Road Cycling Holidays, Tours and Training Camps in the Alps, Italy, Dolomites, Ventoux & Gran Canaria


It's not what you do but the way that you do it


What our guests have to say about our holidays.

Attention to detail

Attention to detail. That, in three words, summarises my first experience with Col Conquerors. Routes, accommodation, backup – Rob and Karen put a great deal of effort into putting their trips together, leaving us riders nothing to do but ride and enjoy. Honestly, nothing is too much trouble for them. Graeme S

This trip was so well organised

Just returned from my first ever organised cycling trip, wish I had done something like this years ago.
Having the opportunity to climb the Mortirolo, Stelvio and Gavia Pass, I couldn’t have done this without the support. Everything about this trip was so well organised. Can’t thank the Colconquerors team enough for a truly amazing week. Nick S

The trip was brilliant!

As usual you and Karen had the logistics organised perfectly. When you say that we ride and you do the rest it really is true! The hotel was great – stunning bike facilities (wish I had all that kit at home), friendly staff, comfy rooms and great food. The group were really fun and the range of fitness was easily accommodated. The rides were tough, as you’d expect in the mountains, but the toughest day (Mortirolo & Gavia) was also the most enjoyable. This was my third trip with ColConquerors and I hope to be back for a fourth next year! Thank you both for a great week!

Well oiled machine

Col Conquerors is the cycling holiday company run by Rob and Karen Hawkins from their base in Valmeinier, France. Like the best bicycles, this company operates like a well oiled machine. When you cycle with Col Conquerors you will enjoy some of the best cycling available. I’ve cycled with Col Conquerors in Gran Canaria and in the Dolomites, so I feel that I am at least partially qualified to say this. Rob and Karen have everything planned and organised so that all that you have to do is enjoy the cycling.“Everything” means plenty of detail about the specific location and the roads, being met at the airport, the airport transfers, the hotel accommodation; which is excellent, detail of the cycle routes; downloadable to your phone and Garmin, the best cafes for coffee, cake and lunch, support on the road with water and food, and any mechanical help needed. Rob discusses the day’s route every morning at breakfast, and cycles the route as well. Karen is in the mini-bus with the water and other supplies. You want a massage on the rest day; it can be arranged. Your saddle needs to changed and it happens to be at the top of a mountain pass in cool weather; Rob will do this. Nothing is too much trouble. You’ll cycle with keen cyclists. Believe me; Col Conquerors is perfection. – Charles S

Excellent value given the high quality

This was my first guided cycling trip, I’ve always cycled independently previously, but also my best ever cycling trip. I really enjoyed the cycling, the area and the company; I achieved lots of goals and really felt I benefited from your expert advice. I found the trip excellent value given the high quality accommodation, and quantity of personalised attention and support.

Pre-trip information was excellent, with full details of all of the routes. We were efficiently met at arrivals, and the transfer to the hotel was comfortable.

We got really good advice before every day’s cycling. Although the group was diverse Rob took the time to understand everyone’s objectives and help them achieve them. Full route details were available in a variety of formats, even including paper. When cycling the high ratio of expert guides to clients ensured we were almost never far from advice and pacing. I really apricated the chance to follow great riders down some exciting descents and felt I picked up a lot. Van support was really effective. It was always easy to get extra food, drink and spares when needed. I encountered a tyre issue one day which was incredibly efficiently solved with a spare wheel. In addition Karen took excellent photos, with almost every day giving better pictures then I’ve had on any Sportive. We had one day of poor weather and Rob did everything short of physically pushing us up the hills to make life as easy and comfortable as possible, even providing spare dry clothing once all of ours was soaked; it made it possible to achieve and enjoy a route which I cannot imagine completing in those conditions alone.

The routes themselves were superb. We covered all the classic cols, and also a few more esoteric climbs. The Dolomites are an amazing cycling destination and this selection of days really got the best out of them. We weren’t constrained in any way by the planned routes – lots of options to shorten or even lengthen depending on different peoples’ goals. In addition to the planned itineraries I was keen to have a go at a timed route, and Rob made excellent suggestions for this on the rest day.

Col Conquerors had clearly put a lot of time and effort into selecting the hotel, and it wasn’t wasted. It was comfortable, friendly, had good facilities for bikes and, even by the local very high standards, the food really stood out.

Thank you again for an excellent trip, I am already looking at your calendar for next year and considering the next one! – Felix H

Five Star trip

Firstly can I thank you, Karen and Simon for a first class week and as I said over dinner on Saturday that for me there was not one aspect or potential need that had not been considered or over looked in your planning, which for me made it a truly 5 Star trip. The routes and support whilst out during the day where top notch and anyone who is a first time visitor to the Dolomites will go home having seen some of the most spectacular scenery, ridden some fantastic roads and conquered some iconic climbs.

