2024 TDF Tourmalet, Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez
July 11, 2024 to July 22, 2024
Set forth on an exclusive 12-day cycling odyssey tailored for avid cyclists. Commence your journey at Toulouse Blagnac Airport for a cycling-focused adventure across the Pyrenees, Provence, and the French Alps. Assemble your bike and ride through iconic climbs such as Tourmalet, Alpe d’Huez, and Ventoux, designed specifically for passionate cyclists. Immerse in the rich heritage of Tour de France routes, experience race action up close, and conquer legendary ascents with fellow cycling enthusiasts. Revel in the camaraderie forged through shared experiences. Conclude your exhilarating cycling exploration in Lyon. This journey is crafted for those passionate about the sport, offering unparalleled cycling challenges and unforgettable memories. Bon voyage!
- 12 Days (11 Nights)
- Cyclists Only
- All Breakfasts, 8 Dinners
- Support Vehicle
- Mechanical Assistance
- Navigational Guidance
Twin Share $8950Single Supplement $1400
Toulouse, France, July 11, 2024
Lyon, France, July 22, 2024
Group Size: 18 guests – 4 staff
Cyclists Only Tour: Our Tour de France cyclist-only bike tours are ideal for cyclists who want to experience the big climbs of the Tour de France while seeing key stages of the race. Our main focus is on completing the most beautiful French rides while adding in a few stages of the Tour de France.
Suited to Intermediate and Experienced cyclists, your 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 daily
- 3-course evening meals on 8 nights
- Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
- Transport throughout on our luxury coach
- Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
- 11 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
- Scheduled arrival transfers at Toulouse Blagnac Airport. Scheduled departure transfer at Lyon Saint Exupery Airport.
- 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
- 2 x Bikestyle Tours Cycling Kits
- See 5 stages of the 2024 Tour de France including stage starts, finishes, and mountain passes
- Ride the Pyrenees, including the Tourmalet
- Visit Provence and ride “The Giant of Provence”, Mont Ventoux
- Ride the famous climbs of the French Alpes – Alpe d’Huez and Col du Galibier
- Stay at 3 and 4-star accommodation
Price: AUD $8950 (twin share)
Single Supplement: AUD $1400 – Limited Single Rooms Available
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare, and are based on two persons per room. If traveling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively, you may choose to have a room of your own by paying a single supplement.
Note: It is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip.
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 Charges
Bike Hire: AUD $715.00
Upgrade options available
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.
Bikestyle Tours has been running trips to the Tour de France for over 27 years. This French cycling odyssey offers a chance to conquer the iconic climbs steeped in the history of the Tour de France. Witness the Tour de France in all its glory on 5 occasions, take on challenging ascents and breathtaking descents through some of the most picturesque landscapes in Europe. You’ll conquer legendary passes featured in the Tour de France, revel in Alpine panoramas, and explore charming towns steeped in history.
Begin an exhilarating 12-day cycling journey at Toulouse Blagnac Airport. This expedition spans the Pyrenees, Provence, and the French Alps. Assemble at the airport and set off for the Pyrenees, immersing in captivating landscapes for four days. Experience the famous Tourmalet climb, reliving cycling history firsthand. From there, dive into the excitement of the Tour de France, witnessing sprinter battles in Provence and significant stage moments in the Alps. Conquer iconic ascents like Alpe d’Huez and Ventoux, embracing their challenges and scenic grandeur. Each day brings unique race encounters and breathtaking rides, culminating in Lyon, marking the end of an unforgettable cycling odyssey along the legendary Tour de France routes. An amazing combination of experiencing the Tour de France and ticking off those bucket list climbs.
Please note that this tour is a cyclists-only tour.
See the 111th Tour de France on 5 occasions
Stage 14 ★★★★☆, Mountain
Stage 15 ★★★★☆, Mountain
Stage 16 ★★★☆☆, Sprint
Stage 17 ★★★★☆, Mountain
Stage 19 ★★★★☆, Mountain
Bienvenue en France
Thursday 11 July 2024
Join our team at Toulouse Blagnac Airport at 10:30 am, marking the start of our Pyrenees adventure. A scenic transfer will guide us to the heart of the Pyrenees, our base for the next four days. Upon arrival at the hotel, our dedicated staff will lend a hand in assembling your bike.
Following a shakedown ride to familiarise yourself with the area, join us for a convivial welcome dinner, complete with excellent wine. Our knowledgeable staff will be available to address any inquiries about our upcoming tour, spanning the Pyrenees, Provence, and the French Alps. Prepare for an incredible journey and get ready to delve into the breathtaking landscapes and cycling challenges that await!
- Stay in the heart of the Pyrenees
- Welcome Dinner
We will take a light afternoon ride through the valley to get used to riding in France and make sure bikes are in working order for the tour ahead.
Discover the Mighty Tourmalet
Friday 12 July 2024
Prepare for an unforgettable ascent up the legendary Tourmalet, one of cycling’s most iconic mountains. Experience the thrill of riding the Tour de France route without the usual road closures, surrounded by the enthusiasm of fans and camper vans—a truly unparalleled experience.
