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Road Cycling Holiday, French Alps
A fabulous 5-night road cycling holiday in the French Alps staying at the wonderful family-owned Plein Sud Hotel, Chantemerle in the heart of Serre Chevalier.
A tough, but by no means, extreme tour, this route includes three of the Tour de France’s most famous climbs: Col d’Izoard, Col de Galibier and Alpe d’Huez. If you have the legs, like a challenge, and would love to tick off some of cycling’s greatest classic cols this is the best way to maximise your time away.
Fully bilingual and experienced bike instructor, Philippe Mennecier (Claudia’s husband), will be leading the group either on the bike or in a support vehicle. Depending on the group size, ability and the ride, there may be a second guide accompanying you.
Originally from Lyon, Philippe is a passionate road cycling enthusiast and, having lived in Serre Chevalier for 25 years, has plenty of expert local knowledge.
Staying in the perfectly situated 3-star, Plein Sud Hotel, in the heart of Chantemerle enables the group to leave from the same hotel on bike each morning. Comfortable rooms, all with south facing balconies, a warm welcome and delicious food make it an ideal choice. There is lovely garden and outdoor bar area and heated swimming pool. The cycle routes are all within easy reach and no time is wasted travelling by minibus. There is a secure lock-up room for the bikes.
We want this road cycling break to be first and foremost, a holiday, and not a competition. Of course you will need a certain level of fitness to tackle the climbs, but it is not just about the cycling. We want you to enjoy being part of a like-minded group, meet interesting people, enjoy a friendly hotel with delicious food in a beautiful part of the world, and most of all have fun!
ArrivalTransfer from Turin Airport
Arrival and settle in the Plein Sud Hotel.
Check bikes and equipment
Welcome meeting and debrief with aperitif and canapés
Col du Montgenevre - Col de l'EchelleDepart from hotel
Morning climb past the historic town of Briancon and up the Col du Montgenevre.
Lunch in Bardonecchia (Italy) before climbing the pretty and quiet Col de l'Echelle.
Return via the Nevache Valley, a protected and beautiful route.
Col du Lautaret - Alpe d'HuezDepart from hotel up the Col du Lautaret to Alpe d'Huez. With 21 hair-pin bends, this legendary climb epitomises the Tour de France and is a Mecca for cyclists.
Lunch in Alpe d'Huez and return in the minibus.
NB Option to return on bike for those who wish.
Col du Lautaret - Galibier - GranonDepart from hotel for another famous Tour de France climb, the Col du Galibier, on many a cyclist's bucket list. A stunning route via the Col du Lautaret.
Easy downhill return for lunch at the hotel
For the afternoon, option of relaxing in the thermal baths of Monetier, or climbing the picturesque Col du Granon
Guillestre - Col d'IzoardDepart from hotel for the most difficult cycling day. Following part of the route of the Etape du Tour, 2017, the Col d'Izoard at 2360m is a real cracker!
When you think of Izoard, the first thing that comes to mind is the barren scree slopes overlooking the road, which give the place a lunar feel, the so-called “Casse Déserte” situated just over 2 kilometres from the Col on the south side.
Following part of the route of the Etape du Tour, 2017, the Col d'Izoard at 2360m is a real cracker! Following lunch in Brunissard, a village at the bottom of the col, the climb takes you up past the mythical “Casse Déserte”, situated just over 2 kilometres from the Col on the south side. Distance 125km
DepartureTransfer to Turin Airport.
With an afternoon departure (approximately 4.30pm from the hotel for the BA flight back to Gatwick) you will have plenty of free time to chill out, visit the thermal baths or perhaps visit the historic town of Briancon, the highest town in Europe.
- 5 nights’ stay with breakfast at the 3-star Plein Sud Hotel, Chantemerle
- South-facing room with en-suite bathroom and balcony
- Welcome reception with aperitif and canapés on the first evening
- Delicious 3-course dinner with wine every evening
- Lunch on the four cycle days (at local restaurants)
- Transfers from Turin Airport for a selected BA flight from London
- Flights to Turin Airport
- Travel insurance
- Cycle hire if required (approximately 185€ for 5 days)
Contact Claudia first
Please do contact me to discuss the trip, availability and travel options before you book. I want to make sure that this holiday is right for you. Send me an email or ring me on my mobile or via WhatsApp.
Deposit and Payment
To make a reservation, please fill in the booking form by clicking on "BOOKING" on this page.
Then pay a non-refundable deposit of 15% of the full price. The full balance becomes due approximately 2-3 months before departure – we will email a reminder invoice.
We accept payment via bank transfer, Paypal, debit or credit card. For payment via bank transfer, contact Claudia for the details and fill in the booking form without payment.
Once we have received a booking form and the deposit has been paid, you will receive a confirmation invoice. Please see our Terms and Conditions for our cancellation policy.
For best value, we may be able to match you with a same-sex room mate (subject to another person also wishing to share). Contact Claudia for more information.
Hire a top of the range carbon fibre road bike for approximately 150€ for 4 days.
There will be a maximum group size of 8 with each instructor. The minimum group size is 2.
What if I get tired?
For the full day rides, there will be a vehicle back-up so if you are feeling tired, sore or need a break, then just hop in. All the bike tours are optional, so if you prefer to take a day off and chill out to recharge your batteries, no worries! It is a holiday after all.
Route and itinerary changes
Although Serre Chevalier has a very sunny reputation, the weather can change very quickly in the mountains. Philippe may change or adapt the programme depending on the weather conditions, the group and other local factors (eg road closures).
On booking, you must guarantee that you have, or will have made the arrangements to insure your party as necessary to include any activities in which you may be participating.
Coronavirus - your payment
If the holiday is cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, then your payment will be refunded, or, if you prefer, transferred to another holiday. If you are unable to travel due to the coronavirus restrictions or if you test positive for the virus, again your payment will be refunded, or, if you prefer, transferred to another holiday.
However if you need to cancel for any other reason, then the deposit and final payments are non-refundable as per our usual terms and conditions. See at the bottom of this website for details.
We realise that it is difficult to plan travel at the moment, but we will be as flexible as possible.
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