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Alps Ride EPIC

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The Alps Ride EPIC will have you endeavour on a testing journey through what is arguably road cycling’s greatest playground, the French Alps!

This is the ultimate Alps bucket list experience, designed for the avid cyclists out there who dare to go head-to-head with some of the most challenging, iconic cols across the globe.

You’ll tackle a succession of 10 epic Alpine ascents throughout the week, led by fiery fast, fit ride guides that’ll absolutely be up for the challenge – that is, if you are…

Enjoy fully supported, scenic, testing rides daily, with a taste of the Tour de France along the way, including; exclusive VIP access to the Stage 17 start in Grenoble and roadside mountain-mad LIVE race viewing up the Cormet de Roselend, mid Stage 18.

As our sole Tour de France, ride only experience, this tour has been designed for the cycling enthusiasts out there who don’t mind a bit of time in the pain cave, who simply love to clock km’s, and aspire to tick a string of epic Alps climbs off that bucket list!

The question is: Are YOU up for the challenge?

Highlights:

  • Conquer 10 iconic Alps climbs: Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Cormet de Roselend, Col de la Madeleine, Col de Sarenne, Col du GalibierCol du Lautaret, Col du TélégrapheCol de la Morte and Col d’Ornon.
  • See 2 x 2020 Tour de France stages LIVE through the race-deciding Alps
  • Experience exclusive Tour de France hospitality + VIP access at the Stage 17 start
  • Witness a mountain-stage LIVE up the Cormet de Roseland
  • Be led into the mountains by fit, fast, experienced ride guides
  • Enjoy full support on all rides with guides and support vehicles

Note: Most days on tour we will have several different ride distance/difficulty options available depending on group level and preference.

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Day 1

Let the games begin!

July 13, 2020 / Difficulty
/ Distance 48km / 700m

Welcome to France and the start of your Alps Ride EPIC. We hope you’re as excited as we are to get well and truly stuck into the mountains!

The Mummu Cycling team will collect you mid-morning from Avignon train station, before transferring a short distance to your premium 4* accommodation in Luberon.

On arrival, take some time to check-in and settle, before meeting the team in our allocated bike room, who will assist you with assembling and fitting bikes ahead of your opening warm-up spin.

This afternoon, we will have a short briefing to discuss the ride and the days to come. You will then set out on a relaxed 48km scenic ride led by your guides for the week and followed by the Mummu Cycling support team.

Today’s ride will be all about spinning the legs post travel, getting used to your surroundings and ensuring bikes are ready to rock for some big days on the horizon.

We will make a pitstop at the stunning Fontaine de Vaucluse, an incredible spring in a valley at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains, before returning to the hotel.

Take some time to refresh and unwind, before regathering for this evening’s group welcome dinner. Cheers to the  many epic adventures to come!


Ride distance: 48 km / 30 miles

Total ascent: 700 m / 2297 ft

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Day 1

Let the games begin!

July 13, 2020

This tour is a ride focussed experience. Check out our other Tour de France experiences here, designed for both spectators and cyclists.

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Day 2

Mont Ventoux is calling...

July 14, 2020 / Difficulty
/ Distance 75km / 820m

This morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast as the iconic Mont Ventoux awaits!

Following check-out, we will begin our transfer to the mighty mountain…

Mont Ventoux literally means ‘Windy Mountain’ and the name speaks for itself. To add – it’s been nicknamed by many as ‘The Bald Mountain’ due to its interesting, barren Provencal landscape.

The lengthy 21.4km climb travels up to 1912m, with a testing average gradient of 7.6%, and is widely known throughout the cycling world as being a real physical challenge. Tough? Yes. Painful? Absolutely, but the elation and incredibly satisfactory feeling atop will certainly make it all the more worth it.

This will be your first test of the week, and once we’ve approached the base of the climb, you’ll be free to go as hard or as gently as you so desire!

Atop, there will be opportunity to admire the views and take photos, before regrouping to enjoy the much deserved descent, with the option to call it a day or continue on to extend today’s ride through to Vaison la Romaine (75km).

Concluding the ride, we will transfer to to our next hotel destination in Bourg-d’Oisans – A cycling enthusiasts dream location, nestled right in the centre of some of the Tour de France’s most iconic mountain passes.

On arrival, check-in and freshen up. This evening will then be at your leisure to explore the local town and reminisce on the day’s adventure over a much deserved cold one.


Ride distance: 75 km / 47 miles 

Total ascent: 820 m / 2690 ft

Alps Epic: Mont Ventoux

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Day 2

Mont Ventoux is calling...

