbs starts in Bourg Saint Maurice and covers a distance of 30km. The climb as featured in the Tour de France on a number of occasions. Due to it’s gentle and constant gradient it shouldn’t be to strenuous. When you reach the summit (2188m) you will be greeted by the French/Italian boarder and fantastic views of Mont Blanc.

Distance 140kmAscent
3737m
Descent 2100mRide Time
6hr 00mins
RefreshmentsVehicle SupportLink to RideCol du Petit Saint Bernard

Before dinner there will be a briefing outlining the schedule and route for Tuesdays ride.

DAY 4

TUESDAY – STAGE 10, ANNECY / LE GRAND-BORNANDO, 159KM

Today’s ride will take us along the valley floor before getting to our first climb the “Col du Tamie”. This 10km climb featured during 2016 Tour de France. After descending we ride along the valley and the shores of the beautiful “lake Annecy”. Are next climb will be the 8km “Col de la Forclaz”. The last 3km of this climbing have an average gradient of 11%. From the summit you can enjoy a well earned refreshment stop and admire the breathing taking views over the lake below.

Our route back will be along the valley floor before climbing back up to the chalet.


Distance 156kmAscent
3106m
Descent 2412mRide Time
6hr 40mins
RefreshmentsVehicle SupportLink to RideCol du Tamie
Col du la Forclaz

DAY 5

WEDNESDAY – STAGE 11, ALBERTVILLE / LA ROSIERE ESPACE SAN BERNARDO, 108KM

Today your legs a well deserved rest from cycling. However, we can arrange a number of activities such as White Water Rafting, Canyoning, Hydrospeed, Via Ferrata and Paragliding.

Before dinner there will be a briefing outlining the schedule and route for Thursdays ride.

DAY 6

THURSDAY – STAGE 12, BOURG-SAINT MAURICE LES ARCS / ALPE d’HUEZ, 175KM

Today you will get to ride three famous Tour de France climbs. The Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and the legendary 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez. This will be a challenging day in the saddle due to the amount of climbing involved. But, we are sure it will be a day you will talk about for years to come.

After such a epic day of riding we will stay in Bourg d’Oisans for a meal before driving back to the chalet.

Distance 121kmAscent
4458m
Descent 3412mRide Time
5hr 30mins
RefreshmentsVehicle SupportLink to RideCol du Telegraphe
Col du Galibier
Alpe d'Huez

Before dinner there will be a briefing outlining the schedule and route for Fridays ride.

DAY 7

FRIDAY – COL DE LA MADELEINE

Your last day of cycling will involve one of the true classic climbs of the Tour de France. The “Col du La Madeleine” also known as the “Serpent of the Alps”. This climb is 27km in length, and like many serpent it has a sting in it’s tail. With the last 4km having an average gradient of 9%. From the summit you will have wonderful views over Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys. This provides the prefect backdrop to end our Tour de France Spectator Tours 2018.

Distance 90kmAscent
2851m
Descent 2105mRide Time
4hr 10mins
RefreshmentsVehicle SupportLink to RideCol de la Madeleine

Before dinner there will be a briefing outlining the schedule for return transfer to Geneva Airport.

DAY 8

SATURDAY – DEPARTURE

Unfortunately our Tour de France 2018 week as come to an end. We will provide a return Geneva Airport transfer to meet a midday flight.

HOLIDAY INFORMATION


Return Geneva Airport Transfer
Support Vehicle and Guides
7 Nights Accommodation
6 Evening Meals with Complimentary Wine
6 Continental Breakfasts
Afternoon Snacks
Flights
Visas (if required)
Travel Insurance
Personal Injury Insurance
We will provide you with a continental style breakfast each morning. After every ride there will be afternoon snacks consisting of bread, cheese, ham, pasta and cake. On six evening, we will serve a delicious two course evening dinner with complimentary wine.
A member of the Classic Cycling Tours team will be in the arrivals area on the Swiss side of Geneva Airport to meet you. We kindly ask you to arrange your inbound / outbound flights to arrive / depart as close to midday as possible.
Whilst on the 2018 Tour de France Cycling Holiday you will be accommodated on a shared twin room basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with someone of the same gender. If you would prefer your own room, then a single supplement charge will be added. Please note this option is only available subject to availability, contact us for prices.
You will accompanied on the road by English speaking guides. We will also provide a support vehicle carry a range of tools, fresh water, energy bars, energy drink (powder form) and an extra clothing you would like to have at your disposal.
We strongly recommend that you have your bike serviced to guarantee it is in perfect working order prior to your cycling holiday. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bike shop to service it for you. Areas of particular importance are:

Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or badly dented replace them with news rims or complete wheel.

Check and, if required replace brake blocks.

Check wheels are “true” and spoke tension is correct.

Check and, if required, adjust, grease or replace ALL bearings and quick release skewers.

Check and, if required replace brake and gear cables.

Check and, if required tighten all bolts (esp. crank, bottom bracket, headset, stem and handlebars.

Check chain, cassette and chainrings for wear.

We also recommend that you familiarise yourself with some basic repairs, like changing an inner-tube and fixing a puncher. We will also be there to help, but having these basic skills will help keep delays down to minimum.

If you decide not to bring your own bike, we have some bikes for hire. All our bike have carbon frames and with shimano 105 gearing and compact chain sets. For your own comfort we recommend bring your own saddle and pedals. For pricing and availability please contact us.
HEAD

Cycling Helmet (mandatory)
Sunglasses / Eye Protection

UPPER BODY

Base Layer
Cycling Jersey
Long Sleeved Cycling Jersey (optional)
Good Padded Cycling Shorts
Lightweight Waterproof Jacket
Lightweight Gillet

ARMS & HANDS

Arm Warmers
Cycling Gloves
Long Fingered Cycling Gloves (optional)

LEGS

Full Length Leg Warmers
Knee Length Leg Warmers

FEET

Cycling or Touring Shoes
Cycling Socks
Cycling Overshoes

The better condition you are in, the likely you are to enjoy our Tour de France tours 2018 . We recommend you adopt an achievable weekly exercise programme that includes some long rides in hilly terrain. Getting out on your bike is obviously the best way to prepare for your holiday. However, swimming, running and circuit training are good for developing your aerobic fitness and stamina.
At Classic Cycling Tours the safety and well-being of our guests is of the upmost importances to us. Due to the nature of cycling and the terrain you will be riding in, accidents can occur. Therefore, it is mandatory that you have Personal Injury Insurance that covers you whilst on a cycling holiday. If you don’t have any cover we recommend using “Yellow Jersey” insurance.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY THROUGHOUT YOUR 2018 TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLING HOLIDAY