Alpine Workshop / Discover the Alps
Alpine Workshop / Discover the Alps
May 27th - June 3rd 2017
Our Alpine Workshop / Discover the Alps is great way to enjoy great riding and learn at the same time. Spectacular guided rides in the day under the watchful eye of a qualified coach. Evening lectures to inform and improve performance. The perfect combination for the keen rider wishing to get better.
This trip combines the coaching aspect of the Alpine Workshop with the opening of the big cols as they are cleared of snow. A spectacular finale is likely on this trip with snow lined cols waiting to be conquered. This trip is ideal for a rider coming to the Alps for the first time or for experienced climbers too.
Saturday May 27th
Arrive Geneva airport (aim to book a flight arriving between 1300 and 1600). Collection by minibus and return to our Tarentaise base (transfer time approx 2 hours). Make up bikes, briefing, dinner
Sunday May 28th
The Col du Petit St Bernard will be our main feature of the day. It's a long climb at 28kms but it's gradients are relatively gentle making it a great initiation to the week. Coffee/lunch in Italy is pretty much obligatory and there will be options to climb the col from both sides as well as riding the 'Versant Soleil' on the way home. Today we'll ride between 80 and 130kms depending on options chosen and we'll climb between 1500m and 2600m.
Monday May 29th - Friday June 2nd
These next 5 days will each involve rides of 90-120km and 2000 -2500m of climbing. A typical day will involve a ride start at around 9am. In the saddle for 4-5 hours with breaks on top. The exact itinerary will be dependent on weather and rider levels. This is an exciting time of year when, typically, the big cols are starting to open after the winter snows are cleared. Climbs that are likely to be on the agenda will be Cormet de Roselend, Col de la Madeleine, Col de Tamié, Col des Saisies, Col du Pré Col du Tra. We will most likely include the incredible Lacets de Monvernier too. Each day's riding will be followed by afternoon tea back at base, optional massage (additional cost) followed by a review/lecture on different subjects each day. These will include such areas as climbing/descending techniques, training plans, tactics, bike set up and mental approaches to improving performance.
Saturday June 3rd
Return to Geneva Airport with a view to getting flight departing at 1300 or later.
- Transfers from and to Geneva airport
- 7 nights half board accommodation (twin share) in our mainchalet or neighbouring gites
- Breakfast, afternoon tea, 4 course dinner including wine
- 6 fully guided rides with vehicle support (subject to minimum 4 riders)
- Energy drink powder, bananas, pastries in the vehicle
- Evening lectures from qualified coach
What's not included?
- Lunches (these will tend to be very inexpensive at bakeries/snack bars etc
Who is this trip aimed at?This trip allows for a variety of rider levels to enjoy themselves due to the centre based nature of the riding. Riders may have previous experience of riding in the Alps but it is not essential. The main prerequisite is being happy to be in the saddle for 4-6 hours each day. As with all our trips, our job is to manage the differences in riders' fitness levels and ensure that stronger riders are sufficiently challenged whilst lower level riders can still ride at a pace that suits them. There will be longer/shorter ride options for different rider levels.
This trip is the most 'inclusive' of all our trips where we can cater for a variety of levels. Anyone with an ability to climb at a rate of 600 metres/hour or more can enjoy this trip. Find out more about VAM in our Frequently Asked Questions
Contact us to find out more and to make a booking