Cols of the Tour de France Classic Cycle Climb – 24 hours

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Tackle some of the toughest climbs in the Tour de France in just 2 days. Starting off with the Beast of Provence, Ventoux, then onto the Col du Télégraphe, Col du Galibier and finally the 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez.

 

2 day guided ride

152 km

5326m of elevation

Tackle legendary Tour de France climbs

Fully supported event

All inclusive so all you have to do is ride

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival and Ventoux– 42km, 1579mmt Ventoux bike ride event supported

Once you arrive into Avignon train station you will catch the transfer to Bedoin, where you will register for the ride, meet the pie team and have a ride briefing. Of the 3 routes up, Bedoin is the Tour de France and therefore the harder route. The length of the climb from Bedoin to the summit of Mont Ventoux, at 1912m, is 21.5km, with an average gradient of 7.5%. The first section of riding, to Chalet Reynard, is forested, which hides the top of “the Beast”. However, the last 6km from Chalet Reynard onwards are much more exposed.

From here you can see for miles, but the wind can be ferocious. Once at the top and the obligatory photos taken, you descend via the Malaucène route where at the bottom you will be able to shower and have dinner. A coach will be waiting to transfer you (3 ½ hours) to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne where your accommodation awaits as well as a good night’s sleep.

Day 2 – 110km, 3747m – Cols du Télégraphe & du Galibier & Alpe d’Huez

An early morning breakfast is followed by a ride briefing before you start cycling. Setting off from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne there is a short warm up ride to get the lactic acid out of the legs from yesterday’s climb. Once you cross over the Arc River you immediately start the climb up to Col du Télégraphe. This climb is 11km long through forested trees, the summit is at 856m with an average gradient of 7.3%.

Once you have reached the summit there is a gentle downhill to the town of Valloire, where the climb to the summit of the Col du Galibier starts. The climb is 18.1 km long with an average gradient of 6.9% and elevation gain of 1,245m. The climb is ranked as ‘hors categories’ meaning beyond category, and when the final kilometres are over 10% your legs and lungs will certainly understand why.

The final push to get to Alpe d’Huez starts with a steady downhill for 46km to Le Bourg d’Oisans, which is at the base of one of the most famous cycling climbs. With 21 hairpins to contend with over 13.2km with an average gradient of 8.1%, you will have to really dig deep to get to the summit of this one. With little shelter on the climb the ride up can feel like a furnace. As you ride past the iconic signs counting down the hairpins, you will be into single figures in no time, looking for the finish. Only once you arrive into the village of Alpe d’Huez will you see the official finish line and legendary “Arrivée” sign, knowing that you have just achieved the impossible.

The celebration meal will be a welcome reward for the incredible effort exerted over the last 24 hours, and the comfortable bed will be a welcome relief to the tired legs.

Day 3

Morning at your leisure before transferring back to Avignon to catch the train back to London.

More Information

Interested? Please contact us for more details. Call 01932 460090 or email info@pieevents.co.uk and download the event summary sheet.

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pie delivers fully supported bespoke guided rides throughout the UK and Europe for the discerning cyclist.

Every ride is designed completely to your needs so your cyclists, no matter what standard they are, will have a fabulous time.

We’re known for our efficiency, integrity, and our passion to get it right. From your 1st contact with us, to the last cyclist’s arrival, we will make your event as effortless and awesome as possible.

Your cyclists will be led in small groups of similar standards by our team of amazing guides on bikes who are in turn supported by our experienced crew of tour leaders and medics.

The end result is stunning scenery, challenging ascents, incredible descents, perfect hotels, great food, like minded company.

In short, an amazing ride.

Download the Summary Sheet for more details