Alps Voyage, July 23th – Aug.2nd 2018
Length: 11 Days, 10 Nights
Location: French Alps
Start/End Location: Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport
Monday, July 23rd:
Arrive in Lyon Airport.
Transfer to Le Freney-D’Oisans, our home for the next 4 days.
A short ride to wake up the legs and then a wonderful meal by our host.
Tuesday, July 24th:
No better way to start your cycling vacation the to explore the area. Villard-Reculas – The balconies of Auris is the perfect start. This ride will cut through the climb of l’Alpe d’Huez. But do worry, you will ride the complete ride very soon.
Wednesday, July 25th:
The day has arrived, l’Alpe d’Huez – Col de Sarenne. Climb the legendary 21 turns of Alpe d’Huez. Don’t forget to stop at the top and have your picture taken on the podium. Descend the back side on the Col de Sarenne, save a little energy for the 3k bump in the middle.
Thursday, July 26th:
La Bérarde is our favorite ride, get lost in the 360 degree view. Waterfalls on both sides of the road, with a beautiful river leading the way. It is and out and back ride. This will give you a bit of rest for our transfer to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne tomorrow.
Friday, July 27th:
Transfer day, Le Freney d’Oisans to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Via Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer. One of the greatest days you will have on a bike. The climbs are a mix of tree covered canopies, wide open spaces and unforgettable beauty. Descending into Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, where a cool drink, and more experiences awaits you.
Saturday, July 28th:
Lacets de montvernier – Col de la Madeleine. 17 switchbacks in 1 ½ miles. That is the Lacets de montvernier. You will zig-zag your way up, amazed with each pedal revolution. And then it’s off to the Col de la Madeleine, with more breathtaking views.
Sunday, July 29th:
Todays voyage will take us up the climb of La Toussuire, this is the climb that saw Floyd Landes lose so much time in 2006. Don’t worry, it was the climbs before that made Floyd bonk. Not this one. This will be an easy day. Tomorrow we will ride the Galibier when we transfer back to Le Freney-D’Oisans.
Monday, July 30th:
Here we go, Col du Telegraphe then onto Col du Galibier. 18 miles of going up. And then 22 miles of goin down. The end of an epic ride will feel great with a cool drink!
Tuesday, July 31st:
Our last full day in the Alps, we will make the best of it. The climb to to Villard Notre Dame. We will be riding across the valley from l’Alpe d’Huez. As we wind our way along the balcony road with the river beneath you and Alpe d’Huez across the valley. Don’t forget your light we will ride through a few tunnels, and one is quite long.
Wednesday, August 1st:
Our last day in the Alps. But we will still enjoy everything that the Alps has to offer. A short ride or a relaxing hike, before we pack up and head to Lyon.
Thursday, August 2nd:
Today we will say our goodbyes. We head our separate ways. Another fantastic Voyage!