TOUR DE FRANCE

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2020 Tour de France

REGION:
Alpes & Lake Annecy (FRANCE)

TOUR DATES: 11 – 19 JULY 2020

DURATION: 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

HOTELS: Allemont (x2), Aix-les-Bains (x2), Lake Annecy (x4), 3-4 star hotels

INCLUDED:
Arrival & Departure transfers
8 nights accommodation (twin share)
8 breakfasts
4 dinners with beer & wine provided
8 guided cycling stages fully supported
Food & drinks during cycling stages
Sierra Sports cycling jersey

PRICE: 3350 € p.p.

Single Supplement: 650 €
Carbon Road Bike Hire: 350 €

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
Swiss Alpes post-tour (4 days): 1500 € (twin)

DAY ONE – Sat 11 July 2020
Grenoble, France


We will meet you all at Grenoble Train Station at 10:00am. Grenoble is considered by many as the French Alpes capital and the Fort de la Bastille sitting high above the city centre provides an amazing backdrop. Grenoble is well connected to Lyon International Airport (Saint Exupery) and also Paris by the TGV fast trains. From Grenoble Train Station we will transfer you 45min to La Mure which was the 2017 Stage 17 stage start town. Today you can ride 60km which includes the Col d´Ornon category 1 climb (14km / 600m ascent). After a fun descent we will arrive at the base of Alpe d´Huez and our tour hotel for the next two nights.

Meals: Dinner included

Destinations: La Mure

Ride: 60km cycling

Accommodation: Allemont (French Alpes)

DAY TWO – Sun 12 July 2020
Alpe d'Huez!


When it comes to challenging, beautiful, rewarding and historic pro-cycling routes then today´s ride has all of the above rolled into one plus more! Cycling over Alpe d’Huez and down the backroad to Allemont is simply jaw-dropping good! Alpe d´Huez and its famed 21 switchbacks does not feature in the 2020 TDF race, however, with over 30 stage finishes it is a regular feature and has been centre stage for many famous battles. During 2015 Nairo Quintana attacked Chris Froome and almost caused a boilover with a stunning Stage 20 ascent. The atmosphere on the mountain is always fantastic and the 13km at 8% grade is a constant test!

Meals: Breakfast

Destinations: Alpe d'Huez

Ride: 50 or 80km cycling

Accommodation: Allemont (French Alpes)

DAY THREE – Mon 13 July 2020
Col de la Croix de Fer!


Riding out from the hotel and we quickly arrive at the base of Col du Glandon which is yet another Tour de France giant. It has been used on 13 occasions and the climb is a serious 24km with an average 5% gradient. It is a difficult climb which should not be underestimated as a number of short downhill sections misrepresent the average grade (maximum uphill gradients of 11%). The beauty of the ‘Glandon climb’ is by continuing for just another 3km and you also pick-up Col de la Croix de Fer! It is always a special moment on ‘Croix de Fer’ as this epic mountain pass has provided many great TDF race moments and the views are expansive to say the least.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Lacets de Montvernier

Ride: 80km cycling options

Accommodation: Aix-les-Bains (France)

DAY FOUR – Tue 14 July 2020
TDF STAGE 16 - Col de Porte!


After three days on the bikes today is the perfect opportunity to soak up the TDF race atmosphere. Following breakfast we will transfer 30min towards Lake d’Aiguebelette where the initial 40km provide a solid warm up ride including early kilometres along the water edge. From Voiron our ride links up with the TDF Stage 16 course. The main challenge for the day is the 19km climb up Col de Porte (5% average) only hours before the pro peloton. The chance to watch a mid stage mountain pass is always exciting as we put the stopwatch on the distance between the breakaway and peloton!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Hauts de Chartreuse Natural Reserve

Ride: 60km & 100km cycling options

Accommodation: Aix-les-Bains (France)

DAY FIVE – Wed 15 July 2020
TDF Stage 17 - Col de la Madeleine!

After a seven year TDF hiatus the Col de la Madeleine is returning during 2020! With 25 TDF crossings this will be another major mountain pass to add to your cycling CV. The first 35km of today’s ride will bring the group to the base of Col de la Madeleine. The 17km at 8% average statistics closely resemble the famous Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees. The secret of the ‘Madeleine’ though is all about treating the first 4km with respect as the average gradient rounds out at a healthy 10%. The atmosphere on top of this hors categorie climb will be full of suspense. Once the peloton passes the 30km descent down to Albertville will be a grand reward for another big day in the French Alpes.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Col de la Madeleine

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Lake Annecy (France)

DAY SIX – Thur 16 July 2020
TDF Stage 18 - La Roche sur Foron!

