Chasing the Tour 2017
This year see’s the 104th edition of the Tour de France return to the French Alps for it’s final weeks racing and we will be there again to soak up the action and ride some of the Tours famous climbs. This trip takes place in the Hautes Alpes region of France which sits right on the French Italian border and is home to to the mighty Col d’Izoard and the Col de Galibier. We will spend the week riding in this stunning region and be on course to watch stage 17 finishing in Serre Chevalier, Stage 18 finishing on the summit of the Col d’Izoard and Stage 19 starting in Embrun. For fans of the Tour, this is cycling heaven!
The rides on the Chasing the Tour 2017 trip are designed to take in stunning scenery, challenging climbs and of course catch the action from the Tour as it unfolds on key mountain stages. The terrain is mostly mountainous with plenty of climbing and descending mixed with some flats in the valley floors. We tend to ride at our own pace on the climbs and descents then regroup on the summits. We also like to regroup at our favourite spots for viewing the Tour so we get the perfect view and don’t miss any of the action. Rides can always be extended for those that want more or shortened for those wanting a more leisurely day.
During the Chasing the Tour 2017 trip we stay in a charming Alpine chalet situated at the foot of Serre Chevalier just outside the town of Briancon. Its located right on the starting slopes leading to the Col du Galibier and near the Spa town of Le Monetier les Bains. The trip is designed to minimise travel and maximise riding time by staying in one location.
Chasing the Tour 2017 includes:
- Services of our smiling domestiques/guides.
- 6 nights accommodation in a charming Alpine Chalet(based on shared room).
- Breakfast daily (except arrival day) and 6 dinners (including wine).
- Energy snacks and hydration in SAG.
- SAG support (Full SAG support may not always be possible on Tour stages)
- Cycling route maps, distances, Garmin routes and climb profiles.
- Pick up and drop off at convenient location.
You are responsible for travel expenses to and from the arrival point and departure city;
Single room occupancy additional fee of €700.
Most riders want to bring their own bikes for the Chasing the Tour 2107 trip. 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.
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Chasing the Tour 2017 day by day
Day 1 – Arrival Oulx, Italy
Your guides will meet you for the Chasing the Tour bike trip at the train station in Oulx, Italy which lies just over the French/Italian boarder. We will then transfer to our Alpine Chalet just outside the historic fortified town of Briancon. Build up your bikes and get settled into the Mountains before our welcome dinner and drinks.
Day 2 – Puy St.Vencent and Vallouise
Today we warm up our legs with a great introduction to Hautes Alps riding. We pass Briancon and head south down the valley to L’Argentiere where our first climb of the day starts up to the town of Puy St.Vencent. As the road climbs we pass chalets and Alpine forest up to the charming town of Vallouise with its pretty church. After a well earned coffee we descend back down the opposite side of the valley and make our way back to Briancon. This is a true locals favourite ride. For those wanting an extra challenge they climb up to the summit of the steep Col de Granon.
Distance: 85km Elevation: 1000m
Day 3 – Col de Galibier
Today we see our first Tour stage. We start up the valley and climb the Col du Lauteret (2058m) which marks the boarder between the Isere and Hautes Alpes regions of France. Its a perfect place to take in the views over to the Ecrin National Park and its glaciers over a coffee. From here on we climb again up to the summit of the mighty Col du Galibier (2646m) the highest point on this years Tour de France. The climb averages 7 – 8% with a final kick at the top on the last ramp of 12%. Stay on the top and watch the tour riders summit or descend back to Serre Chevalier to watch the stage finish.
Distance: 70km Elevation: 1300m
Day 4 – Guillestre and the Col d’Izoard loop
Todays ride takes us down the valley heading south past Briancon and down to the town of Guillestre which serves as a rest stop on the Route des Grandes Alpes. From here we turn East and begin the long climb up to the Col d’Izoard (2360m) passing through the barren Casse Deserte with its moon like landscape. The last 15 km average 6.9%. The Tour will be racing up it’s slopes with a mountain top finish at the Col d’Izoard summit. This will be the last mountain top finish of this years tour and should prove to be a dramatic showdown as Froome and Quintana will no doubt battle it out for the yellow Jersey. We will be roadside to watch the action live then descend back to our chalet.
Distance: 95km Elevation: 2200m
Day 5 – Embrun lake loop
We transfer down to the town of Embrun today to watch the riders sign on for stage 19. Its a great opportunity to get up close to the team busses, take photos and see the village depart. After the race starts and leaves town we will follow the riders out and ride around the perimeter of the impressive Lake Embrun. The road is hilly as it twists and turns revealing many stunning vantage points over the Lake.
Distance: 91km Elevation: 1700m
Day 6 -The Italian Job
Todays ride takes us up the beautiful Valle de la Claree and Col de L’Echelle (1766m) away from the crowds and over the boarder into Italy. A ride down the valley awaits before turning into the ski resort of Claviere (1344m). Its a great place to sample a real Italian coffee. For those feeling strong the option to climb up to Sestriere awaits. The final climb takes us over the Col de Montgenevre (1854m) back over into France and down to Briancon.
Distance: 90km Elevation:1500m
Day 7 – Homeward bound
After breakfast we will return you to the train station in Oulx Italy for your connections home. Good byes and the end of our Chasing the Tour cycle trip.
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Selected Tour: Chasing the Tour 2017 – 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