Cycling Weekends Alps - A Challenging 4 night tour including the Cormet de Roseland, Col de l'Iseran, Col du Galibier and Alpe d'Huez

French Alps Challenge Cycling Weekend - A 4 night mini tour.

— 15th to 19th August 2018

Nights: 4, Max Group Size: 12, Difficulty: 4.5/5
Max Distance: 387km, Max Climb: 10,000m

Trip Price : 1075.00 Euros

Our French Alps Challenge Weekend is a unique 4 night mini tour designed specifically to pack a lot of high quality climbing into 3 days of riding. Starting on the shores of Lake Annecy and culminating with a summit finish in Alpe d’Huez you will climb 10,000 meters during this weekend tour including the iconic climbs of the Cormet de Roseland, Col de l’iseran, Col du Telegraphe and the Col du Galibier. There’s a real diversity of alpine terrain, from the pastures of the Col des Aravis and views of Mont Blanc on day one to the high panoramas of day 2 and glacial views on the final day, the weekend show cases the French Alps at their best.

Each night you will stay in a hand picked hotel that has been selected for its great food and relaxed ambience to provide just the right balance between riding and relaxation.

Our goal for this weekend is to provide you with a great cycling challenge, high quality support, relaxing surroundings and great cuisine.

Detailed Trip Information :

Night 1 – Talloires

A short transfer from Geneva Airport the Hotel Les Grillons at Talloires is the perfect start to a challenging weekend of riding. Opened in 1954 the hotel has evolved every year remaining in the same family with each new generation adding their own touch. The hotel is located in an exceptional location close to the shores of Lake Annecy where you can unwind ahead of the first day of riding. In the evening Les Grillons serves elegant, seasonal, homemade cuisine using fresh produce that’s locally sourced wherever possible.

Cycling Weekends Alps - Alps Challenge Weekend Night 1 at Talloires

Cycling Weekends Alps - Stunning views of Lake Annecy from Talloires

Cycling Weekends Alps - Evening meals are a relaxed affair with local produce being a feature.

Cycling Weekends Alps - A good nights sleep is essential ahead of the first day of riding five cols await

Night 2 – Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

Your second night is spent at the hotel Le Monal in Saint-Foy-Tarentaise. This former coaching inn was first opened in Sainte Foy Tarentaise in 1888. It was previously kept by the Arpin family for 5 generations. The Hotel le Monal is managed today by its proprietor, Yves Marmottan, and his daughter Hélène, and enthusiastically maintains a tradition of hospitality.

In the evenings dinner is a highlight taken in one of two very personal spaces. A frequently updated gourmet seasonal menu makes use of high quality fresh produce and ensures there’s something for every taste.

Cycling Weekends Alps - A great evening meal awaits at the hotel le Monal in Sainte Foy Tarentaise.

Cycling Weekends Alps - Fresh produce features in the gourmet menu.

Cycling Weekends Alps - A good nights sleep awaits ahead of a second day of riding in the alps. It's only the Col de l'Iseran, Col du Telegraphe & Col du Galibier.

Night 3 – Col du Lautaret

Having climbed the Col de l’Iseran, Col du Telegraphe & Galibier your hotel tonight is the Hotel de Glaciers located in an exceptional location at the summit of the Col du Lautaret at 2058m in altitude. The hotel is used by professional cycling teams for high altitude altitude training with the AG2R team being recent visitors along with Chris Froome fresh from his 2017 Tour victory preparing for the Vuelta a España. Chosen for it’s strategic location on the route the hotel provides pool and spa facilities to help you recover after two big days on the bike. The evening meal is specially prepared for you by the hotels fine dining trained chef and is themed on the menu used by the AG2R teams last visit.

Cycling Weekends Alps - Situated at 2058m in altitude right on the Col du Lautaret

Cycling Weekends Alps - duplex twin rooms with a view of the surrounding glaciers that overlook the Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier.

Cycling Weekends Alps - An evening meal themed on professional cycling teams last trip. The hotel des Glaciers looks after us like the pros

Night 4 – Alpe d’Huez

Your final night will be spent at the 4* Pic Blanc hotel in Alpe d’Huez. With spacious rooms, a quiet location in the resort and most welcome spa facilities it’s the perfect place to recover from 3 superb days of riding.

Cycling Weekends Alps South facing superior rooms in Alpe d'Huez over look the valley

Cycling Weekends Alps A relaxed final evening after the Col de Sarenne and classic Alpe d'Huex time trial

Cycling Weekends Alps - A comfortable lounge and bar area.

Cycling Weekends Alps - The spa is most welcome after 10000 meters of cycling in the weekend

Arrival Day

You will be met at Geneva airport in person by ourselves ready for your short private transfer to Talloires (approx 1hr).

We aim to leave the airport at Geneva by 16.30pm to ensure we arrive at the hotel in plenty of time to help set up your bikes and relax ahead of dinner.

In the evening the first dinner is a great way to discuss the plan for the following day and get to know the others in the group.