Do not let today´s shorter distance fool you as we go in search for the 2020 TDF Stage 18 course. Cycling from the hotel and we begin with the 10km climb up to Montee des Glieres. Here we will intersect the TDF Stage 18 route and enjoy the final 30km through to La Roche-Sur-Foron where the roadside crowds will cheer you all the way to Le Tour finish line! In La Roche-sur-Foron it will be time to celebrate with the locals and soak up the final TDF experience for 2020. Following the podium presentations there will be a 30min transfer back to our Lake Annecy hotel.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: La Roche-sur-Foron

Ride: Min. 70km cycling

Accommodation: Lake Annecy (France)

DAY SEVEN – Fri 17 July 2020
Col de l'Arpettaz!

Today it's time to take full advantage of our Lake Annecy base. Cycling from the hotel and you will begin by riding some quiet interior roads that follow the eastern side of the lake. From Ugine we are now happy to showcase Col de l’Arpettaz which is one of the lesser known climbs in the French Alpes. There are hairpins galore over this scenic mountain which snakes its way up first through pastural and then lightly forested land. The climb measures 16.5km (ave. gradient 7%) and just as you near the summit the tree line disappears to provide amazing views of the surrounding Aravis Alps.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Ugine

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Lake Annecy (France)

DAY EIGHT – Sat 18 July 2020
Annecy Bike Path & 'Pre/Roselend'!

Today the cycling begins on the dedicated bike path between Annecy and Albertville (approx. 35km). From Beaufort one of our favourite Category 1 climb combinations awaits - Col du Pre and Cormet de Roselend! The 20km climb ascends 1230 m (average grade of 6.0%) with the steepest sections at 10%. By passing over Col du Pre first we make sure to take in the views over to Mont Blanc which stands at nearly 4810 metres elevation and is the highest mountain in Europe. You will now link up with Cormet de Roselend which has has appeared in the TDF on 10 occasions with six of these ascents starting from Beaufort. It is not all about climbing though because the descent to the dam wall at Lake Roselend is something you will remember for the rest of your cycling days! 

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Beaufort

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Lake Annecy (France)

DAY NINE – Sun 19 July 2020

After breakfast our guides will be available to transfer you 45min to Geneva. Geneva has excellent links to Paris via the fast train network.

Meals: Breakfast included

OPTIONAL EXTRA: SWISS ALPES!

Often our guests love the chance to continue cycling for a few more days post tour. In 2020 we are pleased to present a 3 night cycling tour package from Geneva to Milan (19 to 22 July 2020)! Click below to download our detailed 2020 Tour de France itinerary for more information but this will be your chance to also ride the legendary Grimsel Pass, Furka Pass and the Old Tremola Road!!



2020 TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLING TOUR

Follow the 2020 Tour de France from the French Alpes to Lake Annecy !!
2020 TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLING TOUR

The 2020 edition of the Tour de France strays away from many of its favourite big climbs in what we believe is a search for a new French champion. After watching Alaphillipe and Pinot come so close in 2019 the total time trial kilometres have been reduced, the long mountain climbs at altitude removed and more punchy climbs introduced to help keep things interesting again during 2020!

While many of the household name climbs are out of the 2020 Tour de France this cycling tour include classics such as Col d’Ornon, Alpe d’Huez, Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer. All of these climbs have shaped the history of the Tour de France and are iconic, epic and bucket list worthy! The 2020 TDF Cycling Tour presented herein mixes the best of both worlds with all of the above famous TDF climbs to be tackled plus the chance to also ride and witness live TDF stages on Col de Porte (Stage 16), Col de la Madeleine (Stage 17) and the stage sprint finish in La-Roche-sur-Foron (Stage 18).

This will be the perfect trip for road cyclists looking forward to the challenge of some of Europe´s biggest mountains and the spectacular scenery and alps that surround Lake Annecy.

Dates: 11-07-2020 to 19-07-2020

Tour price: 3350 € per person (twin share)

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GROUP DISCOUNTS APPLY:
MIN. 5% FOR 4 OR MORE !

Tour Trailer


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Testimonials

  • Jenny(Griffith, New South Wales), 2016
    We enjoyed everything about the trip, the towns, the hotels we stayed in were great choices, and of course experiencing the different stages of the Tour de France. I think you lads do a great job and handle the different personalities with ease and calm. We would certainly like to experience another cycling tour with you and will recommend you to anyone who is thinking of doing a cycling holiday.
  • John(Sydney, New South Wales), 2016
    Thanks again Paul.I am already dreaming of what my next trip will be.
  • Todd(Melbourne), 2013
    From doing the Peyresourde to the iconic Tourmalet our team was well looked after thanks to our good friends at Sierra Sports & Tours!