ALORS, ALPS!

ALORS, ALPS!

Fire

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FRANCE|SWITZERLAND

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22 - 31 Jul 2019

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Approx. US$4,995

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AU$6,917

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GBP£3,962

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€4,250.00

START LOCATION

GENEVA

END LOCATION

GENEVA

DAYS

10

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

105KM | 65MI

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

2200M | 7200FT

Our most epic Alpine challenge yet! We've got it all in this Swiss French Alps adventure.

Starting in the elegant city of Geneva, we ride along the shores of lac Léman into the tempting cheese and chocolate region, Gruyères. Your journey continues all the way through the 'magnifique' Haute Savoie region of France, culminating at the mythical Alpe d'Huez. Test yourself on more than 15 iconic climbs, many regularly featured in the Tour de Suisse and Tour de France.

If you have a few things still on your bucket list - or need to add a few more - this tour is perfect, high altitude riding. Push your limits with the expertise of PuntoTours to support you. We are rapt to have Phil Mouret as your lead guide on this tour. Phil is the ex-WAMO, French Australian all round great guy and cyclist who knows this region like the back of his hand.

Join us for more than a bit of awesome riding. Allez, allez!!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

LUXE ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFASTS | LUNCHES | DINNERS | GUIDES AND VEHICLE SUPPORT | MECHANICAL SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | GPX ROUTE FILES | GARMIN GPS LOAN UNIT | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS CYCLING JERSEY, BIB-KNICKS, SOCKS | DAYPACK | BIDONS | LAUNDRY SERVICE FOR CYCLING KIT | GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFER ON DEPARTURE | WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

OVERVIEW

DAY ONE MON 22 JUL | WELCOME DAY TWO TUE 23 JUL | GENEVA TO GRUYERES DAY THREE WED 24 JUL | GRUYERES LOOP DAY FOUR THU 25 JUL | GRUYERES TO MORZINE DAY FIVE FRI 26 JUL | MORZINE LOOP DAY SIX SAT 27 JUL | MORZINE TO ANNECY DAY SEVEN SUN 28 JUL | ANNECY LOOP DAY EIGHT MON 29 JUL | ANNECY TO LA TOUSSUIRE DAY NINE TUE 30 JUL | LA TOUSSUIRE TO FERNEY D'OISANS DAY TEN WED 31 JUL | TRANSFER TO GENEVA

RECOMMENDED AIRPORTS

ARRIVAL GENEVA DEPARTURE GENEVA

PRICE PER PERSON

TWINSHARE €4,250.00 | SINGLE ROOM €4,700.00

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FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE MON 22 JUL | WELCOME

Arrival into Geneva and settle into our excellent start hotel by mid-morning of Day 1. Our guides will meet you in the lobby around 11:00am to assist with bike assembly or do a final fit of your Cipollini hire bike, as required. Enjoy our Welcome Lunch and Tour Briefing, before an easy afternoon warm-up ride to stretch the legs, rehydrate and ditch the cobwebs after travelling.
DISTANCE | 55KM | 34MI
ELEVATION | 900M | 2950FT

DAY TWO TUE 23 JUL | GENEVA TO GRUYERES

Having arrived the day before, there's no holding back as we brief you on the first day's ride and roll out by 10:00am. A great route that follows the lake road to the small town of Rolle and spectacular lake views. The stage is mildly undulating all the way to Lausanne where we'll stop for a light picnic lunch, just up the road from the Olympic museum. Fuelled for the climb, we head into the heart of Gruyeres and our hotel, in the aptly named town of Charmey. Relax in the warm bubbles of the thermal spa.
DISTANCE | 134KM | 83MI
ELEVATION | 1470M | 4820FT

DAY THREE WED 24 JUL | GRUYERES LOOP

Today is all about Switzerland in one of its most famous regions for chocolate and cheese. We ride through the Jaunpass, used in the Tour de Suisse, following a loop through Saanen and Chateau d'Oex and back to Gruyeres. Lunch in Gruyeres and time to explore the castle before we turn the pedals the short distance back to the hotel.
DISTANCE | 95KM | 59MI
ELEVATION | 1830M |5950FT

