2022 Tour de France Classic Climbs
Have you ever wondered what it is like to ride the Tour de France? Our Classic Climbs itinerary seeks out more kilometres and more vertical metres than our other Tour de France trips but does so to provide our guests with a cycling holiday experience as well.
Lyon-Exupery Airport, France
PopularAT A GLANCE
- 12 Days
- Experienced, Intermediate
- All Breakfasts, 8 Dinners
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- Support Vehicle
- Mechanical Assistance
- Ride the Famous Climbs
Lyon-Exupery Airport, France, July 12, 2022
Toulouse Blagnac Airport, France, July 23, 2022
Tour Style – Cyclists Only Trip
Group Size: 18 guests – 3 staff
Rides: Ride in locations that give our guests the greatest opportunity to climb more vertical metres and ride longer distances. Our rides are designed to challenge riders and give easier options on some days to recover between the iconic days.
Challenge Rating: Our rides are designed for experienced riders. You don’t need to be a racing cyclist, however, you would ride regularly and be comfortable climbing and descending. We have many challenging rides, and some epic extensions if you need to chase more miles.
Accommodation: We stay in a combination of hotels, varying from 2-star 4-star accommodation. Hotels have been chosen for their location to access iconic climbs.
Trip Suitability – Cyclists Only Trip
Experienced Riders: Your cycling holiday is actually about the bike! Our epic and challenging ride options seek more vertical metres and longer miles. Choose your rest days or recovery rides, or just ride, and ride, and ride.
Buffet breakfast every day, 8 dinners
Accommodation and Transport
- Transport throughout custom van or luxury coach
- Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
- 11 nights accommodation in 2,3 or 4-star hotels
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport
- Schedule departure transfer to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3-course evening meals on 8 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
Why we Love this Tour
- Ride more, more vertical metres, more miles
- Strategically located hotels to watch the final two weeks of 2022 Tour de France and ride the iconic climbs
- See the Alpe d’Huez stage finish on Bastille Day
- Ride the big 4 classic climbs, Alpe d’Huez, Col du Galibier, Mont Ventoux and Col du Tourmalet
- See 6 Tour de France mountain stages
- Option to extend your trip to Paris
Price: AUD $6990 (twin share)
Single Supplement: AUD $1200
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: It is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip. Please take out Travel Insurance at your earliest convenience. We recommend at the same time as paying your deposit.
Many guests find it convenient to hire one of our professionally prepared quality hire bikes.
- Hire a bike so that you’re not lugging a bike around on your extended European holiday
- Hire a bike and mitigate damage or delays during international transit
Bike Hire ChargesBike Hire: AUD $726 Note: Renters of our hire bikes are liable for damages to their hire bike during the period of hire, treat it like you own for the rental period. Bikes are set up to your measurements before your arrival and are fully serviced by our professional mechanic.
Classic Climbs Trip Summary
Ride stages of the 2022 Tour de France
Experience the Tour de France in the Alps and the Pyrenees. We have sought hotels that are convenient for watching stages of the Tour de France and provide access to fabulous climbs. We have also minimised hotel transfers, to give you more time to ride. Ride the mythical Alpe d’Huez, the classic Col du Galibier, the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux and the legendary Col du Tourmalet as we follow the most critical mountain stages in the 2022 Tour de France.
Our 2022 Tour de France Classic Climbs cycling trip encapsulates cyclists with climbing experience and interest to watch Tour de France live. Our carefully planned itinerary gives you time to also chase your own epic cycling goals. Our cycling holiday in France starts in the Alps, travels through Provence and into the Pyrenees. Experience the contrasting landscape, quiet country villages, and some hard days on the bike.
Why do our guests love the Classic Climbs cycling trip to Tour de France?
This is our dedicated itinerary for experienced riders to see the Tour de France live. We are chasing the vertical metres and more miles and we will watch the chase for yellow, as the mountains take their toll on the peloton. We have over 25 years of experience running Tour de France cycling trips. We consistently deliver the experiences that ensure that our guests return.
