Alpe d'Huez to Italy
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Tour of the Falling Leaves

05 October 2019 to 12 October 2019

Ride from Alpe d′Huez to Lake Como in Italy self supported with breakfast and luggage transfers
 

Overview

This is the first running of our Alpe d′Huez to Lake Como cycling tour and we are looking for keen cyclist to try the route with us using our preloaded GPX files. The self guided tour is a mixture of back to base and point to point riding. On the point to point part of the tour your luggage and belongings are transfered fr you each day.

The finish of this tour coincides with the Il Lombardio Gran Fondo sportive and pro-race, which you may wish to stay on longer to take part in or watch.

The tour itinerary is as follows

  • Saturday - Arrive in Bourg d'Oisans for the first night.
  • Sunday - Ride Alpe d′Huez and the Col de Sarenne  and return to Bourg d′Oisans (70KM, 1500m of climbing). 
  • Monday - Bourg d′Oisans to Briançon over the Col du Lautaret with optional detour of the Col du Galibier (80KM 2000m of climbing). Luggage transfer to Briançon.
  • Tuesday - Briançon to Pinerolo (Italy) over the Col du Montgenevre and the Colle Sestriere. Luggage transfers to Pinerolo (90km 2000m of climbing).
  • Wednesday - Pinerolo to Santhia just north of Turin. (150km mostly flat). Luggage transfers to Santia.
  • Thursday - Santhia to Cantù near Lake Como. (150km mostly flat). Luggage transfer to Cantù.
  • Friday - Cantù to Cantù on Lake Como. Follow the route of the classic Il Lombardia Cycle Race and tackle the Muro di Sormano and the Ghisallo. (109KM with 2000m of climbing).
  • Saturday - Depart Cantù or make your own arrangements to stay for the Il Lombardia race. We are happy to find you extra accommodation if required.

Extras

We are able to arrange the following for an extra fee

  • Airport transfers
  • Extra nights stay if required in Cantù or Bourg d′Oisans.
  • For those who want to return to Bourg d′Oisans we will also be travelling back on Monday 14th October.
  • 10% discounted bike hire for the trip if booked at the same time through PROMPT.CC. Sorry but we are unable to transport hire bikes from other companies.

What′s not included

  • Flights
  • Meals outside of Breakfast
  • Travel Insurance
  • Repairs/Renewals to your bike
  • Airport transfers 

 

 

Price

  • £799GBP per person

Optional Extras

  • Transfer (Grenoble Station) - £80.00GBP per person
  • Single Supplement - £200.00GBP per person

Bikes available for this package

Please click on the photo of the bikes to retrieve more information on the bike from PROMPT CYCLE CULTURE

You can book the bikes directly through PROMPT CYCLE CULTURE or when you make a reservation with us through More Than 21 Bends. If you make the reservation through us you will receive a preferential rate. The preferential rate only applies if you book a bike at the same time as your More Than 21 Bends holiday

 

Wilier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:61cm [ID: W61B]
Wilier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:58cm [ID: W58A]
Wilier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:58cm [ID: W58D]
Wilier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:58cm [ID: W58B]
Wilier GTR Team - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:58cm [ID: WXXL3]
Battaglin Faster - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:58cm [ID: B58A]
Prompt D211- Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:56cm [ID: P56A]
Battaglin Faster - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:55cm [ID: B55A]
Wilier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:55cm [ID: W55A]
Wilier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:55cm [ID: W55B]
Wilier GTR Team - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact DI2 Size:55cm [ID: WXL5]
Battaglin Faster - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:55cm [ID: B55B]
Wilier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:55cm [ID: W55D]
Wilier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:55cm [ID: W55F]
Prompt D211- Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:54cm [ID: PMA]
Willier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:53CM [ID: W53B]
Wilier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:53cm [ID: W53F]
Wilier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:53cm [ID: W53C]
Willier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:53cm [ID: W53D]
Wilier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact DI2 Size:52cm [ID: WL7]
Willier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:50cm [ID: W50A]
Wilier GTR - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact DI2 Size:50cm [ID: WM7]
Battaglin Faster - Carbon bike with Ultegra 22 speed Compact Size:50cm [ID: B50A]
Cinelli Dos Rats Tandem (M/S) Size:38cm [ID: CMS1]

Tour Reviews

Ryan 02/11/2016

I have been on many vacations around around the world, do not tell my wife, but this was by far the best vacation I have ever done. It was so incredible to see a different part of the world and experience the historic climbs of the Tour and Giro. This was a place every cyclists dreams of going but rarely get a chance to go. When I got home my friends were jealous and begging me to take them back. A tour with More Than 21 Bends is something everyone should add to their bucket list!

