Our supported Cycling Holiday week from Sunday July 21st to Sunday July 28th 2019 coincides with the Tour visit to Tignes and Bourg St Maurice. The week will include daily rides with vehicle support of some of the big local mountain Cols, including those that the professionals will be riding in the Tour a couple of days later, such as the Petit St Bernard, Col du Pre, Cormet du Roseland, and Col d’Iseran.
On Friday July 26th you’ll ride up from Sainte Foy via Val d’Isere to the top of the Col d’Iseran to reach a great vantage point to watch Stage 19 of the Tour as it climbs up the other side of the Col d’iseran from Bonneval.
The Tour’s journey through the Alps continues with a dynamic stage that will take the riders to the summit of the 2019 Tour at the Col de l’Iseran (2 770m) that will only be reached for the eighth time in the history of the Tour and the second time by its south side which is the toughest one. It is precisely when going up towards the highest road pass in Europe that Louison Bobet had bid farewell to the Tour in 1959 but also where Claudio Chiappucci took off before winning in Sestrières in 1992.
On Saturday July 27th an early start will be required to cycle down from Sainte Foy to Bourg and them up the Cormet de Roseland to view the riders coming over the top from Beaufort.
The last alpine stage will be a grande premiere: it will indeed be the third finish above an altitude of 2 000 metres, which has never occurred in the history of the Tour. Before the final climb to Val Thorens, a first battle should take place at the Cormet de Roselend. The Tour winner may well be decided on the last day of racing before the parade into Paris on Sunday 28th.
It goes without saying that we have full TV coverage of each stage at the Auberge as well as highlights each evening.
Accommodation and Meals
You will be staying at the Auberge sur la Montagne in the peaceful mountain village of La Thuile at Sainte Foy Tarentaise. The Auberge has a spacious beamed lounge with an open fireplace and bar, a candle-lit dining room, and 8 very comfortable ensuite bedrooms. There’s a pretty south-facing terrace and garden to sun yourself in, and a hot tub and sauna to relax in. There’s also a TV, DVD in the Den, and free wifi.
Our professional chef will create a delicious buffet breakfast each morning to set you up for the days riding including fruit juice and smoothies, a selection of cereals (our overnight oats are a popular choice), fresh fruit, yogurt and boiled eggs. Freshly baked hot croissants and bread with home-made marmalade, jams, and local honey are also available, along with freshly brewed tea, herbal teas or coffee.
Our support driver will bring packed lunches for the group each day including a substantial baguette sandwich, cereal bar and piece of fruit. Energy bars and gels, and extra water will also be available.
On 6 nights you’ll be treated to a sumptuous, but healthy 3-course dinner in our candle lit dining room accompanied by our quality local Savoyard house wines. We’re always happy to cater for vegetarians, vegans and other special dietary needs with advance notice.
On one night our chefs have a well-deserved night off so the group will dine out at one of the many excellent local restaurants (not included in the holiday price).
The price is €910 per person in a single room on a half board basis, including transfers from/to Geneva, vehicle support, route plans and maps for the rides during the week. Meals will include: buffet breakfast, picnic lunch, 3 course dinner with wine and coffee on 6 nights.