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This trip is Self Guided allowing you to discover the area and explore on your own but we can arrange guiding if you prefer.
This trip is ideal for Seasoned Cyclists as a good level of fitness is required to climb L'Alpe.
British Cycling say: Check the weather and don't can get caught out in the mountains. Check out our clothing advice.
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We can tailor this trip to meet your requirements. If you are looking for a different duration, itinerary or other services please enquire today and get a truly unique experience.

from £485.00 per person

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TRIP HIGHLIGHT WHAT WE LOVE

Staying in Alpe D'Huez, come and experience some of the most iconic cycling in Europe, including L'Alpe's 21 hair pins, the Galibier and Glandon or spend some time cycling through Bourg d'Oissans and the valley.
Holiday Itinerary

Upon arrival into either Geneva or Lyon, we will be waiting to take you to Alpe D'Huez. Check in to the hotel, relax and your bicycle will be delivered today.

Choose from one of Love Velo's routes, available in GPX, and explore the Rhone-Alpes, home to world famous climbs. All roads lead back to Alpe D'Huez so you will come face to face with the "Dutch Mountain's" 21 hairpins and over 1km vertical ascent. The Alpe is 13.8km with an average of 8.1%, although watch out for the 13% sections. 

Keep Marco Pantani's 37 and half minute ascent (!) and report back if you beat him....as partners of British Cycling we are sure we can get you a job as part of Team GB if you come close to that!

Spend some time exploring the Alps and try and conquer the Col du Glandon, the Col du Galibier or La Pyramide, all of which feature on Love Velo's routes. Remember to keep enough in your legs for your return to the hotel each day and the ascent of Alpe D'Huez.

On the final day, your bike will be collected and we will take you back to the airport.

AREA
INFORMATION

Home to some of the most iconic climbing in Europe, the Alps offers famous climb after famous climb with Alpe D'Huez and its 21 hairpins being the most revered. 

Climb the Glandon, the Telegraphe and the Galibier and experience the euphoria of conquering passes and climbs conquered by legends of the Tour.

Weather
INFORMATION

The Alps are best ridden from the early summer months of May and June, through to autumn. Any earlier or later is difficult as the temperature in the mountains is likely to be cold with the threat of bad weather. 

It is important that you check the weather before you go as even with this information, unseasonable weather can catch the best of cyclists out. Although irregular, it is not unheard of for some cols and passes to sometimes be closed due to inclement weather in the summer so check before you travel.

PACKAGE DETAILS MORE INFORMATION

Your stay will be at the 4* Pic Blanc Hotel in Alpe D'Huez. Boasting an indoor pool and sensuous spa, this is the perfect base to climb Alpe D'Huez and explore the surrounding cols. We can also upgrade your room or offer single occupancy, subject to availability. Just ask our cycling experience team when you make your enquiry.  
Your stay will be bed and breakfast but we can upgrade to half or full board on request. Just ask our cycling experience team when you make your enquiry.  
The holiday is self guided allowing you to explore the Alps on your own or with friends. We know the area very well and have put together some recommended routes in GPX format which allows you to download these to most GPS enabled devices, and with certain software, to your smartphone. These will be sent to you once you have booked your holiday with Love Velo and each file will be titled with a short description of the ride and the distance.If you would like to see the profile of each route, we recommend that you download the files before your holiday and open them with a GPS viewer such as this.  
You will want to know that your bike is in great condition and that you won’t have any mechanical problems during your ride. Our bikes are extremely well serviced and maintained but in the very unlikely event there is a mechanical issue with the bike (not including basic maintenance such as slipped chains or punctures), we will provide you with an emergency number for someone to come out and repair or replace your bike.  
The bike we will provide you with is a Trek Domane 4.3 or similar quality bike. The bike has a carbon frame, fork and seatpost and is equipped with aluminium wheels and Shimano components. This includes 10 speed shifters, Tiagra cassette and Shimano 105 brakes with 105 STI levers. You can upgrade your bicycle to a fabulous Trek Domane 5.9 or similar quality bike. If you want to upgrade to our top specification bicycle in the Alps, we can provide you with a true super bike, a Trek Madone 9.5 or similar quality bike.The bike has a carbon frame with KVF tube shape, invisible cable routing, precise water bottle placement and Aerodynamic chain keeper. The fork and seat posts are carbon and you benefit from Bontranger Aura Tubeless Ready wheels and Bontranger R4 Hard-Case Lite tyres. The bike is equipped with Shimano components, including 11 speed Shimano Dura Ace shifters and front and rear derailleur.  
 
We will also provide you with a puncture repair kit, a cycling computer, Shimano or Look Pedals, 2 water bottles and cages.  
Travel to Geneva or Lyon is not included but please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to book flights for you.  
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.