2020 Tour de France Cycling Trip

Grandes Alpes Route – More Miles and Vertical Metres

Tour Dates | 10th July — 18th July

Conquer many famous climbs of the French Alps and see big mountain stages of Tour de France. Our focus is to summit of as many climbs as we can, and see the Tour de France on some days. Ride climbs of this years tour route as well as Tour de France stages of previous editions. Our Grandes Alpes bike trip is fully guided and supported on the road when you need it most.

AT A GLANCE

AUD $5,900 (USD $3,950) TWIN SHARE
  • 9 Days
  • 5 Dinners
  • 2 Stages
  • Luxury Transport
  • High Staff Ratio
  • Experienced Only
  • 3 & 4 Star Hotels

Ride the Grandes Alpes Route and See Queen Stages

Details

Duration: 9 Day

Dates: July 10, 2020 to July 18, 2020
Start: Lyon (Saint Exupery Airport), France
Finish: Geneva (Airport), Switzerland

Group Size: 16 guests - 4 staff

Price: AUD $5,900 (USD $3,950)
Single Supplement: AUD $850 (USD $570)

Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively, you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.

Note: Bikestyle Tours requires that all guests have a valid Travel Insurance policy for the duration of their trip.

Highlights

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Traverse the French Alps, following the Grandes Alpes route
  • Climb more and ride more miles with our experienced riders itinerary
  • Challenge yourself on the biggest climbs of the French Alps
  • Bucket list climbs; Alpe d'Huez, Col du Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col d'Izeran (highest paved pass in Europe)
  • See the big mountain stages
Rides

RIDE OPTIONS

Our ride options each day follow the roads along the Grandes Alpes scenic route. Many of our rides feature more than one climb, and the easier option concentrates on the feature climb for the day.

We take the best care of you and your bike. Experienced ride guides support every ride and we have support vehicles fitted with professional bike carriers.

Suitability

EXPERIENCED RIDER BIKE TOUR

Our experienced riders trip focuses on climbing, there are few flat roads along the Grandes Alpes route. You’ll always be able to climb at your own pace, but it is best under your own steam. All descents are controlled, your safety is paramount to us.

Sorry, this itinerary does not cater for non-cyclists – many of our other trips do.

Inclusions

TRIP INCLUSIONS

Accommodation and Transport

  • Transport throughout custom van or luxury coach
  • Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
  • 8 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
  • Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Lyon Saint Exupery Airport
  • Scheduled departure transfer on final day to Geneva Airport (Switzerland)

Meals

  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 course evening meals on 5 nights
  • Wine at welcome and farewell dinners

Professional Ride Support

  • Hosted by our experienced tour guides and professional drivers
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike
  • Ride support vehicle when you need it most
  • Navigation assistance on all guided rides
  • Sports powders, water and bars during your ride
Bike Hire

BIKE HIRE

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Cannondale Carbon Bike Hire Available
Cannondale Synapse Carbon Fibre
  • Bike Rental Cost: AUD $528 (USD $355)
  • Optional upgrade to SuperSix EVO Ultegra Di2

Note: All bike hire costs include 2 water bottles for you to keep. We also provide a saddle bag with a spare tube, pump, tyre-levers and multi-tool. The pump and saddle bag with its contents must be returned with the hire bike at the end of hire.

Grandes Alpes Ride Itinerary – Big Tour de France Climbs

  • Bienvenue
  • Lyon & Sprint Finish
  • Alpe d'Huez
  • Glandon & Croix de Fer
  • Galibier & Telegraphe
  • Madeleine & Queen Stage
  • Iseran & Race
  • More Cols
  • Bon Voyage

Welcome to Tour de France and the Grandes Alpes

Friday, 10 July 2020
Rhone, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Welcome Dinner (Incl. wine)
TODAY'S RIDE
 

lyon gateway to the alps
Welcome to Lyon, gateway to the Alps.

Our trip starts from Lyon, gateway to the French Alps. Today we’ll fit in a ride to test our equipment and have our welcome dinner. Staff welcome guests at Lyon, Saint-Exupèry airport at 11:00am and transfer to our hotel that is nearby.

Cycle Lyon and City Surrounds

Saturday, 11 July 2020
Rhone, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Breakfast
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

france bike tour de france cycling group
Ride through Lyon and the surrounds, before going into Lyon to see the stage finish.

Lyon is a progressive city and the second largest French city outside of Paris. Transport planning incorporates cycling as a primary mode of transport. Today we’ll ride some of the networks that keeps cyclists moving as well as some of the surrounding hills.

Balcony Roads, Alpe d’Huez and Col de Sarenne

Sunday, 12 July 2020
Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Breakfast, Dinner
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

ride balcony roads and alpe d'huez
Ride the 21 switchbacks of Alpe d'Huez and the picturesque balcony road.

