Cycling Holidays Alps - Colconquerors Tours and Training Camps

Galibier to Ventoux Raid - A challenging 7 night cycling Holiday in the Alps.

— 30th June to 7th July 2019
— 31st August to 7th September 2019

Nights: 7, Max Group Size: 12, Difficulty: 5/5
Max Distance: 750km, Max Climb: 17,000m

Trip Price : 1800.00 Euros

If you’re looking for a unique cycling challenge this could be it. Join us for a stunning week of riding in the Alps during a 7 night holiday that takes in many of the truly iconic alpine mountain passes, traverses gorges, discovers lesser known climbs and races through classic Provence lavender and sunflower fields before arriving in Bedoin to take on the mighty Mont Ventoux. Cycling holidays in the Alps are meant to be a challenge and this week most certainly delivers.

The Galibier, Col d’Izoard, Vars and Col de la Bonette are all featured early in the week and these legendary climbs are followed by the Gorge du Daluis, Gorge du Verdon and countless other challenges along the way. Once you have arrived in Bedoin you’ll have two days to explore Mont Ventoux and, if you decide you’d like the ultimate challenge, climb Mont Ventoux from all 3 sides and join the elite club that is the “Club des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux”.

Each hotel during the tour has been chosen because it offers something a little different and is anything but a standard cycling hotel. The final 3 nights you’ll enjoy in a delightful hotel at Bedoin with individually styled rooms, great food plus a pool, massage facilities and hammocks strung between the pines where you can relax after a day cycling in the mountains.

Night 1 – Valloire

Situated in Valloire your all important first night will be spent in a hotel that we’ve known for many years with comfortable refurbished rooms and excellent food. It’s the perfect start.

Cycling Holidays Alps - A great start to an Alps based cycling trip Valloire at the base of the iconic Col du Galibier

Cycling Holidays Alps - A solid nights sleep in Valloire before the Col du Galibier, Col d'Izoard and Col de Vars in the morning

Cycling Holidays Alps - Comfort at the Hotel Chrisiana ahead of a great day of high mountain cycling

Cycling Holidays Alps - Spa facilities to relax before the grand depart

Night 2 – Barcelonnette

Located in the center of Barcelonnette the hotel is a charming place to stay with a real character and interesting Mexican heritage.

Cycling Holidays Alps - Hotel Azteca Barcelonnette tour Night 1. The Col de la Bonette awaits in the morning

Cycling Holidays Alps - Hotel Azteca Lounge - Galibier to Ventoux tour

Cycling Holidays Alps - Hotel Azteca Salon - Galibier to Ventoux tour

Cycling Holidays Alps - Hotel Azteca - Galibier to Ventoux Cycling tour Colconquerors

Night 3 – Beuil

In the perfect strategic location for the trip the Escapade has a restaurant that serves many traditional dishes typical of the region. Our French clients have let us know that they are very authentic and hard to find these days.

Cycling Holidays Alps - It's all about the traditional award winning evening menu at the hotel l'Escapade in Beuil

Cycling Holidays Alps - Galibier to Ventoux tour Night 3 in Beuil

Night 4 – Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Located at the end of the Gorges du Verdon we spend the night at Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, a stunning village set on the hillside that is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Cycling Holidays Alps - Galibier to Ventoux Tour night 4 in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie after a day in the Gorges du Verdon

Cycling Holidays Alps - Evening in Moustiers with Colconquerors Galibier to Ventoux Raid

Cycling Holidays Alps - A releaxed atmosphere after a long ride

Cycling Holidays Alps - A quick dip ahead of dinner

Cycling Holidays Alps - Dinner at a great spot in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Cycling Holidays Alps - Historic Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Nights 5,6 & 7 – Bedoin

The hotel in Bedoin has a very calm ambience and individual style. The hotel was designed completely by the owner, a trained architect and painter along with his wife. Each room is individually themed in either a natural, designer or baroque style. The adjacent pine trees offer tranquil surroundings where you can relax at the end of each day on the bike. You can also treat yourself to a well earned massage or take advantage of the pool or hammocks hung between the pines.

Cycling Holidays Alps - Bedoin arrival after four days of tough riding

Cycling Holidays Alps - The Col du Galibier, Izoard and la Bonette seem like a long time ago now.

Cycling Holidays Alps - Plenty of time to relax post ride

Cycling Holidays Alps - Evenings are a relaxed time with great food.

