2022 GC Classic – Tour de France
Experience the best stages of the 2022 Tour de France.
Visit iconic Annecy, Provence and the Pyrenees. Stay on Alpe d’Huez for the Bastille Day finish.
Take the TGV to Paris for the finale on Champs Elysee
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, France
PopularAT A GLANCE
- 16 Days
- Social to Experienced
- All Breakfasts, 10 Dinners
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- Support Vehicle
- Mechanical Assistance
- TGV to Paris
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, France, July 10, 2022
Paris, France, July 25, 2022
Group Size: 30 guests – 6 staff
Rides: Always a social ride option and for those that want a challenge, we have some epic rides also.
Challenge Rating: We get you to the iconic climbs so that you have all the time to ride them at your pace. Our challenge rides are for experienced riders.
Accommodation: 3 to 4-star hotels, twin-share basis, all breakfasts included, and many dinners.
Social Riding and Leisure: We understand that your cycling holiday is a HOLIDAY! You may not normally ride every day at home. Our ride routes allow you to cherry-pick the sort of riding that you’d like to do. Choose the days you want to climb, the days to ride flat, and days to rest.
Experienced Riders: Your cycling holiday is actually about the bike! Our epic and challenging ride options seek more vertical meters and longer miles. Choose your rest days or recovery rides, or just ride, and ride, and ride.
Cycling Partners and Spectators: You are not interested in riding yourself, but you are a cycling enthusiast who would like to experience the Tour de France live. Whether your partner is a rider, you want to experience the culture along with seeing the race. We have off-the-bike itineraries for you to see the most spectacular areas, such as the plus-beaux (most-beautiful) villages.
Buffet breakfast every day, 10 dinners
Accommodation and Transport
- Transport throughout custom van or luxury coach
- Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
- 15 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Lyon-Exupery Airport
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3-course evening meals on 10 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
- This Trip will be Escorted by Former Pro-Cyclist, Pat Jonker
- Stay on Alpe d’Huez for an iconic stage finish on Fete Nationale, Bastille Day
- Join the Tour de France in the Savoie region, staying on the shores of Lac d’Annecy
- Ride the most famous Tour de France climbs including Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux and Tourmalet
- Enjoy some rest days as we give you a local’s tour of our home region in France, the Tarn
- Stay in the heart of the Pyrenees for the important finish up Hautacam
- Take the TGV to Paris, where we rise early and ride through the most famous Paris sights – Tour de Eiffel, Champs Elysee, Notre Dame, Louvre, and many more
- Celebrate the finish of the Tour de France with our farewell function
Price: AUD $9350 (twin share)
Single Supplement: AUD $1750
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 $990 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.
This Trip will be Escorted by Former Pro-Cyclist, Pat Jonker
Although born in The Netherlands, Patrick is an Aussie. He often raced with a Dutch licence during his career and has won 12 major European races.
Patrick turned professional at the end of 1993 and he raced with:
- 1993 WordPerfect
- 1994 Novemail
- 1995 and 1996 Once
- 1997 to 1999 Rabobank,
- 2000 with US Postal,(when injury ruled him out of the Tour)
- 2001 and 2002 with Big Mat
He finished 12th overall at the 1996 Tour de France, Miguel Indurain was 13th and that was the year Bjarne Riis toppled the Big Mig. A young up and coming Ullrich was second. Pat is also a former Dutch and Australian time trial champion.
Most South Australian’s know of Patrick’s greatest win in his final race as a professional, the Tour Down Under. It was a fairy tale win for him in front of his hometown crowd and one that we will remember for years to come.
Ride stages of the 2022 Tour de France
Experience the Tour de France with a carefully planned itinerary. Ride the iconic Alpe d’Huez and stop on Dutch corner to take up the insane atmosphere as fans prepare for the Tour’s arrival.
We have connected days to experience the fanfare that goes with the Tour de France and quieter days for you to relax or alternatively have extra time to chase your own cycling goals. Our accommodation is set in great touristic areas, quiet country villages, or convenience for our rides for you to experience the French culture, such as a local market, or some history.
Why do our guests love the GC Classic cycling trip to Tour de France?
This is our classic itinerary for seeing the Tour de France live. We are chasing the General Classification, the chase for yellow, it is our GC Classic cycling trip. We have over 25 years of experience running Tour de France cycling trips. We consistently deliver the experiences that ensure that our guests return.