The Hotel was also of the highest standard, with the family and staff being very welcoming and nothing being too much trouble for them and it was evident that you have developed a good relationship with them and I believe they can be considered an extension of your team – and what can you say about the food ! as a simple Yorkshireman I am lost for words as to how much I enjoyed every meal – Andrea knows his craft.

The Ultimate Dolomites week was my first but certainly wont be my last trip with Col Conquerors. – Paul W

Highest standard in every department

I thought I would take the time to send some feedback from our recent trip to the Dolomites with your team at Col Conquerors. I have to say that the trip was of the highest standard in every department. You even managed to ensure the bad weather was on the rest day ! The accommodation, food and welcome from the hotel were also excellent. This is definitely a trip I would recommend to those experienced cyclists who can handle the high mountains. All round five star ! Thanks again and, see you all soon. – Gareth R

Another incredible trip

This was my third cycling trip with ColConquerors and my first time to the Italian Dolomites, well where can I start, Alta Badia has a reputation as being one of the best cycling destinations in the world and I can definitely see why. We had an amazing base hotel to stay in with the most incredible food cooked by a very talented chef using only local produce sourced from the local area. Our daily rides were very well selected by Rob and included a mixture of all the local climbs and absolutely amazing scenery. Rob along with our other guide were always close at hand within the group whilst riding and gave us excellent advise on pacing, nutrition and logistics. We were fully supported and Karen was always around to capture the highlights of each day and climb with some great photos. I am looking forward to my next cycling adventure with ColConquerors, always a pleasure with them. Once again, thanks to you, Karen and Simon for another incredible trip – Fidel G

Great job leading on the road

I really enjoyed the Dolomites week, I thought the format of the trip was really good. The gradual increase in effort required leading up to the big days on Tuesday and Friday was well thought out and worked well for me. I was able to cope with the Friday ride [relatively] comfortably. The week was quite demanding but that is exactly what I wanted – to be stretched but ultimately be able to cope with the rides [especially the Maratona day]. The Hotel was excellent, the staff very friendly and the food really good. I thought you and Simon did a great job leading on the road, and Karen was always in the right place at the right time with the van offering encouragement, drinks and bananas! Altogether it was a wonderful experience and the Alta Badia region itself has the most outstanding scenery I’ve seen. Thanks to all your team and I hope to maybe do the Stelvio trip next year! – Richard B

Competent, personal and expert

Competent – both my wife and I value well organised tour guides, with very clear, accurate and unambiguous communication, whilst being flexible to the group needs.

Karen and Rob do this brilliantly, from the detailed gpx and visual route information, to the excellent choice of hotels.

Personal – Rob and Karen keep the groups small and quickly understand what you are looking for in a cycling holiday and trying to achieve. They discuss things in a way that is best for you individually.

As usual the group we were on climbed at very different speeds, which can cause logistical problems to provide good service to all cyclists. With 2 expert cycling guides and a van, from the evening meal conversation it was clear all members of our group felt extremely well looked after.

Expert – Rob provided me and Kate with excellent advice on nutrition, bike set up, riding styles and training. As a couple who are very keen cyclists and have been on training camps before as well as reading the latest research, Rob’s expertise was fully up to date, and we learnt many new thing every day, that we will keep with us.

We will be booking with them again next year – James M

Really special with superb levels of support

We’ve just returned home from a really great week in the Italian Alps on the Ultimate Italy trip. As ever, Rob, Karen and Simon went out of their way to make the holiday really special with superb levels of support, fantastic organisation, great routes and a mountain of knowledge. The climbs are fairly long and at times pretty steep, so there’s a good amount of challenging riding – but the support van is there if you need it at any point. The amazing scenery can’t fail but bring a smile to your face whatever the gradient. We stayed in a great hotel with excellent healthy food in generous quantities, an amazing bike room and cheap washing facilities for all of your kit. All in all, we’d highly recommend the trip and would like to go back – and we’ll definitely be booking another Col Conquerors trip – Kate McPherson

A truly memorable week

Just returned from 3rd Colconquerors trip: “Ultimate Dolomites” – by now the group is used to the excellent pacing, encouragement, logistics and guiding, but nothing could prepare for the blue skies, the green meadows and dramatic snowy tops – simply stunning. The riding is challenging and certainly provided the hardest 100 – 130km rides I have done anywhere – plenty of varied climbs and great hairpin descents but very little flat or valley riding. The routes are carefully curated to provide variety through the week, but with a focus on enjoying the iconic Sella Ronda, and the opportunity to ride the Maratona dles Dolomites route, fully supported in sportive conditions. The hotel and food exceeded all expectations with a genuinely warm Ladin welcome, washing done twice in the week, 5 course (or was it 6, or 7?) superbly presented evening meals, a la carte breakfast. Thanks once again to Rob, Karen and Simon for putting on a truly memorable week. – Richard S

