Conquer the Classic Climbs of the Alps on this all inclusive tour. Enjoy epic climbs, thrilling descents and exquisite, ever-changing scenery. The Alps are the foundation of cycling history, home to iconic mountains where the world’s best cyclists become household names.
Now is your chance to test yourself on some of the toughest climbs in cycling. The Alpe d’Huez, The Telegraphe, the Col de la Madeleine, the Galibier, the Glandon. Ride out from two Alpine bases – Sant Jean du Maurienne & Bourg d’Oissans at the base of the Alpe d’Huez. Climb the iconic cols of cycling and tick them off your bucket list.
On an Eat Sleep Cycle tour all you have to think about is enjoying your ride. Our trip support is second to none and we pride ourselves on a high staff-guest ratio. We take care of everything so you can savour the ride of a lifetime. This is a flexible itinerary offering riders the opportunity to extend or shorten the ride depending on their fitness level.
Arrival in Saint Jean du Maurienne
Warm-up ride, Les Bottieres, 25 km, 800 m
Telegraphe, Galbier, 115 km, 3,100 m
Make it epic: Lacets du Montvernier, 133 km, 3,500 m
Glandon, Croix de Fer (reverse side), 77 km, 2,100 m
Make it epic: Col de la Madeleine, 146 km, 4,100 m
Saint Jean – Croix de Fer- Bourg D’Oisan, 67 km, 2,000 m
Make it epic: Alpe d’Huez, 97 km, 3,100 m
Marmott Challenge Day, 137 km, 3,300 m
Make it epic: Add the Glandon 173 km, 4,800 m
Departures from Bourg d’Oisan
Our Classic Climbs tours are designed for ‘Advanced’ riders with optional extensions for riders who want to challenge themselves further, as well as options to shorten the rides for those who need to. To best enjoy the tour riders should be comfortable riding 100 kms and able to climb for at least an hour without stopping to altitudes of over 2,000 m. Training for the tour is highly recommended.
Rides are fully supported by our team of guides and vehicles.
The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, electrolytes and water. On longer days the team will serve a roadside lunch – a time efficient pit stop with the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, fruit & veg to keep you energized and feeling healthy all week.
Eat Sleep Cycle ride leaders are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of Cycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated and savouring the trip of a lifetime. Our Tour Leaders know the region well and speak the local language.
Mechanical support will be close by at all times.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and ride nutrition tailored especially for cyclists.
Start the day with a breakfast buffet at the hotel to prepare for an epic day in the saddle. Then on the road eat a time-efficient lunch served by the support team and stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle.
Refuel for the next day with dinner included at our accommodation or in nearby restaurants (table wine included).
Rest and recover from the day on the bike in the beautiful villages of Saint Jean du Maurienne & Le Bourg d’Oisans.
Stay in the best accommodation in the region, perfect for getting a good night’s sleep ahead of the next day’s ride.
There are 5 nights accommodation included in the tour, in 3* or 4* hotels (or equivalent comfort level!).
Benefit from a 10% discount on any Eat Sleep Cycle bike hire as part of this package.
Choose from a Ridley, designed in cycling’s heartland of Belgium, or a state-of-the-art Factor bike. All our bikes are supplied with compact 50-34 chainsets & 11-32 cassettes.
RIDLEY FENIX SL 105
RIDLEY HELIUM X
RIDLEY FENIX DISC
Meeting Point: The meet point for the tour is Grenoble Train Station at 10am on Day 1 of the tour.
Choose to fly in to Grenoble Airport or take a 3 – 4 hour train to Grenoble from Paris. Riders will be taken back to Grenoble Train Station for 10am on Day 6 of the tour.
Cycling: Fully guided and supported.
Accommodation: 3*/4* Hotels and guesthouses.
Food: Full board.
Bike Hire: Optional (from €127)
Transfers: Return group transfer to Grenoble Train station
Groups of 6 or more riders: can opt to make a tour private and choose their own dates.
Groups of 8 or more riders: can benefit from a 5% discount.
Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.
Absolutely brilliant service, Edward, Peter and Gethin were absolutely superb... The bikes were top class and just a totally professional outfit.. Thanks Brian.Claire Mcgonigle
I loved traveling with ESC and would book another trip with them - for sure! The emphasis was about having fun and achieving our goals as a group. The guides were safe, easy to get to know and encouraging throughout the rides. The support was amazing! We had plenty of food, snacks and drinks along the ride and Lee and his team were totally accommodating to riders of all levels. The hotels were great and meals excellent. Really - nothing negative to say except that they are not located in the USA so I can’t use their company more frequently. I guess I have to get back to Europe! Thanks Lee and Team. What a trip!!C.S
I just finished a bespoke trip with the crew from ESC. It was the most amazing cycling I've ever done in my life. The trip with worth every penny. Everything from the routes, support, and hotels were planned with such thought and care. Looking forward to many more trips with ESC!Jennifer Oh
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