Dates: 14 to 21 June
€2 ,150.00 – €2 ,995.00
YES: if you want to learn to cycle faster in the mountains.
YES: if you want to make friends and have fun with other like-minded people.
YES: if you want to stay in a comfortable 4* hotel, with outstanding food.
NO: if you are a beginner cyclist or you do not like cycling up hills.
NO: if you prefer low cost accommodation and cheap & cheerful food.
|Date||Coaching Focus||Climbs||Distance & Elevation|
|Sun Jun 14||Arrival day||-||-|
|Mon Jun 15||Core Skills||Col de la Forclaz, Col de l'Epine, Col de la Croix-Fry||91km / 2,300m+|
|Tue Jun 16||Climbing||Col des Glières, Col des Fleuries||77km / 1,750m+|
|Wed Jun 17||Descending||Col des Aravis, col de la Croix-Fry, col du Plan Bois (option)||50km / 1,600m+ (or 68km / 2,300m+)|
|Thu Jun 18||Pacing||Col des Aravis, col de la Colombière||97km / 2,350m+|
|Fri Jun 19||Group riding||Col du Marais, col de l'Arpettaz, col des Aravis||99km / 2,450m+|
|Sat Jun 20||Recovery||Morzine (or depart, if not staying for the GranFondo)||71 km / 880m+|
|Sun Jun 21||Morzine Haut Chablais GranFondo||Col de Joux Verte, col du Corbier, col de Joux PLane||152km | 3,800m+ or 102km | 2,370m+|
You will be picked up at Geneva airport and taken to the Hotel Beauregard in La Clusaz. La Clusaz is 69 km from the airport and the transfer will take around 1 hour and 15 minutes. There will be only one transfer, but we can organise a taxi if you arrive at a different time.
The camp begins with a welcome drink and briefing at 18:30, followed by dinner with the coaches and other riders.
We begin the week with a classic local ride, the Tour de la Tournette, during which the coaches observe your basic bike-handling, cornering and climbing skills.
After descending to Thônes we take a very quiet road to the (easy) col de Bluffy, before continuing to the spectacular col de la Forclaz. From here there are stunning views across Lake Annecy and the Massif des Bauges.
We descend all the way to the valley floor and a few km of flat before the charming col de l’Epine.
The return to La Clusaz is via the col de la Croix-Fry. Less than 12km, this is nevertheless a tough climb that must be treated with respect. Throughout the ride, we pay close attention to your pacing to ensure you stay at the right level for a long endurance ride.
Today we begin with the short but steep climb to the Plateau de Glières, first used by the Tour de France in 2018. There’s a short gravel section over the top before a long descent.
The coaching focus is on climbing technique and pacing. We look at your seated pedalling technique and how it varies between the moderate and steep pitches, and we look at your standing technique to help you “dance” on the pedals like a pro.
The second climb, to the col des Fleuries, is much easier and will allow us to contrast climbing techniques between climbs of different gradients.
We return to La Clusaz up the beautiful Gorges du Borne, in time for one of the Beauregard’s excellent buffet lunches.
Descending is a crucial skill to master if you are going to ride in the mountains. Our goal today is to help you make a big improvement in your ability to descend confidently.
We begin by warming up on the 6 km climb to the col des Aravis., where we organise a descending clinic. Each rider has the opportunity to descend multiple times with a coach and to be videoed multiple times. This enables us to provide immediate feedback, and the video allows you to observe your own technique.
We then back-track to the col de la Croix-Fry and let you loose for an uphill time trial, finishing with a well-earned coffee at the summit café.
From there, it is a short descent home for lunch!
This is a highlight of the week: the Tour des Aravis, including the mighty Colombière, from the tough side of course!
The ride begins by the climb to the col des Aravis and the descent to Flumet, where we turn left and go through the famous ski-station of Megève.
Descending from Megève we enjoy stunning views of Mont Blanc before the flat ride out along the valley floor to Cluses, where we will regroup and refuel before tackling the Colombière.
The climb is 16 km long, rising 1,100m. There’s an easy bit in the middle at Reposoir, and the hardest bit is at the end. Your reward is a delicious blueberry tart in the summit café!
There’s a tough option for the brave: add the col de Romme!
Another stunning ride, the Tour du Mont Charvin takes us first down to Thônes, over the col du Marais and along the valley to Ugine.
From here we climb the remarkable col de l’Arpettaz, with its 49 hairpin bends, many in a shady beech forest before reaching the high alpine pastures. There’s a refuge on top for a café before the precipitous descent to the balcony road to Flumet.
We finish the ride by coming back over the col des Aravis from the south side, to close the loop on an exceptional circuit.
Departure (if not staying for the GranFondo); or,
Transfer to Morzine. Most people will want to treat this as a recovery day and ride to Morzine by the easiest route. There are however multiple options to make this ride much harder, if you so wish!
The simple route is to ride down the Gorge du Borne and then part way back up the Arve valley before turning off on a relativels easy climb to Morzine.
We should be there for an early lunch and have plenty of time to visit the race village and the town o Morzine during the afternoon.
MORZINE HAUT CHABLAIS GRANFONDO
Much more relaxed than the better-known Etape du Tour, this is a great introduction to sportives in the mountains, and a chance to put into practice all that you have worked on during the week.
There are three choices of distance, ranging from accessible to tough.
The start is at 8am and you should finish by 3-4pm at the latest, giving you time for a shower, pack the bike and transfer to the airport for an evening flight.
We loved the Beauregard at first sight and have brought hundreds of guests here over the past five years.
Built in traditional Alpine wood and stone and tastefully decorated throughout, it is set on a slight rise and nestled in a copse of trees, giving it a secluded and exclusive feel. The rooms are cosy, luxurious and comfortable. There is a spa with hot tub, sauna and indoor swimming pool.
The staff are lovely people, warm and welcoming, and thoroughly understand the needs of cyclists.
The “Symphonie” restaurant is a real high point, offering excellent food that is great for hungry cyclists. The chef is very flexible and is always ready to cater to specific needs and requests. He also knows how important it is to start the day with an excellent breakfast!
The hotel is rated “Excellent” (4.5) on TripAdvisor and 88% on Booking.com in over 2000 reviews.
Feedback from our own guests has always been overwhelmingly positive. This is a great place to be on holiday!
I had a great time with you guys. Your organisation of everything but turning the pedals was absolutely spot on. My riding improved lots! (Steve, UK)
This is a MUST experience for every cyclist. The things that stand out for me are your team’s attention to detail – 5 Star personal service (Robbie, Switzerland)
It was so clear you were prepared to do “whatever it takes” with a smile on your face to make our experience special. Felt like I was on a tour team!!! (Scott, Canada)
The experience with Alpine Cols was excellent. I have done several cycling camps, and I must say this one was close to perfection. (Stephanie, France)
Thank you for the photos and a great week. The organisation, on road support, the hotel and all other aspects were great. I really did enjoy myself and despite my nerves and the weather I will definitely go another alpine cycling holiday. (Diana, UK)
Thanks very much to you and Emmanuelle for hosting a delightful event. Great hotel; superb logistics; you assembled a terrific group of people; and the two of you made it all appear effortless. (Richard, UK)
From Sun 14 June to Sat 20 June (6 nights)
From Sun 14 June to Sun 21 June, (7 nights) including the Morzine Haut Chablais GranFondo