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 9 key stages of the 2022 Tour de France
- STAGE 10 – 148km – Morzine Les Portes du Soleil to Megève
- 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 15 – 200km – Rodez to Carcassonne
- STAGE 16 – 179km – Carcassonne to Foix
- STAGE 17 – 130km – Saint-Gaudens to Peyragudes
- STAGE 18 – 143km – Lourdes to Hautacam
- STAGE 21 – 112km – Paris La Défense Arena to Champs-Élysées
GC Classic Tour – Daily Itinerary
Bienvenue – Welcome to France
Welcome to France, settle in on the shores of Lake Annecy.
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 Annecy, recognised as the French Venice. Set on an expansive lake under the backdrop of the dramatic French Alps, our hotel maximises access to the Lake, the village and the rides that we have planned over the next few days, including seeing the Tour de France.
Join us for dinner tonight at a local restaurant as we meet our fellow guests and importantly your guides who will help you maximise your experience with Bikestyle Tours at Tour de France.
- Collect from Lyon Saint Exupery Airport, 10 am
- Transfer to Lake Annecy
- Warm-up ride around Lake Annecy
- Welcome dinner at a local restaurant
Our warm-up ride today circumnavigates Lake Annecy. It is sure to already be warm, but without any significant climb in the ride and the safety of a dedicated bikeway, we can take our time and make sure our bike and bodies are ready for the next 2 weeks of riding. You will be able to take a dip in the lake at the end of your ride to cool off.
Pre-alps Semnoz and Forclaz
Ride stunning climbs of the pre-alps and explore a popular French village
It is a rest day in the Tour de France. Today, we plan to ride early and maximise our afternoon in one of France’s most beautiful villages. Savoie is famous for its cheese, but the ice cream in Annecy is also worth testing.
Find a French cafe or restaurant near the cool flowing waters that flow from Europe’s cleanest lake. Grab yourself a pre-dinner aperitif. You may like to just grab an ice cream and sit on the shores of the lake and enjoy the myriad of recreational activities on the water. This is how we should always wind down from a morning on the bike, climbing French mountains.
Tonight you are free to choose a restaurant in the village and enjoy sampling the French cuisine.
- Explore Annecy Village
- Join in on the recreational activities on Europe’s cleanest lake
- Ride Tour de France climbs Semnoz and Col de la Forclaz
Choose the amount of riding that you’d like to do today. Our longest option features the climb to Semnoz and Col de la Forclaz, both are regular routes of the Tour de France. If you want to save your legs, you can return back to the hotel after your first climb by following the lake.
Stage finish under Mont Blanc
See the mountain stage finish to Megeve, under the backdrop of Mont Blanc
Today is about the fanfare of the Tour de France on one of its summit finishes. This is not the most challenging finish but riders may preserve their energy for the next two punchy stages. But riders, teams and sponsors value any stage win at the Tour the attacks will be prolific.
Our riders finish in Megeve, so you can leave your bike securely with our transport and explore the ski village and join in on the Tour de France festival. Don’t forget to get your swag of publicity caravan gifts for friends that have missed out. Go on, rub it in a bit more.
- Scenic ride with views to Mont Blanc
- Another Tour de France climb into your palmarès
- Stage finish in a ski village
For those riding long today, you will depart from the hotel and tackle something a little more challenging than either of the climbs yesterday. Today you will be rewarded with the backdrop of Mont Blanc and its chain of mountains. We will arrive before the race enters Megeve.
Our short ride will skip the climb over Col des Aravis and go directly to Megeve for the stage finish.
Alpe d’Huez and Dutch corner
Ride Alpe d’Huez at your pace, with the cheering crowds before the race comes through.
With so many options before us today, it was a tough choice as to what to do. We’ve carefully considered your options and given you the best chance to experience the famous switchbacks – like a professional.
Whether you’re riding or a spectator with us, going up the Alpe with the cheering crowds is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You need not race it today, but take in every aspect of the festival that is growing on each corner and count them down, from 21.
Arrive at our hotel this afternoon in time to watch the race go over the final climbs and finish on the very tough Col du Granon. Today’s finish was made famous by the battle between Greg Lemond and Bernard Hinault in 1986. The Col is long overdue to host another dramatic stage of the Tour de France.
