If you’re up for a challenge, how about taking on La Route des Grandes Alpes as an organised ride this summer? The route is 700km (440 miles), takes in 16 French mountain passes, and you’ll rack up 15,500m of climbing in six days.
La Route des Grandes Alpes is a marked route that traverses the French Alps from north to south. It starts at Lake Geneva and finishes at Côte d'Azur. Famous Tour de France climbs that feature along the way include Colombière, Télégraphe, Galibier and Aravis. It sounds like a ride you’re not going to forget in a hurry.
Italian Bicycling Tours (yes, they’re obviously branching out) are running a fully supported ride from 22 June until 29 June. You’ll get on-the-road van support as you ride and will stay in two-star and three-star hotels on the route.
The organisers will sort out transfers from the airports, drinks and snacks out on the road, evening dinners and secure bike storage. You’ll also go an exclusive jersey.
The price per person is from £950, based on a twin room.
For more details go to www.italiancyclingtours.com.
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