Transalpes - Megève to Nice

Alpine Cadence : Supported rides for cyclists in the Alps
Transalpes - Megève to Nice (Antibes)         

June 6 - 14  2023  

This tour provides an incredible and diverse journey from the beautiful town of Megève in the northern Alps all the way south to Antibes on the spectacular Cote d'Azur. This trip is inspired particularly by our Grand Tour du Sud which we’ve run for many years. Transalpes will include many of the best bits of the Grand Tour du Sud with a few spectacular extras! A carefully designed new format will mean maximum flexibility on this tour to allow riders of differing levels to enjoy the journey to the max. This tour will include classic climbs like Col du Galibier, Col de l'iseran, Col d'Izoard, Cime de la Bonette, Cormet de Roselend, Col du Vars, Col des Saisies, Col du Télégraphe and many more in an exciting and deliberately tenuous journey to the sea. 

The Schedule

Tuesday June 6
Arrival to Geneva Airport (see below for best arrival times). Met by our minibuses and taken to our start town of Megève (transfer time 60 minutes). Plenty of time to make bikes up and to enjoy the town. You’ll be provided with a hearty dinner followed by an informal briefing to discuss the riding over the coming days.

Wednesday June 7

Megève to Bourg St Maurice (Bellentre). A very pretty way to start our journey south as we head up our first challenge the Col de Saisies. After a descent to Beaufort we'll head up the beautiful Cormet de Roselend with the option of the Col du Pré too for those looking for maximum challenge!
90km and 2100m climbing (97km and 2400m including Col du Pré)

Thursday June 8

Bourg St Maurice (Bellentre) to Aussois. Today starts with the long climb of the Col de L’Iseran, the highest paved pass in the Alps. The spectacular last few kilometres will help numb the pain of this 2770m giant. The descent down the other side into the upper Maurienne Valley is stunning. We’ll make our way up to the pretty village of Aussois to complete our day with the option of the Col du Mont Cenis for whoever needs more!
110km and 2600m climbing (132km and 3300m)

Friday June 9

Aussois to Briançon
Col du Télégraphe will provide us with the perfect warm up to the classic Col du Galibier that follows almost immediately after it. After scaling the Galibier and enjoying some time at the summit we’ll make the technical descent to the Col du Lauteret followed by the super fast, sweeping road down to Briançon. That might be enough for some but for those looking for extra challenge the gorgeous Col du Granon awaits us as does the Col de l’Echelle on the Italian border.
93km and 2100m climbing (130km and 3100m)

Saturday June 10

Briançon to Barcelonette
Col d’Izoard will be our first climb of the day followed by a long descent to Guillestre. The second part of our ride will take us over the Col du Vars followed by the descent into the remote Ubaye valley. As usual there will be extra options to this route with sorties up the Col de la Larche and the ski station of Pra Loup actively encouraged!
100km and 2650m climbing (132kms and 3300m)

Sunday June 11

Staying 2 nights in Barcelonette gives us lots of flexibility on this day to design what each rider needs. Surrounded by fabulous bike riding each rider will be able to choose a day to either challenge or perhaps recuperate a little. For stronger feeling riders the Col d’Allos, Col des Champs, Col de Cayolle loop might appeal, a spectacular and big day at 118kms and over 3000m climbing. Allos and Cayolle also provide beautiful ‘up and back’ rides returning to Barcelonette for those looking for a shorter day.

Monday June 12

Barcelonette to Levens
Our big objective today is the Cime de la Bonette. The highest paved road in the Alps at 2802m. Just outdoing the Col d’Iseran by a few metres by virtue of an extra loop of tarmac that extends upwards from the Col de Restefond. The 24km climb to the top will be followed by an epic descent into the Tinéé valley and onwards towards the Cote d’Azur.
130kms and 2800m climbing.

Tuesday June 13

Levens to Nice (Antibes)
Our final day will be a wonderful route taking in many of the classic rides around the Cote d'Azur area and much used by the pro riders who live and train in the area. There is lots of flexibility on this day to adapt the route with the likely inclusion of the Col de Vence before heading to the coast for our final fanfare of riding around Cap d'Antibes.
120kms and 1700m climbing

Wednesday June 14

Transfers to Nice - Cote d’Azur Airport. (15 minute journey)

Cost £1895 (twin share)

What’s included?

  • 7 days of fully supported rides (mechanical assistance, vehicle support, guides)
  • 8 nights of accommodation, twin share, in a combination of gites and 2/3 star hotels.
  • Breakfast on all days, dinner on all nights exept the final evening in Antibes.
  • Transfers from Geneva Airport and to Nice Cote d’Azur Airport
  • Energy drink powder, bananas, pastries available at all times on the rides
  • Alpine Cadence bidon with complimentary pack of bars and gels

What’s not included?

  • Lunches
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance

Who will enjoy this trip?

This trip is long and challenging but offers more flexibility in each day in it’s route choice than, for example, our Grand Tour du Sud trip. As a result of this flexibility this trip will be a great experience to a range of rider levels. Riders will ride between 650km and 900km on this journey depending on the daily options chosen and the total amount of climbing will be between 13000m and 20000m. The main prerequisite for the trip is being prepared and happy to ride 5-6 hours each day. We would anticipate most riders on this trip having already ridden in high mountains before, but not always. As is always the case please contact us to find out more as to whether this trip will be suited to you.

VAM rating

We use VAM as one way of determining a rider's level and therefore their suitability for a given tour. Riders on this trip should be capable of climbing at a rate of around 700 metres/hour on a long climb. This certainly does not mean that riders have to ride at this level for the duration of the trip but it's an accurate measure of a rider's ability when they are riding at their maximum effort and therefore helps us in knowing what level of rider you are. Find out more about VAM in our Frequently Asked Questions

Travel information

Flights into Geneva on Tue June 6th should ideally land before 1400 with a view to leaving the airport at around 1500. Later arrivals can usually be accommodated but please contact us before making any flight bookings so that we can confirm their suitability for convenient pick ups.
Departure from Nice Airport on June 14th is flexible. Our hotel is close to the airport and homeward flights can be booked at any time of the day.
There is also the option to fly out of Nice on the evening of June 13th. Our ride on that day will be completed by around 16.00 meaning that riders can book flights from 19.30 onwards.

Please contact us to find out more or to make a booking