We will be here for 3 nights, soaking up the atmosphere of the Tour de France and enjoying our private balcony to watch the race pass.
- Ride Alpe d’Huez ahead of the race
- Immerse yourself in the festival of the tour
- Stay at the top of Alpe d’Huez
Our ride today is up the most famous climb of the Tour de France. It is far from being the hardest climb, but it’s fame probably goes hand in hand with the modernisation of the tour. Alpe d’Huez was first raced when pillions on the moto were filmed live to the world. Each winner to the summit of Alpe d’Huez is honoured with their name being marked on of the signs indicating the switchback. Surprisingly, the dutch from the flatlands have been very successful on the Alpe. Bend 7 is known as ‘dutch corner’, but notary for the hordes of orange-clad, booze-fueled dutch playing their loud music welcoming the race with their own multi-day festival.
Fete Nationale and Alpe d’Huez
Arrival of Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez, on Bastille Day.
Colours will be a big theme today, honouring patriotism, revolution, and dedication. The village will be a mass with french flags, as the celebration of Fete Nationale is recognised throughout the day. The proud red, white and blue supporters will be hoping for their own to take the honours on this significant stage.
Millions of spectators around the world, on the couch peloton in the early hours of the morning, or developing nations where cycling grows, yellow is the theme of these three weeks. It celebrates the leader’s jersey and was adapted from the colour of the newspaper that advertised the first Tour in 1903 for the purpose of increasing readership during the French holidays. And, of course, dutch-corner will make sure the orange is also a prominent colour that we see today.
If you feel like an adventure this morning before the race arrives, take the gondola up to Le Pic Blanc at 3330m for a panoramic view across the Alps, including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. The race comes through this afternoon with private viewing from our hotel’s terrace.
- Private race viewing on Alpe d’Huez, from hotel terrace
- Spectacular views from Le Pic Blanc across the Alps
- Stage finish on Alpe d’Huez
We have a short ride available on top of the mountain if you’d like to explore a few of the roads off the back of the village.
Stage start of another big Col of Tour de France
Final day in the French Alps with a favourite climb or stage start.
Stage starts are a wonderful fanfare as every rider is required to sign on for the day’s stage. Each rider makes their way from the team bus to the podium to sign on and may be interviewed by the compere. See the riders and bikes up close, watch teams make their final preparations for the stage having settled on their best opportunities for today’s course. Then find a position on the road as they roll out in a procession as they ride the ‘depart fictif’, under controlled conditions of the commissaire.
If you’d prefer more time for yourself to ride today, we have a long ride challenge, where you can collect 2 more cols for the day.
- Stage start to Tour de France in the French Alps
- Ride famous Tour de France climbs
Our feature ride today is our epic challenge to Col de la Croix de Fer, and the bonus summit of Col du Glandon. La Croix has featured many times in the Tour de France, and ascending from the Isere valley is spectacular as you pass the Lac de Grand Maison before reaching the summit. If you keep a good pace today, you will make it back to the valley to watch the race depart. Our shorter ride follows a scenic balcony road to the stage start and returns up the Alpe d’Huez, on bike or in our transport.
Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux and Gorges de la Nesque
Moonscapes are synonymous with Mont Ventoux and Gorges de la Nesque is WOW!
We have a few hours to transfer this morning to Provence, and we go directly to our hotel at the base of Mont Ventoux. We will rest in our luxury coach on route before conquering one of the biggest climbs in France. A day on Ventoux is always adventurous, I have never had identical days on Ventoux, so we will manage the elements on the day and give you the best advice.
If you are riding or taking the scenic supporter option, it is a fun day to see the moonscape between Chalet Reynard and the summit and cheer other riders on.
- Climb Mont Ventoux
- Ride through Gorges de la Nesque
- Experience a vibrant Provence village
- Do a little gift shopping
Our ride departs from Bedoin and climbs the traditional route up Mont Ventoux. It is 23 kilometres, and after just 3 kilometres, the road is rarely below 8%. As you go through the forest it can be warm, with little breeze and long steep drags, before you reach Chalet Reynard. Once you depart the Chalet, the landscape changes and the rocket ship that marks the summit seems close, but with each switchback, the top reluctantly draws closer. Don’t forget to visit the Tom Simpson memorial, which is an everlasting reminder of how gruelling this climb is. Our long ride gives the option to return through the scenic Gorges de la Nesque.
