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Start Saint Jean de Maurienne.
Saint Jean de Maurienne, previously an industrial town for metal processing is now becoming a well know destination for outdoor enthusiasts, sitting at 550m high in the Alps it is in the perfect location for hiking, paragliding, mountaineering rock climbing and especially cycling! In the evening we will set up bikes and have a meeting with our leader to discuss the routes for the week. Our leader has a good selection of tools that are available to use for assembling bikes and making adjustments.
Loop ride over two classic TDF climbs; the Croix de Fer and the Col du Glandon.
Today’s ride is a perfect introduction to the region with a good warm up through the valley before turning on to the Hors Category Col du Glandon Climb (21 km of climbing at 7% average), this climb offers some amazing views over the Arves and Grandes Rousses mountain range. The last 2 km are more difficult with a gradient of 10% and above! This col has been climbed 17 times in the tour since 1947 and even featured in the 2015 tour. The descent towards Saint Jean down the Col de la Croix de Fer is very special with some superb views of the Arve valley. Distance: 64 km Ascent: 1800 m Descent: 1800 m
Enjoy the most picturesque ride in the area over the Col du Grand Cucheron.
Today’s ride is a local favourite, known for its variety and stunning views of the Grande Lauziere mountain range. After a nice ride down to the village of Epierre we will take a left onto the 1st category Col du Grand Cucheron (12,5 km of climbing at 6,5% average). This col has been climbed 5 times in the tour and has also featured many times in the Dauphiné libéré. The views on the climb are truly amazing and even more so on the descent. The return to Saint Jean will be in the valley after a nice downhill ride all the way to Chamoux sur Gelon with 40 km of relatively flat cycling. Distance: 100 km Ascent: 1400 m Descent: 1400 m
Ride the giants of the Alps; the Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier.
After breakfast and a quick warm up through the valley, we will climb the Col du Telegraphe and Galibier from the hard side... the proper side! We will follow the famous route over the two col’s which make up what is essentially one giant climb. Firstly the Col du Telegraphe (12 km at 7% average), at the summit we can stop for a coffee before a short descent into Valloire where the Galibier climb starts (18 km at 7% average) with a tough finish at around 9%. At the summit we will hopefully be rewarded with a spectacular view over the Alps before turning around and enjoying the 30km of descent back to Saint Jean. Distance: 100km Ascent: 2250m Descent: 2250m
Warm up on the 17 hairpins of Montvernier before climbing the Col du Chaussy and Col de la Madeleine.
Today’s ride has only been possible since 2012 when the road was re surfaced but is quickly becoming a must do route in the Alps. The Col du Chaussy ascent is a superb climb which featured in the 2015 tour de France, the start is really special as we follow the 17 hairpins of Montvernier up and out of the Maurienne Valley. After this first section the main part of the climb awaits you on a nice road in a real mountain environment. After a great descent on the newly made road, we will climb the col de la madeleine (16km at 7% average) and another classic col of the TDF. Distance: 80 km Ascent: 2400m Descent: 2400m
Loop ride to the stunning blue lake at the top of the Col du Mont Cenis on the Italian border.
A relatively long distance ride today with less climbing, starting in the valley we ride through the lovely alpine village of Aussois on the way to the Col du Mont Cenis. The climb to Mont Cenis is a hidden gem of this area, it is generally free from traffic as most of the cars go through the Frejus tunnel. Compared to climbs from earlier in the week Mont Cenis is relatively short at 10km with an average gradient of 7%. At the top of the col we will find the lovely Lac du Mont Cenis which is well known for its incredible blue colour. Distance: 115 km Ascent: 1700 m Descent: 1700 m
Ride through forest to the pretty Col du Mollard and on to the ski resort of La Toussuire.
For the last day we take on another stunning climb which featured in the 2015 TDF. Firstly we have a really pleasant climb up through the forest to the Col du Mollard (17km at 6% average) this climb is generally very steady but has several significant ramps in steepness! The descent takes in some of the same road as the Croix de Fer before the second big climb to La Toussuire begins, with nearly 1000m of climbing at 6.5% average la Toussuire is a great final ascent to really get your heart going! Distance: 70 km Ascent: 2300 m Descent: 2300 m
End Saint Jean de Maurienne.
After breakfast the trip ends in Saint Jean de Maurienne.