Geneva to Nice Road Cycle Tour - Best of the Alps
France & Switzerland, Bike - Road Cycling, 9 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,675 (land only) - from $1,940 (land only)
Ride the Complete Route!
Fully guided and vehicle supported, we cycle from airport to airport, Geneva to Nice, climbing some of the most historic road biking cols of Europe.
- Road cycle the Route des Grandes Alpes
- Ride the famous Col du Galibier and Col de l`Izoard
- Cycle the Cime de la Bonette - Europe`s highest paved road
- Experience several Tour de France mountain stages
- The ultimate alpine challenge for road cycling enthusiasts
This brilliant road cycling holiday completes a classic journey across the heart of the French Alps, via the 'Route des Grandes Alpes'. It is undoubtedly one of the world's great cycle tours! Taking in some of the most famous Tour de France climbs, such as the Roselend, the Iseran, the Galibier and the Izoard, we also cycle over the Cime de la Bonette (2802m), a contender for Europe's highest paved road. At the beginning and end of this memorable cycle ride, we deviate in a couple of places from the main route, to avoid potentially busy stretches of road and to sample instead some excellent sections of quiet country roads. Involving some 16,000 metres of ascent and descent, through the most spectacular scenery in the French Alps, this is a real challenge. This Alpine road cycling holiday is surely a 'must do in a lifetime' ride for 'sportive' riders and cycling enthusiasts alike. It is also now very accessible, thanks to the choice of low cost flights which operate into Geneva and out of Nice.
Is this holiday for you?
ROAD CYCLING ADVENTURE. Our epic cycling journey from Geneva, through the Alps to the Mediterranean ranks amongst the world's greats. With 16,000 metres of ascent and descent over more than 700 kilometres distance cycled, it is a real challenge. But, with the gradient on most of the climbs averaging out between 6 and 8 percent only, it's easy to take your time and spin. These climbs are, however, long and unyielding, followed by descents that are often sinuous and always fast. This is a partially supported ride - at the start of the day, when the group sets off biking, your kit bag will be loaded into the support vehicle and transported to the next overnight hotel. During the morning, the support vehicle will make a number of stops to allow the riders to regroup and refuel. There will also be a pre-arranged rendezvous with the support vehicle for lunch. After lunch, whilst the support vehicle driver will usually go ahead to sort out the next night's accommodation, he can always be called back if needed. The support vehicle can only ever carry a carry a couple of riders and their bikes, in the case of tiredness or mechanical breakdown. You are free to cycle at your own pace and need only carry the pump, spare tube and multitool that you would take on any day ride. This is not a holiday for inexperienced cyclists - a good level of physical fitness and stamina will be required. Following classic Alpine roads, with major climbs and descents, this is a holiday for regular club, sportive and randonee riders. There are 2 short days and 7 days which average around 90 km (56 miles) per day. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.