Grand Tour du Sud
Grand Tour du Sud 17th - 26th June 2017
Our longest and highest tour. An epic circuit of the southern Alps taking in the highest passes in the Alps on a 1000km journey. 8 days of mountains, gorges, lakes and sea that will see us climb over 22000m.
Saturday June 17
Pick up from Geneva airport (aim to arrive between 1100 and 1500). Minibus to our base near Bourg St Maurice. Plenty of time to build up bikes, dinner and briefing.
Sunday June 18
Bellentre to Valloire - 127km - 3250m climbing. Col de la Madeleine is our first big challenge of the trip followed by the Col du Telegraph.
Monday June 19
Valloire to Jausiers - 125km - 2700m climbing. Straight into the action as we scale the Col du Galibier in the morning followed by a magnifecent descent to Briancon. Great valley riding follows before we tackle the Col de Vars.
Tuesday June 20
Jausiers to Cote d'Azur - 155km - 3200m climbing. The Cimes de Bonette, the highest paved road in the alps at 2802m, will keep us busy in the morning. After a superb, long descent we'll make our way to the coast but not without more challenges on the way.
Wednesday June 21
Cote d'Azur - Cote d'Azur - 2 nights near the coast means a flexible day. Join your guides for some fantastic riding including a visit to the beachfront for a dip in the Med followed by the Col d'Eze. Although technically a 'rest' day we'll still manage 75km and 1400m of climbing if you decide to join us!
Thursday June 22
Cote d'Azur to Colmar - 130km - 3200m climbing. We head north deep into the Alps again taking in beautiful climbs like the Col de Couillole and the Col des Champs.
Friday July 23
Colmar to Guillestre - 124km - 2200m climbing. The Col d'Allos is our first challeng of the day, followed by a spectactular cliff hugging descent to Barcelonnette. Some fast valley riding takes us past the beautiful Lac du Serre Poncon.
Saturday July 24
Guillestre - Susa (Italy) - 120km - 2400m climbing. The magnificent Col d'Izoard is our morning challenge followed by a long descent to Briancon. Then we'll head to the Col de l'Echelle before a fast, flat affternoon into Italy to spend the night in Susa.
Sunday July 25
Susa (Italy) to Bellentre - 130km - 3200m climbing. A big day to finish with 2 giant cols to deal with. The Col du Mont Cenis will take us back into France followed by the Col de l'Iseran at 2770m, the second highest col in the Alps.
Monday July 26
We'll head to Geneva airport at around 1000 with a view to catching flights home from 1400 onwards.
- Transfers from and to Geneva airport
- 9 nights half board accommodation (twin share) 2 nights in our chalet base, the other 7 in comfortable hotels
- 8 day of guided riding with full vehicle support
- Energy drink powder, bananas, pastries in the vehicle
- Max group size of 12 accompanied by 2 guides/coaches plus full time driver
What's not included?
- Lunches (these will tend to be very inexpensive at bakeries/snack bars etc)
- Travel insurance
Who is this trip aimed at?
This trip is a big challenge and will suit more experienced riders. Each day will be an average of 125km and between 2500m and 3000m of climbing. Riders who have comfortably completed our Tour de Mont Blanc and Tour des Alpes trips will find this a step up again. Experience of long alpine climbs is desirable for anyone embarking on this trip. As always, please contact us to discuss whether this trip will work for you and your riding level.
Riders on this trip should be able to climb at a rate of at least 850 metres/hour for sustained periods