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Geneva to Nice - 6 Stages, taking you through the French Alps to the Med

 

‘Ski To Sea’

 

Our longest Alpine tour, from Geneva to Nice, will give you that real Tour de France feeling over a circa. 600km route.  A real tester and only for those looking for a challenge, you’ll be supported by Red Lantern Cycling all the way from the ski slopes of the northern Alps to the shores of the Mediterranean.  Taking on some of the biggest climbs ridden in the TdF completing this route will give a real sense of achievement and is something to be truly proud of.

 

Currently available for bookings of 4+ riders only - Priced from £1200 per person

 

Contact us for details on suitable dates

Sample itinerary:

 

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive at Geneva Airport late afternoon/evening, where you’ll be met and driven the approximately 60-minute journey to your accommodation in Les Carroz.  If you haven’t taken advantage of our Bike Transfer service you’ll have time to unpack your bike before we get together for an informal briefing on the days ahead.

 

Day 2 – Cluses to Séez - 130KM

It’s an early start as you’ll be tackling 130km over some of the legendary climbs of the Tour de France.  First up is the Col de la Columbière (1680m), approached from its tougher northern side. Need more Cols? Next is the Col des Aravis (1498m), and the Col de Saisies (1650m).  These peaks are the backbone of the Time-Megève-Mont Blanc sportive in June.  Then there’s just time for one more ascent up, and then over, the beautiful Cormet de Roselend (1968m), before heading for your overnight accommodation in Séez.

 

Landmark Climbs: Col de la Columbière, Col des Aravis, Col des Saisies, and Cormet de Roselend.

 

Day 3 – Séez to St. Jean-de-Maurienne - 85KM

After a short transfer to avoid some busy roads you will begin your ascent of the day’s first big climb, the Col de La Madeleine (1993m), a 25km climb but with a few shallow sections where you can get a little respite.  A favourite of the Tour de France, it has featured 23 times since its first appearance in 1969.  You’ll descend into Saint Jean-de-Maurienne and your accommodation for the night.  A good night’s sleep is recommended!

 

Landmark Climb: Col de La Madeleine.

 

Day 4 – St. Jean-de-Maurienne to Bourg d’Oisans (via Les Deux-Alpes) - 100KM

Today is Galibier; but the bigger the challenge, the bigger the achievement, and the ascent of the iconic Col du Galibier (2646m) will provide both.  You’ll tackle this giant from the more difficult northern side after climbing its loyal companion, the Col du Télégraphe (1566m).  Descending via the Col du Lautaret you’re met by a fork in the road and the chance to emulate a rider who divides opinion in the same way - Marco Pantani’s greatest moment, arguably, came on the road to Les Deux-Alpes.  At this point you can ascend up to the resort, or for those still having Galibier flashbacks, you can continue down to the valley floor and Bourg d’Oisans, where you’ll rest for the night.  Although today may look like a short distance it will be challenging, but as always Red Lantern will be with you all the way to ensure the train stays together.

 

Landmark Climb: Col du Galibier.

 

Day 5 – Bourg d’Oisans to Bourg d’Oisans - 28KM

The shortest day of the tour in terms of kilometres, but we’ve lined up a timed ascent of L’Alpe-d’Huez (1860m) to give you a chance to see how you compare with the greats.  Think TdF 2004 but without the craziness.  If you are hungry for more this area has rides in abundance.  After your timed ascent there is the option of the beautiful climb to Villard Notre Dame (a RLC favourite), or on to the back roads around Huez.

 

Landmark Climb: L’Alpe d’Huez.

 

Day 6 - Briançon to Barcelonnette – 100KM

 

After yesterday’s ascent of a Coppi Classic (the Italian was the first to win on l’Alpe in the 1952 Tour), we have another one for you on the way to Barcelonnette: the Col d’Izoard (2360m). This is a captivating ride with a memorial to il Campionissimo at the summit.  From here, enjoy the road down through the Casse Déserte, with its strange rock formations providing a visual treat.  The Alpine meadows signal you are approaching the final ascent of the day, the Col de Vars (2109m), which at almost 30km in length and with 1130m of altitude gain is a long climb.  A tough day, and as you rest up overnight in Barcelonnette you can take real pride in your achievement.

 

Landmark Climbs: Col d’Izoard and Col de Vars.

 

Day 7 – Barcelonnette to Nice - 150KM 

The final day of what has been an epic ride through some of cycling’s most famous climbs.  And just when you think it can’t get any higher, we hit the roof of our tour, the Cime de la Bonnette (2802m).  It’s not just its altitude that makes it so fearsome; as you leave the tree-line behind you’ll wonder if this 24km-long climb reaches all the way to the skies.  The Col itself is only 2700m high (only?!?) but to make the summit higher than the Col d’Iseran the locals decided to build a loop around the peak to take it up to 2802m.  It’s a tough finish to a really beautiful climb, but as you catch your breath at the top, don’t forget to look at the stunning views – they’ll stay with you on a cracking descent down to the outskirts of Nice.

 

For those flying back that evening transfers to the airport will be arranged, otherwise take the time to reflect on your achievements at your overnight accommodation in the foothills of the Alps outside Nice.  The following day you will be transported to the airport for your flight home.  

 

Landmark Climb: Col de la Bonnette.

 

Currently available for bookings of 4+ riders only - Priced from £1200 per person

 

Contact us for details on suitable dates

What’s included:

 

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

Breakfast, packed lunches and seven evening meals (1st night dependant on arrival time)

Luggage transfers between stopovers

Vehicle support during your rides

Transfers from Geneva Airport and to Nice Airport (at recommended flight times)

 

What’s not:

 

Travel to and from UK airport

Flights

Travel Insurance

Drinks with meals

Meals other than those specified

Subsidiary or sundry expenses

 

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

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