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Giants of the Southern Alps

The unfamiliar giants in the French-Italian border area – 25/08-1/09/2018

Come with us, in August 2018, to where the Alps are at their most remote. The Southern Alps in the French-Italian border area – between Piemont, the Maritime Alps and Haute Provence – are waiting for you. Here there are far fewer over-the-top, synthetic ski resorts, the roads are narrower, the routes are more adventurous and the scenery is wilder. There are high peaks here nonetheless – particularly the 2802 m Cime de la Bonette. And there are wonderful, unrivalled mountain roads such as the unfamiliar giants dei Morti, Sampeyre and Agnel or the Southern Alps dream loop via Allos, Champs and Cayolle.

Our tour begins and ends in Nice, the sophisticated city on the Mediterranean. Most of our other stopover points are mountain villages that are off the beaten track, so the contrast to the exuberant Côte d'Azur could not be starker. Come with us and enjoy what may be Epic Climbs’ most authentic alpine trip. Conquer the famous ascents of the Tour de France – and see for yourself that the Alps are often at their most beautiful where the Tour never passes by.

The sensational Southern Alps!


The Guides

Rainer – The Leader

quäldich-Guide Rainer Hartmann

His training terrain is Franconian Switzerland with its notorious ramps, but he also enjoys the long climbs in the Alps. Always talking and almost never knackered. His one big weakness: pastries.

Reini – The Eagle of the Roads

quäldich-Guide Reinhard

At home he «flies» over the Black Forest hills near Freiburg and enjoys a dip in any cold water. Also trains in the Vosges and the Jura. A terrific performer at evening meals!

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).

Sille – Sport Support

quäldich-Guide Sille Stefaniak

Our Sille loves following the group in the broom wagon, in first or second gear. She dishes out excellent sympathy to everyone that approaches her and her vehicle suffering from exhaustion or a crash. Her lunchtime buffets are legendary, and her sports massages save the day for many. Founder, boss and the good fairy of Sille's Sport Support.

Getting there

Our hotel is very close to Nice, near the airport.

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

From Germany and Switzerland via Zurich - Gotthard - Milan - Savona - San Remo on France's A8 to the Saint-Laurent-du-Var exit.

From western Germany possibly also via Luxembourg - Nancy - Dijon - Lyons - Avignon to France's A8.

From Bavaria and Austria via Brenner - Verona - Savona - San Remo or Villach - Verona - Savona - San Remo on France's A8.

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

Our initial hotel is very close to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, which has direct flights from several German airports.

Travelling by train from Germany is not recommended due to the length of the journey. But in principle it can be done, by TGV or Thalys via Strasbourg or Paris.

The nearest station is Saint-Laurent-du-Var.

The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 25/08-1/09/2018

  • Saturday, 25th August 2018
    Travel to Nice. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 26th August 2018
    Stage One (Nice - Col de Turini) begins at 9am.
  • Monday, 27th August 2018
    Stage Two Col de Turini - Isola 2000
  • Tuesday, 28th August 2018
    Stage Three Isola 2000 - Ponte Marmora
  • Wednesday, 29th August 2018
    Stage Four
    Ponte Marmora - Molines-en-Queyras
  • Thursday, 30th August 2018
    Stage Five Molines-en-Queyras - Barcelonnette
  • Friday, 31st August 2018
    Stage Six, loop from Barcelonnette
  • Saturday, 1st September 2018
    Stage Seven Barcelonnette - Nice. Arrive there between 2pm and 4pm. Then depart (or stay another night)

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