Starting from our hotel, we’ll traverse the bike path to Argeles and embark on our journey towards the base of the famed Col du Tourmalet, a legendary climb in Tour de France history. The Western ascent, spanning 19km, promises a challenging yet rewarding ride. Upon reaching the summit, revel in the breathtaking views before descending back down the valley to our hotel, concluding a day filled with remarkable cycling achievements and awe-inspiring vista.
- Ride the Tourmalet, the highest pass in the Pyrenees.
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 a very unique experience, you’re likely to meet cows, sheep, horses and lots of other wildlife.
First Glimpses of Le Tour
Saturday 13 July 2024
Bagneres de Luchon, France
Today marks our up-close encounter with the Tour de France. Beginning early, we depart from our hotel, heading to Arreau at the base of the Col d’Aspin. Riding over the Col d’Aspin, we merge with today’s race route, journeying through La Hourquette d’Ancizan and descending into the valley. We will catch the race as they begin the final climb for the day, granting a prime view of the Tour de France as they fight for position as they enter the descent. After witnessing this thrilling stage, we’ll transfer to our next hotel, capping off a day immersed in the electrifying atmosphere of the Tour de France and the sheer excitement of cycling along its prestigious routes.
- First glimpses of the Tour de France
- Ride the Col d’Aspin
We will ride another famous climb of the Pyrenees today, the Col d’Aspin, once at the summit we will descend down to start the La Hourquette d’Ancizan which is the penultimate climb of stage 14.
Peyresourde and Tour de France
Sunday 14 July 2024
Bagneres de Luchon, France
Today promises an exhilarating stage start experience of the Tour de France. Setting off early from the hotel, we’ll cycle along today’s race route, making our way to Loudenvielle. Stage starts offer a fantastic chance to witness your favourite riders up close and seize a photo opportunity. Once we’ve soaked in the energy of the stage departure, we’ll follow the race route by bike, journeying over the challenging Col de Peyresourde, and ultimately returning to our hotel.
This day offers an up-close encounter with the Tour de France’s electrifying atmosphere, showcasing the thrill of a stage start and the scenic adventure of riding along the prestigious race route.
- Stage start in Loudenvielle
- Ride the Col de Peyresourde
Our ride will see us do a double accent of the Col de Peyresourde. We will first tackle the Peyresourde from Bagneres de Luchon, measuring 13.9km (at 6.7%). After the stage start we will have a shorter 5km ascent of the Col de Peyresourde before descending back to our hotel.
Pyrenees to Provence
Monday 15 July 2024
Following challenging rides in the Pyrenees, we leap ahead of the Tour de France, journeying on our luxury coach from the Pyrenees to Provence, ready to join the race in its climactic final week.
As we enter Provence, the landscape undergoes a dramatic shift, transforming from the lush greenery of the Pyrenees to the striking white stone and earthy terrain, adorned with magnificent olive groves. Upon arrival and settling into our new location, the late afternoon offers an opportunity to explore the area’s enchanting surroundings. We’ll reunite for a shared dinner, brimming with anticipation for the upcoming excitement, as we prepare to immerse ourselves in the thrilling stages ahead in Provence.
- Transfer to Provence on our luxury coach
Today will be a good day to rest the legs in preparation for the final week of our tour. If time permits we will head out for an easy spin in the late afternoon to freshen our legs.
Sprint Finish in Nimes
Tuesday 16 July 2024
Today refocuses on the professional cyclists as sprinters prepare for an intense showdown in Nimes. After enduring challenging mountain stages, the sprinters gear up for a chance at victory in the 178km flat stage leading into Nimes.
Prior to the racing excitement, the morning offers a gentler ride from our hotel to the awe-inspiring Pont du Gard. Celebrated as a marvel of Roman engineering, this grand aqueduct, constructed during Emperor Augustus’s reign in 19BC, served to transport fresh water across a 45km expanse. Following our ride, we’ll journey to Nimes, ready to witness the sprinters in action, poised for high-speed thrills on this exhilarating stage.
- See the sprint finish in Nimes
- Is this another for Cav to break the record?
Our ride will see us follow along the banks of the Rhône River, we will have a chance to enjoy some flatter terrain today before reaching Pont du Gard. We will return to our hotel bike before getting ready for the Tour de France.
Rhône River to Tour de France
Wednesday 17 July 2024
Today, we’ll journey north from our hotel by bike, tracing the path along the Rhône River to reach the town of Saint Paul Trois Châteaux for the start of stage 17 in the Tour de France. As the race enters its most challenging phase, this presents an opportunity to witness closely the contenders vying for the coveted yellow jersey and those determined to complete the Tour.
Following the thrill of today’s stage start, we’ll return to our hotel and indulge in a relaxing afternoon. Meanwhile, the General Classification contenders engage in an intense battle, setting the stage for an evening of unwinding after a day filled with the excitement and competitiveness of the Tour de France.
