Tour de France "Ride Every Kilometre" Week 2 - The Alps

  • Location

    Annecy - Carcassonne, France

  • Duration

    8 Days | 7 Nights

  • Length

    165km daily

  • Climb

    1,500-5,000m daily

15 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018

We will ride on truly magnificent routes in the second week of the Tour. The first 3 days are in the Alps, and will include climbs up some epic mountain passes such as Alpe d'Huez, Colombière and Madeleine, followed by 3 days heading south through the Provence and Languedoc regions to the beautiful fortressed city of Carcassonne.

"We'll be riding every, single kilometre of these fantastic 6 stages. To ensure we can complete this challenge and to avoid 3am starts, we've decided to take on this challenge one day before the race. However, we'll still experience the full atmosphere of the Tour, with the vocal crowds on both the mountain stages particularly on Alpe d'Huez, and also on the final day in Carcassonne as we watch the stage finish after we have completed our epic challenge." Keith Tuffley, founder of Grand Tours Project.

The route comprises 3 big mountain stages in the Alps, followed by 3 flat / hilly stages heading south towards the Pyrenees. The average daily cycling distance is around 165-180k. We have some massive climbing to on the Alps stages, so your training leading up to the Tour will be critical if you wish to achieve this challenge.

We will capping our team to just 14 cyclists, supported by 2 guides and 2 drivers / mechanics. We encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.

We're also offering Ride Every Kilometre tours on week 1 and week 3 of the Tour de France. Looking for a more relaxed trip? Ride 60-100km daily and watch the pros fight for the yellow jersey on our Tour de France Experience.

Total price: From €3,500

  • "Ride Every Kilometre" of stages 10 - 15 of the Tour de France, on the day before the race.
  • Achieve one of the world's great "bucket-list" sports challenges.
  • These 6 Stages are epic - from the beautiful shores of Lake Annecy, and into the Alps with a climbs Alpe d'Huez, Colombière, Madeleine, and numerous other legendary cols, and then Provence, the Gorges de l'Ardeche, and Carcassonne at the foothills of the Pyrenees.
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers).
  • Maximum group size : 14 (with two guides)
  • Day 1 - 15 July

    Arrival

    We will welcome you at Geneva airport and shuttle you to beautiful Annecy on the shores of the lake, where the first of our hotels is located. We will introduce you to the week's programme, and discuss our team and individual tactics to help you complete this challenge of a lifetime. We'll also help you to assemble and fine-tune your bike.

    All of us will then enjoy an early dinner, and for those of us who enjoy others sports we can settle back and watch the FIFA World Cup Final from Moscow.


  • Day 2 - 16 July

    Stage 10 - Annecy to Le Grand-Bornard

    159 km

    It may be a rest day for the pros, but we're up early to head into our first big mountain stage. We will ride four climbs on our way to Le Grand-Bornand: Col de la Croix Fry, Montée du Plateau des Glières, Col de Romme and finally Col de la Colombière.

    The Montée du Plateau des Glières is arguably the toughest, averaging 11.2 per cent for six kilometres. And after the summit there a couple of kilometres of gravel roads, another challenging innovation in this year's Tour.

  • Day 3 - 17 July

    Stage 11 - Albertville to La Rosière

    108 km

    The shortest of the three Alpine stages but not without intensity, challenge and skill. It has four climbs, and there are virtually no flat sections all day. The third summit, Cormet de Roselend (1968m), is followed by an exciting 20 km descent which leads to the fourth and final climb - a steady 18 km ascent from Bourg Saint Maurice arriving at the ski resort of La Rosière for a mountain finish.

  • Day 4 - 18 July

    Stage 12 - Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Alpe d’Huez

    175 km

    This will be an epic day on the bike, with 3 Hors Categorie (HC) climbs - Col de la Madeleine, Col de le Croix de Fer, and then Alpe d'Huez. We will climb over 5,000m today, and the route has some of the most spectacular scenery of the Alps - so we'll need to start early to give us time for rest breaks and photo stops. It's the first appearance of Alpe d'Huez since 2015, so the crowds will be big and the excitement high, even the day before the race itself. Who will win this stage the following day - Froome, Dumoulin, Porte, Landa, Quintana?

  • Day 5 - 19 July

    Stage 13 - Bourg d’Oisans to Valence

    169 km

    After three big mountain stages in the Alpes, the tour heads into flatter terrain. This is a day for the sprinters and for us to let our legs recover ahead of tomorrow's hilly stage.

    We'll want to arrive at the finish line as early as possible so we can get to our hotel to sit back and watch the pros tackle Alpe d'Huez.

  • Day 6 - 20 July

    Stage 14 - Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende

    187 km

    A really spectacular stage - cycling through the Gorges de l'Ardèche, followed by a series of cols. And after 184km of tough cycling, what better way to finish than by tackling the infamous, amazing, steep climb of the Côte de la Croix Neuve - 10% for 3 kilometres! Yes that's right, the uphill finish at the aerodrome at Mende is featuring once again in this year's Tour de France. It may be an old classic but it still makes the legs burn, and with great satisfaction.

  • Day 7 - 21 July

    Stage 15 - Millau to Carcassonne

    181 km

    The final stage of Week 2 and what a beauty, with the finish in the hilltop medieval walled city of Cacassonne. There will be lots of climbing on this spectacular stage. It has been designed with riders like Peter Sagan in mind, and features a new 12.3 kilometres, 6.3% climb of the Pic de Nore, 40 kilometres before the finish.

    Congratulations for completing the challenge of a lifetime - a full week of riding every single kilometere of the Tour de France. It's time for a celebratory dinner and drinks in the magnificent city of Carcassonne.

  • Day 8 - 22 July

    Departure

    Unless you are joining us in the Pyrénées for Week 3, you can enjoy a well deserved rest day, and watch the pros sprint into the city in the late afternoon. Carcassonne is a great medieval city to spend the day, especially with the excitement of the Tour de France coming through.

    It's time to say good bye, as we take home memories and photos of an epic week of cycling.