Graham Lucas 28/08/2012

Have just completed the Alpe d’ Huez to Italy 2012 trip with Phil and Alan. Had a fantastic although challenging time riding through a beautiful part of the world. Phil was a great guide and made me feel confortable riding at my pace. The trip was well organized and flowed very well. The accomodation was very good, i especially enjoyed my time at Molines en Queyras a great little town . Our group was a great bunch who just wanted to enjoy our cycling and the scenery. I would highly recommend More than 21 Bends to anyone either solo or a group of friends considering an adventure in the Alps.

Chris G 25/09/2011

Alpe d’Huez-Italy tour, Sept 10th to Sept 17th. Phil & Helen were outstanding hosts. They were attentive in a very unobtrusive way; casual yet available for all needs whether for mechanical issues, personal issues, or guidance. They did a wonderful job encouraging all riders in the group and providing the required support irrespective of their ability or their position on the road. They provided an environment in which all riders could complete the day’s ride at their own pace. The week was laid out in a way that provided everyone with a challenging experience over the most well known mountain stages, and included stops in charming locales that offered clean rooms and excellent food. What a thrill to make it up the Alpe d’Huez, but who knew what a thrill it would be to make it up the col d’Agnel? Great last day with the last climb of the week ending on top of the col du Galibier. I would recommend Morethan21bends to any cycling enthusiast looking for the chance to experience a tour in the alps.

Steve A 18/09/2011

Alpe d’Huez-Italy Tour – 27th August, 3rd September 2011: an amazing experience. Helen and Phil were fantastic hosts and guides (and I mean guides in prepping for the adventure as much as riding it!) Well thought through week with the right balance of iconic climbs on a dialy basis and across the week. Point to point riding was easy with the excellent support vehicle service (cheers Back!) and the accommodation was always clean, comfortable and inviting; quircky too – what was that dining room all about in Briancon? There was never any pressure; the cycling was done at a pace to suit, with excellent support from Phil who was always around to offer support and an encouraging word. The col d’Agnel was tough over the last 9ks but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world: there were many many highlights throughout the week but I reckon the resevoir on the plateau before that last climb was a little piece of heaven on earth. The last day was a stunner: Izoard, Lautaret and Galibier from where we could track a lot of our journey across the week. You like cycling? Go for it! I’m a triathlete, so not a good pack rider or descender but my fellow cyclists were stars: tolerant and welcoming. The whole experience left me wanting more….still fancy learning to play the guitar as a next challenge, but…I’m gonna focus on cycling from now on. Thanks Phil, Helen, Gary and Beck. Steve A, Rochdale, UK

Simon Veitch 12/09/2011

My wife and I just completed the Alpe d’ Huez to Italy trip with Phil and Helen and had a terrific time. They are very welcoming hosts and the trip was very well planned. Whilst challenging it was very enjoyable and all the accomodation and food was first class. We had a great group to ride with and Phil sets an excellent tone for the trip, accomodating everyones abilities with no one feeling hurried or slowed down. I would highly recommend More than 21 Bends to anyone considering a trip to the Alps. Many Thanks.

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Who are the holidays aimed at ?

The holidays are aimed at all keen cyclists. We are happy to take individual, couple or group bookings. Do not worry if you are coming on your own. We get lots of individuals on our holidays and by the end of the first day you will have experienced the same climbs as everyone else.

E-Bikes

Road E Bikes are welcome on all our tours. Please wait for us at the top of the mountains!!

Tour Level Guide

Each Tour has a set of chainsets under the main title. This is our grading system to show you the difficulty of the riding and the typical length of any ride that will take place on that tour. Most of our rides take place in the high mountains and this can seriously decrease the length of ride that you are able to do. If you are concerned about your abilty please contact us before making a booking.

 
Very Hard Tour - between 75 and 200KM per day. The day will typically include more than two high mountain passes, a sportive such as the La Marmotte or a longer multi day tour such as the Route des Grandes Alpes
Hard Tour - between 75 and 150 KM per day. The day will typically include more than one high mountain pass. For example Alpe d'Huez and the Col du Galibier
Medium Tour - between 75KM and 100KM per day in high mountains. The day will include at least 1 high mountain pass such as Alpe d'Huez
Easy Tour - maximum of 100KM per day on mostly flat or medium sized mountains
Very Easy Tour - Maximum of 50KM per day on mostly flat terrain.



 

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