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Alpine stages with Joanna Rowsell Shand

18th to 21st July 2017

Spend 4 days/3 nights in the Alps with our special guest Olympic Gold Medal winner Joanna Rowsell Shand and you will be right in the action for the 3 Alpine stages of the 2017 Tour de France.  Special Offer – we have a limited number of VIP Hospitality places for early bookings (subject to availability).

Watch the final of the 2017 Tour de France unfold on the mountain roads of the Alps and watch the 2017 Tour de France peloton as the riders tackle some very tough stages in the Alps with your host Sports Tours International ambassador Joanne Rowsell Shand.

The Tour de France arrives in the Serre Chevalier area on Wednesday July 19th with a finish in La Salle Les Alpes followed on Thursday by a classic mountain stage from Briancon to the summit of the Col d’Izoard and finally on Friday a start from nearby Embrun.

Spectators and cyclists will enjoy watching the riders come past on these mountain stages and cyclists will like the opportunity to tackle famous Tour de France climbs like the Col du Vars, Col d’Izoard and the Col du Galibier.

Sports Tours International ambassador Jo Rowsell Shand....
We are pleased to have Jo ride the 2017 Etape du Tour with us on Sunday July 16th. After the Etape, Jo will stay with us in Serre Chevalier to enjoy the 3 Alpine stages of the 2017 Tour de France as well and you can come and join Jo for this.

After getting into cycling relatively late Jo won junior national titles and she represented Great Britain at the junior World Championships in only her second year of racing. After moving from London to Manchester to be a full time cyclist Jo won her first World Title in the women’s Team Pursuit within 9 months.
A series of setbacks throughout 2010 put Jo’s place on Team GB at a home Olympic Games in jeopardy as she subsequently suffered a bad year in 2011, but she battled back to become World Champion, World Record holder and Olympic Champion in 2012.

After the London Olympics Jo focused more on individual events and in 2014 completed the World Championships and Commonwealth Games double with gold medals at both events in the Individual Pursuit that year. In 2016 Jo made Team GB again for the Rio Olympics but this time the team went into the Olympics as the underdogs having not won the World Title that year. However the team blew the competition away to take a gold medal again and 3 new World Records in the process.

La Course by Le Tour de France women’s race....
Part of the route of Stage 18 between Briancon and the Col d’Izoard will also be used for ‘La Course by Le Tour de France’ women’s race. Previously held in Paris on the Champs Elysees ahead of the men’s finale, this will be the first time the event takes place in the mountains. The riders of the women’s peloton will battle it out before the men’s race comes through and you can see both!

Read Jo’s review of the 2017 UCI Women’s World Tour here

About the Hotels...

★★ Clubhotel Frejus in Villeneuve – La Salle les Alpes:
The Clubhotel Frejus is a basic English run club hotel that has everything you’ll need during your stay. The hotel is located at just 10km from Briancon in La Salle Les Alpes which is also called Villeneuve and the village will welcome a stage finish of the 2017 Tour de France. The village is located at 8.5km from Briancon which is the location of the start of one of the stages as well the day after.

Your stay here will be on a half board basis, with breakfast, afternoon tea with hot drinks and cakes and a 3 course evening meal included.

The Frejus has a very welcoming lounge and bar area, complete with TV and there is WiFi access throughout the hotel to keep you connected.

The hotel has a garage for the safe storage of your bikes.

★★ Chalet Les Marmottes:
We will stay here on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

Chalet ‘Les Marmottes’ is ideally located in the centre of Chantemerle, Serre Chevalier, close to shops and restaurants.

This renovated old farmhouse has 5 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.

The dining room is light and cosy, with an impressive view of Briançon and surrounding mountains. There is a south facing balcony for you to relax on, and enjoy the beautiful mountain views.

Tuesday July 18th – Arrival day:
Ahead of the Tour de France’s visit of the Southern French Alps, your hotel is available for you to check into today. You will stay the next 3 nights at the 2* Hotel Frejus on half board basis or at the Chalet Marmottes on B&B basis. The hotel Frejus is in La Salle Les Alpes and the chalet is in nearby Chantemerle so both are very well located near the 3 Alpine stages.

We will provide airport transfers from either Turin airport at 12.00 and 19.00 or from Geneva airport today at 15.00 for you and your bike. If you have rented a bike, it will be available for you this evening.

Wednesday July 19th – La Mure to La Salle Les Alpes:
There are two big, well-known climbs on the programme today. From La Mure, the Col de la Croix de Fer takes the riders into the Maurienne Valley and the Col du Galibier brings them back out of the valley again and over to the Serre Chevalier valley.

