Tour de France week Cycling Route

Route Name:Tour de France week
Distance: miles (km)324.64 (522.46)
Duration: (hh:mm)
County/Region:Rhone-Alpes
Start Location:Courchevel
End Location:Courchevel
Description
Taken from one of our organised holidays - see here for tour details
 
Sunday
 
Arrival in Geneva or Lyon.  Transfer to our chalet base in Courchevel where you can assemble your bike and possibly put in a quick early evening spin if you fancy this.  Supper is at 7.30pm during which time Dave will discuss the week’s itinerary.  
 
Monday
 
Our first day in the Alps takes in the relatively easy but long Col de Petit St Bernard  over to Italy.  This beautiful ride, in the shadow of Mont Blanc,  has steady gradients of around 4/5% over 30km.  We have lunch in Italy and there are options to ride additional cols if you have the motivation or legs.  
 
Tuesday
 
Another tour favourite is the legendary Col de Madeleine  Riding from the chalet we have about 45 minutes of easy / downhill flat riding before we start climbing.  It’s a great challenge with some steep sections but also with some flatter parts to recover.  At 25km it’s a tough challenge. Once again there are options to ride harder and longer depending on your level.  As ever our support vehicle will be with you all day long.  
 
 
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Wednesday 
 
Today the plan is to ride the Cormet de Roseland, used regularly on the Tour de France it is one of the most spectacular sections in the Alps. The Cormet from Bourg St Maurice is 20km of around 6% and the decent to our normal lunch stop in Beaufort is memorable. We finish the ride with around 40km on the flat as we make our way back to the chalet.
 
Thursday
 
We are off to the Tour today with the mountain time trial finishing in Megeve.  Starting  in Albertville we will  follow the tour route over the Col de Tamie down to Lake Annecy and then over the Col de Forclaz before heading up to the finish in Megeve. There will be a terrific atmosphere in Megeve as the TT finishes and we have reserved rooms in a local hotel.
 
Friday
 
Starting in Megeve we will ride the last 80km of today’s stage. There is nothing quite like riding the route a few  hours before the professionals.  The atmosphere is electric with back to back camper vans on the mountain roads.  We will then find a good spot to watch the final climb of the race.  Once the race is over we can roll back to our hotel for the night.
 
Saturday
 
The stage starts in Megeve today so there should be a great atmosphere to what will be a decisive day.  Our plan is to ride over the Col d’Aravis and Col de Colombiere where we can watch the pros race later in the day.  We will then descend the Colombiere back to Le Grand Bornard where we can watch the tour finale before heading back to the chalet for supper with ample time to pack your bikes prior to tomorrow’s departure.
 
Sunday 
 
Travel back to Geneva or Lyon airport for the journey home.
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Please note: All routes are intended as a guide only, please consult relevant website or official route map for precise details.
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