If you want to experience a week of climbing in one of the most famous cycling locations in the world, with the opportunity to ride 3 sportives in one week – over 11,000 meters of climbing in just 387 kms – then the Trophee de l’Oisans is the perfect choice!
The week starts with the Vaujany sportive at 180km with 4,000 metres of climbing on the Sunday. This sportive will give you the chance to ride the Alpe du Grand Serre (1,360m), col d’Ornon (1,371m), Alpe d’Huez via Villard Reculas (1,750m) followed by the technical descent of the Col de Sarenne, used for the first time in the Tour in 2013, and then, in case you still felt you hadn’t climbed enough, the event finishes with the leg-breaking climb to Vaujany (1,253m) for a total distance of 182km.
This is followed by the second sportive, the Prix des Rousses, a short, at 40kms, but intensive effort starting at the bottom of the Alpe d’Huez and finishing at the top of Vaujnay ski station on the Wednesday.
Then you will take on the 170km Marmotte with over 5,000 metres of climbing on the following Sunday. Please note that the Marmotte has been moved to the Sunday in 2017, having been on the Saturday in the past.
You can choose which of the events you want to ride. On the week days with no events, you can also join an organised ride taking in some of the nearby climbs. We vary which rides we do each year depending on weather conditions and the ability and fitness of the group.
Ten days on the top of the Alpe in the summer: this is a bike rider’s paradise! If this has whetted your appetite then look no further – book now!
We will collect and return people to Geneva airport on Saturday 24 June and Monday 3 July, respectively.
Transfers between Geneva and Alpe d’Huez take 3 hours so please ensure you book flights that fit with these transfer times. Departure flights must be from Geneva after 4pm on 3 July. Other arrival dates and times may be possible at an additional cost – please contact us to enquire.
We will also be offering a bike transfer service from London to Alpe d’Huez for £70 per bike; please contact us for further details.
Spend a further 5 days in the Alps and bag a few more Alpine cols. We will be transferring from Alpe d’Huez to Chantemerle providing you with the opportunity to ride a new set of famous climbs including col de la Bonnette (2,715m), col d’Izoard (2,630m), col Agnel (2,744m) and col de Vars (2,108m). Return flights should be booked from Toulouse airport on 8 July.
And if that still leaves you hungry for more, join us in the Pyrenees from 8-15 July! Test your legs on the Pyrenean climbs (which do you think are harder?) and see how the pros do it in the Tour de France. A true summer of cycling to remember!
Please contact me for further details.