July 14, 2020
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Day 3

Stage 17 Departure Village + Mountains galore

July 15, 2020 / Difficulty
/ Distance 100km / 3682m

This morning, concluding breakfast, we will transfer to today’s Stage 17 Start in the humming centre of Grenoble, where you will experience ‘Departure Village’ Tour de France hospitality. This is an asset we have privileged access to as an Official Tour Operator and provides an incredible platform to step right into pro cycling’s inner sanctum.

Here, you’ll be able to enjoy local delicacies and the buzzing, excited pre-start atmosphere, while seeing the professionals step onto the stage for official sign-on. You’ll then have exclusive access to the team bus area, where riders will be tentatively preparing for the stage ahead. A unique opportunity that will allow you to see up-close, all the pre-race rituals and routines, catch a glimpse of the latest advanced equipment on display and if you’re lucky, get your photo with some of the sports biggest names.

Following the official stage start, grab a bite to fuel up ahead of our own ride adventure as we go head-to-head with the mountains on a 100km journey, including some serious vertical metres.

Today you’ll be tackling the lengthy Col de la Morte, travelling up to 1368m. That won’t be all, as the 11km, 1373m high Col d’Ornon closely follows. By now, your climbing legs will well and truly be out of the bag and no doubt feeling a little wear and tear after a few back-to-back cols. Aim to reserve a little in the tank for your final test for today up the lesser known, Ouille Hill…’only’ 6km, but considerably steeper, averaging a vicious 10%!

(Note: There will be opportunity to shorten your ride and reserve your energy for the coming days if preferred).

Concluding a valiant effort, bikes will be loaded on vehicles to transfer back to Bourg-d’Oisans.

Take some time out to unwind and freshen up before meeting this evening for a group dinner and toast to today’s efforts!


Ride distance: 100 km / 62 miles (Option B: Skip the final hurdle up Ouille Hill)

Total ascent: 3682 m / 12080 ft

Alps Epics: Col de la Morte, Col d’Ornon, Ouille Hill

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Day 3

Stage 17 Departure Village + Mountains galore

July 15, 2020
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Day 4

Climb the Col de la Madeleine + Cormet de Roselend on RACE day!

July 16, 2020 / Difficulty
/ Distance 125km / 3622m

Today you will well and truly be on Cloud 9 at the Tour de France as you’ll be tackling the Col de la Madeleine and the Cormet de Roseland on RACE day along the Stage 18 route, followed by some mountain-mad LIVE stage viewing!

Enjoy a good early breakfast, as we have a huge day on the radar.

You’ll then kit up and get set for today’s daring adventure. Alps icon, Col de la Madeleine will be your first real challenge along the route and far from an easy start. The ascent has made a real name for itself in Tour de France history, its relentless gradients proving quite the test – ‘beautiful, but heartbreaking’…even for the pros. Get your climbing legs out and your game face on, as you hit the slopes of the 19km giant (from La Chambre), averaging a punishing 8% and topping out at 1933m.

Take some time to catch your breath, enjoy the views and a cool drink/snack atop before we continue on in pursuit of the stage 18 route, towards Rhone-Alps favourite, Cormet de Roseland; 19.4km in length, with a steady average gradient of 6% and climbing up to another sky-high peak at 1937m.

As you make your way up, be sure to embrace the lively crowds and atmosphere as excited fans will undoubtedly be lining its slopes awaiting the race to follow.

Following a big effort to the summit, you will return part way down the climb to our roadside viewing location for the stage, where cool beverages and a picnic lunch will be at the ready.

By now, the pros will soon be approaching, so prepare to cheer wildly as they fly up the climb seemingly effortlessly…

Follow a nice dose of mountain-madness, we will transfer via vehicles directly back to Bourg-d’Oisans.

This evening will be at your leisure to check-out the vibrant town centre, packed with a great selection of bars and restaurants.


Ride distance: 125 km / 78 miles (Option B: Skip the first ascent to reserve your legs for Cormet de Roseland).

Total ascent: 3622 m / 11883 ft

Alps Epics: Col de la Madeleine, Cormet de Roseland

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Day 4

Climb the Col de la Madeleine + Cormet de Roselend on RACE day!

July 16, 2020
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Day 5

The legend awaits...Time to tackle Alpe d'Huez

July 17, 2020 / Difficulty
/ Distance 75km / 2222m

Today is the day you’ll set out to conquer the legendary Alpe d’Huez!

Following a substantial breakfast, you will begin today’s 75km adventure from the hotel. 15km later, you’ll reach the base of the iconic ascent; renowned for its unique 21 switchback bends, covering 1120 metres of elevation in 14 kilometres. The climb is a real icon and not only offers a great challenge and opportunity to tick off a big bucket list col, but truly surreal views and scenery for its entirety. Be sure to take a moment to appreciate the view, albeit through gritted teeth!

