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Savoy Alps Cycling Week

A classic of the French Alps – 3/08-10/08/2019

Savoy. The northern French Alps, with such famous passes as the Col de la Madeleine, the Col du Galibier and the Col de l'Iséran, is a permanent fixture on the Tour de France. Epic Climbs’ guided tour of the Savoy Alps is an extra-special cycling holiday. Seven days, seven stages, 13 pass signs to reach. On our week-long tour you and a bunch of like-minded people can not only ride the legendary Route des Grandes Alpes – but, particularly, do what distinguishes Epic Climbs from the rest: conquer mountain passes.

The tour starts and finishes in Annemasse near Geneva. And it doesn't only show you the region's well-known passes, but takes you to the less familiar corners of the Savoy Alps. You will enjoy fantastic views of Mont Blanc from Chablais, and from the Col de la Forclaz you can gaze down on Lac d’Annecy far below you. And, to crown our cycling week, you will experience your very own summit finish on the Alpe d'Huez.

Savoy - the pass explorer's dream


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!

Peter – The Tri-Guy

quäldich-Guide Hillermann Peter

In triathlons, Peter's best discipline is the bike. Besides his local slopes in the Rhineland's Seven Hills area, he loves the Alps and the Sierra Nevada.

Getting there

Our initial hotel is in Annemasse in Greater Geneva.

Cars may be left free of charge all week in the hotel car park.

From Germany and Switzerland via Basel or Zurich - Bern - Geneva. Stay on the Swiss A1 to the French border, then take the toll-free French A40 to the Annemasse exit.

From Austria you might also consider coming via Milan and the Mont Blanc tunnel. If you do, take the French A40 to the Annemasse exit.

We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

There are direct flights to Geneva Airport from several German airports. From the airport, take the train to Geneva station and then bus number 61 to Annemasse.

From Germany it is easy to get to Geneva station by train. Take the number 61 bus from the station to Annemasse.

The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 3/08-10/08/2019

  • Saturday, 28th July 2018
    Travel to Annemasse. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 29th July 2018
    Start of Stage One (Annemasse - Albertville) at 9am.
  • Monday, 30th July 2018
    Stage Two Albertville - Valloire
  • Tuesday, 31st July 2018
    Stage Three Valloire - Alpe d'Huez
  • Wednesday, 1st August 2018
    Stage Four Alpe d’Huez - Aussois

  • Thursday, 2nd August 2018
    Stage Five Aussois - Seez
  • Friday, 3rd August 2018
    Stage Six Seez - Cluses
  • Saturday, 4th August 2018
    Stage Seven Cluses - Annemasse. Arrive there between 1pm and 3pm. Then depart (or stay another night)

Client Reviews

Kai aus Lübeck (DE)

Steady group

„Nach meiner ersten Tour mit QD blieb ich bei diesem Anbieter hängen. Die Kombination aus abwechslungsreicher Streckenplanung durch "locals" mit dem Motto "Hauptsache bergauf" und das Gruppenerlebnis mit dem berüchtigten "Flow" machten mich zum Wiederholungstäter. Nicht zu vergessen: die Auswahl zwischen 3 Gruppen. Für mich trifft die ausdauernde Gruppe den perfekten Mix aus sportlichem Anspruch und Tour-Genuss. Weiter so!”

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Mario aus Aarau (CH)

Steady group

„Nachdem ich 30 Jahre jeden Juli auf dem Sofa meine Helden die Savoyer Alpen hochkurbeln sah, dachte ich, ich könne mir das selbst antun und buchte bei meine erste Radreise in die französischen Alpen. Das Ergebnis war eine Woche der Freude. Zu beobachten wie Fremde zu einer Gruppe zusammenwachsen, die sportliche Rivalität am Berg, die motivierten Guides, Versorger Thomas, welcher jeden Gast als VIP bewirtet, Major Tom, der die besten Pässe vor der Tour findet, gemütliche Degustationen der vergärten Getränke mit der Dolce Vita-Fraktion und so vieles mehr. quäldich-Reisen hat mir ermöglicht einen Traum zu erfüllen. Ich werde auf alle Fälle ein "Wiederholungstäter", denn gemeinsam quält es sich am besten.”

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