THE  CHALLENGE
7 days
711km in distance
16,000m in vertical height gain

This summer, the A4D team will be cycling from Geneva to Nice over the highest cols in the French Alps, and we are looking for fellow bike enthusiasts to join us on our challenge! This epic bikeride across the highest mountains in Europe to the Mediterranean ranks amongst the world’s great cycle tours – the classic journey from summit to sea via the ‘Route des Grandes Alpes’.

Taking in some of the most famous Tour de France climbs, such as the Roselend, the Iseran, the Galibier and the Izoard, we will also cycle over the Col de la Bonette (2802m), a contender for Europe’s highest paved road. At the beginning and end of this classic alpine cycle ride, we deviate in a couple of places from the main route to avoid potentially busy stretches of road and to sample some excellent sections of quiet country roads through the most spectacular scenery in the French Alps.

This is a real challenge and a “must do in a lifetime” – classic bucket list contender! It is also now very accessible, thanks to the choice of low cost flights which operate into Geneva and out of Nice.

PRICE
£1,000 including 7 nights’ food and accommodation. This does not cover your flights to Geneva, and from Nice. £200 will go directly to Action 4 Diabetics.

AIM
To raise money for our charity Action 4 Diabetics – supporting young people with Type 1 Diabetes in SE Asia.

OBJECTIVE
To road bike the Route des Grandes Alpes – the iconic alpine road cycling challenge.

IS THIS FOR YOU?
With its 16 passes, long climbs and fast sinuous descents, La Route des Grandes Alpes is a proper challenge. But, with the gradient on most of the climbs averaging out between 6 and 8 percent, it’s easy to take your time and spin. This is a partially supported ride; at the start of the day, when the group sets off, your kit bag will be loaded into the support vehicle and transported to the next overnight hotel. There will also be a pre-arranged lunch rendezvous with the support vehicle. After lunch, whilst the support vehicle driver will usually go ahead to sort out the next night’s accommodation, he can always be called back if needed. The support vehicle can only ever carry a couple of riders and their bikes, in the case of tiredness or mechanical breakdown. You are free to cycle at your own pace and need only carry the pump, spare tube and multitool that you would take on any day ride.

This is not a challenge for inexperienced cyclists. A good level of physical fitness and stamina will be required, suiting regular cyclists and club riders. The days will average between 80Km and 120Km. in distance.

BIKE HIRE IS AVAILABLE LOCALLY.
Contact Jerry Gore for more details on:
jerry@action4diabetics.org

 

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