*** £250 is the non-refundable deposit which secures your place as one of just 12 riders on this trip ***
Total Cost of this Trip : £1485 pp
Join Band of Climbers and 1330 Road Cycling on our introduction to mountain riding Escape based at our Alpine chalet deep in the Tarentaise valley. Ride with us and you will have the opportunity to ride the roads of the Tour de France and develop your riding skills and improve your fitness under our expert supervision.
Every ride is vehicle supported with the aim of the trip being to build your confidence and allow you to ride at your own pace without the fear of being left unsupported. There are ride guides and a support van at the rear of the group at all times. The trip is mid-September which is one of the best months of the year to ride in our valley, with the roads being much quieter and the temperatures usually being perfect for cycling.
The benefits of having a support van means you don’t have to carry all of your clothing, energy bars and snacks for the ride. We have spare inner tubes and tools with us but you will be expected to carry the usual and necessary equipment you would take on your every day ride.
From the moment you arrive in Geneva, you will have nothing to think about other than riding and relaxing in our Luxury Chalet
. We'll provide everything for you, including airport transfers, daily cooked breakfasts and dinners with our
in house chef, energy drinks and bars, route guidance and van support on each ride, as well as Band of Climbers merchandise including bidons, cycling caps and your own custom print to remember the trip by.
The itinerary of the trip is as follows (although it is subject to change based on weather conditions and the strength of the group):
Day 1 : Thursday: Arrival and light spin to Les Arcs 1800
Arrive at Geneva Airport, preferably at or before 11:30am although not essential as later arrivals are ok. You will meet the BoC/1330 Road Cycling team who will drive you and your bike to the chalet
. (2.5hrs approx.) For those guests arriving early enough to make the first transfer we'll have a light lunch, set up bikes and have an easy afternoon spin up through the quiet forest roads to Les Arcs 1800. A three course dinner with wine is served at the chalet each evening around 7:30pm.
Distance : 16km : Elevation 500m
Day 2 : Friday:
Col du Petit Saint Bernard to the Italian border
Breakfast is served at the chalet at 8am before we roll out at 9am for the first full day's ride. Our first full day in the saddle starts with the 9k descent from the chalet and a spin along the valley floor to Bourg Saint Maurice which is at 800m above sea level. From there we start the climb of the Col du Petit Saint Bernard. The full climb is 28k in length but the gradient is very steady all of the way up to the ski resort of La Rosiere where we will regroup. We will then complete the climb together finishing at the Italian border where we will stop for coffee.
The reward is the full 28k descent back into Bourg where we end our ride at our favourite coffee shop. We will then load up the bikes on the trailer and transfer you back to our chalet.
Distance : 77km : Elevation 1500m
Day 3 : Saturday:
Col de l’Iseran from Val d’Isere
Today we will climb the highest mountain pass in Europe, the Col de l’Iseran. The main climb from Bourg Saint Maurice can get quite busy, so we start the ride in Val d’Isere after a short drive from the chalet after breakfast. The climb is only 14k in length beginning at 1800m and climbing to 2770m above sea level. The scenery and views are breathtaking.
Again, the ride is completed with the full descent through Val d’Isere and back into Bourg where we end our ride at our favourite coffee shop. You will then be transferred back to our chalet with your bike. For those who would like to extend the ride and introduce another climb there is the option to ride back to the chalet from Bourg Saint Maurice, which adds another 9k of climbing and an additional 700m of elevation gain.
Distance : 62km : Elevation 1200m.
Day 4 : Sunday:
Cormet de Roselend. Out and back to Lac de Roselend
Today the objective is to use all of the work you’ve done and the knowledge you’ve gained over the last few days and complete two climbs during your ride.
We begin our day after breakfast with the now familiar spin from the chalet to Bourg Saint Maurice and the foot of the Cormet de Roselend, one of the most beautiful climbs in the area if not the entire French Alps. It’s 20k to the summit with varying gradient and even a flat section! There is a series of tree-lined, tight switchbacks in the mid-section followed by a glorious final section through open Alpine meadows to the summit at 1968m.
From there we will descend 7k down to the Lac de Roselend where we will stop for coffee and to take some photographs of the views over the Lac.
This is an out and back ride, so the second climb of the day is the 7k you previously descended back up to the summit of the Cormet de Roselend. The descent from there into Bourg has it all and is the perfect place to improve your descending technique and skills. We’ll be there on the road with you to offer any help and guidance you may need.
Our finish spot will be very familiar to you now, with the foot of the climb being the centre of Bourg Saint Maurice. There is no way of getting lost on this one. There is again the option to ride back to the chalet or load your bike onto the support trailer and be transferred back.
Distance : 72km : Elevation : 1800m
Day 5 : Monday:
Côte de Longefoy to Notre Dame du Pré finishing with Chalet Climb
Today is our final day of climbing. Following a slightly earlier breakfast we will descend to Landry but then head in the opposite direction towards Aime and towards the Côte de Longefoy, a climb that may now be familiar to you as it will be part of the Tour de France and Etape du Tour route in 2019.
A hidden gem of our valley but not such a difficult climb topping out at 1300m, it’s an excellent one to include in the final climbing day with excellent views back over our valley from the summit and the village of Notre Dame du Pré. The fantastically flowing descent back into Aime is one of our favourites.
We then take the bike path along the river to our final meeting point in Landry. Depending on time there is the option to climb back up to the chalet one last time. Otherwise the van will get you back up there with enough time to pack in preparation for your airport transfer and late afternoon/evening flight.
Distance : 57km : Elevation 1600m.
This trip is limited to just 12 places.
This is a trip designed for newcomers to the mountains, or those who would prefer to ride with shorter days and less climbing than our Climbing Escapes. A reasonable level of fitness is recommended, but no one eill ever be left behind, as our ride guides will be on the road with you to support you.
What is Included?
- 4 night stay in a shared twin room in our Luxury Chalet - complete with outdoor hot tub, indoor sauna, and en suite bathrooms.
- Daily cooked breakfasts and three course dinners - cooked in house by our private chef, served with wine at dinner.
- In house laundry service
- Daily van supported rides and mechanical support
- Ride Guides from 1330 Road Cycling and Band of Climbers
- All energy gels, drinks and bars
- Airport transfers to and from Geneva Airport in private vehicles
- 2 x BoC Always up Bidons
- 1 X Band of Climbers Cycling Cap
- 1 X Band of Climbers Custom Print to remember the trip by
What is not included?
- Spare parts or equipment
- Medical Cover
- Bike hire
- Coffee or cafe bought snacks during rides
Total cost for the Escape is £1485.00 per person
£250 non refundable deposit is payable upon booking your place, with the balance of £1235 to be paid on or before 16th May 2019. All prices include VAT and taxes.
Band of Climbers Cycling Trips are provided by, and managed by Band of Climbers Travel Ltd.
For any questions about the trip, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org