Alpe dHuez cycling tours
Our favorite time to cycle the Alps is outside the madness of the Tour de France where we can savor the solitude of quieter roads and indulge in our special mountain hideaways at any pace we choose.
The French Alps are home to the high cols of the Tour de France; Alpe d’Huez, Col du Galbier, Col de Croix de la Fer and the Madeleine. With category cols around every turn, our Alpe d’Huez cycling tours is a paradise for cyclists the world over.
The Alpe d’Huez cycling tours on this trip are paradise for experienced cyclists who love to climb or want to improve their climbing skills! The terrain is either mostly up or mostly down on the legendary climbs of the Tour de France. We generally ride at our own pace on the ascents and regroup at the summit. We highly recommend your bike is equipped with enough low gears to make your time in the saddle enjoyable. We also offer daily ride options for those who want to ride more or less and, of course, you’re always welcome to take a day-off.
The Alpe d’Huez cycling tours lend themselves to non-riders who are outdoor enthusiasts. There are an endless array of non-cycling mountain activities including trail running, world-class hiking, swimming or just shopping for a new French cycling kit.
For our Alpe d’Huez cycling tours we stay in a charming family-run chalet and small city hotels. We are located in the heart of the Alps with all rides starting directly from the hotels. The trip is designed with multiple night hotel stays and no van transfers (except for your luggage).
French Alps & Alpe d’Huez cycling tours Includes:
- Services of our smiling domestiques (i.e. guides)
- 6 nights accommodation in 3-star city hotels and charming mountain auberges
- Daily breakfast (except arrival day) and 4 dinners (including wine)
- Energy snacks and hydration in SAG
- Luggage transfer and sag support
- Cycling route maps, distances, Garmin routes and climb profiles
- Pickup and drop off before and at the end of tour at convenient locations
You are responsible for travel expenses to and from the arrival point and departure city;
Most riders want to bring their own bikes for the Alpe d’Huez cycling tours. However, if you want to rent, let us know during registration and we’ll arrange for a rental at an additional fee;
Passports are needed for all international tours.
Travel Insurance & Cancellations
Ride Strong Bike Tours strongly recommends purchasing peace of mind travel insurance for unexpected trip cancellations or any necessary medical insurance covering you during international travel. We’ll provide you with information about insurance plans upon receipt of your completed registration form and deposit.
Please also see our Terms and Cancellation Policy. Ride Strong Bike Tours reserves the right to make modifications to hotels, dates, routes or tour pending confirmation of our hotels and registrations. We will notify you of any material modifications at our earliest possible convenience. Ride Strong Bike Tours also reserves the right to cancel a tour in the unlikely event of insufficient registrations, inclement weather, wars or other matters outside of our control.
The Alpe d’Huez cycling tours day by day
Day 1 – Arrival Grenoble, France.
Your guides will meet you for our Alpe d’Huez cycling tours at the Grenoble train station between 2- 3pm. We then take a short transfer to our hotel in Grenoble’s historic center. One of our favorite French university towns, Grenoble is buzzing with energy, students and cyclists galore. Wander the lively streets, soak in the surrounding peaks or fine tune your bike before our welcome dinner.
Day 2 – Ride Grenoble to Bourg d’Oisans.
Every way out of Grenoble is up! We will take the local’s ride from Grenoble connecting to a scenic loop up La Morte (15 km/3,300 ft gain @ 6.5% average) and around the backside of Bourg d’Oisans via the Roizonne river valley and Col d’Ornon (14.4 km/1850 ft gain @ 3.9% average). The Alpe d’huez cycling tours ride today serves to warm-up our legs and low gears. From the summit of Ornon, it’s a fantastic twisting descent to our cycle-friendly chambres d’hotes de charme located near Bourg-d’Oisans. Ride: 62 miles/6,600 ft+, 2 cols.
Day 3 – L’Alpe d’Huez Loop Ride.
There’s no time like the present to tackle the most mythical col in history, the Alpe D’Huez. Introduced to the Tour de France in 1952, the 14 km ascent is adorned with dramatic Tour de France history. The stats are well-known: Hors Category, 3,680 ft. elevation gain, 21 hairpin turns, 7.9% average grade, 14% max, record time 37 minutes in 1997. Although we won’t break any records on these cycling tours, the myth is surprisingly manageable. Most riders will continue the ride over the dramatic balcony road. Return for a cold beer or finish with a short jaunt up to Oulles! We will dine again tonight on the best home-cooked French cuisine in the region! Ride: 40 miles/5,600 ft+, 2 cols or more.
Day 4 – Bourg d’Oisans to St Jean-de-Maurienne.
From the moment we start we have a classic day of sweet climbing, Alpine scenery and quiet roads. There’s a nice warm-up past the lake in Allemont to the base of the Glandon before the fun begins. At the summit of theCol du Glandon we intersect with the Col de la Croix de Fer where it is only a short 3 km more to the mountain top cafe. A scenic descent connects you directly to the Toussouire, following the 2012 Tour de France route to the summit. Descend all the way to our family-run hotel located in the medieval center of St. Jean-de-Maurienne. Well done! Ride: 56 miles/8,200′.
Day 5 – Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier.
If you like to climb hills, today you’ll experience heaven; cycling the ‘classic’ side of the Col du Telegraphe andCol du Galibier. A total of 30 km of solid climbing with only a 5 km descent into Valloire. More than any other French alpine climb, the Telegraphe and Galibier line-up is considered the biggest beast of them. First introduced into the Tour de France in 1911, the Galibier tops out at nearly 9,000ft where cyclists mingle around a new col sign for photos, high fives and refueling. The afternoon is free for recovering, relaxing or exploring town. Ride: 62 miles, 7,500ft.
Day 6 -Col de la Madeleine to Grenoble
Our Alps cycling tour of the high cols of the Tour de France culminates with a day of breathtaking biking up another iconic Alpine climb: the Col del la Madeleine. From our hotel, there’s a short 20 minute warm-up to the town of La Chambre where the climb starts. Enjoy the views and the celebration on the summit! We’ll descend back to La Chambre for lunch and a short transfer back to Grenoble. Tonight we’ll celebrate in our favorite downtown restaurant, toasting the monumental week of cycling the French Alps!
Day 7 – Homeward bound.
After breakfast we’ll return you to the Grenoble train station (or airport by prior arrangement) for your short connections home. Good byes and the end of our Alpe d’Huez cycling tours.
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Selected Tour: Alpe d’Huez cycling tours – July- 2017
We will have great memories of the trip for a lifetime. I was thrilled with the entire trip.Rhonda Gessow, CA. Mallorca 2015