Classic Climbs of the Alps

CLASSIC CLIMBS

6 NIGHTS

COMFORT

Advanced Bike Tour of the Alps

LEVEL 2-3

655 KM

18,900 M

ALPS CYCLE TOUR

Conquer the Classic Climbs of the Alps on this 7 day, 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 du Huez, The Telegraph, the Madeline, the Galibier, the Glandon. Ride out from two Alpine bases – Sant Jean du Maurienne & Bourg d’Oissans at the base of the Alpe du 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.

CYCLING ITINERARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Saint Jean du Maurienne
Warm-up ride, Les Bottieres, 25 km, 800 m

Day 2:

Telegraph, Galbier, 115 km, 3,100 m
Make it epic: Lacets du Montvernier, 133 km, 3,500 m

Day 3:

Glandon, Croix de Fer (reverse side), 77 km, 2,100 m
Make it epic: Col du Madeleine, 146 km, 4,100 m

Day 4:

Saint Jean – Croix de Fer- Bourg D’Oisan, 67 km, 2,000 m
Make it epic: Alpe du Huez, 97 km, 3,100 m

Day 5:

Allemond, Sauranne, Huez, 85 km, 2,600 m

Day 6:

Marmott Challenge Day, 137 km, 3,300 m
Make it epic: Add the Glandon 173 km, 4,800 m

Day 7:

Departures from Bourg d’Oisan

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Yes!

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.

MAP

Map - Classic Climbs of the Alps Cycle Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • ALPE DU HUEZ
  • COL DU GALIBIER
  • COL DU TELEGRAPH
  • COL DU MADELEINE
  • LACETS DU MONTVERNIER

ALPS TOUR INFORMATION

RIDE SUPPORT

Full Support

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.

Quick Facts
  • THE HIGHEST PEAK IN THE ALPS IS MONT BLANC AT 4,810 M.
  • THE ALPE D’HUEZ HAS 21 HAIRPINS.
  • THE TOUR DE FRANCE FIRST WENT THROUGH THE ALPS IN 1911.

FOOD & ACCOMMODATION

Full Board

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).

Alpine Hospitality

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 6 nights accommodation included in the tour, in 3* or 4* hotels (or equivalent comfort level!).

BIKE HIRE

Bike Hire

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. 

Our Bikes

RIDLEY FENIX SL 105

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano 105 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY HELIUM X

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY FENIX DISC

  • Disc Brake Road Bike
  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • DTSwiss R24 DB wheelset.

FACTOR O2

  • State-of-the-art lightweight frameset
  • Black Inc. carbon wheels & finishing kit
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2

TRIP SUMMARY

Classic Climbs of the Alps Tour Dates

Trip Dates

7th – 13th July 2019

On demand for groups

Classic Climbs of the Alps Cycling Tour Pricing

Price Per Head

€2,499*

Single Supplement €359

Travel Logistics

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 7 of the tour.

What's Included?

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

Group Bookings

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.

Payment

Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.

TAILOR OUR CLASSIC CLIMBS OF THE ALPS ITINERARY TO SUIT YOU

Choose your dates, accommodation type, tailor your ride itinerary & support.
Add a physio, gourmet food experiences and more!

WHY EAT SLEEP CYCLE?

Classic Climbs of the Alps

EXCELLENT LOCATION

Our home in Girona, Spain, gives us unique access to remarkable people and places, allowing us to create world class cycling tours.

Classic Climbs of the Alps Expert Tour Guides

EXPERT GUIDES

Our guides are experts in cycling, travel & hosting world class tours. We recruit professionals from all walks of life who love to ride.

Classic Climbs of the Alps 5 star reviews

5 STAR REVIEWS

You’ll be back!
98% of our guests say they’ll come back to Eat Sleep Cycle for another tour.

Classic Climbs of the Alps Expert Local Knowledge

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Ride with Eat Sleep Cycle and enjoy the best roads, landscapes & cultural experiences thanks to our knowledge.

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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