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Take on the Challenge Vercors Sportive, with a warm up ride on the legendary Alpe d'Huez


‘Challenge Vercors Sportive Weekend’


The Challenge Vercors sportive is the main event in this trip, but to make it even more memorable, how about a warm up ride on the iconic Alpe d'Huez?  With routes over 171kms (Master - 3500m of ascent), 121kms (Senior - 2300m of ascent) and 42kms (Rando - 600m of ascent), the Challenge Vercors sportive has something for everyone, in an area of stunning natural landscapes.  Whether you looking for a new challenge, or getting ready for a longer event, the Master route provides a serious test.  To whet your appetite, and loosen your legs (ahem!) you can also have a crack at the iconic Alpe d'Huez the day before, and see how you compare against the times set by the pros.


In the first part of our You Tube video you can view some of the amazing scenery that this area offers.


Fri, xx-May-2017 to Mon, xx-May-2017 - Price from £800 per person - Dates are TBC, so contact us for the latest information


*Please note that a signed and stamped medical certificate from your GP or other medical professional is required in order to participate in the sportive event

Day 3 - Challenge Vercors Sportive - 42km, 121km, or 171km

It's an early start today, and after breakfast you are transferred to Autrans to the start of the Challenge Vercors sportive.  Whichever distance you have chosen to ride make sure to take in the fantastic surroundings, especially on the Master route, which passes Combe Laval, the largest gorge in Europe.  After you've completed your challenge we'll transfer you back to your accommodation, where you can continue to swap stories of your event over dinner.  


Transfers to Lyon airport will take place early the fllowing morning.  


Landmark Climbs (Master Route) : Col de la Croix Perrin, Col d'Herbouilly, Col de St.Alexis, Col de la Machine, Col Chaud Clapier


Fri, xx-May-2017 to Mon, xx-May-2017 - Price from £800 per person - Dates are TBC, so contact us for the latest information

Sample itinerary at a glance:


Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive at Lyon Airport late afternoon/evening, where you’ll be met and driven to your accommodation in Pont-en-Royans.  Depending on arrival time we will have an informal briefing on the days ahead.


Day 2 - Alpe d'Huez - 35km

Today you have the opportunity to ride the famous l'Alpe d'Huez.  We'll transfer you to Bourg d'Oisan, at the bottom of the climb, and after a warm-up along the flat valley road you start your ascent.  It's up to you whether you want to stop and take photos at every one of the 21 hairpin bends, or push hard all the way up.  Either way we'll be there to encourage you along the way, and greet you at the top with refreshments.  After your ride we'll transfer you back to your accommodation to rest up for the big ride tomorrow


Landmark Climbs: Alpe d'Huez

What’s included:


3 nights in 2-star (minimum) accommodation on a shared occupancy basis

Breakfast, packed lunches (not available on sportive day) and 3 evening meals (depending on arrival time)

Transfers to and from Bourg d'Oisans for Alpe d'Huez ride

Challenge Vercors Sportive entry

Transfers to and from the official event start/finish

Transfers from and to Lyon Airport (at recommended flight times)


What’s not:


Travel to and from UK airport


Travel Insurance - it is recommended that your insurance covers you for continental sportive riding

Drinks with meals

Meals other than those specified

Subsidiary or sundry expenses


NB. All routes are subject to favourable weather and road conditions.

Red Lantern Cycling Vercors Challenge