9 days; July 24th - August 1st;
Geneva Airport pickup & Nice Airport drop off
Terrain: hilly to very mountainous
Mileage: 55-85 mi. per day options
Ability Levels: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
If you crave the adrenaline of an extreme & epic riding adventure, your search is over. Welcome to our 2013 Geneva to the Sea Challenge- Your tour starts in Geneva area ,you will enjoy one of the challenging cycling vacation in the world! You’ll ride the famous passes of the French, Italian & Maritime Alps. Here is a partial list of the climbs: Aravis, Roselend, Iseran, Mt. Cenis, Finestre, Sestriere, Fauniera, Bonette, Cayolle, Allos, Vars and others! Trip highlights include overnights in Les Saisies, Lanslebourg, Caraglio and Barcelonnette. We have designed the itinerary to include two multiple night stays in Italy and France so you can choose a short or long ride or maybe just recharge with a rest day- you go at your own pace. This is your chance to test yourself like never before with our legendary support backing you on every switchback!
July 24th: Depart the USA for Switzerland.
July 25th: Geneva airport pickup and shuttle to our deluxe hotel just across the border in the spa village of Divonne-les-Bains. Enjoy a scenic shakedown ride along Lake Geneva- past vineyards and fields of sunflowers. Tonight you’ll meet your fellow guests at this evening’s “Welcome Dinner Party”.
July 26th: Short morning van transfer to the Geneva outskirts, where you’ll start your ride amidst yellow sunflower fields on your way over the Col de la Croix Fry & Aravis to the resort of Les Saisies. Take a dip in the pool before a gourmet group dinner.
July 27th: After a breakfast of fresh croissants and a buffet of local specialties you’ll take on the scenic Cormet de Roselend. After lunch in Val d’Isere, you’ll take on the mighty Col d’Iseran before a screaming descent into the village of Lanslebourg. Enjoy a delicious group dinner of crudite salad, raclette and mousse au chocolate.
July 28th: It’s an epic day as we ride into Italy taking on three famous climbs from the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia- Mount Cenis, Colle di Fenestre and Sestriere. Followed by a short transfer to Caraglio for a two night stay
July 29th: Today you’ll ride the most most difficult climb you’ve never heard of- Colle di Fauniera. Rated one of the hardest in the world- 20 km + 6,000’ of elevation gain! You can also use today to recharge your batteries and sightsee the local medieval villages or relax at the hotel.
July 30th: Today we’ll cross back into France over Isola 2000 and then ride over the highest paved road in Europe on the mystical Col de la Bonette! A deluxe hotel in the charming mexican flavored village of Barcelonnette awaits for the next two nights.
July 31st: Maybe a mellow ride up the valley or a loop that includes the scenic triple-header of the Col de la Cayolle, Champs and Allos- One of the most unreal rides of your life!
August 1st: Our last ride takes us from Barcelonnette to outskirts of Nice traversing a mostly downhill route to the Mediterranean Sea.After lunch we’ll van transfer back to our Nice airport hotel for bike packing and airport transfers. We also offer a Nice airport hotel option tonight if you need to fly out on August 1st. (Explore Monte-Carlo Monaco or Cannes options available – call for details!)