Geneva airport is where we advise our clients to arrive into and it is wells served by all major airlines. We will have transfers at specific times throughout the day from the airport up to our accommodation in Val Thorens (approximately 2 hours).
Our transfer vehicles will be able to transport your bike and luggage but we strongly suggest you make use of our partners Sherpr, who can provide door to door transportation of your bike. Every year thousands of bikes don’t get put on aeroplanes so take the hassle out of traveling with your bike, and worrying as to whether it will make it off the flight. Click here to use Sherpr’s service and use code LOVEVELO10 for 10% off.
We have a wide selection of accommodation available (see below) on self catering, bed and breakfast and half board basis.
After breakfast, we will be providing transfers down to Albertville (approximately an hour) where the EXPO and registration area are situatetd. You will be able to register at the Halle Olympique in Albertville. For those that would like to do this early and ride today, we will be offering guided riding in the afternoon. The guided ride is likely to be 30-50km in length to spin the legs and take in some beautiful riding in Le Trois Vallees.
After an early breakfast, we will be providing shuttles down to the start to ensure everyone is ready in their pens for the start. Please note, we have no influence over your starting pen as the pens are allocated by the organisers. They group riders according to historic Etape timings or your predicted finish times. Faster riders will be in the first few pens with slower riders at the back.
The Etape du Tour is on completely closed roads and there will be water stops on the route, as well as mechanical assistance in certain areas.
All our accommodation is based in Val Thorens right by the finish line meaning you finish the ride and head straight to your bedroom for a warm shower, something to eat and to change out of your cycling gear. There is no waiting around for return transfers or having to ride back down the mountain after a tough race. We couldn’t be better positioned for you to enjoy the end of the race.
After breakfast, we will be providing transfers back to the airport or if you are making your own way home, check out will be mid morning.
All pricing below is per person includes:
Le Tikal, Machu Pichu and Temple du Soleil (3* Apartments in Val Thorens, right by the finish. Self-catering, B&B and Half Board available)
Plein Sud 4* Chalet des Neiges (Val Thorens, right by the finish, self catering option)
Koh-i-Noor 5* (Val Thorens, right by the finish. Self-catering and B&B option available)
Airport transfers and bike carriage from the UK is also available. Please contact us for this pricing.
The 2019 Etape du Tour takes place between Albertville and Val Thorens. It is a 135km with 4,563m of climbing in one of France’s most stunning regions. Ride a stage of the Tour de France just days before the greatest cyclists in the world tackle the mountains between Albertville and Val Thorens.
Entering its 29th year, the Etape du Tour is one of the most popular and celebrated sportives in the world. With previous years in the alps proving to be so successful, the famous sportive will make a return to eastern France, guiding riders through the unique, mountainous region including climbs up the Cormet de Roseland (1968m) and Cote de Longefoy (1190m). Val Thorens, the summit finish at 2365m, provides riders with a challenging but beautiful end to the 135km ride.
A constant feature of the ride will be the local French residents, spurring you on and providing the added motivation to get you to the finish. Enjoy riding through the authentic local towns and through the contrasting but equally beautiful valleys. The French Alps provides a riding experience you will never forget.