Cycling race across France, mid-stage entertainment
Experience the sunflowers, villages and history of France.
Our transfer today takes us within sight of the Pyrenees. We will watch the race along the stage, possibly at an intermediate sprint. We will await the final itinerary schedule to give you the best viewing option on the day. It will be a great opportunity today for the sprinters to bag a few points for the battle for green before the peloton returns to the mountains.
- Watch stage 15 Tour de France live
- Explore French villages
We have a short recovery ride today to connect with the race, and we will hunt for sunflowers and roads between the plane trees! This is our backyard, and we have missed riding these roads over the last 2 years. Join us as we show you some great French villages with a rich history in art and the high fashion industry.
Tour de Tarn
Home of Laurent Jalabert, and highlights of our home area in France
For about 20 years, Bikestyle has been stationed in the southwest of France. It’s an area that has a rich trade relationship with Australia. The main industry has been serving the haute couture or high-end fashion design industry producing incredible fabrics and leathers. The treatment of skins requires an abundance of water, and it is something that this area is rich with. Many of those skins were sourced from Australian Merinos, where the very best quality was chosen. Only a couple of factories still operate today, but at its peak, there were well over 100 in operation.
The Montagne Noire divides the departments of Tarn and Aude, where yesterday’s race unfolded. The mountain range has dense forests of pine and oak, and on its lower slopes supports vineyards and olive groves. The mountain range continues to supply the water for Canal du Midi, allowing the locks to function year-round.
This evening you can wander into the village centre and dine at one of the restaurants on the river Agout.
- Explore French Culture
- Discover local roads
- Ride Tour de France climbs
Our ride today goes to the highest point of Montagne Noire, Pic de Nore. We had been riding it for years and we were delighted that Le Tour de France added it to stage 15 in 2018. We will tackle the same course, through the forest, before returning back to the valley. Our shorter ride today will stick to the valleys. Although we aren’t officially in the mountains, there is a good reason why Laurent Jalabert became a strong cyclist having grown up in the area.
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.
Tonight we return to Castres, minimising on transfers and you can venture in and try that other restaurant that controlled your indecision last night, or maybe you will just grab a woodfired pizza before a good night’s rest after a day at the Tour de France.
- See Stage 16 twice, include stage finish
- Visit Foix Castle
- Ride Tour de France climb to Foix, Prat d’Albis
There are two ride options today, our easier ride will stay on the valley roads before watching the race come through as they head for the sequence of climbs.
Our longer ride will add the challenging Tour de France climb to Prat d’Albis before joining the other group to cheer on the peloton. Our ride finishes where we started giving you time to freshen up for the arrival of the race.
Entering the Pyrenees
Watch the Tour de France in the Pyrenees.
We depart southwest France and track further west toward the Atlantic where the Pyrenees mountains start to dominate the landscape. We will stop at the spa town of Bagneres de Bigorre and ride to watch today’s stage as they start their second climb.
We will be at our hotel at a reasonable time tonight to prepare for another big day at the Tour de France tomorrow for the last opportunity for the climbers.
Our home for the next 3 nights will be in the heart of the Pyrenees. We are lucky for some incredible riding over the next couple of days.
- Mountain Stage in the Pyrenees
- Ride the climb, watch the peloton
- Add Col d’Aspin to your palmeres
We will ride from Bagneres de Bigorre to the base of Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin and Hourquette d’Anzican. What to choose! We’ll tackle Tourmalet without being pushed for time, and instead, we’ll head up Hourquette to watch the race come through. We can return the same way and watch the finish of the race in a local bar. You will have the opportunity to tick off the summit to Col d’Aspin if you choose to.
Hautacam stage finish and Tourmalet
Ride the most ridden climb of Tour de France, Col du Tourmalet, and see the race on a summit finish.
We will complete our trio of climbs today. Ventoux, done. Alpe d’Huez, done. To complete your set of Tour de France climbs you need to complete Tourmalet. Today is your opportunity. Sorry to those at home. I now understand the FOMO. We can head off early in the morning and get a good warm-up before starting the ascent. You can then return down the valley, enjoy a fuelling lunch, and stop off to see the summit finish up Hautacam.
