Tour de France Cols of Mont Blanc
France & Italy & Switzerland, Bike - Road Cycling, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,120 (land only) - from $1,565 (land only)
(MCMB) Around Mont Blanc Road Bike
The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.
Your Bike MUST be a road bike or standard cycle-touring bike fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a nine or ten speed cassette. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.
PERSONAL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Road or touring cycling shoes
Waterproof cycling overshoes
Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
Long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
Lightweight waterproof jacket
Lightweight Fleece top or jumper.
Lightweight windproof gillet.
Regular biking gloves
Long fingered gloves
Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
Cycling tights or tracksters
Eyewear - Biking glasses
Cycling helmet mandatory
KE Trek Bag Contents
Travel and après biking clothes
Training/Leisure shoes for après biking
Wash bag and toiletries
Chamois Cream (e.g. Assos or Ozone)
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
To be carried on the bike in your jersey pockets or in a small saddle bag. Note: If you dont want to carry any of this, you can leave it in your day-pack in the support
vehicle see below
Mobile/Cell phone (optional)
Puncture repair kit & tyre levers
Other items affixed to your bike
1 or 2 waterbottles
To be carried in the support vehicle in your day-pack for
Lightweight waterproof top
Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters, insect repellent (75-100% DEET) and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
PERSONAL TOOLS AND SPARES
Please note that if you are hiring a bike you dont need to bring any spares. You should, however, take a mini-pump, a repair kit and a couple of standard inner tubes.
You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and save the inconvenience of having to wait for assistance.
You will need 700 x 25 Touring/Road Performance tyres suitable for mostly dry with occasional wet conditions.
Plastic tyre levers
1 rear brake cable
1 rear gear cable
Spare set of brake blocks (front and rear)
2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
4 x inner tubes
Spare chain links
Liquid chain lube
Multi-tool with Allen keys
Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
2x puncture repair kits
A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
Any spares specific to your bike
KE tools and spares
On all of our trips we carry a track pump, toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. If any other spare parts are needed our support vehicle will make a detour to the nearest bike shop, which can be found in some of the larger towns en route.
Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars
Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.
It is possible to hire bikes for this trip. We have sourced good quality bike hire through ZeroG in Chamonix and, providing you pre-book you bike with ZeroG, the group's support vehicle will bring your hire bike to accommodation in Argentiere at the start of the holiday. ZeroG have a choice of carbon framed bikes which are either Specialized Roubaix or Cannondale Synapse, each with Shimano or Sram components and either compact or triple chainset. They also have aluminium framed road bikes and these are Specialized Secteur. Again, these have Shimano or Sram components and either compact or triple chainsets. Please note that your contract for bike hire is directly with the hire company and not with KE. If hiring a bike we recommend that you bring your own saddle and pedals, as well as your helmet.
Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the Your Bike, Baggage Allowance, Climate and Travelling with Your Bike sections of the detailed trip dossier.