Join us on this incredible cycle ride through the Alps to the Med, peddling from Lac Leman (Geneva) to Menton, just up the road from Nice.
Breathtaking scenery and some of the most iconic cols in the French Alps. In all 16 big cols are crossed on this 430 mile (700km) journey.
For 2018 I am offering 8 day trips on the Route des Grandes Alpes. Expect 2 big climbs between 70 and 100km riden per day. There should be plenty of time to admire the views, take a few snaps and stop for the obligatory coffee and cake.
We begin the trip from the shores of Lac Leman in Thonon les Bains and start with the relatively gentle Col des Gets. The going then gets tough with the Col de la Colombiere (arguably the hardest col of the trip). The double header of the Cols des Aravis and des Saises gives us a stunning first view of Mont Blanc. The Cormet de Roselend is mind blowingly stunning and leads to Bourg Saint Maurice, the start of the longest single climb of the trip, the mighty Col de l’Iseran. This is followed by an equally long descent to the start of the Col du Telegraphe which descends into Valloire and the start of the col that gets everybody’s heart racing, the Col du Galibier. An extra col, the Col du Lauteret, is bagged with no effort at all – it’s on the descent from the Galibier. Another long run down in to Briancon leads to the start of the Col d’Izoard with its magnificent and moonlike Casse Desert scenery. From Guillestre we begin the climb of the Col de Vars and thence to Jausiers. From here we head up the huge Col de la Bonnette (often cited as the highest driveable road in Europe) or the Col de la Cayolle depending on the exact itinerary. We’re now swooping through the Maritime Alps and cross the Cols St Martin, Turini (that of night time rally fame) and Castillon before heading downhill to the Mediterranean at Menton and a paddle in the sea. On the final Sunday there may be the option of riding from Menton to Nice, finishing along the Promenade des Anglais – this will depend on flight times chosen on the Sunday.
NEW FOR 2018 – for those that might like a much more leisurely trip or first time in the Alps, 2 week trips available, 1 big col per day. Please enquire about this option.
Price and Dates for Route des Grandes Alpes 2018
14 July – 21 July 2018
28 July – 4 August 2018
18 August – 25 August 2018
₤995 per person
- Your luggage and bike taken out and brought back – by prior arrangement
- Pick up from Geneva Airport – transfer to first nights accommodation
- 8 days fully supported riding on the Route des Grandes Alpes
- GPX files and comprehensive route notes
- Drinks, snacks and lunch provided on riding days
- 8 nights bed and breakfast accommodation on a shared basis
- Drop off to Nice Airport – option to ride to Nice via the Col d’Eze on Saturday
Route des Grandes Alpes in 4 days!
Intersted in a huge Alpine adventure? This would be an extraordinary trip. 3 days of 180km with loads of up (5000m, 4500m and 4000m) with a ‘gentle’ 4th day of 100km to finish OR 4 days of approx. 160km per day. Self guided and fully supported.
Interested – please contact me. Mid-August 2018. Price ₤800 per person, would include all above plus evening meals.
This trip would certainly give you something to talk about at work on Tuesday when asked ‘what did you get up to this weekend’.
If you have any questions about this trip please email me