Cycling Holidays Alps - Plenty of space post ride

Cycling Holidays Alps - Dining after a day of climbing on Ventoux

Arrival Day

Collection from Geneva airport for flights landing before 11.30am and transfer to your accommodation arriving in plenty of time to set-up bikes, prepare equipment for the tour and receive an initial briefing for the week.

Day 1 – Valloire to Barcelonnette – 154km & 3200m

A challenging first day of riding with stunning high mountain scenery will see you climb the Col du Galibier, Col d’Izoard and Col de Vars which has itself been used in the Tour de France on more than 30 occasions. A real challenge to get things started.

Day 2 – Barcelonnette to Beuil – 105km & 3200m

Rolling out of Barcelonnette we head in the direction of Jausiers and on to the the Col de la Bonette, the second highest road in Europe standing at 2802 meters and also the highest road the Tour de France has ever passed over. The Bonette has several challenging sections of over 12% and when added to lack of oxygen makes this a real challenge. Once over the Col de La Bonette we head south towards Isola before making the final climb of the day up to Beuil via the stunning gorge and Col de la Couillole.

Day 3 – Beuil to Moustiers Ste Marie – 140km & 2900m

After two stages in the high mountains today provides a different challenge. Undulating terrain takes you through the Gorges du Verdon, the deepest gorge in Europe. You’ll depart from Beuil and after a short climb to Valberg descend via the amazing Gorge de Daluis a 6-kilometer-long gorge cut into the red sandstone rock.

Then on to the first climb of the day the Col de Felines (938 meters / 7km long), the Col du Buis (1196 meters / 6km climb), Col d’Ayen (1031m / 6.5km climb) before arriving at the beautiful village of Moustiers Ste Marie close to the Lac de Sainte-Croix where we spend a relaxing evening ahead of the ride to Bedoin and the foot of Ventoux the following morning.

Day 4 – Moustiers Ste Marie to Bedoin – 141km & 1500m

A well deserved transition day with less climbing allowing for some recovery ahead of the days on Mont Ventoux. The day sees us traverse further west through lavender and sunflower fields with constant yet tantalizing glimpses of the summit of Ventoux in the distance before ending the day at Bedoin.

Day 5 – Mont Ventoux or Gorges de Nesques – up to 90km & 1700m

On this first day at the foot of Ventoux you can climb Mont Ventoux from Bedoin or if you prefer after four big days of riding take a later start and head to the Gorges de Nesques one of the most spectacular gorges in Provence for a more leisurely day.

Day 6 – Mont Ventoux 1,2 or 3 times – up to 130km and 4300m

Today is once again all about Mont Ventoux. Depending upon your personal goals you can attempt the “Club des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux” challenge or climb Ventoux from your favorite side or new direction each presenting a subtly different challenge. Today the choice is yours and you can be sure that we’ll be on the mountain throughout to help you achieve your goal.

Departure Day

Morning transfer to Nice airport for flights departing after 2PM

“… just returned as a group of 8 from the Galibier-Ventoux trip Sep 2017. Without a doubt the best cycing we have ever done, probably 3 or 4 days would each qualify as best ever day on a bike. The cycling is undoubtedly tough & could be accurately described as ‘full-on’, but the rewards were there- from very high altitude hairpins with biblical views, to gorges and typical Provence – capped off with ‘Cingles de Ventoux’ on the Giant – all good and a huge variety. The hotels and food were exceptionally good, the roads quiet, and all this reflected the efforts made by Colconquerors to recce the routes in enormous detail. Great logistics, great guiding,faultless technical and food/waters support, and all with very good humour and occasional gentle encouragement – many many thanks to Rob, Karen & Mike – Chapeau!” – Richard S

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Fantastic experience over the last week. Never thought I’d make it all ! Your expertise and professional approach coupled with you’re friendliness made the whole experience truly memorable . Thanks again and look forward to seeing you soon. – Gareth R

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Once again thanks for a superb trip, the best week I’ve had on a bike. – Fidel G

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Just completed the Galibier to Ventoux week. One word amazing. Two days of the best of the high Alps followed by stunning day of medium mountains, gorges and lakes and a still challenging transition day through the rolling Provence countryside before arriving in Bedoin. Ventoux was everything you could imagine and a huge challenge 1x or 3x. Fantastic support from Rob and the CC team throughout and excellent hotels and well chosen restaurants. A 6 day mini TdF. – Andrew B

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Just completed 5 days of true cycling from the Galibier to Mont Ventoux.
Truly a fantastic experience, even better than the Haute Route I completed last year: the team – Rob, Karen and Mike – are always there for you! They take care of everything with a 5-star service level, they are super-professional and super-nice. I could not really expect anything better. Next year I’ll be definitely back! – Enrico L

