Tour de France 2017 Daily Itinerary
Tuesday, 11 July
Today the request team will meet you at the Nuremberg airport upon arrival (if you are not participating with us at Challenge Roth). You'll spend tonight in 4-star hotel accommodations and enjoy a complimentary full breakfast.
Wednesday, 12 July
This morning after breakfast, we head to the airport for the short flight to Geneva, Switzerland. Once landed, we will drive approximately 1 hour to our lovely accommodation in Annecy. After you've checked in and bikes are assembled, the rest of the afternoon is yours to wander around the amazing old and new towns of Annecy before dinner. Dinner this evening is in a great restaurant in the old city.
Thursday, 13 July
Our first ride in beautiful Annecy will be a nice easy one to get the legs moving. The ride around the lake is flat to undulating and allows a highly recommended dip in the glacial waters at various points along the way. Dinner tonight will be a walk to a local restaurant in the old city. 42kms of cycling today, 0 climbs.
Friday, 14 July - Col de la Forclaz
Today’s ride takes us above the amazing town of Annecy with breathtaking views back over the old city, The ride takes roads beside and above the lake and the wide cycling paths adjacent.
Tonight will be an amazing experience on the lake foreshore with Bastille Day fireworks and celebrations to mark France’s national holiday. Dinner will again be in the old city at a restaurant on the canals. Annecy is sometimes referred to as the "Venice of France," and you'll see why! 65km of riding, Climb: Col de la Forclaz
Saturday, 15 July - Annecy to Semnoz
Departing our hotel, today’s ride begins with a climb up the Col de Leschaux. From here we continue on to the highest point from Annecy, Semnoz. The 26km climb maxes out at 7.5% so will be a great ascent to the ski station at the top.
We will have a coffee at a café at the ski station before heading back to the hotel to pack up for our transfer to Le Bourg d’Oisans tomorrow morning. 65km of riding, Climb: Col de Leschaux
Sunday, 16 July - Le Bourg D'oisans
Today we transfer to Le Bourg d’Oisans where we will be based for the next week. Here we meet up with our TDF partner, Velotours, and their Alpes Ventoux group for a great week of cycling many of the famous climbs that feature in the Tour de France every year. After everyone has unpacked and the bikes are assembled, we will all head out on a short ride to stretch the legs to the quaint little village of Allemont.
Dinner is in a great restaurant in town. Today we have 38km of riding, no climbs.
Monday, 17 July - Alpe d'Huez
Have you watched the Tour on television and wondered, "what's it like to climb Alpe d'Huez?" Today is your day! We begin your France riding campaign with three great climbs. The day begins from our front door - straight up the famous Alpe d'Huez for a coffee, then we will continue through town to ascend the Col de Sarrenne. After a few group photos of the amazing backdrop on the way down, we will re-group at the dam and then climb Les Deux Alpes for lunch in town before heading home. Dinner will be a walk to another of the local restaurants in town.
Alternative option: Choose to ride one or more of the climbs and use the van support provided. Today we ride 67km and 3 climbs.
Tuesday, 18 July - TDF or Col du Glandon
You have 2 choices today. Join for a day on the bike riding the epic climbs Col du Glandon and Lacets du Montvernier before stopping for lunch and then continuing up the Col de la Croix de Fer. Or, you can ride the Glandon then head home for a shower and jump in the van for the 90 minute transfer to see the finish of Le Tour de France in Romans-sur-Isere.
Alternative option: Use the van support at any stage of the ride. Today it's possible to cover 143km and 3 climbs.
Wednesday, 19 July - Tour de France
Another epic day riding two great climbs, the Col du Lautaret and the Col du Galibier while also taking in another Tour de France stage. We will see Le Tour twice today; early in the stage at the bottom of the stage’s first descent and again on the Galibier, on the final climb/descent of the day.
Alternative option: Ride to the top of the Lautaret and wait at the intersection for the peloton or transfer in the van to the top of the Lautaret and ride the 8km to the summit of the Galibier. 82km and 2 climbs are possible today.
Thursday, 20 July - Tour de France
Today we will head to Briancon for the stage start of the Tour de France. We will travel part way in the van then you will ride into the town and epicenter of the Tour de France precinct to wander around the team buses and watch the sign on while staff look after your gear at a local cafe. Most of today’s ride (60km) is downhill, so it will be a nice day of riding. Dinner tonight will be pizza and salad at home on the deck.
Alternative option: Transfer in the van at any stage of the ride.
Friday, 21 July - Oisans Triple
Today we ride three great climbs close to home so we have plenty of time to pack for our transfer tomorrow to Mont Ventoux. Dinner will be a walk to another of the local restaurants in town. Alternative option: Choose to ride one or more climbs and use the van support at any stage of the ride. 70km and 3 climbs.
Saturday, 22 July - Transfer to Paris; Rest Day
Early start this morning as we prepare for our flight to Paris for the next 2 nights. We will transfer back to Geneva for our flight to Paris. From the airport in Paris we will transfer to our hotel by bus where you can settle in before meeting in the foyer for the walk to dinner. Rest day.
Sunday, 23 July - TDF Grand Finale
Today you experience the penultimate stage of Le Tour de France – the final sprint down the Champs Elysees. The day is yours to explore the course and race. Tonight we will finish an amazing cycling tour with our farewell dinner, after which you are free to enjoy exploring Paris by night.
Monday, 24 July - Departure
Today we say goodbye and help prepare you for your departure. Some of you may stay in Paris or continue on your overseas adventure by jetting off to see other places. Staff will assist with transfer arrangements to airports and train stations by request.
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