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French Alps Relaxed

Fancy something less taxing? – 3/08-10/08/2019

The Savoy Alps and the Dauphiné with their Tour de France giants like the Galibier, the Alpe d'Huez and the Croix de Fer, as well as the legendary Vercors gorges have long been one of Epic Climbs’ most popular holidays. In 2018 we are putting on a less brutal, more relaxed version of the trip. If you prefer relaxed cycling but nonetheless would like to conquer the legendary Col du Galibier, or experience a summit finish on the Alpe d'Huez this trip is ideal for you. And if it's not enough for you? All the stages can be extended so that, for example, even couples of different capabilities can get their money's worth.

During the day you will drink in enormous alpine panoramas and you will conquer a different pass each day – but at your own pace, as we have time. And in the evenings you’ll enjoy French savoir vivre in friendly company. In the heart of the French Alps, surrounded by famous passes.

Fancy something less taxing?


The Guides

Gerhard – the Mobile Home Rider

quäldich-Guide Gerhard Schaffer

... loves taking his mobile home from his native Salzburg area to the foot of the high passes and ride them at a relaxed pace. Recently he's mainly been doing this in the Western Alps. In demand as a windbreak, Gerhard made his guiding debut in the Vosges in 2017.

Wolfram – The Fly Whisperer

quäldich-Guide Wolfram Lotze

Grew up in Hesse-Siberia, south-east of Kassel. But has lived happily in the Rhineland for 25 years. Motto: ride and let ride. He himself always rides with a little girl's gearing (the big chainring) on the flat stages. Enjoys long climbs, but not flies (which always bother him on the slopes in the summer).

Getting there

Our initial hotel is located in the centre of Chambéry, to the south of Geneva.

Cars can be parked, for a charge, in a car park near our initial hotel.

From Germany and Switzerland via Basel or Zurich - Bern - Geneva - Annecy on France's A41 to Chambéry, and follow the N201 into the centre.

From Austria you might also consider coming via Milan and the Mont Blanc tunnel.

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

There are direct flights to Geneva Airport from several German airports. Take the regional train from there to Chambéry (change at Geneva main station).

From Germany it is easy to get to Geneva station by train. There are French regional trains direct to Chambéry from there.

The Itinerary

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

  • Saturday, 21st July 2018
    Travel to Chambéry. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 22nd July 2018
    Start of Stage One (Chambéry - Villard-de-Lans) at 9am.
  • Monday, 23rd July 2018
    Stage Two Villard-de-Lans - Die
  • Tuesday, 24th July 2018
    Stage Three Die - La Mure
  • Wednesday, 25th July 2018
    Stage Four La Mure - Alpe d'Huez

  • Thursday, 26th July 2018
    Stage Five Alpe d'Huez - Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
  • Friday, 27th July 2018
    Stage Six, loop from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
  • Saturday, 28th 2018
    Stage Seven Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Chambéry. Arrive there between 2pm and 4pm. Then depart (or stay another night)

Client Reviews

Esther aus Mainz

Relaxed group

„Ich fand die Reise von Anfang bis Ende grandios. Da ich vorher noch nie eine einwöchige geführte Gruppen-Rundreise mit dem Rad gemacht habe, fand ich es zum Einstieg optimal, dass es auch Relaxed-Varianten gibt. Eine „normale“ Quäl-dich-Reise hätte ich mir für den Anfang vielleicht nicht zugetraut. Und das Niveau hat prima gepasst; sowohl was Länge der einzelnen Etappen als auch Schwierigkeitsgrad und Tempo in der mittleren Gruppe anging. Das größte Lob geht an die Streckenplaner und die vier Guides: Das Vercors (Tag 2) war ein absolut unerwartetes landschaftliches Highlight, das ich von alleine wahrscheinlich nie besucht hätte. Über den Sarenne von Alpe d'Huez runterzufahren war ebenfalls top. Und Jörg, Jens, Otto und Wolfram waren immer positiv und engagiert. Super bei Jens, in dessen Gruppe ich gelandet bin, war, dass er eine gute Mischung aus gemeinsamen Fahren in der Gruppe und „jeder macht am Berg sein eigenes Ding“ gefunden hat. Er selbst war jeden Tag überall zu finden: Vorne, in der Mitte, hinten und hat sich so um jede/n individuell gekümmert. Klasse finde ich auch das Teilnehmer-Forum: Dadurch habe ich schon im Vorfeld zwei Mitreisende aus meiner Region kennengelernt, wir konnten uns zu gemeinsamen Touren und einer Fahrgemeinschaft verabreden. Wenn ihr weiter so macht, habt ihr eine neue Stammkundin!”

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