DAY FOUR THU 25 JUL | GRUYERES TO MORZINE

Big day out! We depart Charmey towards the Col des Mosses for our first climb of the day. At the summit, a detour through a Swiss military zone, that has collared absolutely spectacular scenery, before a picnic lunch overlooking Lac Leman. A technical descent into Aigle (home of the UCI) and into France for the climb of Col du Corbier, a popular Tour de France ascent. One last gentle climb into Morzine completes our day.
DISTANCE | 150KM | 93MI
ELEVATION | 2900M | 9515FT

DAY FIVE FRI 26 JUL | MORZINE LOOP

We have a great day planned for you! Today we head out of Morzine, warming up to Les Gets and the nice descent to Taninges and Mieussey, before tackling the mighty col de La Ramaz, another TDF inclusion. Our route returns to Morzine, but for those that would like a bigger challenge, the col de Joux Plaine beckons. White water rafting in the afternoon for a different, and exciting way to appreciate the beauty of the Alps!
DISTANCE | 58KM | 36MI
ELEVATION | 1675M | 5500FT
DISTANCE INC JOUX PLAINE | 78KM | 48MI
ELEVATION INC JOUX PLAINE | 3175M | 10415FT

DAY SIX SAT 27 JUL | MORZINE TO ANNECY

A nice rolling downhill start to your day! We ride Mieussey once again but continue on past Marignier to climb the Col de la Colombière, a TDF favourite. After a picnic lunch at the summit, great fun on the descent via the ski resorts of Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz, before we arrive in the stunning town of Annecy, boasting the cleanest lake in all of Europe.
DISTANCE | 105KM | 65MI
ELEVATION | 1970M | 6460FT

DAY SEVEN SUN 28 JUL | ANNECY LOOP

A relatively easier ride today in preparation for some tough day's ahead. We tackle Semnoz, last featured in the 2013 TDF, and return pedalling around Lake Annecy for a leisurely lunch in the old town. The historic centre is really worth an afternoon wander, with the 'island' prison amidst the canals an interesting feature.
DISTANCE | 72KM | 44MI
ELEVATION | 1660M | 5450FT

DAY EIGHT MON 29 JUL | ANNECY TO LA TOUSSUIRE

Today is a long, tough day. It starts innocently enough with a pleasant roll out along a dedicated cycle path all the way to Albertville. The quiet roads continue to La Bathie... and then onto the mythical climb of Col de la Madeleine. After a nice picnic lunch on top of La Madeleine, we enjoy a great descent to La Chambre followed by the second climb of the day to La Toussuire. For those that don't really want to do this one, the van will be waiting to whisk you to the comforts of a hot shower and Jacuzzi.
DISTANCE | 135KM | 84MI
ELEVATION | 3500M | 11480FT

DAY NINE TUE 30 JUL | LA TOUSSUIRE TO FERNEY D'OISANS

Today we ride the legend! A big ride with plenty of climbing and magnificent sense of accomplishment at the end. Downhill start to Charvin, where the climb to Col de la Croix de Fer begins. A great, long descent to Lac du Verney followed by a relatively flat section, all to add to the anticipation of the mighty Alpe d'Huez. Just as the Pros have done so many times in the Tour de France, we climb not the highest, nor the absolute toughest of French cols, but the 21 hairpins of Tour de France legend. BIG celebrations over dinner!
DISTANCE | 853M | 76MI
ELEVATION | 2750M | 9150FT

DAY TEN WED 31 JUL | TRANSFER TO GENEVA

Sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Group transfer at 9:00AM, stopping along the way for a farewell lunch. Our ETA back in Geneva will be early afternoon in time for those with later afternoon flights.
Time to say farewell, until next time!

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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

FLIGHTS | INSURANCES | BIKE HIRE | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES | PERSONAL HOTEL EXPENSES | PRE- OR POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION

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