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La Clusaz GranFondo Coaching Camp




Dates: 4 to 11 June 2022

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Is this cycling trip for you?

YES:   if you want to learn to cycle faster in the mountains.

YES:   if you want to prepare for a sportive or Granfondo (e.g. Etape du Tour, Marmotte or Haute Route).

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.


Here is the programme for the week, including the coaching focus for each day, the major climbs and the distance/elevation you can expect to ride.

Date Coaching Focus Climbs Distance & Elevation
Sat Arrival day - -
Sun Core Skills Col de la Forclaz, col du Marais, col de la Croix-Fry 85km / 2,030m+
Mon Climbing Col des Glières, col des Fleuries 77km / 1,750m+
Tue Descending Col des Aravis, col de Plan Bois 57km / 1,995m+
Wed Climbing Col de Croix de Fer, Alpe d'Huez 90km / 3,200m+
Thu Pacing Col des Aravis, col de la Colombière 97km / 2,350m+
Fri Group Riding Col du Marais, col de l'Arpettaz, col des Aravis 99km / 2,450m+
Sat Recovery Departure or Recovery Ride -
Sun Competing OPTION: Megève Mont Blanc Sportive 60km, 100km or 150km

Saturday

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.

 

Sunday

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.

 

Monday

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.

 

Tuesday

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!

 

Wednesday

We ride the last two-thirds of the 2022 Etape du Tour, over the col de la Croix de Fer and up to l’Alpe d’Huez. To get there, we will take a minibus ride from La Clusaz to Saint Jean de Maurienne, and climb to the col de la Croix de Fer after a short warm-up along the valley floor.

The Croix de Fer is a classic Alpine climb, long and tough, on the bucket list for any keen cyclist. The summit is 30 km from St Jean, and 1,522m higher up. There are two quite long sections in he mddle where you lose height, so the average gradient when climbing varies mostly between 7% and 9%.

The climb to Alpe d’Huez requires little introduction. It is 13 km long and 1022m. If you are very strong you can try to ride it in less than one hour: most riders take from 1h30 to 2h.

 

Thursday

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!

 

Friday

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 of these are in a shady beech forest before reaching the high alpine pastures. There’s a refuge on top for a coffee and cake 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.

 

Saturday

Departure day
Transfer to the airport (times to be confirmed)

OR

Recovery day
Short spin to loose up the legs before tomorrow’s sportive.

 

Sunday (OPTION)

The Megève Mont Blanc (formerly known as the Time Megève) is one of the best-known French sportives. We have often included it in our La Clusaz coaching camps.

Riding the sportive with us allows you to immediately put into practice everything you have learned during the week, and gives us the chance to coach you during an actual race.

To ride the Megève Mont Blanc with us you will stay an extra night (possibly two if you can’t get a late flight from Geneva on Sunday)
We will take care of all the logistics and ride as much of the event as possible with you, splitting our time equitably with the other coaching camp participants.

There are three choices of distance:
60 km | 1,530m+
100 km | 2,910m+
150 km | 4,842m+

It’s possible to choose your route on the day (cut-offs apply)

The Hotel Beauregard 4*, La Clusaz

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)

PACKAGE PRICES

From Sat 4 June to Sat 11 June (7 nights)

  • Twin-share: 2,680
  • Single supplement: 350

OPTION: ride the Megève Mont Blanc sportive

From Sat 11 Jun to Sun 12 Jun (1 night)

  • Twin-share : €350
  • Single supplement: €50

INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGE

  • Airport transfers (to and from Geneva, at a fixed time only)
  • Accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • On-the-bike coaching
  • On-the-road support vehicle with free energy drinks and snacks
  • Mechanical assistance
  • Coach’s Corner evening sessions on cycling performance
  • Photographs taken during the week (digital copies)
  • Entry to the sportive (if applicable)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Geneva
  • Hotels in Geneva
  • Bicycle hire
  • Minibar or drinks at the hotel bar
  • Coffee or snacks during café stops
  • Massage (optional extra)