Fresh from a superb week

Sitting at the airport fresh from a superb week with Rob and Karen of ColConquerors. Having found the company on google and read their terrific reviews I was impressed from the first contact.
The communication pre departure was swift, concise and welcoming. On arrival I had clear direction on transport arrangements – an individual transfer with Karen which made for a great start to the week.
The hotel accommodation in Gran Canaria was first class with excellent room and hotel facilities and an enormous choice and freshness at the inclusive breakfast and dinner. Located in a quieter resort it makes for a relaxing break and there is a lovely marina and beach to explore during the rest day. The thoroughness of Rob’s approach to the entire experience is evident at every stage.
The riding was varied, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable…even the Valley of the Tears! Again Rob and Karen excel at providing a product which meets every requirement of the variety of guests they look after. Their complete support throughout the week coupled with a flexible approach and willingness to adapt makes for truly tailored week.
This was my first experience of this type of holiday. Having not ridden a whole week before nor attempted the kind of challenge the roads of Gran Canaria present it was as part of a great group of like minded individuals that I had such and enjoyable time.
I hired a bike locally and was impressed by receiving a brand new 2018 bike at a very reasonable price. A slight technical niggle on the first day and the bike was replaced by the hire company immediately with their apologies. A 1st class service.
I would wholeheartedly recommend ColConquerors to anyone considering this type of holiday. The vast number of return customers speaks for itself!
Hoping to be back soon, next time for a trip to the Alps! – Gavin S

The hotel was superb

Thanks Rob, Karen and Mike for an amazing Italian week in Bormio. Whilst the weather was colder and snowier than the norm for this time of year, Rob’s meticulous preparation and local knowledge kept us riding safely and enabled us to completed almost all the rides we had wanted to do. He is also an absolute font of knowledge and really happy to offer help and advice on all sorts of things, such as training, nutrition, bike fitting, and descending skills. The hotel was superb – excellent food, bike storage (with more tools than I knew what to do with!) and friendly staff. – Chris G

The hotels and food were exceptionally good

“… 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

A more skilled and confident cyclist

Just completed a high altitude week in the French Alps with Rob Hawkins and his Col Conquerors team. It was an incredible week of cycling: well-planned routes, support vehicle always available, coaching on your cycling technique and sports nutrition. The meals prepared by Becky were delicious and provided the right nutrition for a demanding week of cycling. I booked this trip with the goal of improving my descending skills. Rob was an effective coach and exceeded my expectations in helping me become a more skilled and confident cyclist. I will definitely return to ride with Rob and the Col Conquerors team in the future – Linda S

Professional and detailed approach

Thanks again for an amazing week. I had been looking forward to and working towards this trip for a year and yet due to the professional and detailed approach of your team the experience surpassed expectation. I really valued (and needed) the technical, sport science and motivational input from yourself and Mike (there’s a young lad going places – great to see). Please also send my thanks onto Karen who is really effective at adding her support, which reflects the ethos of col conquerors. Finally, you may have noticed, I like to eat …. I thought the meals were really well planned to meet the needs of the riders (and were also delicious). I hope to be able to join you again at some point (leaner and stronger!!!!!) – Jeremy E

Better than the Haute Route

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

A week of truly magnificent cycling

The three magical climbs of the Passo Stelvio, The Mortirolo and the Passo Gavia were ridden over a week of truly magnificent cycling, supported by Colconquers wonderful staff. This was a true life experience. Based in Bormio, in an excellent family hotel, the support and guidance from Rob (a level three Cycling Coach), Karen (Rob’s wife and life coach) and Mike (assistant to Rob and wonderful cyclist) made the very special week. It is a absolute must for any passionate cyclist whom wants to re-live the excitement and glamour of the Giro d’Italia. For many years I had been an avid fan of the Tour de France, however having spent time in Italy with Colconquers I will follow the Giro d’Italia with true passion. A bucket list experience! Thank you once again to Colconquers. Hope to see you all again soon. – Adrian Lott / June 2017

Best week on the bike I have ever had

Just came back from a week away in the Italian Alps with Col Conquerors and had the most incredible time.

I went by myself not knowing anyone, but because the group was small (11 of us in total) it was great. Everyone was out to have fun and we all got along great.

The time and effort taken by Rob and the team into researching hotels and the area really paid off. The hotel was incredible. The food every night was fresh with a wide selection to choose from. The staff were incredibly friendly and there was a full wash service so can get your favourite kit cleaned before your ride the next day. There was a fully equipped secure bike room with all the tools and rigs you could need. So no need to worry if you forgot something at home (even though Rob pretty much had everything also).

