Day 1: Arrival in Grenoble.
Arrive in Grenoble at the time of your choice. Meet with our local correspondent in Grenoble to go over itinerary. Transfer to Alpe d'Huez where you'll dine and overnight. Note that if you wish to do some riding on arrival day, we'll transfer to Alpe d'Huez or nearby (we use two different locations for this tour). Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 2: Suggested loop.
You will be provided with a few suggestions for today's tour. Our favorite is a 60 km (38 miles) ride that will take you on quiet roads with breathtaking views over the Oisans area and the nearby mountain peaks. This short loop will allow you to gauge yourself before riding the giant passes of the coming days. Longer rides will be suggested should you wish to cover more ground. Overnight at your hotel. Dinner is at leisure.
Day 3: Alpe d'Huez (or nearby)- Valloire (111 km or 70 miles).
After breakfast, barrel down from your hotel all the way to the valley floor before attacking the Col de la Croix de Fer (2,067 m or 6,200 ft.) rated "HC" ("Hors Catégorie" means "Beyond category" by the Tour de France organizers. The Col du Télégraphe (1,566 m or 4,700 ft. rated as a second category climb) will take you to Valloire at the bottom of Galibier. Dinner and overnight at your 2-star hotel in Valloire.
Day 4: Valloire - Alpe d'Huez (85 km or 53 miles).
Your route will take you to Col du Galibier (2645 m or 7,900 ft rated "HC") before going down the Col du Lautaret all the way to Bourg d'Oisans. From there, the 16-km climb to Alpe d'Huez (1,850 m or 5,550 ft.) is your mission. The time to beat: 37'35", a record held by Marco Pantani since 1995. Dinner and overnight at your 3-star hotel.
Day 5: Departure.
After breakfast, depart at the time of your choice.
Private transfers to Grenoble or Geneva can be organized (price is on request).
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