It is important that you are an experienced rider to join this trip, for more information on whether or not you are suitable for this trip, please contact our booking team to discuss. We have many classic itineraries for you to choose from to meet your cycling goals.
2019 and 2020 were isolating years and we too experienced the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) feeling as we watched our favourite roads being torn up by the peloton – even a stage being taken by a young Australian. The last 2 years have been nothing short of extraordinary with the emergence of the young tour riders. Escape the FOMO in 2022 and join us as the short stages and punchy climbs capture an international audience in the world’s biggest annual sporting event.
See 6 key stages of the 2022 Tour de France
- STAGE 11 – 149km – Albertville to Col du Granon
- STAGE 12 – 166km – Briançon to Alpe d’Huez
- STAGE 13 – 193km – Bourg d’Oisans to Saint-Étienne
- STAGE 16 – 179km – Carcassonne to Foix
- STAGE 17 – 130km – Saint-Gaudens to Peyragudes
- STAGE 18 – 143km – Lourdes to Hautacam
Classic Climbs Tour – Daily Itinerary
Bienvenue, Welcome to the mountains
Welcome to the French Alps, where the mountains meet the sky.
Our staff will meet you at Lyon-Saint Exupery airport at 10 am, a convenient starting point for reaching the French Alps. You may arrive by TGV or plane, with many domestic and international services. Arrive a day early and acclimatise, adjust your clock, and be ready to make the most of your trip with us. Book your flights early and contact our booking team to arrange accommodation at our pre-trip hotel in Lyon.
Your luxury coach and professional staff will transport us to Les Deux Alpes, an adventure paradise in Winter and Simmer. It is situated at the entrance to Ecrins National Park. We are easily connected to the valley through the gondola from Venosc, a traditional village with its cobbled streets.
Join us for our welcome dinner tonight as we meet our fellow guests and importantly your guides who will help you maximise your experience with Bikestyle Tours at Tour de France.
Arrival of the Tour de France over a classic
Climb the classic French Alp climb, Col du Galibier and watch the 2022 Tour de France.
We will set off after breakfast and make our way carefully down to Lac du Chambon, where the road starts to rise from the valley. We’ll stick to the quieter emergency road that was constructed when the tunnel on the main road was plunged into the lake. It was not accessible for about 2 years. It has since been diverted and reconstructed. Once we join the main road on the other side of the lake, our climb starts in earnest. It is quite gentle until we reach La Grave and the road starts to steepen.
We will pause at Col du Lautaret and can push on to the summit of Col du Galibier to watch the race come through.
We will return the same way where our transport can help us with the final climb to our accommodation. Or if you would like to chase those vertical metres, you can ride up to Les Deux Alpes.
This evening we will enjoy dinner together once more.
Fete Nationale on Alpe d’Huez
See the 2022 Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez.
We will set off after breakfast this morning and ride one of the most scenic roads of the area, a balcony road that leads us to the Alpe d’Huez where we can watch the race and join in the festival that stretches the entire length of the mountain.
A stage finish on Alpe d’Huez is one of the biggest sporting spectacles one can witness. This is your day to park your own cycling ambitions and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the 2022 Tour de France. Today is especially important for the French, as it is their national day as they celebrate Fete Nationale – Bastille Day.
Three cols in a day
Ride and ride and ride the French Alps
It is our last day in the French Alps and today you have the option to watch the stage start before climbing Alpe d’Huez at your own pace. If you’d like to ride more, you can set up straight up the Alpe and descend off one of the quiet roads that connect with the climb to Col de la Croix de Fer.
Off to Provence
Recovery ride before the giant.
We will depart the big mountains today and head for an anomaly on the landscape in Provence, conveniently named the giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux. We will save our legs for tomorrow, and give you the opportunity to ride to our hotel after a transfer in our luxury transport.
We start our ride from the foot of the Vercors mountains, an impressive chain of mountains that are dwarfed by the massif of the French Alps. The Vercors is more rugged and has some spectacular riding with many roads etched into the sides of mountains.
Géant of Provence, Mont Ventoux
Climb the giant in Provence, Mont Ventoux.
