The Raid Alpine 2017 Cycling Holiday
(Guided or non-guided)
23rd to 30th July 2017
The Raid Alpine is a fully supported multi-day cycling adventure through the Alps from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Cote d’Azur in 7 days.
You will conquer 25 classic cols en route and you will stay in a different Alpine town every day and distances average about 120 kilometres per day. Your exclusive Raid Alpine road book produced by ‘100 Greatest Cycling Climbs’ author Simon Warren is included.
The Raid Alpine is the sister Randonnée to the Raid Pyreneen and Route des Grandes Alpes. This fantastic cycling itinerary will take you through the Alps from Thonon-les-Bains next to Lake Geneva, to Antibes on the Mediterranean coast.
Like the Raid Pyreneen the route takes you over many of the cols which feature so prominently in the Tour de France, including the Col de Ramaz, Col d’Iseran, Col d’Izoard, Col de Vars, Col de la Bonette and many more.
More about the event:
The Randonnee Alpine Leman – Cote d’Azur is the cycling route which takes you over the amazing roads that the French and Italian Alps have to offer. The concept behind this event was first brought into life by Mr Georges Rossini of the Velo Club Thononais.
You will receive a booklet or ‘Carnet’ which needs to be personally taken to a series of check points or Carnet points where you will receive a stamp. Once you reach the Cote d’Azur you will also receive a medal to show for your efforts.
You will leave Thonon-les-Bains on the Sunday and the aim of the Randonnée is to complete the distance in 7 days covering an average of 100km per day, thus arriving in Antibes on the Saturday.
There will be 2 support vehicles, a van will carry your luggage each day from overnight stop to overnight stop, and there will be a mini bus which will give rider support and also acts as a back up for mechanical (or physical) breakdown. Accommodation has been pre-booked at equidistant locations, on half-board basis (bed, breakfast, evening meal) and daily packed lunches are also provided.
Flights and airport transfers:
On Sunday July 23rd we will come and collect you from Geneva airport. From the UK there are many different flight options available.
Guided or non-guided....
We offer 1 guided and fully supported week from Sunday July 23rd until Saturday July 30th. Our experienced guides will make your experience the best that it can be. If this doesn’t suit you then we also offer the option to book a self-guided week where we make all travel arrangements for you but you take care of your own transport.
About the Hotels:
** Alp Hotel Megeve:
The Alp-Hotel is located in central Megève offers free private parking, free Wi-Fi and mountain views. The rooms at Alp-Hôtel have a wooden décor and a flat-screen TV. Each one also includes an en-suite bathroom with free toiletries.
A continental breakfast is available every morning on the terrace facing a 60m² garden, in the dining room or in guest rooms. You may also choose to sample Savoyard specialities in the on-site restaurant.
Your stay here will be with breakfasts and evening meals included.
*** Cote Sud in Thonon les Bains:
Nearby Lake Geneva, Switzerland and the Alps, discover and enjoy an ideally and blissful quiet place.
Since 1989, Madame Dareys and her staff welcome you with warmth and kindness. The Hotel is located at the entrance of Thonon-les Bains from Geneva or Annecy-Annemasse.
The hotel has 48 rooms with all modern conveniences (complete bathroom, TV, telephone) and comfortable bedding. A large private car park is at your disposal just in front of the hotel. The hotel reception is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Your stay here will be with breakfast and evening meal included.
*** Hotel La Toviere Val d’Isere:
The 3 star Hotel La Toviere is located at the entrance of the exclusive mountain village of Val d’Isere. Warm, relaxed rooms feature private balconies, wood-panelled walls, flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, minibars, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Some add mountain views.
The rustic gourmet restaurant offers mountain vistas whilst you enjoy the bar and the breakfast buffet. Leisure facilities include a Turkish bath, a sauna and a fireplace lounge, plus a sports shop.
You will stay here with breakfast and evening meals included.
*** Plein Sud Hotel Serre Chevalier:
Hôtel Plein Sud is located in Chantemerle, just 5km from Briancon. Guests can relax on the furnished terrace with a mountain view, swim in the heated swimming pool or take a massage. You will stay at this hotel on a Half Board basis, with breakfast and evening meals included.
