- 1 Tour Description
- 2 Daily Tour Overview
- 2.1 Day 1 – Collect from Grenoble
- 2.2 Day 2 – Alpe d’Huez & its mighty 21 bends
- 2.3 Day 3 – Cycling in the Maurienne valley
- 2.4 Day 4 – Live TDF action (Stage 16 viewing)
- 2.5 Day 5 – Col de la Madeleine (TDF Stage 17)
- 2.6 Day 6 – Stage 18 & TDF sprint at ‘La Roche’
- 2.7 Day 7 – Col de l’Arpettaz is a hidden gem
- 2.8 Day 8 – Cycling the Lake Annecy bike path
- 2.9 Day 9 – Goodbyes in Geneva
- 3 Dates & Prices
- 4 Cycling Souvenirs
- 5 Tour de France Cycling Stories
- 6 Client Reviews (Tour de France)
[2020 Example] 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 champion. While many of the household name climbs are out of the 2020 Tour de France this cycling tour still 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!
This 2020 TDF Cycling Tour 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.
Daily Tour Overview
Day 1 – Collect from Grenoble
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. There will be a 45 minute transfer 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.
Distance: 60km / Meals: Dinner Included / Sleep: Allemont
Day 2 – Alpe d’Huez & its mighty 21 bends
When it comes to challenging, 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 bends 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. The atmosphere on the mountain is always fantastic and the 13km at 8% grade is a constant test!
Distance: 50 or 80km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Allemont
Day 3 – Cycling in the Maurienne valley
Riding out from the hotel and we quickly arrive at the base of Col du Glandon. This Tour de France giant has been used on 13 occasions and the climb is a serious 24km with an average 5% gradient. The beauty of the ‘Glandon climb’ is by continuing for just another 3km and you also pick-up Col de la Croix de Fer! A fun day on the bikes only gets better as a long free flowing descent takes you down to the amazing Lacets de Montvernier!
Distance: 80km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Aix-les-Bains
Day 4 – Live TDF action (Stage 16 viewing)
After 3 days on the bikes today is the perfect opportunity to soak up the TDF race atmosphere. The cycling begins with some early km around Lac d’Aiguebelette before linking 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 cheer for the breakaway and chasing peloton!
Distance: 60 or 100km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Aix-les-Bains
Day 5 – Col de la Madeleine (TDF Stage 17)
More live viewing of the 2020 Tour de France awaits you. After a seven year TDF hiatus the Col de la Madeleine is returning for 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!
Distance: 90km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Lake Annecy
Day 6 – Stage 18 & TDF sprint at ‘La Roche’
Do not let today´s shorter distance fool you as we go in search for the 2020 Tour de France 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!
Distance: Min. 70km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Lake Annecy
As the Tour de France keeps moving further north we will say goodbye in order to take full advantage of our Lake Annecy base. From Ugine we are happy to showcase Col de l’Arpettaz which is one of the lesser known climbs in the French Alpes. The narrow roads make it difficult for pro peloton access but it is simply a perfect loop for recreational cyclists. 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.
Distance: 90km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Lake Annecy
Day 8 – Cycling the Lake Annecy bike path
Today the cycling begins on the dedicated bike path between Annecy and Albertville. It will be a great chance to have a relaxed chat with new cycling friends! We will detour towards Beaufort where one of our favourite Category 1 climb combinations awaits. The legs will now be ready for the 20km climb of Col du Pre and Cormet de Roselend. The total 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.
Distance: 100km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Incl. / Sleep: Lake Annecy
Day 9 – Goodbyes in Geneva
The Sierra guides will be available to transfer you 45min to either Geneva International Airport or Geneva Train Station by 9:00am. From here we will say our goodbyes before you continue on your own adventures. If your aim is to get to Paris to watch the Stage 21 finish on the Champs-Elysees then a morning train from Geneva will have you in Paris by approx. 12 noon making it an easy option to continue your 2020 TDF journey!
Meals: Breakfast included
Dates & Prices
|Dates||2021 dates subject to Covid-19|
|Duration||8 nights / 9 days|
|Price (per person)||3350€ (twin share)|
|Single Room Supplement||650€|
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