The rides were very well planned out. Let me just say, they are no walk in the park. They were all challenging, but if you are up for it you will have a great time. Every ride is a full day out on the bike, with the obligatory coffee stops and lunch along the way. There was no issue with the pace you wanted to ride at. You can ride as fast or as slow as you want. No one got upset.

Support on the rides were done by both Rob and his wife Karen, as well as Mike (a demon on the bike. Rob and Mike rode with us, motivating us along the long climbs and making sure we knew where to go and what to do. Karen drove the van, stopping along the rides taking pics and keeping all our bags with all our extra gear, nutrition and water should we need. She was incredible. They all were, and made it without a shadow of a doubt the best week on the bike I have ever had and an experience I will never forget. – Jason Pope

An amazing week in Italy

Thank you to Colconquerors for an amazing week in Italy. A very well organised week from the excellent hotel, transfers to and from the airport, all the advice (technique, nutrition and pacing), fixing mechanicals (and the odd physical), support vehicle turning up exactly when I needed it and the relaxed atmosphere created throughout the entire week. Thanks also for creating a thoroughly challenging week from Mortirolo, Gavia, Umbrail, Cancano, Bormio 2000, Livigno, Passo Foscagno and the truly amazing Stelvio… I know there will be another event for me with Colconquerors, so until then, THANK YOU. – Vinod Patel

Itlalian High Altitude Plus - Insight, encouragement and support

Where to begin ??

Firstly, enormous thanks to Rob, Karen and Mike – a brilliant and passionate team. Your relaxed but professional approach to cycle touring provides the perfect blend regardless of ability.

The choice of a lovely family-run hotel in Bormio and the planning that had gone into the week was evident throughout. The insight, encouragement and support added to the enjoyment and without question got the best out of my performance on the road.

Having watched the Giro for many years and read about Italy’s most notorious climbs which are steeped in history and part of cycling folklore, nothing quite prepares you for the real thing.

Punishing, brutal, unrelenting but spectacularly beautiful. Hugely challenging to ride but ultimately thrilling and satisfying in ways that are difficult to describe – quite simply it is an absolute must for any cycling enthusiast to visit the Stelvio region, and Col Conquerers are without question the only choice of company to travel with.

More than 400km and over 30,000ft of climbing over five days riding, which included the Mortirolo, Gavia, Umbrail, Stelvio, Livingo, Lago Di Cancano and miles of achingly beautiful scenery – cycling heaven!

I cannot wait to return with my bike to the Alps and won’t hesitate to contact Col Conquerers as soon as I have earned some more brownie points from my wife !!!

Thank you for an amazing week – James Murray

Attention to detail and support was great

My 16 year old daughter and I traveled to Col Conquerors for a high altitude training weekend.
Rob and his team were outstanding. The attention to detail and support they all gave was great. I knew it was going to be a challenging few days but Rob with his knowledge and assessment of our abilities made it one to remember. On a practical note the chalet accommodation was clean and well-presented and the food provided by Becky was first class. All round an excellent few days and I certainly hope to return – Simon

The rides were just what I wanted

Just returned from an amazing three days in the Alps with Colconquerors. Without a shadow of a doubt this was the best three days I’ve ever spent on (and off) a bike.

Rob, Karen, Becky & Sam are great company and superb hosts. The chalet was great and the food was simply astonishing – plentiful, healthy & extremely tasty.

I came with a desire to climb Alpe D’Huez and the Col de la Madeleine and Rob made sure these were included in the routes, but also applied his extensive local knowledge to introduce some stunning climbs that I knew nothing about and select the best café stops along the way.

The rides were just what I wanted – challenging but great fun and always in stunning scenery. They were also very well supported, with Rob 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.

I highly recommend Colconquerors and intend to return many more times over the next few years. – Sam Elwell

The perfect trip

Many thanks for a superb long weekend. The cycling was great, as ever, but the ‘on-road support’ and first class breakfasts & evening meals made for the perfect trip. – Mark H

The progress made over just a week was quite incredible

Just returned from an awesome week of high-altitude training in Gran Canaria with Col Conquerors. I have to say it was probably the best week I have spent on the bike in years. Great company from friends accompanied by hour upon hour of expert guidance, tuition, encouragement, support and plentiful nuggets of cycling goodness from the expert coach that is Rob Hawkins, the mastermind behind Col Conquerors. Erudite, knowledgeable and quick with a cycling anecdote, qualified level 3 coach Rob made the week very special with his carefully planned routes, structured progress and meal-time banter. Talk of power, FTP, training zones and the like over dinner were fascinating, and when put into practice the progress made over just a week was quite incredible. Would I go back? Absolutely – in a (quite high) heartbeat. Thank you Rob and Karen for a truly memorable and valuable week. – Ian B