Concluding a valiant effort to the summit, checkout the buzzing village atop and reset before we continue on for a loop ride – your next test lies on the slopes of the beautiful Col de Sarenne. At 9km, averaging 3.8% and climbing up to a challenging 1999m, it’s safe to assume you’ll be a little weary come the top, yet full of adrenaline and immense satisfaction.

You’ll then descend and complete the ride back at the hotel in Bourg d’Oisans, hopefully in time to kick back together to watch the Stage 19 finish on TV, over a well earned beverage!

This evening will be yours free to enjoy the humming centre or alternately, relax and unwind following a massive day out on the pedals.


Ride distance: 75 km / 47 miles (Option B: Shortened ride option to miss the second ascent of Col de Sarenne).

Total ascent: 2222 m / 7290 ft

Alps Epics: Alpe d’Huez, Col de Sarenne

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Day 5

The legend awaits...Time to tackle Alpe d'Huez

July 17, 2020
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Day 6

One last EPIC!

July 18, 2020 / Difficulty
/ Distance 175km / 5200m

Today is your final opportunity to make it reign in the Alps and we’re ending with a real EPIC, so be prepared to give it everything!

Following a substantial early breakfast, you’ll start today’s final ‘epic’ from the hotel. Today you’ll be climbing the steady, but very lengthy Col du Lautaret. Enjoy the short, flat warm-up out of town as soon enough you’ll arrive at its base where you’ll be in for a 34km test up the Tour de France prominent ascent. With a gentle average gradient of 3.8%, the key will be getting in your groove and staying there…it’s a long way up, but the feeling atop will certainly make the suffering endured quickly forgotten.

On arrival to the summit, the climbing doesn’t quite end there, as you’ll be turning directly on to the Col du Galibier…incredibly iconic and brutal to pair. From the turn, you’ll have an additional 9km to its daunting 2642m peak. Averaging a challenging 7%, you’ll have your work cut out for you, however the glacial views and scenery are something truly spectacular, offering the perfect distraction to help glide your way up.

At the top, take a moment to appreciate your efforts and the phenomenal views, while enjoying a cold drink and a snack before we regroup to enjoy the incredible descent down the other side. From here, there will be the option to continue on to conquer one last climb, the Col du Télégraphe. From the Valloire side it is a tame 4.8km in length, averaging 3.4% – 1566m. You’ve come this far, so why not finish it off with one last hurrah?!

From there, it’ll be a mostly downhill/flat run back to Bourg d’Oisans, however still of distance, so be sure to fuel well. Note that the support van will always be on hand, to assist where necessary, if/when you prefer to cut your ride short.

(Note: This is a very big day on paper, but do not fear – we can amend where necessary to suit your preferences, whether that be shortening the ride distance, skipping a climb or alternative ride options following a huge week in the Alps. Our support team will be with you all the way)!

This afternoon, we will transfer several hours to Lyon, where we’ll enjoy a final group dinner. Cheers to what we expect has been a challenging, yet memorable and satisfactory journey through the Alps! We hope that bucket list is looking a lot healthier now…


Ride distance: 175 km / 109 miles (Option B: Shorter ride alternatives to be discussed on the ground).

Total ascent: 5200 m / 17060 ft

Alps Epics: Col du Lautaret, Col du Galibier, Col du Télégraphe

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Day 7

Bon Voyage!

July 19, 2020 / Difficulty

Following breakfast and checkout, we will transfer you to Lyon airport/train station before saying Bon Voyage! We trust you’ve had a fantastic tour with Mummu Cycling and hope to have you back with us again soon conquering epic Tour de France cols.

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Inclusions

  • 7 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 group dinners
  • 1 included lunch
  • Transfer from Avignon and to Lyon
  • See two 2020 Tour de France stages live, including:
    • Stage 17  Departure Village, Stage Start experience
    • Stage 18 mountain madness roadside on the Cormet de Roseland
  • Professional staff and mechanical support
  • Support vehicles on all rides
  • Tour de France welcome package including Road Book and Official TdF Merchandise discount voucher
  • Mummu Cycling Merchandise Pack valued at over $200

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike Hire

Prices available in four currencies:

Early Bird 5% off until Australia Day 26th Jan 2020

EURO

€3,495 €3,320 per person, twin share

€400 €380 single supplement

AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS

$5,745 $5,460 per person, twin share

$650 $615 single supplement

UNITED STATES DOLLARS

$3,995 $3,795 per person, twin share

$460 $435 single supplement

BRITISH POUND

£3,175 £3,015 per person, twin share

£360 £345 single supplement

Add Ons
Bike Hire – Unfortunately bike hire is unavailable for this trip.

Pre & Post Nights – rates available on request

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Alps Ride EPIC

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