- Ride the most iconic climb of the Pyrenees
- Col du Tourmalet
- Watch the race on the summit finish to Hautacam
Our feature ride today is up Col du Tourmalet. We will leave early to relieve you of any time pressures for reaching the summit. Riding in the Pyrenees is very different to the Alps, forests are lusher, you’re likely to meet cows, sheep, horses and lots of other wildlife.
If you like to experience the full festival on Hautacam, pack a picnic lunch and head straight up Hautacam for the race, it will be a spectacular finish and our hotel is at the bottom of the descent.
Cirque du Litor, Col d’Aubisque
Our final day in the Pyrenees is scenic splendour
The Tour de France starts making its way toward Paris. We will catch them again on our high-speed train journey after we finish our business in the Pyrenees.
One of the most spectacular roads in France is the balcony connecting Col du Soulor and Col d’Aubisque. The race ventured over it yesterday and added another climb in the middle, just for good measure. We will have a lot more time to meet the locals (mostly sheep and horses), but most importantly, enjoy the view along Cirque du Litor. There are no time pressures today, so we can pause for lunch at the summit before returning for lots of photos.
- Ride along a spectacular balcony road
- Climb two famous Pyrenean climbs
- Col du Soulor and Col d’Aubisque
Our rides today head up to Col d’Aubisque, our first summit though is Col du Soulor. The climb is easily broken into sections, where the initial climb out of the village has you questioning your endeavours. But it does flatten out and gets easier. Once you reach the next village, the gradient kicks up once more and it is not far to reach Col du Soulor, where our support team will welcome you and cheer you on. Refuel and the gentle gradient has you arrive at the top of Aubisque. We can stop for lunch before returning back, remember there was a bit of downhill when you climbed up!
TGV to Paris
Take the pleasure way to Paris, comfort and without luggage.
Our team will transport your bike and luggage to Paris, while you can take the more comfortable, and much faster way on the TGV. Reaching speeds over 300kph, France’s high-speed train network revolutionised their connectedness for business, family and leisure. They have created a network that is the envy of many other nations.
We will arrive in Paris this afternoon, for you to be able to watch the important time trial at a local Paris bar, in the niche village of Paris-Bercy where our hotel is located.
Tonight we will celebrate our Tour de France trips with a private Bikestyle Tours function, where all of our guests across our trips can share their stories of triumph, despair, and new friendships. Welcome to the Bikestyle family.
- TGV to Paris
- Transport of heavy luggage and bikes separately
- Farewell function includes food and wine
Paris Sights and Champs Elysees Finale
Rise early for the Paris Sights bike ride, and celebrate the arrival of the Tour de France.
Our morning starts with a bike ride. Before breakfast, we will set off through the city enjoying the iconic landmarks that draw people from all over the world. There are few places more iconic than Paris. There is no better way to see the city without the crowds, in our ride along the Seine. Notre Dame, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower are all on our course.
We return for a long breakfast, to fuel us for the day. Later in the day, we will set off to watch the Tour de France. Our staff will help you with the French Metro system so that you can return at your own leisure.
We will see the opening stage of the inaugural Tour de France Femmes event before the finale of the 3-week Grand Tour is finalised. Who will win the famous stage on the Champs Elysees?
Why not extend your trip and follow the Women’s tour through the Champagne region and in the Vosges mountains, completing a spectacular circumnavigation of France with incredible riding, exciting racing and great friendships.
- Tour de France on Champs Elysees
- Women’s opening stage of the Tour de France
- Transfers to and from Champs Elysees
Au Revoir, Farewell from France
All trips must come to an end, farewell – only until next time
We are delighted to host guests every year on our trips, whether it is fulfilling dreams, doing in honour of someone, as part of your annual holiday, or just because. We truly share your journey and do our absolute best to help you achieve what you want most from your cycling holiday in France. Sadly, our 2022 TDF GC Classic has come to an end for another year. We’re excited to be on the road again. Welcome back and if you haven’t travelled with us before, welcome to the Bikestyle Family.
You are free to leave the hotel at any time today, contact our team if you’d like to stay for any extra nights. For transfers to other hotels, the airport or train stations the hotel staff will be able to assist you.
- Welcome to the Bikestyle family
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