Fantastic time both on and off the bike

Just had a week in Gran Canaria with Colconquerors. First bumped into Rob in a cafe a couple of days before the trip officially started and by the time I’d finished my lunch my bike had had its gears completely re-indexed. This set the tone for the rest of the week – nothing too much trouble and clearly the only thing that is important to Rob, Mike and Karen is that you have a fantastic time both on and off the bike. Which we did! As for Gran Canaria: 20-25 degrees every day, sunshine and beautiful scenery. – Kirsty A

Surpassed all my expectations

Just wanted to say thanks for the cycling weekend last week – surpassed all my expectations, not only the cycling and the scenery, but the food was stunning! Great to do all the iconic TdF climbs and some great memories.

Will definitely be out again – me and my disk brake bike need to descend Galibier – Steve W

The Alps will always be there but...

Flogtastic! The Alps will always be there but if you want to experience them in all their beauty then Rob and his dedicated band of helpers will deliver an awesome week of riding. – Steve M

Great atmosphere, great humour and great cycling

I’ve just done the High Altitude week with Rob and Colconquerors and have had an absolute blast :) Rob started the 5 of us off with a relatively easy(!) day to both give us all some confidence and also to enable him to see how capable we were, and then tailored the rest of the week accordingly. The night before Rob went through the plan for the following day, and again at breakfast before we set off so we all knew what to expect. Great attention to detail making sure of the weather and that the planned restaurant / cafe stops would be open. Great atmosphere, great humour and great cycling. And great food too. I heartily recommend Rob and Colconquerors and hope to go on another trip with them in the future. – Martin C

Supporting me realise one of my cycling dreams

I 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

Hotel accommodation was the best I have experienced

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 oversea’s 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

Personalized approach to the holiday

If all you’ve dreamed of doing is cycling the French Alps, then ColConquerors are the first and only stop.

Their High Altitude week will take you up all the big climbs you’ve heard about from various editions of the Tour, and then some (Telegraph; Galibier; Glandon; Alpe D’Huez; Madeleine…). The ColConquerors team takes care of everything – the routes, the food, the transportation. You just have to wake up and ride your bike.

What is unique about ColConquerors is the personalized approache to the holiday. It’s not a fixed plan, but can be modified accordingly. The small group size is also a huge plus, as Rob and Mike can (and do) take the time to make sure that you get what you want out of the trip. Off the bike, lunch stops are appropriate and Becky & Karen do a fantastic job fuelling guests in the morning and in the evening.

I will cherish the memories from the trip for a long time – Thank you ColConquerors! See you again soon! – Orestis

Invaluable source of expertise in cycling

I just got back from a brilliant week cycling in the alps thanks to Colconquerors (their High Altitude week), I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to bag some cols.
Rob is an invaluable source of expertise in cycling (including bike fit!), training, nutrition and the local area. The latter enabling him to tailor the rides each day so that we avoided high temperatures, rain and whatever else the weather might have in store.
The food is great – thanks to Becky – and exactly what you need for the the demanding days cycling.
Overall I’m really glad I chose this trip, I had been thinking of trying to sort something on my own, but I’m sure I wouldn’t have got as much out of the week if I had. – Chris D

Galibier to Ventoux week. One word amazing

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

Galibier to Ventoux tour was simply amazing

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

Great route, organisation, hotels and food

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

La Marmotte experience was a fantastic one

My experience with Colconquerors was a fantastic one, from the moment of booking I was supported with advice on nutrition, book recommendations to aid my knowledge and training tips. The trip itself was well organised and the plans communicated in due time. We spent a week in a chalet at the summit of Alpe D’huez with a beautiful view of the valley. Each day we cycled a different route devised by Rob to help us acclimatise and build our knowledge of the challenge (La Marmotte) to come at the end of he week, Rob and Mike would lead the rides or were on hand to support in the Colconquerors van. We all rode within our own abilities with regular checkpoints set by Rob or Mike and the atmosphere was great. Our breakfasts, Dinners and after ride recovery cakes where all cooked from scratch by Becky and Karen, with all dietary requirements taken into account (I am vegetarian, with no milk). Rob and Mike were on hand for any mechanical issues or training tips throughout the week. Following our week of training combined with recovery days, the big event of La Marmotte came. After a hearty breakfast and fully armed with Rob’s vast knowledge of drink stops, when to eat, tips for the start etc, we set off for what was be the best day’s riding of my life to end the best week of riding I’ve experienced. Oh and we all finished, testament to Colconquerors help and knowledge – Lee

