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Long-distance ride through Black Forest, Jura, Alps – 11/08-20/08/2017

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To cycle the Route des Grandes Alpes, that's the once-in-a-lifetime dream of every cyclist. The grande traversée along the French Alps, from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. But that's not enough for us! We've added another couple of stages and begin the ride to the Med in Freiburg, the picturesque university town in the Breisgau, in the southwest of Germany. As a result, not only can you conquer the French Alps and famous monuments such as the Iséran, Galibier und Bonette, but also discover the Black Forest and the Swiss Jura. To crown things off, you experience a real summit finish at 2473 m – on the Col du Grand Saint Bernard.

Our Tour ends with a dip in the Mediterranean, in Nice, where the Maritime Alps meet the sea, and our hotel is right on the beach, on the famous Promenade des Anglais.

Ride to the Mediterranean with us!


The Guides

Tom – The Sous Chef

quäldich-Guide Tom Bender

After interludes in South Baden and Savoy, Swabian Tom is now based in the border area near Aachen. But from the Savoy Alps he's taken away a passion for real mountains and genuine tartiflette. In 2016 he became Holiday Manager at Epic Climbs and he's the mastermind behind our 2017 programme!

Stefan – der Transalperer


Sportive-Gruppe-Veteran mit beeindruckender Kilometerleistung und noch beeindruckenderem Renn-Palmarès. Fühlt sich in den Bergen zuhause und freut sich auf seine Guide-Premiere 2017

Tom – Cake-Face Tom

quäldich-Guide Thomas Brunner

With his sunny disposition and laid-back Upper Bavarian nature, he's not easily upset. 2016 Guide Discovery of the Year.

Erich – The Gunslinger


Erich did his greatest service for Epic Climbs back in 1980, when he began creating our fastest guide.
Famous as a top luggage driver on the Tour of Germany, and never slow to offer a strong opinion.

Getting there

Our long-distance ride starts from Vauban, in Freiburg.

Cars can be parked, for a fee, near to the hotel.

From Germany, Northern and Western Europe via Frankfurt - Karlsruhe on Germany's A5 to the Freiburg-Mitte exit. Take the spur route (B31a) to Freiburg, take Merzhauser Straße to the Vauban area.

From Central and Eastern Europe via Munich - Stuttgart - Karlsruhe on Germany's A5.
Alternatively, take the B31 from Donaueschingen to Freiburg.

From Switzerland via Basel on Germany's A5.

From France via Basel or Strasbourg on Germany's A5.

Nearest airport is Basel-Mulhouse, from where you can catch a bus to Freiburg.

Alternative airports are Karlsruhe-Baden, Stuttgart and Zürich, from where you can take a train to Freiburg.

Freiburg (Breisgau) railway station is served by long-distance trains (ICE, EC, IC).

The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 11/08-20/08/2017

  • Friday, 11th August 2017
    Travel to Freiburg. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Saturday, 12th August 2017
    Start of first stage (Freiburg - Delémont) at 9am.
  • Sunday 13th August 2017
    Second stage Delémont - Bulle
  • Monday, 14th August 2017
    Third stage Bulle - Col du Grand Saint Bernard
  • Tuesday, 15th August 2017
    Fourth stage Col du Grand Saint Bernard - Séez
  • Wednesday, 16th August 2017
    Fifth stage
    Séez - Aussois
  • Thursday, 17th August 2017
    Sixth stage Aussois - Briançon
  • Friday, 18th August 2017
    Seventh stage Briançon - Jausiers
  • Saturday, 19th August 2017
    Eighth stage Jausiers - Nice. Final evening meal in Nice old town.
  • Sunday, 20th August 2017
    Bus back to Freiburg

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