Switzerland to Mont Ventoux

  • Location

    Andermatt, Switzerland to Mont Ventoux, France

  • Duration

    9 Days | 8 Nights

  • Length

    65 - 135 km daily

  • Climb

    1,290 - 3,330 m daily

25 Aug 2024 - 2 Sep 2024

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 the oportunity to test your legs and explore the epic Mont Ventoux!

The "col collectors" will have the opportunity to tick many boxes on 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, to ascend some of the Tour de France classics such as Col de la Colombière, Cormet de Roselend and Col du Pré!

Once in Mont Ventoux, You can choose to challenge yourself on the long course (135km) or the short course (75km) or why not, trying to climb the 3 sides conquering and experiencing the sheer thrill of climbing Mont Ventoux with friends!

Total price: €4,490

  • Climb the major alpine passes in Switzerland and France
  • Fully supported tour with local guides
  • Get a taste of the unique French culture and cuisine
  • Tick many boxes on your bucket list and challenge yourself along this point-to-point tour!
  • Maximum group size: 14 riders
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • Day 1 - Sunday

    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.

    Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen****, Andermatt
  • Day 2 - Monday

    Airolo – Meiringen

    89 km I 2,370 m

    Today we will begin our adventure by riding three of Switzerland's most spectacular alpine passes: the Gotthard via the infamous cobbled Tremola road (2,106m), the Grimsel (2,165m) and the 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.

    Hotel Victoria ****, Meiringen
  • Day 3 - Tuesday

    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 will transfer to the famous ski resort of Gstaad.

    La Belle Vue Boutique Hotel***, Spiez
  • Day 4 - Wednesday

    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 our home of 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/ Lac Leman. We then transfer to the beautiful French town of Morzine.

    Hotel le Petit Dru ****, Morzine
  • Day 5 - Thursday

    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) following the famous Route des Grandes Alpes and passes, regularly found in the Tour de France. We'll finish on the lakefront of gorgeous Annecy making for a classic day of riding on a very special route.

  • Day 6 - Friday

    Annecy - Bourg St. Maurice

    104 km I 2200 m

    Today will be a great day of riding from Annecy, by the lake and then to a little town called Beaufort (yes, the cheese) followed by an ascent of one of the most beautiful climbs in France – Cormet de Roselend (1,967 m). Our journey will include 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!

    Base Camp Lodge, Bourg st Maurice
  • Day 7 - Saturday

    Rest Day and Transfer to Mont Ventoux

    Take your time over a leisurely breakfast and make sure to relax during the morning. Today, we will drive through the mountains to the village of Bedoin, found at the base of the world-famous Mont Ventoux, and a place for you to recuperate for the Challenge of climbing the epic Mont Ventoux. Located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, lovely medieval Bedoin is lined with narrow streets, old fountains, ancient doorways and small cafes which are perfect for cylclist watching as well as espresssos. We will stay here for two days / nights.

  • Day 8 - Sunday

    Mont Ventoux Challenge

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

    Choose from one of two routes for the today´s Mont Ventoux challenge ride . The long option is 135 km with 3,330m of climbing, and the short one is 78 km with 2,390m of climbing - both rides 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

    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.