The atmosphere was friendly and encouraging

I spent a week with Colconquerors that ended with my participation in the world famous La Marmotte sportive.
The guided rides were excellently chosen and formed a great taster to the big day. The food provided was excellent and the atmosphere was friendly and encouraging with superb advice from Rob who guided me through a very enjoyable La Marmotte which is very very tough to say the least.
I enjoyed my time with Colconquerors immensely and look forward to joining them again in the future. Well done Colconquerors, keep up the great work! – Fidel

Recommending in a big way

It was a fantastic week – all very positive – will think hard about what other ‘marginal gains’ there could be for Col Conquerors but in my humble view there is not a huge amount more you could realistically do in practice and you can rightly take a lot of pride in what you already do. The overall service and experience offered by you, Karen, Mike and Becky was exemplary and one I’ll certainly be recommending in a big way – Dave

A fantastic few days

A fantastic few days spent with Rob, Mike, Karen, Becky and the rest of the Colconquerors bunch.

We tackled some amazing climbs, devoured some great home-cooked grub, received great coaching and advice and made some new friends along the way.

If you’re into your cycling and want to stretch your fitness and your horizons then a trip in the Alps with Rob and the gang should be right up your street!

We really conquered those mountains…

Thanks again for a superb experience,

Will, Dan and Nick.

Another level with every detail catered for

Absolutely first class weekend in the Alps with Rob, Karen and their team (Mike and Becky). 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! I will definitely be back no question, just hope it can be next year. . . Tom L

Best coaching support I have received on cycling trips

A brilliant centre-based trip with a lovely base and a great choice of routes, even in early season. The team also provided the best coaching support I have received on cycling trips. I definitely plan on returning for another trip next year. – Neil B

Simply the best cycling experience you're likely to get in the Alps

Massive thanks to the brilliant Col Conquerors team – Rob, Karen, Mike and Becky. Simply the best cycling experience you’re likely to get in the Alps. Rob’s knowledge, advice, support and good humour is just the tonic when faced with some of the toughest cycling challenges around. The comfortable Chalet is perfectly placed in the heart of the Savoir region, surrounded by some of the greatest Alpine climbs, including l’Alpe d’Huez, the Galibier and the Col de Glandons. Karen was a charming host and her proficiency in pilates and yoga was a huge help preparing for and recovering after the rides each day. Assistant cycling coach Mike kept everyone’s sprits super high and was a pleasure to ride with. And finally, chef Becky ensured we had a delicious cake ready and waiting on our return each day, and every meal she prepared was restaurant standard – I cannot fault the Col Conquerors team and cannot wait to return next year to rediscover the magic of the Alps all over again. Thank you ! James M / 2016

Advice on bike fit, nutrition, climbing, and descending

A brilliant long weekend with Col Conquerors, and excellent preparation for the Marmotte. Rob and Karen were wonderful hosts both out on the road, and in the Chalet, ably assisted by chef Becky, and assistant guide, Mike. The thing that made this trip special was Rob’s knowledge and coaching guidance: advice on bike fit, nutrition, climbing, and descending, were all gratefully appreciated. Considering all the climbing we did, it was also hugely fun! Thanks once again Rob – hope to see you again. – Jeff Penman / 2016

No hesitation recommending, I will be going back

I was referred to Col Conquerors by a cycling friend whom I trust and everything about the trip exceeded my expectations. Rob, Karen and the team give absolute focus to ensure that everything is centred around the guests and know exactly how to balance making you feel relaxed yet knowing that support is on hand in all forms. Expert guidance of the local climbs is backed up with guidance on riding skills, nutrition, recovery, bike fit etc, and you can tap into this as much or as little as it suits you. Rob will tailor the routes to accommodate you goals, ability and form to target specific training aims. I went out to ‘re-find’ my climbing legs and the riding did exactly that by giving us tough but realistic challenges. If you are wanting to get some of the marquee climbs under your belt or train for a major event then I would have no hesitation recommending, I will be going back ! – Brian W / 2016

Gran Canaria trip was a fantastic opportunity

I have just returned from a week in Gran Canaria with Rob and Karen. This was my third trip with Col Conquerors which have all been excellent. The Gran Canaria trip was a fantastic opportunity to test yourself after a winters training and to get some early season sun. If you want to do a 45km climb to the top of the island or test yourself in the Valley of the tears this is the trip for you.

Rob successfully ensures that the rides are suitable and have the right challenges for every level of rider and the hotel has everything you need at the start and end of the ride.

Highly recommended and I hope to ride with them again in the future.

