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France - Raid Alpine - Road Cycling Holiday

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26 July - 03 August - Get your road climbing legs on for this popular road cycling holiday in the French Alps. Will suit those looking for a challenging road cycling tour.

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  • Legendary Tour De France challenges every day
  • Perfect Pizzas in Susa
  • France meets Mexico in Barcelonette
  • Conquering the the 2800m summit of the Cime de la Bonnette, Europe’s highest road
  • Exhilarating high speed descents from Col de l‘Iseran and the Restefond
  • Last night celebrations on the French Riviera

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The Raid Alpine road cycling holiday in France begins in Thonon les Bains close to the Swiss border and ends 740 km later in Antibes by the shores of the Mediterranean. This is a real challenge which takes in some of the highest mountain roads in Europe and is designed to appeal to experienced riders. 
The route takes us over 43 categorised cols, naturally including many made famous by the Tour de France. After arrival in Geneva we transfer to Thonon Les Bains, a picturesque spa town located on the southern shore of Lake Geneva. The following morning we set off, the road rises almost immediately as we leave the tranquillity of the lake behind us, tackling numerous minor cols, as we make our way to Notre Dame de Bellecombe. It’s not exactly a gentle start to the tour, it is however just a small taste of what’s in store during the next few days.
As we press onwards the climbs, and, of course, the descents, get longer and more challenging and we will exceed 2000m in altitude several times; Mont Cenis, the Izoard, Col de Vars, they’re all here. We’ll also be tackling Col de L’Iseran and Cime de la Bonnette, which, at over 2800m stakes a claim as the highest mountain road in Europe.
The last couple of days are not without their challenges, however the going does get easier as the altitudes become more “normal”. Eventually we arrive in Antibes which officially marks the end of Raid. A leisurely few km ride along the waterfront cycle paths takes us to our hotel in Nice, in time for a post-ride dip and a hearty Provencal meal to celebrate our achievements.

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Holiday Summary

9 days
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Single Room Option
Bike hire
Insurance - Europe 10 day

Holiday Details

Place to place

8 Nights hotels

7 days cycling

65% Meals provided

Guided and vehicle support

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