We make a distinction between cycling tours and coaching camps. The main objective of our cycling tours is to enjoy beautiful scenery and iconic climbs. They typically go from A to B and may involve changing hotels every night. Coaching camps on the other hand are usually based in one single hotel, and the main objective is to help you become a better, faster, safer cyclist.
Different people are looking for different things, so we have tried to be clear about what we offer. To do these things well costs money, so we are certainly not the cheapest option. If that works for you, read on!
COVID-19: all future dates are necessarily provisional and subject to change and/or cancellation. If you decide to book, we will only request a modest deposit, fully refundable in case the pandemic makes it impossible for you to attend.
We do not employ guides: all our staff are officially-certified cycling coaches. They will help you learn to cycle faster and more safely in the mountains.
This is your chance to add your name to the legend of the Tour de France climbs, and we will take you to climb as many as you can handle!
We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the roads less travelled and the hidden gems, where you can enjoy the mountains without the crowds.
Our clients are past the stage of youth hostels and camp sites. We look for the best possible hotels that remain affordable (usually 4*).
You certainly need to eat plenty of carbs during a cycling trip, but that needn’t mean piles of pasta. Expect top quality meals.
Last but not least: come as clients, leave as friends! We are doing this to share our passion for cycling, and we love meeting new people.
Mont Ventoux and the Luberon
Climb Mont Ventoux multiple times and explore the stunning scenery of the Baronnies Provençales and the Luberon. This is truly a cyclist’s paradise, and we can adjust the amount of climbing to suit your current level. You can ride at your own pace and different groups will form so that you are with people at a similar level.
If you are up for the challenge, join the Club des Cinglés du Mont Ventoux by climbing it three times in the same day, once by each of the three routes. The distance is 137 km and the total climbing 4,400m. Any reasonably well-trained cyclist riding at a sensible pace should be able to achieve this well within the allowed 24 hour period. Contact us for more information…
Route des Grandes Alpes
After Geneva to San Remo in 2021, back to the classic Route des Grandes Alpes in 2022. We will start on the shores of Lake Geneva and head south for 7 days, finishing in Menton. Each stage will follow the usual route (standard option), while offering a chance to spice it up with extra distance and climbing (challenging option).
The standard group will ride an average of 100km/2,500m+ each day. The challenging option will typically include an extra 20-30km and 750-1000m+. Both groups will be fully supported. As always with Alpine Cols, we will stay in beautiful hotels and eat wonderfully well. It is not a coaching camp, although tips and support are always available on request. Contact us for more information…
Discover the Pyrenees
Our final cycling tour of the year is all about enjoying the best of the Pyrenees. During the week we will do all the climbs in the Marmotte GranFondo Pyrenees (Tourmalet, Aspin, Hourquette d’Ancizan, Luz Ardiden…) plus several other iconic climbs made famous by the Tour de France (Soulor, Aubisque, Hautacam…) and a few gems (Spandelles, Couraduque)
The goal is to help you improve your technique while enjoying a fantastic cycling holiday in the Pyrenees. You can ride at your own pace and different groups will form so that you are with people at your own level. The coach to rider ratio is 1:5 or better, ensuring that you will have plenty of one-on-one coaching. Contact us for more information…