All the rooms at Hôtel Plein Sud face south and feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. They all have a private bathroom with a bath or a shower and a hairdryer. Each also offers a balcony with a mountain view.
Breakfast is served every morning in the communal lounge. Dinners are available at the on-site restaurant and guests can also relax with a drink from the bar. There is a secure room for bike storage.
** Hotel Chastellan Valberg:
The Chastellan Hotel is a two-star family hotel, situated in the heart of Valberg resort. This beautiful building with a stone facade in a mountain style has thirty 32 cosy rooms dispatched on 4 floors. On the ground floor, you will be able to rest in the living room in front of the fireplace. You will also find a tearoom, a playroom for the children and a sunny terrace.
Le Chastellan offers its guests the possibility to have dinner at the hotel restaurant. The menu includes a starter, a main course and a dessert. Make the most of your stay and enjoy typical mountain dishes. Every morning, a buffet breakfast is served in the main room.
** Hotel Bel Air Jausiers:
A stay at the Hotel, in the heart of the Alpes de Haute Provence. In the charming village of Jausiers, the Hotel Bel’air offers you very comfortable Bedrooms. Friendliness and relaxation are on your program punctuated by the discovery of our Alpine region: its sports and leisure activities and its cultural heritage. Description of our hotel in the Alpes de Haute Provence: Restaurant, terrace, lounge, bar, room with all comforts. Special for our two wheeled friends: private parking for motorbikes and bicycles.
You will stay here on a half board basis with breakfast and evening meal included.
*** Grand Hôtel Le Florence Nice:
The fully-renovated Grand Hôtel Le Florence offers all the services of a 3-star character hotel in the very centre of Nice. The rooms are all non-smoking and offer air-conditioning, 66cm LCD TV with 18 digital + 14 foreign channels, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and in the rooms, safe, mini-fridge, bathroom with hair dryer and Organic welcome products. There’s a public pay car park (Nice Etoile) opposite. The hotel was awarded the European ECOLABEL as a reward for its efforts to protect the environment (waste sorting, renewable energies, ecological products, etc.). In keeping with this environmental approach, there are two beehives on the roof and the hotel shares the honey with their guests!
The hotel has a secure room for bike storage and the hotel proprietors are used to receiving cyclists and triathletes who visit Nice for the many sports events that take place there.
Fully supported Raid Alpine daily itinerary:
Below is a day-by-day travel itinerary for the Raid Alpine 2017.
Every day, we will enjoy a big breakfast before putting your luggage onto the van and starting the day’s cycling adventure.
On the way we will provide lunch and water and energy products are available for those who require this. GPX files and paper maps are provided to aid with navigation but our support vehicle will be in situ at various points throughout the day to guide you in the right direction.
July 23rd – Arrival Day:
We will transfer you from Geneva Airport to our hotel on the south shore of Lake Geneva. Today you can assemble your bike, ready to get going tomorrow morning. This evening there will be the opportunity to meet your fellow riders, and your Sports Tours International guide will talk you through the week ahead.
Tonight you stay at the 3 star hotel Cote Sud in Thonon Les Bains – details on the hotel information tab
July 24th – Day 1, Lake Geneva to Megeve:
We will leave Lake Geneva and start our Raid Alpine with a series of smaller climbs:
- Col de Roch (940m)
- Col des Moise (1118m)
- Col de Jambaz (1027m)
These smaller climbs are building you up to to the high point of the day, the Col de la Ramaz (1557m) with its spectacular views over Mont Blanc and the Aravis mountain range.
From here, the Col de Chatillon (738m) leads onto the Col de La Croix Verte (948m) before a 13km stretch along the valley provides the only flat section of the day. Finally, we’ll make our final climb of the day up to the exclusive resort of Megeve (1113m).
Why not ride the final section up to Megeve via the same road that the riders of the 2016 Tour de France used up to Megeve? The individual time trial on Stage 18 from Sallanches to Megeve was won by Chris Froome. He confirmed his absolute superiority as he won the uphill time trial from Sallanches to Megève as he rode 21 seconds faster than specialist Tom Dumoulin. He significantly increased his lead in the overall ranking and it proved decisive for the overall win.
This evening we will stay at the 2 star Alp hotel in Megeve centre with evening meal and breakfast included.
