Stage 18 is tipped to be THE STAGE : over 200 km, “The Road Convicts”
(Albert Londres, 1924) will climb 3 summits with altitude above 2,000 meters, extremely rare.
A few hours beforehand you will ride on the very same route as the Pros. Upon “summiting” Col du Galibier, our team will welcome you, to watch the stage in optimum hospitality conditions, inches from your road heroes.
Days beforehand, you'll have already conquered some mythical climbs of Tour de France: Alpe d’Huez, Col du Glandon, Croix De Fer, Lautaret, Galibier.
The best way to genuinely appreciate the Pros’ performance!
While climbing one of those “monuments”, your mind may switch in between epic images of Marco Pantani battling in the Galibier to win the 1998 Tour de France, the fierce battle in between, Rolland, Voeckler, Schleck and Contador in 2011, or in 2018, Geraint Thomas eventful win in Alpe d’Huez. Do not forget to enjoy the stunning Alpine panorama, the pure air and silence.
Denis Roux, and our team of road captains will support, advise you on how to tackle best those Mythical climbs and the long downhill that follow.
After a warm welcome at Grenoble TGV station, road transfer to Alpe d’Huez. Hotel check-in, we will enjoy a small ride to adjust your bike, get to know each other and to recover from your journey.
Daily Mileage: 26 Km / Elev 924 m
Since it was first featured in Tour De France (1952), no other summit has had such drama. With its 21 bends, a 8 % gradient (Cat H.C), over 14 Km, its spectators concentration (half a million), Alpe d'Huez is a mix of success, defeat, surprise, joy, defeat, sweat & tears, emotion, and anecdotes, The hairpin bends are named after each stage winner. Conquering the Alpe d’Huez is entering the Legend!
Daily Mileage: 51 Km/ Elev 1,601m
Featured in “Le Tour” over 20 times, these 2 “passes are a MUST for passionate cyclists. After 24 km of climbing at 4,8 % avg, you will feel relived upon seeing Col du Glandon’s sign (Alt: 1,924m), but your journey will not be over yet. To reach Col de La Croix de Fer (Alt 2,064m), you will need to push another 2km. We agree this is a long climb. Motivational tip: climbs are followed by downhill !
Daily Mileage: 93,4 Km / Elev 3,118 m
Before D-Day, we wish you to simply spin & save, your legs, enjoy relatively flat terrain. After descending Alpe d’Huez, we will ride thru charming Alpine valley villages, on Route Napoleon (yes, that’s him, Monsieur The Emperor!). After a cultural stop, we’ll need to give a few kicks up the last hill. At last, our reward will await : an authentic, off the beaten track restaurant, on the banks of a superb Alpine Lake. Today’s is the opportunity to enjoy “La Belle Vie”, to take a dip in the pristine waters of Lac de Laffrey. Tomorrow will be a tough day on the saddle; we do recommend you head back to Huez in our Assistance vehicle.
Daily Mileage: 76,5 Km / Elev 1,488 m
A memorable day awaits you, after descending Col de Sarenne, we will tackle 2 Cat H.C Climbs (above 2,000 meters), a few hours before the Pros (Col du Lautaret Alt 2,058m / Col du Galibier: Alt 2,642 m) By the time you reach BéloVélo’s hospitality spot, our team will have ensured all is ready for you. Relax & enjoy watching the show, inches from your road heroes. Once the road re-opens we will enjoy a 31 Km downhill to rendez-vous with BéloVélo “service course”, to drive you to Uriage. While enjoying tonight' Michelin* dinner,we will surely relive today’s highlights and emotions.
Daily Mileage: 88 Km /Elev 2,342 m
A sunrise loop, around Uriage Les Bains, will help to balance out last night Michelin * dinner. Perfect occasion to reflect on this week’ rides. After conquering so many cycling monuments, everyone will feel a deep sense of self-achievement, unforgettable for years. After an “Au Revoir” breakfast we will drive you back to Grenoble TGV station
Daily Mileage: 36 km / Elev 756m
All our Journeys are guaranteed: as soon as one guest confirms his/her journey it is GUARANTEED to take place. As soon as you do confirm your booking you may book your travel arrangements.
Flying to France: To minimize the risk of delays, recover from jet lag, we do advise you to land in Paris (CDG) on Saturday (Journey start on Sunday noon). To reach Grenoble you will board a TGV (high speed train) in Gare de Lyon, for TGV information https://www.raileurope.com/index.html
We will welcome you at Grenoble TGV station at 12.00 pm. If you are encountering delays/challenges while traveling to Grenoble please contact us at (33) 781125248. While we do not handle train & plane booking we would be glad to advise on the best options. At the end of your journey, we will drive you back to the TGV station.
We wish to make your journey as memorable and diverse as possible. For a year, we have handpicked a superb collection of quality, local and authentic restaurants. All selected restaurants propose a genuine cuisine using local & seasonal products. Contrary to other Tour operators, ALL your meals are included, with matching wines and mineral water. Your Journey also includes a 2* Michelin dinner with matching wines. All hotels and restaurants cater to specific dietary needs; do not hesitate to inform us in advance
We have selected one of the best bike currently on the market: TREK Domane SL7 Di2. While its features are similar to "Tour de France peloton" machines (Full Carbon, Electronic Transmission), you may also wish to upgrade to a superior bike category or wheelset: Click Here. For your convenience, we will supply you with a Helmet, and desired pedal type.
Your road captain will open the road, lead you through charming villages, traffic-less country roads, advise on how to tackle the next climb and all the while, ensure your safety and comfort. As experienced cyclists, we know that it is always reassuring to feel a presence along the way. This is why an assistance vehicle will follow you in case of a puncture or if you need beverages, snacks, an extra layer or even wish to rest for a while.
Every day several mileage and speed average options will be available to suit all fitness levels. To provide a genuine, safe and personalized experience the group size will be limited to 15 guests in a week. You may also enjoy a daily BéloVélo Bike Clinic during which a Road Captain will teach you tips of the peloton, mechanical advise and much more
All year long, Road Captains do work very hard to make your BéloVélo journey as memorable and authentic as possible. At the end of your journey, You may recognize such dedication by tipping your Road Captains Based on your level of enjoyment we advise tipping 6 to 10 % of your Journey price. Tips are shared equally within the team