The cyclists have the option to ride up to the top of the Col du Galibier today from la Salle Les Alpes and Chantemerle and watch the riders of the 2017 Tour de France come past on top of the col. We will offer the option to ride out from the hotel for a ride to the top or you can join the spectators as the finish of today’s stage is in La Salle Les Alpes which is within walking distance from the hotel Frejus and a short journey from Chantemerle.

For spectators we have access to Izoard finish-line hospitality in Villeneuve/ La Salle Les Alpes within walking distance from the hotel. At time of booking, please tell us if you are a cyclist or spectator.

Izoard finishline hospitality in La Salle Les Alpes (Serre Chevalier/ Villeneuve)....
The Tour de France sets up a limited number of areas located on course within the final portion of the stage. These have names like Izoard and Galibier. Access to these areas is reserved and by invitation only. You will see famous ex-cyclists, sponsors and team guests. Typically these areas are within 200 metres or so of the finish line. There is a spectator friendly elevated viewing area. You will be served with drinks and snacks and there is a big screen to watch the LIVE action as it unfolds. After watching the finish, you will celebrate the victory with Champagne.

Thursday July 20th – Briancon to Col d’Izoard:
The start today is in Briancon and via the Col de Vars, the riders will tackle the Col d’Izoard for a summit stage finish. Jo Rowsell will have done this stage during the 2017 Etape du Tour on Sunday July 16th.

If you are cycling why not join our guides on a guided ride today and after enjoying the ‘Village Depart’ watch the Peloton come past on the Col de Vars or climb up to the Col d’Izoard and be there to watch the finish. Spectators are taken over to Briancon first for the Village Depart and then to Guillestre and have the option to walk onto the lower slopes of the Izoard or Col de Vars to watch the riders start or finish the climbs.

Village Depart Briancon....
he 2017 Tour de France entourage and organisation travel around with the riders. The team buses park within an enclosed and restricted area. An expo type village is created at the start of each one of the stages. It is usually here that everyone who is linked in any way to the Tour de France like TV, sponsors and celebrities from the cycling world will show themselves. Also local companies will be keen to show off their wares. Your VIP passes will give you access to the village and the rider’s paddock. If you into collecting autographs, this is the best place for it.

La Course by Le Tour de France women’s race....
Part of today’s route will also be used for ‘La Course by Le Tour de France’ women’s race. Previously held in Paris on the Champs Elysees ahead of the men’s finale, this will be the first time the event takes place in the mountains. The riders of the women’s peloton will battle it out before the men’s race comes through. The start is from Briancon and instead of climbing the Col de Vars, the women will go straight up the Col d’Izoard.

Friday July 21st – Departure day:
As the Tour de France moves away from the Alps into Provence today we will take you back to either Geneva or Turin airport this morning. Both transfers will leave at 09.00 so please book flights after 13.00 if flying from Turin and from 14.00 if flying from Geneva.

Alternatively we offer an additional night at Hotel Frejus. If you do stay another night then a good option will be to cycle from Villeneuve to Embrun today.

The stage start today is in Embrun which is about 40km away from La Salle Les Alpes. We will make our way there early on our tour bus so that you are in the ideal place to see the build up to the start and get a great position to see the riders set off for today’s stage.

Saturday July 22nd – Departure day if extra night booked:
We offer 1 transfer at 09.00 from the hotel Frejus in Villeneuve for flights departing after 13.00.


Hotel Frejus:
£499 per person, based on two sharing a twin or double room
£169 single supplement for the sole occupancy of a room
Extra night:
£100 per person for extra night on July 22, based on two sharing a twin or double room
£140 single supplement for the sole occupancy of a room

Chalet Marmottes:
£389 per person, based on two sharing a twin or double room
£50 single supplement for the sole occupancy of a room

What’s included:

  • Return airport transfers from Turin or Geneva airport
  • 3 nights at the 2 star Hotel Frejus or Chalet Marmottes
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 evening meals (Hotel Frejus only)
  • Izoard Finish hospitality in La Salle les Alpes (spectators only) – limited availability
  • Village Depart in Briancon – limited availability
  • Bike storage at the hotel
  • Daily guided bike rides hosted by Jo Rowsell Shand
  • A comprehensive itinerary
  • All hotel taxes

Also available:

  • Sports travel insurance. Please visit our insurance page
  • Bike rental – £199 for a Trek Carbon bike with Shimano 105 and £249 for Shimano Ultegra – More information here

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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

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