Switzerland to Mont Ventoux

  • Location

    Andermatt, Switzerland to Mont Ventoux, France

  • Duration

    10 Days | 9 Nights

  • Length

    65 - 135 km daily

  • Climb

    1,290 - 3,330 m daily

9 Jun 2019 - 18 Jun 2019

Join us as we ride from Switzerland to Mont Ventoux, passing over some of Europe’s most breathtaking climbs in the Swiss and French Alps!

We will climb some of the famous alpine passes in Switzerland, surrounded by glaciers, lakes and beautifully preserved villages, and then tackle the Tour de France classics in the French Alps. The climax of the tour is the infamous Mont Ventoux, where you will have guaranteed entry into the Mont Ventoux Santini Granfondo and have the opportunity to watch the pros battle it out during the UCI 1.1 Pro Denivele Challenge.

The "col collectors" will have the opportunity to tick many boxes from their bucket list and challenge themselves along this point-to-point tour. The Gotthard, Furka and Grosse Scheidegg are just some of the giants you will climb before arriving in the French Alps, where you will ascend some of the Tour de France classics such as Col de la Colombière, Cormet de Roselend and Col du Pré!

Start numbers to the Santini Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux are included in this package. You can choose to challenge yourself on the long course (135km) or the short course (75km) and experience the sheer thrill of climbing Mont Ventoux with thousands of friends! And what better a way to finish this incredible adventure, watching the pros battle it out at the UCI 1.1 Pro Denivele Challenge! We will enjoy the race from a prime viewing spot and celebrate our incredible week of cycling.

Total price: €4,600

  • Climb the major alpine passes in Switzerland and France
  • Guaranteed race entry to Santini Grand Fondo Mont Ventoux
  • Watch the UCI 1.1 Pro Denivele Challenge
  • Fully supported tour with local guides
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • Day 1 - Sunday 9 June

    Welcome to Switzerland

    We will meet you at Zurich airport and transfer you to Andermatt. Upon arrival we will help you to check in and prepare your bike. Later we'll enjoy a traditional local dinner together and discuss the adventure ahead.

  • Day 2 - Monday 10 June

    Airolo – Meiringen

    89 km I 2,370 m

    Today we will begin our adventure by riding three of Switzerland's most spectacular alpine passes: Gotthard via the infamous cobbled Tremola road (2,106m), Grimsel (2,165m) and Furka (2,436m). The climbs and the views will take your breath away! After completing the Grimsel Pass, you'll see the switchbacks leading up to the Furka, one of the most iconic views of alpine cycling.

  • Day 3 - Tuesday 11 June

    Meiringen – Spiez

    65 km I 1,400 m

    The Grosse Scheidegg is closed to traffic and offers a breathtaking view of the famous Eiger North Face. "I would happily put either side of Grosse Scheidegg on any top ten list of great alpine cycling climbs", says our good friend Will, who runs the excellent Cycling Challenge blog. On our way down, we ride through the typical village of Grindelwald and finish in Speiz on the shores of Lake Thun, where we transfer to the famous ski resort of Gstaad.

  • Day 4 - Wednesday 12 June

    Gstaad – Evian

    87 km I 1,390 m

    Today, we'll tackle two classic mountain passes of the Alpes Vaudoises: the Col du Pillon (1,546 m) and the Col de la Croix (1,300 m), which will take us into Villars-sur-Ollon (1,300 m), before descending down to the valley floor where we pass the UCI Centre and ride across into France on the shores of Lake Geneva. We then transfer to the beautiful French town of Morzine.

  • Day 5 - Thursday 13 June

    Morzine – Annecy

    112 km I 2,370 m

    Three classic mountain passes - Col de la Colombière (1,613 m), Col des Aravis (1,487 m), and Col de la croix Fry (1,467 m) - and then a finish on the lakefront in Annecy makes for a classic day of riding and a very special route. This ride follows the famous Route des Grandes Alpes and the passes we will climb are regular Tour de France classics.

  • Day 6 - Friday 14 June

    Annecy - Bourg St. Maurice

    104 km I 2200 m

    A great day of riding from Annecy, around the lake and then to a little town called Beaufort (yes, the cheese) and then over one of the most beautiful climbs in France – Cormet de Roselend (1,967 m). On our way, we will climb the little known but superb Col du Pré (1,703 m). The route from Beaufort to Bourg St Maurice featured in the 2018 Tour de France, and is one of our favourites in all of Europe!

  • Day 7 - Saturday 15 June

    Rest Day and Transfer to Mont Ventoux

    Take your time over a leisurely breakfast and some relaxation time in the morning. Today we'll enjoy a well earned day of rest as we drive through the mountains to the village of Bedoin, at the base of the world famous Mt Ventoux, ready for the Grand Fondo Santini Mont Ventoux. Located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the lovely medieval village of Bedoin is lined with narrow streets, old fountains, ancient doorways and small cafes. We will stay here for two days for the Santini Grand Fondo and UCI 1.1 Mont Ventoux Challenge.

  • Day 8 - Sunday 16 June

    Santini Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux

    78-135 km I 2,390-3,330 m

    Choose from one of two routes for the Santini Grand Fondo Mont Ventoux today. The long course is 135 km with 3,330m of climbing, and the short course is 78 km with 2,390m of climbing - both routes finish on the summit of the famous Mont Ventoux. At 1,912 m, Mont Ventoux is the highest mountain in the region, and has featured 16 times in the Tour de France. The 21.7 km climb starts in the town of Bedoin and has an average gradient of 7.3%. It is acclaimed as one of the toughest and greatest climbs on the pro circuit.

  • Day 9 - Monday 17 June

    Les Gorges de la Nesque & UCI 1.1 Pro Denivele Challenge

    75 km I 1290 m

    In the morning we will wind our way through the beautiful and magnificent valley of Les Gorges de la Nesque. It's a less visited and easily missed hidden gem where we'll enjoy a more appreciative view of Mont Ventoux. It's a wonderful final ride allowing us to unwind and enjoy some fantastic photo stops in the Castellaras. 3km from Monieux is the look-out point over the magnificent rock formation of Rocher du Cire. In the afternoon we will watch the UCI 1.1 Pro Denivele Challenge from a prime viewing spot.

  • Day 10 - Tuesday 18 June

    Au revoir!

    All good things come to an end and after an epic journey from Switzerland to Mont Ventoux it is time to say farewell. After a final breakfast together we will transfer you to the airport for your journey home with tales of your achievements and adventures.

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