Alex – London Phoenix CC

Superbly organised week in Gran Canaria

What a superbly organised week in Gran Canaria by Rob and Karen, riding was as challenging as anywhere in the Alps/Pyrenees and the climate is great. A training week in November is also a great time to build motivation and review your goals for the Winters training when you return.
Excellent! Already looking forward to the 2016 trip. – Ray

Gran Canaria - Nothing short of excellent

Our Gran Canaria week with Rob and Karen was nothing short of excellent. The riding was challenging, stunning, rewarding and exhilarating. Rob has done some thorough reconnaissance and found some great routes. Karen is a great support because being able to top up drinks and swap kit around was essential. The hotel is well located at the bottom of the valley which makes the home run a blast. The apartment was fine and there’s loads of food and choice at breakfast and dinner. Rob offers his usual doses of encouragement and cycling tips which all adds to the experience. GC was perfect for a warm and sunny November cycling break. Go on, you know you want to! Niall

Organisation of the trip was incredible

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.

Deep appreciation

I am back safe and wanted to take some time to write this in deep appreciation for the most amazing week.

Not only did you look after the group, but a special thank you to both of you for looking after me, especially for taking me back up the Galibier. You didn’t have to do that, but am so glad you did as it put me back in the right frame of mind and made the trip. You also made sure we did the Izoard and despite my huge expectations, the Izoard surpassed them.

I have worked in the hospitality industry for 25 years now, and can not tell you enough how amazing you are at what you do and how well you look after your guests – Simon

Care and attention you give to planning

A massive thank you to you and Karen. We all had a great time and the Granfondo was just the cherry on the cake of what had already been a very memorable week. You are both great hosts and it is the personal care and attention you give to planning the rides, the stops, preparing us as riders and helping us with our bikes that makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable and relaxing for us compared just planning our own DIY trip – Andrew B

One of the best supported weeks

I went as a group of fellow club mates and friends to the Colconquerors Marmotte week just gone. In my opinion Colconquerors provides an excellent service catering to your needs and helping you to get the best from your trip and ultimately race day too. It was a great comfort to know that they provided all the support you required and that they were there if anything were to go wrong. It is without doubt one of the best supported weeks I have ever been on, thanks Rob and all at Colconquerors — Chris

The support crew on the day were excellent

When I signed up with ColConquerors for the 2015 Marmotte I expected to be provided with accommodation, airport transfers, breakfast & evening meals and perhaps the odd piece of advice owing to local knowledge. I was very pleasantly surprised. ColConquerors “looked after us” from the moment we met at the airport. A plan for the week was already awaiting us. We cycled most of the climbs and drove the rest of the route in preparation for the event. Areas requiring attention and quiet water stations where we could refill without being delayed were pointed out. Upon returning to the Chalet coffee and cake always awaited. Every question, every little issue we had Rob tried to answer. We even had cleat fitting sessions to ensure optimal comfort for the day. The support crew on the day were excellent. I cannot recommend them enough. If you want to do the Marmotte, sign up with ColConquerors. — Petros

An incredible 4 days of riding

An incredible 4 days of riding. Great guides, food and accommodation – I’d have no hesitation in recommending or making a return visit! Simon

One to one training

One to one training – Rob is so knowledgeable and gave me lots of cycling tips during the 4 days. He suggested minor changes to my riding position which really helped. Nutrition advice, cadence, heart rate zones, Rob has the lot covered! – Dave

Under an hour on Alpe d'Huez!

In my view Col Conquerors sets the standard very high indeed for cycling breaks in the alps. The location of the chalet is idyllic; the accommodation is fantastic; The food and hospitality is exemplary; oh and the cycling is out of this world! I couldn’t recommend it enough and hope to come back next year! I need to get under an hour on Alp D’Huez! ;-)

Caters for all levels

Absolutely loved my time at the colconquerors chalet. Rob and Karen make you feel at home as soon as you arrive. The guided riding with Rob is great, he truly caters for all levels of riding and helps you to achieve your goals. I can’t imagine a better way to experience cycling in the French Alps. Can’t wait for my next trip! – Michael

Best vacation I've ever taken!

I had the privilege of riding with Rob and Colconquerors for a glorious week last September and it was without a doubt the best vacation I’ve ever taken! Accommodations were beautiful, the food was beyond compare, the riding made my beautiful home state of Colorado look like Texas, and Rob may possibly be the best guide and host in all of Europe. I’m going back as soon as I can – Chris

Third trip next year

I have done two trips with Colconquerors and have just booked my third. The location, which is just off the Telegraphe (and within striking distance of the Galibier, Alpe D’Huez, and a host of other major Tour climbs) could not be better, and the support is exemplary. Highly recommended – Richard

Trip that you'll never forget

Had great weekend with Rob, would highly recommend a trip that you’ll never forget. Great views and excellent cycling.