Ride the 21 switchbacks in the paths of stage winners Pantani, Armstrong, Indurain and Coppi – some hitters there! Each corner recognises stage winners on the Alpe along with counting down the numbers. We’ll also take a picturesque balcony road.

Croix de Fer and Col du Glandon

Monday, 13 July 2020
Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Breakfast
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

col du glandon french alps climb
Two cols today; Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer.

It’s a rest day of the Tour de France, normally rider managers start trade talks with teams for the ensuing year and riders will head out for a ride themselves. We might see them in the valley. Col de la Croix de Fer is a regular crossing of the tour, and we will also get the bonus of Col du Glandon for the day. Since we are also staying on the mountain, we have an option to finish climbing Huez again.

Mighty Col du Galibier

Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Breakfast
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

col du galibier tour de france
Ride Col du Galibier, Col du Lautaret and Col de Telegraphe. You'll also get Col du Sarenne for the day.

First crossed in 1911 by the tour de france, it is probably the most recognised French Alps pass on the Grandes Alpes route. In 2011, celebrating 100 years since its introduction it was crossed twice – a big part of Cadel Evans’ victory that year. We climb this mighty mountain via Col du Lautaret and then descend through Valloire, claiming another summit soon after Col du Telegraphe. No time pressures today.

Lacets, Madeleine and see the Race

Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Breakfast, Dinner
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

see tour de france queen stage
Watch the Tour de France on it Queen Stage. Ride Col du Madeleine on the same day.

We watch the race today on its Queen stage and have a challenging ride ourselves. We’ll start on a small and spectacular climb – Lacets de Montvernier. We then test ourselves on one of the feature climbs of Le Tour and today’s stage, Col du Madeleine. We will see the race on the climb and finish the ride to our hotel.

Another Queen Stage, Back-to-Back

Thursday, 16 July 2020
Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Breakfast
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

French alps climb tour de france Grandes alpes route
Ride Col d'Iseran this morning before catch the race later this morning. Enough time for another col this afternoon.

Our hotel on race route gives us the prime position to ride and see the race today. Before the race reaches our hotel we can ride and return to see the race on its first climb. Our main feature today is Col d’Iseran, the highest pass in the Alps and peaks at over 2,700m – over 2,000m of vertical ascent for us in under 40km. If you’d still like more, there is Col du Petit Saint-Bernard on the Italian border as well, peaking at 2,200m. An epic day if you choose!

Completing the Grandes Alpes Route

Friday, 17 July 2020
Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Breakfast
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

grandes alpes route tour de france climbs
Continue on the Grandes Alpes route and climb another two climbs today.

Our final ride on our Grandes Alpes journey follows the two biggest climbs of stage 18. Leaving from our hotel we climb Cormet de Roseland then Col des Saisies, both peaking around 2,000m. We’ll finish at our hotel, in time to see a sprint finish today and enjoy a final dinner together, celebrating our achievements across the French Alps, following the Grandes Alpes Route.

Farewell from the Grandes Alpes

Saturday, 18 July 2020
Departure (Geneva)
Breakfast

group bike tour de france
Farewell from the Grandes Alpes. We've had many challenging climbs. See you again – soon.

Sadly today, our trip crossing the French Alps has come to an end. We’ve seen the biggest stages of the 2020 Tour de France, had many challenging rides and of course, many laughs together. We wish you a safe journey home, or a great stay on in Europe and hope to see you one day – soon. We’ll arrive at Geneva airport by about 11am.

See key stages of the 2020 Tour de France

See the Queen Stage of Tour de France 2020

A stage start and stage finish

2 big mountain stages in the French Alps

Ride Climbs of Tour de France and Grandes Alpes Route

Our 2020 Grandes Alpes Tour de France trip is carefully planned for guests to spend more time riding their bike while following the race. We intersect with the race route as we traverse the French Alps by bike. Our focus is to ride the famous climbs of the Tour de France, whether they on this years course, or from previous editions.

Our trip starts in Lyon and we have the opportunity to see a stage finish on our opening day. With a stage under our belts we then travel to the Alps and conquer the big climbs – a bucket list of memorable climbs of the Tour de France.

famous climbs of tour de france, galibier
Ride famous climbs of the Tour de France along the Grandes Alpes Route. Col du Galibier pictured.

Toughest Tour de France Route in recent years

Well there have been many tough routes in previous editions, so you may argue toughest if you like. However, the sequence of flat stages, climbs and types of climbs have often made predictable races. 

The 107th edition has mountain stages every week and the chosen climbs break a riders rhythm, or tempo – it’s not possible to recover on sections of the climb or between the mountain stages. 2020 Tour de France has thrown a new challenge to teams and riders for how they prepare. Each attack will have bigger risk and bigger reward, attack after attack. Be a part of the Tour de France 2020.

tough mountain stages french alps tour de france
Climbs of the 2020 Tour de France that break riders rhythm will present a challenge.

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