- Saint Paul Trois Chateaux
- Ride along Rhone River
We have something special tomorrow planned so our ride today will take the flattest route possible as we ride along the Rhone River to Saint Paul Trois Chateaux.
Géant of Provence, Mont Ventoux
Thursday 18 July 2024
Setting off in the refreshing morning, our journey begins in Bédoin, marking the start of an epic ride. Starting with several kilometres before the arduous climb to Ventoux truly begins, the challenge unfolds. With a total length of 21.5 km at an average 7.45% gradient, reaching the renowned tower at the summit demands steady resolve—pacing yourself is key, to avoiding draining your energy too soon.
Traversing through the mystical forest towards Ventoux adds to the enigmatic allure of the ascent until reaching Chalet Reynard, merely 6 km from the summit. Beyond this point lies an otherworldly moonscape of Ventoux, a surreal environment, unlike any other in your riding experience.
The summit awaits with an abundance of treats from the vendors and sweeping views across the Luberon Valley. This unforgettable accomplishment prompts reflection and celebration before descending back to Bédoin, concluding the day with well-deserved revelry in honour of our extraordinary ride.
- Ride Mont Ventoux
The climb covers 21.5 km at 7.45% average gradient. The first 7 km is manageable, but the challenge increases later. The gradient intensifies until Chalet Reynard, where it eases to 8%. Beyond, there’s a further 6 km through Ventoux’s distinct landscape, with a memorial to Tom Simpson 900m from the summit.
Into the French Alpes
Friday 19 July 2024
Le Monêtier les Bains, Hautes-Alpes, France
Today marks our departure from Provence, transitioning into the magnificent Alpes for the concluding days of our tour. Along our journey, we’ll pause in Embrun, a pivotal spot to witness stage 19, a critical day in the high mountains for riders aspiring to claim the podium’s top step.
After immersing ourselves in the excitement of this crucial stage, we’ll venture deeper into the Alpes, preparing for the upcoming two enchanting days of riding. This marks the prelude to the exhilarating experiences and challenges that await us in these breathtaking mountainous terrains, as we draw closer to the grand culmination of our cycling adventure.
- See stage 19 of the Tour de France
- Transfer to the French Alpes
We will have several ride options today depending on how everyone’s legs are feeling. We have 2 very special rides in the coming days so we will ensure everyone is fresh and ready to roll.
Alpe d’Huez 21 Switchbacks
Saturday 20 July 2024
Le Monêtier les Bains, Hautes-Alpes, France
Today, we embark on an iconic journey to the most renowned climb in the French Alps—the legendary Alpe d’Huez, a pinnacle of the Tour de France. With its celebrated 21 switchbacks, this climb traditionally draws up to 2 million spectators during the Tour de France, creating an electrifying atmosphere. While we’ll experience a quieter day on Alpe d’Huez without the Tour de France buzz, the mountain still beckons millions of riders each month.
Savour the ascent up the famous Alpe d’Huez, revelling in its challenge and triumph. Following the ride, we’ll return to Le Bourg d’Oisans, embracing the charm of this wonderful French village, before concluding the day’s adventures and heading back to our hotel for a relaxing evening.
- Col du Lautaret
- Alpe d’Huez
Embarking from our hotel, we’ll follow the route of Cadel Evans’ 2011 Tour de France victory. Starting with an achievable climb at Col du Lautaret, a thrilling 40km descent leads us to the base of Alpe d’Huez. Ride the iconic mountain at your own pace, pause for photos, and relish the experience. Lunch awaits at the summit village before descending along a scenic road to the base. If preferred, transport is available for a shorter route, skipping the initial climb
For a shorter option today, you can take transport to the base of the Alpe, skipping the first climb.
Col du Galibier
Sunday 21 July 2024
Le Monêtier les Bains, Hautes-Alpes, France
The morning’s highlight includes conquering the renowned Col du Galibier, a legendary climb featured in numerous Tour de France events. Despite its altitude, accessing this iconic ascent from our valley-based location will offer a manageable challenge.
Post our invigorating ride, we’ll relax at our hotel, catching the electrifying climax of the TDF stage on television. To conclude this day of exploration in the French Alps, we gather for a delightful dinner at the hotel, where we share anecdotes and experiences from our Alpine escapades
Tonight we will enjoy a final farewell dinner together.
- Ride Col du Galibier
- Farewell Dinner
Making our way to Col du Lautaret we have conquered half the climb, but there is a further 8km of climbing from there to reach the summit road between the Hautes Alpes and Savoie, Col du Galibier. We’re above 2,600m here.
After some photos, we will descend slowly back to our hotel for our farewell dinner.
Monday 22 July 2024
Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable journey together. We extend a heartfelt farewell, wishing you safe travels for the adventures that lie ahead. Our morning commences with our departure from the hotel, setting off on a relaxed journey aboard our luxury coach. We’ll ensure a smooth transition to Lyon Saint Exupery Airport, facilitating an effortless departure for your onward flights.
As you venture toward your next destination, carry with you the cherished memories, enriching experiences, and the bonds of camaraderie fostered during our extraordinary Tour de France adventure. Bon voyage!
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