Great operation

Brilliant trip thanks Rob. It wouldn’t have been the same result without your support and advice. The pre Marmotte conditioning rides, the hydration and feed advice, plus Kathy on the Telegraphe made it a thoroughly great event. To coin an old diving phrase “Plan the ride, ride the plan” perfect execution.
Clearly I can not end without thanking Catharine for the superb food and Karen for the breakfasts, cakes and support.
You have a great operation at Col Conquerors, can’t wait until next time. Thanks again – Justin

All that I ever wished for & much much more

My 2 week trip was all that i ever wished for & much much more. The riding was challenging, epic, fun, & awe inspiring, & Robs personal feedback was well received! With lots of variation & flexibility & fun, Robs guiding was just ace. The chalet was perfectly located, comfy & cosy & the company of Rob & Karen was great, not to mention the tea & cake on tap! Also, a big thanks to Catherine for her daily haute cuisine, the meatballs were a particular winner for me! Two weeks just isn’t enough so I will be back, I have unfinished business & times to beat! – Ali

Totally impressed

Thanks Karen and Rob for your excellent hospitality throughout our cycling holiday. We could not have found a better location to complete our individual challenges. We were all totally impressed with the accommodation, the food and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We all had a great time and will be telling all our cycling friends about
our stay – Arwel

Amazing Summer

What an amazing Summer. Looking forward to returning in 2014. Twice! – Tom

Removed any potential anxiety

Just a quickie to let you know I had a great vacation, albeit next
time I may fly! I was made to feel relaxed and welcome from the outset and really appreciated the flexible and informal approach extended by you both. The same went for the cycling; this removed any potential anxiety about my capability and you were always there to encourage! I have no doubt you will make a great coach Rob. Of course my achilles heel; the food was fantastic, I good get used to that! – Brook

Felt at home

Thank you for such a brilliant holiday. Your generosity in sharing the “hidden” cols that we wouldn’t have otherwise ridden really made our stay in the Alps and your friendly and easy company made us feel at home rather than the tourists we really are! – Don

Recommend a stay at your place to anyone

You have a great place there, and you and Karen really have it sorted. You are great hosts, and could never do enough for us, even sorting out my wet kit after I got caught out in the rain. The food was just right, the breakfasts keeping me going during my rides which was just what I needed. The food provided by Catherine in the evenings was just great, and even though we had originally planned to sort ourselves out, once we had tried one meal we quickly changed our plans.I would recommend a stay at your place to anyone – Andy.

Perfect for us,

I don’t at all miss the sun, quiet roads and fantastic riding and scenery of the Alps……….. We had a great time – Thanks. Your set up there was perfect for us, great; location, accommodation, food and hospitality – Tim.

Unforgettable experience

Just wanted to send you a note to thank you for your hospitality. Staying with you and Karen was definitely a trip highlight. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time at Col Conquerors. The day out watching the stage was just brilliant and an unforgettable experience – Matt (Aus)

Never have dreamed

Can’t thank Rob and Karen enough for their hospitality and their guidance on our (too) short trip to Valmeinier and the Central Alps. I would never have dreamed I could have climbed over 7500m in 3 days, and felt like doing more! Thanks so much! – Tom

“Awesome!” We will be back

Thank you, thank you, thank you Rob and Karen. We had an amazing time. We expected a bed, and in addition you gave us a fantastic insight into the cycling challenges in the region, came up with some great routes, and came with us too! And thanks Karen for the enormous bowls of porridge for those long days in the saddle in The Alps. I have said it hundreds of time already this week but, “Awesome!” We will be back, and in more numbers. – John

Training par excellence!

Back to Rob & Karen at Col Conquerors Chalet in Valmeinier, France for another stonking week of High Altitude Col Bagging on the Road Bikes. Etape Training par excellence! – Dave

Highly recommended

Thanks again for a thoroughly enjoyable stay. Great accommodation, breakfast, also with all the help and advice, and showing us around the mountains. Highly recommended, perfect for cyclists visiting the Alps – Rich S

Awesome climbing

Awesome climbing, loved the chalet, the company, the guide, the breakfast lady (and cake maker), the food and the view everyday – Tony

Amazing experience

The whole trip for both of us was an amazing experience, we can’t wait to come back! – Rich & John

Wouldn’t have done it without the inspiration

Thanks to you guys also – couldn’t / wouldn’t have done it without the inspiration provided by watching you guys shoot off up the hills!!! – Shane

Can’t think of a better way

Many thanks to you both for all your hospitality and help. Can’t think of a better way to taper! – Jon

Memorable Experience

Just a quick thank you for making our trip to Valmeiner a memorable experience, i’m sure you will be seeing me in the not too distant future if not this year definitely next year in the run up to the Marmotte. – Matt

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