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Just got back from a wonderful weeks cycling with Colconquerors. The Galibier to Ventoux tour organised by CC was simply amazing. The route through the Alps and into Provence was tough, challenging, epic and very beautiful. Along the way the support, accommodation and restaurants were excellent. A big thank you to the whole CC Team (Rob, Karen, Mike and Becky) for their help, advice, humour and friendliness which really made the trip. I would highly recommend Colconquerors to any cyclist thinking of visiting the Alps. – Mark M

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A huge “Thank you “ to Col Conquerors for a fantastic Galibier to Ventoux trip. From start to finish the organisation and communication was second to none. Rob made regular contact after I signed up and was happy to answer any questions on kit etc in full. Becky set us up perfectly on arrival with homemade cake and tea, followed by dinner and a great breakfast before our departure for our first day’s riding. Detailed briefings were held at breakfast, before each day’s ride. Support and encouragement on the road were never far away and expertly provided by Karen, Mike and Rob. The route was both beautiful and challenging and is a must for anyone wishing to challenge themselves in the Alps. Good vegetarian food in France has been a bit of a problem on previous trips with other tour companies, but Rob ensured I was well taken care for the entire trip.
I can honestly say the quality of the food and hotel accommodation was the best I have experienced on any overseas challenge I have completed. Also, as the only woman in an all male group, I was made to feel comfortable and welcome. An all round great experience – Shelley W

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Just want to say a very BIG thank you to you all for last week in supporting me realise one of my cycling dreams of riding the Ventoux not just once but three times to qualify for Les Cingles. It truly was a magical experience and the camaraderie and support from yourselves and fellow team members helped make it a truly enjoyable and memorable challenge. I was nervous at the start of the ride whether I would have enough fitness to make it thru – especially as I stumbled with my nemesis L’Izoard (again!) on day 1 but with your help and advice I was able to ride the Alps comfortably and to the best of my abilities. – Gordon S

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Had a fantastic week on the Galibier to Ventoux trip. Challenging riding from high mountain cols, stunning gorges and across lavender fields to our mountain quest, Ventoux. Great route, organisation, hotels and food. Thanks very much Rob, Karen and Mike for a truly memorable week. – Ian N

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I’d add to anyone thinking about doing the Galibier to Ventoux tour in the future that the organisation of the trip was incredible. As well as preparing GPX routes, Rob had quite literally taken a photo of every junction along the route and included it in a road book, which we were all emailed as a PDF on the first night. That meant that there was quite literally no chance of getting lost and made the whole thing even more stress free. Moreover, he had done two recces of the trip, and clearly knew the route incredibly well. – Nick G

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour including Col de la Bonette and Col d'Izoard - Col de Buis is overcome.

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - After the high mountains the Lavender fields await

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - After the high mountains of the north the Ventoux Summit awaits.

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - A stunning day in Provence

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - Ventoux

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - On route

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - The Col de Felines challenge!

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - The lac de Saint Croix is a fine sight at the end of the Gorges du Verdons

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - A hot day after the Cime de la Bonette is overcome

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - A night in Beuil after the Col de la Couillole

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - Fully supported 7 night cycling tour

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - The historic Moustiers Sainte Marie

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - Nutrition plays a very important role for this challenging tour

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - A transition day as we say good bye to the high mountains of the Alps and head to Provence

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - Great hospitality and food awaits in the Bedoin based hotel

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - Ready for the Col de La Bonette

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - Jausiers is the start of todays climb to the col de la bonette

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - More high mountains today

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - Group riding is the name of the ride today.

Cycling Holidays Alps Galibier to Ventoux Tour - A seven night challenging tour - As tough as the Haute Route we're told


ENQUIRE / BOOK

The week includes:

— Transfers from Geneva and to Nice airports
— 7 nights twin/shared accommodation at our selected hotels
— Breakfasts and evening meals
— 6 days supported riding with experienced vehicle support and guides
— Fresh fruit each day and top up sports nutrition in support vehicle
GPX files for each stage & high quality supporting documentation
— Access to British Cycling Level 3 coaching throughout the trip
— Luggage transported between each stage
— Cycling kit wash on third day

Not included:

— Your Flights
— Travel or bike insurance
— Lunches or any tips
— Any drinks or incidentals at the hotel
— Massage
— Bike hire (available on request)
— Single occupancy (on request and subject to availability)

If you need any help or further information please check our helpful FAQ section or contact us via info@colconquerors.com or call + 33 6 85 12 18 29

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