We will set off in the cool of the morning and drive to Malaucene where our rides will start. There are very few 50km loops that you can do that give you nearly 2,000m of vertical ascent.
Our ride from Malaucene takes a quiet country road to Bedoin, where you will have warmed up and ready to take on the forest and moonscape of Mont Ventoux. There are distinctly two parts to climbing to the summit, the warm forest is unrelenting with its gradient to reach Chalet Reynard.
From the Chalet, the trees disappear and the iconic moonscape appears, with the summit quickly insight after the Chalet, your efforts to each switchback seems reluctant to draw you closer. But the final push from the Tom Simpson memorial is the most rewarding.
Port de Bales, welcome to the Pyrenees
Transfer to the Pyrenees and ride Port de Bales.
We depart from Provence today and head for our third French massif area, the Pyrenees. We will enjoy the luxury coach travel today as our chauffeur takes us to the Western side of the country.
We will stop for lunch and arrive early afternoon, in time to ride to our hotel over one of the more recent additions to the Tour de France – Port de Bales. You will notice the distinct difference in the landscape between the Alps, Provence and now the Pyrenees. The Pyrenees have lush green fields and you’ll regularly sight livestock grazing on the summer fields.
Cathars and the Ariege
See the stage twice, including a stage finish into Foix
We make the short drive to the Ariege department for today’s stage to Foix, a popular finish town for the Tour de France. Our itinerary will be simple: arrive early, take a ride before seeing the race a first time and return to Foix to watch the lead riders race for victory. If you’d like a day off the bike, visit Foix castle this morning.
We will return to our hotel in Luchon and have dinner together.
Summit finish to Peyragudes
Ride to the summit finish of Stage 17 at the 2022 Tour de France
Our rides today set off after breakfast, where you will have two options. You can take the direct option to the stage finish, which includes the 14km climb over Col de Peyresourde. Alternatively, as an appetiser, you can tackle the climb to Super Bagneres ski resort before going over the Peyresourde. On either climb, if you don’t feel like you have the legs, you can turn around at any time and return to the hotel.
The climb to Superbagneres was last included in the tour in 1989 when Robert Millar took the victory. It has had a remarkably long absence from the tour since, but with some improvement work at the arrival, it may make its return.
Col d’Aspin and the final mountain stage
Col d’Aspin to Hautacam.
Our ride today takes us into the high Pyrenees to watch the stage to finish up the Hautacam. We will ride our way there taking the climb is Col d’Aspin, the same route that the race took yesterday. We will grab some lunch at the bottom of the descent in a spa village.
We then ride through some quiet roads to intersect with the climb to Hautacam where we will watch the race.
A perfect 100, Col du Tourmalet
A final ride over Col du Tourmalet, a Tour de France legend.
It is like we were saving the best until last. Today we will complete what I like to term the perfect 100km loop. Our ride features the legendary Tour de France climb, Col du Tourmalet. It was first included in the tour de France in 1910 and is a regular feature of the Tour.
We start off from Lourdes and take a quiet road to Bagneres di Bigorre, where a small rise will help prepare us for the long climb ahead.
Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, where we can celebrate our achievements across the classic climbs of the Tour de France.
Au Revoir and Bon Voyage
Farewell and transfer to Toulouse-Blagnac airport
Sadly our classic climbs of the Tour de France has come to an end. We have seen some of the biggest moments in the mountains and the shuffling of classification in the competition for Yellow and Polka dot.
Every year, we enjoy sharing your experiences at the biggest annual sporting event and we also enjoy encouraging you to reach your own cycling goals. Today we say farewell, but we look forward to welcoming you back. Welcome to the Bikestyle family.
We offer a single transfer to Toulouse-Blagnac airport today, we will arrive around 1 pm, so if you’re booking a departure flight make sure that it is not before 3 pm for domestic and not before 4 pm for an international flight.
Why not extend your trip to Paris to see the finish of the 2022 Tour de France on the Champs Elysees. Let our booking team know at the time of your booking.
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- All guests must be fully vaccinated to join the tour
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