The Road Book presents the Alpe d'Huez Raid with Ned Boulting

Thursday 20/06/2019 - Sunday 23/06/2019


Listen to Ned's anecdotes | Climb Alpe D'Huez | Live out the 2018 TDF climb | Signed copy of The Road Book 

 

Drawing inspiration from Geraint Thomas' dominant show in yellow at the Tour in 2018, we will recreate the scene where G stamped his name well and truly in the history books.  Over this long weekend, you will stay in a luxurious chalet in Vaujany which will act as a base for three nights.  After a mise-en-scène with Ned on the first night, you will spend the next day taking on the most famous mountain road in the world and re-enacting Geraint Thomas’ glorious ride in the Tour along the 21 bends that is well and truly in Tour folklore.  After this fun day of tackling Alpe d’Huez you will rest your legs for the next day’s big ride. 

The Queen Stage of the trip, on day two is a 123km ride where you will climb the Croix de Fer, Glandon and Lacets de Montvernier as you take on these mythical French mountains. 

‘I’ve been to Alpe d’Huez so many times during the Tour de France. I call this “work”.

But this time, I’m simply going for fun! Can’t wait to take on those famous hairpins with you, while we relive the greatest race of Geraint Thomas’s life.’ - Ned Boulting

 

Dates

20/06/19 - 23/06/2019

Price - £1795

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

 

Bike hire - from £200

 

Group Size

The group will be a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 20 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded.

Accommodation

Chalet Saskia, Vaujany

Located in a picture postcard location in the French Alps, the whole luxury chalet will be ours to relax and unwind in each night.  The chalet host and chef will cater to our needs over the whole weekend.  Every day will start with a large breakfast and you will return each day to afternoon teas and stunning 4 – 7 course dinners from Chef Marcus (who has been with the chalet for 20 years) with stunning views of Romanche Valley.

Food & Drink

All your breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included in the price of the trip. Lunches will be provided each day in a cafe or restaurant or picnic lunches provided by the guides when the weather is good. Evening meals are provided at your accommodation . We also supply fruit, biscuits, cake, nuts etc in the support vehicle that you are welcome to have throughout the day as well as sports nutrition if required. Water will be in the support vehicle but any other drinks will have to be purchased in resort.

Support 

Each one of our Guided Road Cycling tours is supported by at least 1 qualified bike mechanic as well as 2 professional cycling guides to ride near the front and at the back of the group. 

 

 

Every rider to receive a signed copy of The Road Book:

What’s Included:

  • Signed copy of The Road Book

  • 3 nights in a luxury chalet

  • Return transfers from Geneva airport

  • Breakfast on days 2, 3 and 4

  • Lunch on days 2 and 3

  • Dinner on days 1, 2 and 3

  • Sports nutrition on ride

  • Bike transfer back to London if required

  • 1:10 Professional Cycling Guides Ratio

  • GPX files

  • 1 x Bike mechanic in support van

  • 24/7 support from the Bikecation office

  • TTA financial protection

 

What’s not currently included but can be arranged:

  • Insurance

  • Bike Hire: Can be arranged

  • Lunch and Dinner on day 4

Le Parcours

Thursday 20th June- Day 1: Arrive to Chalet Saskia

Your transfer will pick you up from Geneva airport and transfer you to your Chalet at the base of Alpe d'Huez. There will be time for our team to build your bike and for youto settle in to the big mountains.

 

Friday 21st June- Day 2: Alpe d'Huez

*Distance: 59km *Elevation: 1764m

The first days riding will be homage to Geraint Thomas’ maillot jaune ride up Alpe d’Huez in the Tour de France – the first yellow jersey wearer to win on the mountain.  You will replicate stage 12 from last summer while having fun replicating protagonist storylines on the way up.

 

 

Saturday 22nd June - Day 3: Croix de Fer, Glandon and Lacets de Montvernier

*Distance: 123km *Elevation: 4,105m

The Queen Stage of the trip, this epic day will take in many of the iconic Cols made famous by Le Tour and Critérium du Dauphiné.  On this day you will all take on the fearsome Col de la Croix de Fer, where roads can ramp up to 13% before small sharp descents mean you can’t get a full rhythm going, the fearsome Col du Glandon and the stunning Les Lacets de Montvernier - a contender for the most beautiful road in the world - which made its first apperance in the Tour in 2015.

Sunday 23rd June - Day 4: Departure

A relaxed breakfast is served before we transfer you back to the airport. 

Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday but you will be made aware of any changes ahead of time by the support team.

 

 
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