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This is the tour that started it all for us back in 2008. During the week long tour you will climb all the famous Tour de France climbs from the Oisans and Maurienne valleys plus a few other hidden gems.

Number of Guests

This holiday is for a maximum of 8 guests in total although we can create a custom tour for more guests

Additional Details

  • We can run the tour for groups of 6 or more anytime in May, June, July and August
  • Long Weekend stays

Extras

  • We are able to provide airport transfers outside of the time specified for an additional charge
  • We are able to provide Cycle hire with one of our partners in the Oisans
  • Single rooms available

Payment Details

To secure your spot on this holiday you will need to pay a 25% deposit now. The remainder of the balance is due 12 weeks before the start of the holiday. You can also spread your payments by paying an additional 3 x 25% payments at any time up to the final payment day. 

The More Than 21 Bends Cycling Tour Itinerary will be as follows 

Itineraries

Arrival

Saturday

Arrival at our bike friendly house in the Oisans. Bike set up and welcome meeting

Col de la Croix de Fer

Sunday

Climbing from our base in the Oisans we will tackling the Col de la Croix de Fer before descending down the other side to the Maurienne valley via the short but spectacular Col du Mollard and its magical switchback descent.

Lacets du Montvernier and the Col de la Madeleine

Monday

The Lacets de Montvernier should be on every ones itinerary. They maybe short in alpine terms but they are certainly sweet. After this short introduction comes the huge Col de la Madeleine .

Col du Galibier

Tuesday

Today we will be climbing from our base in the Maurienne valley back over to the Oisans valley via the Col du Télégraphe and the highest point of this tour the Col du Galibier

Free day

Wednesday

Today is a free day to explore the area or do some shopping in Bourg d'Oisans

Alpe d'Huez and the Col de Sarenne

Thursday

Starting and finishing in the Oisans we will be tackling the 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez and then the beautiful Col de Sarenne that sits above Alpe d'Huez.

Pas de la Confession

Friday

This ride is a series of climbs that travers Alpe d'Huez and will be the highlight of your week. Think small impossible roads cut into the side of the moutains. Spectacular views and beautiful descents.

Departure

Saturday

Today its time to say goodbye. With a good breakfast inside of you it will be time to depart the Oisans for your journey onto your next destination.

  • Welcome meeting with ride and safety information.
  • Fully supported rides from our vehicle with fresh water.
  • Luggage transfers.
  • Bike mechanic with tools and track pump.
  • Breakfast.
  • Picnic lunch every day we are riding except on Wednesday
  • Twin room shared basis.
  • Full GPX files and route profiles.
  • Travel to the start of the holiday in the Oisans
  • Travel from the finish of the holiday in Oisans
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Evening meals and drinks.
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    Pricing
     
  • Pricing Name MT21B
    Start Saturday June 25, 2022
    End Saturday June 25, 2022
    1 - 8 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 1 - 8 Pax ) EUR1,200.00 EUR0.00 /Person

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This is probably the question that we get asked the most. Its impossible to answer because it really depends on your fitness. The fastest guest we have had has completed it in 48 minutes. The slowest nearly 3 hours. Anything under one hour is considered good. The average time for our guests tends to be 75 minutes and the time to beat is that of the singer Sheryl Crow who competed it in 90 minutes.

Please visit our individual tours for more information however the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the riding. We also welcome cyclist on e-bikes.

During the summer months there is plenty to do in the area. Non riders are welcome to join the tours for the same price as the riders. Where possible we will accommodate them in the day to day running of the tours. However our priority is towards the cycling group.

We know WiFi is important to people. Where ever possible we will make sure that WiFi is available. We cannot guarantee speeds especially in the mountains.

The mountains here are long and steep and they are pretty difficult to avoid. We would suggest a good quality road bike with either a triple or double compact chainset. We have had people with standard chain rings but unless you are a very strong rider we would not recommend this. Alternatively e-bikes are also welcome on our holidays.

We recommend flying to Lyon or Geneva airport.

On our supported tours we have basic tools, track pump and workstand available. You should bring a basic supply of inner tubes, patches, a small pump, and a multi-tool. You should also bring spares and tools specific to your bike such as a rear mech hanger.

We would suggesting having insurance both for your bike and yourself. We would also recommend a road helmet , gloves and glasses. Sun cream is also a good idea as the summer days are long and hot and you will be in exposed areas with little shelter for long periods of time.

The Alps can get very hot in the summer but the weather at the top of the mountain is changeable. It can be hot in the valley and wet at the summit. We recommend you bring a waterproof coat and more than one change of kit. Plus arm and leg warmers. Most villages have launderettes.

Bidouiller. Apparently!

Yes we do but please be aware that some hotels and accommodation in less populated areas are a bit reluctant to provide alternative menus.

Yes, of course. Please note that accommodation is based on shared rooms and where possible we sleep guests of the same sex together, but we cannot guarantee a women or men only room.

Yes we do please wait for us at the top of the mountain !