Etape du Tour

Alpine Cadence : Supported rides for cyclists in the Alps

Tour de France and Etape du Tour 2017

14-22 July

For 2017 we are going to deliver a combined Tour de France and Etape du Tour trip. A wonderful combination of riding, racing and spectating in an incredible part of the Alps. The first part of our 8 night trip will be devoted to the Etape du Tour, giving amateur riders the unique chance to race the same stage as the pros will a few days later from Briançon to the finish on the Col d’Izoard. Then, as we await the arrival of the Tour de France itself we’ll ride the beautiful and iconic roads of the area including the legendary Alpe d’Huez. As the Tour arrives we will ride the roads of the course just hours before the event itself before settling down to enjoy the action on what will prove to be crucial deciding stages.
We’ve secured a great chalet to stay in close to Briançon that will provide us with the perfect location for 7 exciting days. It will enable us to ride and spectate with very little use of vehicles due to our proximity to the action. This trip will be strictly limited to just 12 riders.
The schedule:

Friday July 14th
Arrival at chalet base in Monetiers-les-Bains, see below for transfer information

Saturday July 15th
Registration day at the Etape du Tour Village. A relaxing and exciting day as we collect our bib numbers and soak up the atmosphere of the Race Village in Briançon. A chance to ride but not too much with tomorrow in mind!

Sunday July 16th
An early start as we embark on the Etape du Tour. 178 km and 3800 m of climbing as we join thousands of other riders in this incredible event. Col de Vars and the Col d’Izoard will be our big challenges on this big day.

Monday July 17th
Recovery day? Maybe, but still some beautiful riding on the cards. A great circuit into Italy and back which will incorporate the Col de l’Echelle and the Col de Mongenevre.

Tuesday July 18th
Alpe d’Huez is not far away and it’s just got to be done! We’ll ride there from the Chalet via the Col de Lauteret. After climbing Alpe d’Huez there will be the chance to head up the Col de Sarenne too before heading back to our chalet base.

Wednesday July 19th
The Tour arrives in town with the final few minutes of the stage being contested just outside our chalet. The stage finish is in La Salle, the next village down from our chalet. The Col du Galibier will be the final climb for the pros today and we’ll climb it, potentially from both sides, in the morning. This will be a very exciting and inspiring place to be and there will be opportunity to choose a vantage point to watch the stage up on the Galibier or closer to the finish near our chalet, what a choice!

Thursday July 20th
Today the pros will ride what we’ve already conquered in the ‘Etape’. We can enjoy the stage start in Briançon as the pros emerge from their buses and sign in for the day. Then there will be opportunity to ride and watch from various points on the course, with a ride up to watch to the summit finish on the Izoard a definite contender.

Friday July 21st
As the Tour heads south towards it’s time trial finale in Marseille we’ll stick around to make the absolute most of the riding around us. A few options up our sleeve including the incredible Colle delle Finestre over the border in Italy.

Saturday July 22nd
Return transfer to airports/stations.
1445 Euros
What’s included?


  • 8 nights of twin/triple chalet accommodation
  • Full breakfast every day
  • 5 evening meals
  • Full vehicle support on days 3, 4 and 7 to support big rides
  • Guided rides on days 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 by a qualified road cycling coach.
  • Transport (if needed) to and from Briançon for Etape registration and for the Etape event itself.
  • Free pack of energy bars/gels. Free energy drink throughout trip.
  • Free pick up and drop off at Oulx train station or Briançon train station.

What’s not included?

  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights/travel to the area.
  • Lunch
  • Etape du Tour entry

Who will this trip suit?

This trip will suit any rider who is passionate about watching the Tour de France and loves the concept of riding the same roads as the pros just before they do. This trip is very flexible as far as riding level is concerned and there will be a variety of option available to ensure that stronger riders are sufficiently challenged and that less experienced riders get to have a wonderful experience of the Alps too.

Entry to the Etape du Tour

Entry to the Etape du Tour is done independently by each rider at
Entries will open on October 21st at 8am Paris time.

Etape or Tour only?

We'll give priority places on this trip to those looking to do the full 7 days/8 nights. There is a possibility of places being available for the 3 nights of the EDT and the 5 nights of the TDF, let us know if you are looking for either of these options.

Travel information

Travel to the Briançon area is possible from various angles. Turin is the nearest international airport with a transfer time of about 1 hour 15 minutes. Milan, Geneva, Grenoble and Marseille airports are other options but with much longer transfer times. Perhaps the best way to arrive is by train in the nearby Italian town of Oulx where the high speed train from Paris/Chambery through to Turin stops. Our package price does not include an airport transfer but does include pick up and delivery from and to Oulx. For all airport transfers please contact us so that we can quote you a price for you or your party

Please contact us if you would like to make a booking for this trip or require further information


Alpine Cadence : Alpine training camps for cyclists : Les Grand Cols 2010

Alpine Cadence : Alpine training camps for cyclists : Les Grand Cols 2010