Stage 1 – Talloires to Saint-Foy-Tarentaise (135km / 3600m elevation)

A day of 5 peaks! Heading away from the shores of Lake Annecy you’ll first climb the Col de la Croix Fry on route to the Col des Aravis. After cresting the summit there’s a beautiful descent to Flumet and the start of the third climb of the day, the Col des Saisies. Once the first half of the day has been navigated you’re rewarded with the climb to the summit of the Cormet de Roseland and some stunning scenery as you wind your way up and into the valley. The final act of the day is a technical descent to Bourg Saint Maurice and the climb to Saint-Foy-Tarentaise.

Cycling Weekends Alps - Stage 1 Profile. The Cormet de Roseland, Col des Saisies, Col des Aravis feature

Stage 2 – Saint-Foy-Tarentaise to Col du Lautaret (152km / 4100m elevation)

Today is a day all about the high mountains. On leaving Saint-Foy-Tarentaise you’ll head further into the Tarentaise Valley and through the ski resort of Val d’Isere on route to the Col de l’iseran, the highest official paved pass in the French Alps standing at 2764 meters in altitude. Once over the summit of the Iseran the road plunges down to the picturesque Boneval-Sur-Arc at the head of the Maurienne Valley where time seems to have stood still with traditional Savoyard buildings and rustic gites being the main feature surrounded by towering peaks. It’s now time for some well earned rest with a downward sweep into the heart of the Maurienne Valley and the foot of the Col du Telegraphe and then onto the Col du Galibier before a final short descent to the Col du Lautaret.

Cycling Weekends Alps - Stage 2 Profile - Col de l'Iseran, Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier

Stage 3 – Col du Lautaret to Alpe d’Huez (100km / 2300m elevation)

The distance today is shorter but best not to be deceived. Once the descent from the Col du Lautaret to the Lac du Chambon is complete you have the Col de Sarenne to overcome before the 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez. After a challenging start through the forest you find yourself above the tree line where the Sarenne offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks. With an average gradient of 7.5%, several steep sections of 13% and an altitude gain of just under 1000 meters it is a challenge indeed. Once the summit of the Sarenne has been reached at 1999m it’s on to Alpe d’Huez passing briefly through the resort descending via the lesser used east road before heading down to the valley and lake at Allemont via the Pass de la Confession. A loop of the lake and a quick 8km of mainly flat road will help to loosen the legs up for the final climb of the weekend up the legendary 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez.

Cycling Weekends Alps - Stage 3 Profile - Col de Sarenne and the iconic 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez

Day 4 Departure Day

After breakfast we leave the hotel at 9am and return you to Geneva airport for your return flights after 2.30pm.

Thank you for a fantastic long weekend! First time cycling in the Alps, the trip has far exceeded my expectations with the stunning views, challenging climbs and adrenaline pumping descents. The superb organisation, hotel choices and delicious food made the experience rewarding and truly memorable. I would definitely recommend Col Conquerers and look forward to riding with you again. – Alex T


This was my second time staying with Col Conquerors. I thought it was fantastic the first time but it has been pushed to another level with every detail catered for at a top level so all you need to think about is turning the pedals – Tom L


The rides were just what I wanted – challenging but great fun and always in stunning scenery. They were also very well supported, with Rob & Simon riding alongside us and a support vehicle never far away – full of extra kit and food and available as a broom wagon for those who had taken their fill of climbing. Rob’s cycling knowledge is superb and I learnt a lot of training, nutrition and recovery tips from him that I am determined to apply to my cycling going forward. – Sam E

Cycling Weekends Alps - Heading into the mountains from Annecy

Cycling Weekends Alps -  Departing Annecy and heading towards the Col de la Croix Fry

Cycling Weekends Alps - Early morning cycling in the Alps

Cycling Weekends Alps - Cormet de Roseland - A highlight of any Alps cycling weekend

Cycling Weekends Alps -  Climbing the Col de l'Iseran with the group

Cycling Weekends Alps - A sprint finish at altitude the Col de l'Iseran of all places

Cycling Weekends Alps - High satisfaction after completing the first Alpine climnb of the day

Cycling Weekends Alps - The Col de l'Iseran, Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier feature today

Cycling Weekends Alps - Great personal achievements are possible during a Cycling weekend in the Alps

Cycling Weekends Alps - Col du Telegraphe overcome today with full support of the Colconquerors team

Cycling Weekends Alps -  Alpe d'Huez is a fitting finale to a weekend of riding

Cycling Weekends Alps - A perfect end to a cycling tour - The 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez


The weekend includes:

— 4 nights half board accommodation on a twin share basis
— 3 days guided and vehicle supported cycling
— Fresh fruit each day and top up sports nutrition in support vehicle
— Luggage transportation to following nights hotel
— Client to staff ratio of 4-1
— Private airport transfers to and from Geneva airport
— Access to British Cycling Level 3 coaching to help improve any aspect of your cycling

Not included:

— Flights
— Lunches
— Travel or bike Insurance
— Any drinks or incidentals at the hotel
— Spa or Massage (Available as extra)
— Bike Hire
— Single occupancy (on request & subject to room availability)

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