July 25th – Day 2, Megeve to Val d’Isere:
The first 10km this morning is a gradual descent out of Megeve, before the first of the day’s three big climbs, over the Col des Saisies. After 15km of descent into Beaufort, we start climbing the Col du Pré, leading up to the Cormet de Roselend. Between the Col du Pré and the eventual summit of the Cormet de Roselend is the spectacular Lac de Roselend, a perfect break before the final few kilometres of the climb. We will then descend from the Cormet to Bourg Saint Maurice, before the final ascent of the day, the lower half of the Col d’Iseran, where we will stop for the night in Val d’Isere.
Tonight we will stay in Val d’Isere at 3 star Hotel La Toviere with evening meal and breakfast included.
July 26th – Day 3, Val d’Isere to Serre Chevalier:
The third day in saddle starts immediately with the toughest climb of the day, so you’ll be glad to have already done half the work on day 2. At 2,764m the Col d’Iseran is one of the highest points in the week, and the first time we’ll break the magic 2,000m altitude mark. The descent into Italy is broken by the (relatively) short climb of the Col du Mont Cenis, before reaching the town of Susa. The route then gradually rises, following the valley through Oulx, before the day’s final climb starts in earnest. The Col de Montgenevre tops out at 1,850m, just across the French border, before descending through Briancon to our hotel in Serre Chevalier.
Briancon is the venue for the start of Stage 18 of the 2017 Tour de France on Thursday July 20th. This stage takes in the Col de Vars and the Col d’Izoard and is also selected as the Etape du Tour stage which takes place on Sunday July 16th.
This evening we will stay at the 3 star hotel Plein Sud in Chantemerle with evening meal and breakfast included. the hotel has an outdoor pool to relax in.
July 27th – Day 4, Serre Chevalier to Jausiers:
Today we’ll conquer two more iconic Cols – the Col d’Izoard and Col de Vars, with each gaining over 1,000m vertical metres. After a short ride through Briancon, we’ll start with the relentless Col d’Izoard, reaching its summit at 2,360m, before descending into the town of Guillestre.
The Col de Vars follows straight on, which has a very welcome couple of kilometres of flat riding before the final push through Vars itself and up to the 2,108m summit. From here it’s a long descent to Jausiers and to our hotel, the Bel Air where you will stay on half board basis.
Read more about the Col d’Izoard and the Col de Vars.
July 28th – Day 5, Jausiers to Valberg:
After a flat ride into Jausiers, it’s the big one – at 2,802m the Cime de la Bonette is the highest paved road in France. The long descent into Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée will give you plenty of time to recover, before tackling the Col de la Couillole and the final ride to our hotel in Valberg, hotel Chastellan .
Stage 7 of the 2017 Paris – Nice will finish on the Col de la Couillole.
July 29th – Day 6, Valberg to Antibes:
There’s still plenty of climbing packed into our final day, with the Col de Saint-Raphael, Col de Pinpinier, Col de Bleine and Col de La Sine to tackle before arriving in Antibes.
After a well-earned dip in the Mediterranean, we’ll take you and your bike to our final hotel in Nice, the Grand Hotel Florence.
July 30th – Departure Day:
Today we will run shuttles through the day to Nice Airport. Please advise of your flight times when you book.
Fully supported Raid Alpine – Sunday 23 July until Sunday 30 July:
£1200 per person based on sharing a room with 2 single beds
£150 supplement for the sole occupancy of a room
Self guided Raid Alpine – tell us your dates:
£700 per person based on sharing a room with 2 single beds
£150 supplement for the sole occupancy of a room
What is included:
- The Raid Alpine Road Book by Simon Warren with daily route cards, maps and GPX files
- 7 Nights at various good quality Alpine hotels
- 7 Evening meals and breakfasts
- Nightly secure bike storage
- Packed lunches on riding days
- Entry fees, official Carnet and maps
Included with the fully guided week only – Sunday 23 July until Sunday 30 July:
- Airport transfers with bike transport
- Support vehicle throughout with support of our rep and mechanic
- Luggage transport between hotels
- A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
- Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page
HOW TO BOOK:
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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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A medical certificate is not required for this event.
Sports Travel – Keeping safe:
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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.
General, visa, passport and health information:
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